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Spring 2017

In the spring of 2017, the Photography and Migration Project hosted a series of free public events in Waterville, Maine. These celebrations of cultural heritage reached out to the entire community–from recently arrived immigrants to the state, to families who have called Maine home for centuries. To learn more about the photo-sharing event organized by the Photography and Migration seminar, check out the video documentary created by Colby faculty member Erin Murphy.

Friday, March 3, 12-1:30pm
Special Collections, Miller Library, Colby College
Event 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
Screening 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
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 includes free local music, food, workshops on preserving family photos, conversations with local historians, and demonstrations of early photographic processes.