The Library of Virginia’s exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond has inspired the storytelling organization Secretly Y’all to seek out immigration and emigration stories for its February event. They’re looking for stories of the journeys that brought people here: What did it mean to leave one place behind to come to a new one? What had to be left behind in order to do so? What’s it like using English as a second or third language? How did you make a home, a job, a life here in this mid-Atlantic state? Why did you choose the commonwealth? Is there a difference between what it means to be American versus what it means to be a Virginian? If you are a second- or third-generation member of an immigrant family—or even a fourth or fifth—what made your home, upbringing, or experiences unique from others you observed around you?
Come out to Ardent Craft Ales on February 25 to hear fascinating stories, taste delicious beer, and learn more about the Library’s New Virginians exhibition, created in partnership with Virginia Humanities, a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. Doors open at 5:30 PM, stories at 7:30 PM.
If you have a story you would like Secretly Y’all to consider, please e-mail a short synopsis and a brief personal bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Since this is a special event, storytellers will have up to 10 minutes to share their stories. For more information, visit www.secretlyall.org.