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Threads of our Stories
Threads of our Stories
2019

This piece represents my immigrant ancestors’ stories. The exposed threads integral to tie the stories together. My grandmother researched the history of her mother’s side of our family. She presented each of her grandchildren a rich history of our family. It was fascinating to read through the documents telling the names of the ships on which they traveled, the documents that either granted or denied entry into the country and the names of those that perished in the camps in WWII. She had boxes of photographs of unidentified family members. My father sat down with me and named each person…but I took no notes, thinking I had plenty of time to further question him for the stories he held. I did not. He died the next year.