You are invited to explore the long, difficult history of “406 Years of Immigration to Arizona” on Friday, December 13 at 5:30 pm, at the Florence Community Library. 

Join Dr. Brian Gratton as he explores the history of immigration in this state, from 1607 through the present day.  He will discuss the successive experiences of various immigrant groups: English, African, German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, and Asian.  Reaction to each group of immigrants has been sharp, often negative, complicated by official policies that rarely matched the public will.  Dr. Gratton will use still images, audio, and video to share views of both supporters and opponents of immigration, concluding with a look at immigration issues in the present day. 

This program is part of the “Journey Stories” guest speaker series, and is made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council in partnership with the Smithsonian on Main Street program.  The “Journey Stories” exhibit will be at McFarland State Historic Park until December 29, 2013.  

Seating is limited, so advance registration is strongly encouraged.  For more information, or to sign up, please contact the library at (520) 868 – 8311.