You are invited to experience “Journey Stories” with a series of guest speakers at the Florence Community Library! 

 “Journey Stories” is a Smithsonian on Main Street exhibition that will be at McFarland State Historic Park from November 16 through December 29, 2013.  To tie in with the exhibit, the library is hosting a weekly guest speaker series.  Programs spotlight exploration, migration, immigration, and other American treks and travels.  These programs are made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council, in partnership with the Smithsonian on Main Street program. 

Friday, November 22, travel “Along the California Trail” at 5:30 pm.  Dr. Jay Cravath, a scholar in the fields of music and Indian studies, will describe the paths along the Gila River that served as the California Trail.  The discussion spotlights the varied travelers along the route: their struggles, their stories, and their fates.  

Thursday, December 5 at 5:30 pm, join Dr. Karen Leong as she shares stories of “Japanese American Internment in Arizona.”  Leong, Director of the Asian Pacific Studies Program at Arizona State University, will discuss the reasons for Japanese-American internment, the everyday life of those inside the camps, and the unique circumstances that divided the Japanese American community in Arizona in two – those who were interned and those who were not. 

Friday, December 13 at 5:30 pm, Dr. Brian Gratton will present “406 Years of Immigration to America.”  This presentation uses still images, audio, and video to explore the views of both supporters and opponents of immigration, from 1607 through the present day.  

Presenters are available to answer audience questions after each discussion.  Seating is limited, so advance registration is strongly encouraged.  For more information, or to sign up, please contact the library at (520) 868 – 8311.