The Photography and Migration Project is planning a series of events in Waterville for spring 2017. All are free and open to the public. Whether you arrived in central Maine in 1917 or 2017, join us for these celebrations of cultural heritage! 

Friday, March 3, 12-1:30pm, Special Collections, Miller Library, Colby CollegeEvent to honor the Picher/LaVerdiere, Bernier/Small, and Miller/Levine families, who recently donated their family photograph collections to Colby, with presentations by Colby students and responses from family members. Followed by lunch in the Wormser Room.
Tuesday, April 4, 7pm, Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, MEScreening of the new documentary film, The Home Road, and discussion with director Tonya Shevenell about the role photography played in this migration story, followed by a reception. The film retraces the migration by foot that Shevenell’s Franco-American ancestor made between Canada and Maine; see
Saturday, April 22, 12-4pm, Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm Street, Waterville, ME
Community photo-sharing event hosted by the public library and Colby College. Bring your historical family photos to the library for digitization and share your migration stories. The afternoon will include free local music, food, workshops on preserving family photos, conversations with local historians, and demonstrations of early photographic processes.

We encourage you to bring up to two historical family photographs for scanning. These should be printed materials (not digital) and unframed (if possible). You may bring additional photos or related materials with you, and use them to tell your migration story on video.

Preliminary schedule:
12-1:30pm musical performance by Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble
12-2pm tintype demonstrations, followed by portrait commissions
2-3:30pm musical performance by Bien Sûr, Franco-American duo
Throughout the afternoon: scanning, video narratives, food, photo preservation workshops and family-friendly activities