A World Away: Postwar Migration to Montgomery County, 1945-1965


Sat, May 12, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 p. m.
Gaithersburg Library
18330 Montgomery Village Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

County resident Art Ping Lee moved from China to the US in the 1930s and founded the Chinese Youth Club that serves the Greater Washington DC area.            


Join Montgomery History for the fourth event in our BOOM Speakers Series as we continue to explore what life was like for persons living in Montgomery County during the 1950s. This panel presentation will address patterns of migration in the decades following World War II. In these postwar decades, most of the foreign-born living in the county came from England, Canada, Germany, and the USSR though others came from as far away as China. Using census data, historical newspapers, government documents, and life history interviews, the panel will highlight hidden stories of migration including those of stateless refugees, Chinese entrepreneurs, and Yiddish speakers. 

The panel includes Maria Sprehn-Malagón, Professor of Anthropology at Montgomery College, and student researchers Nance Mousa and Lexie Werner.


While there is no cost for this event, space is limitedRSVPs are required.




This dynamic, free lecture is offered in collaboration with the NEA Big Read and Montgomery County Public Libraries, and Friends of the Library of Montgomery County, MD. To request sign language interpretation or other deaf/hard of hearing services for library sponsored programs, email MCPL.DeafAccess@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Questions? Contact Maria Strohmayer at mstrohmayer@montgomeryhistory.org.


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