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Join us Wednesday, June 5 to celebrate the stories of ten local food business owners and their families who immigrated to this country. Listen to their oral histories and celebrate their addition to our growing Oral History Collection. The ten young people who conducted these Oral History interviews will also be recognized.

Generation to Generation is an inter-generational Oral History Project at The History Center in Tompkins County that builds bridges between youth and adults in the community. Through this project, we explore topics relevant to the community, while preserving local history and making connections to our current lives. The stories are archived at The History Center and shared with the public in the Story Vault, an interactive listening library for local video and oral histories.

This year’s interviews were conducted with Akua Akyea (Mama Loye’s Cafe), Abner Argueta (Argueta’s Coffee), Tal Oron Cohen (Ba-Li Cravings), Addisu Gebre (Enat Ethiopian Cuisine and Coffee), Adil Griguihi (Casablanca Pizzeria), Ooy and Bonner Herren (Ithaca Thai Basil), Dr. Abdul Jalil (Ithaca Hala Halal Meat and Grocery Food Market), Kathie Karakantas (State Street Diner), Ed and Michael Mazza (Ithaca Bakery), and Baldev and Kamaldeep Sekhon (New Dehli Diamond’s). The interviewers were high school students from Ithaca High School, Lehman Alternative Community School, Lansing High School, BOCES P-Tech Academy, and homeschool.

For more information, contact Julia Taylor, Youth Educator at 607-273-8284 x229 or EightSquare@TheHistoryCenter.Net.

This program will be held 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N. Tioga St, in the Ithaca College Gallery. It is free and open to all.

Come see The History Center at its new location within the beautiful Tompkins Center for History & Culture.

Featured image provided by The History Center in Tompkins County.

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