Open Archive: An Immigrant Family Story

Date(s) - February 28, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Princeton Public Library, Discovery Center
65 Witherspoon Street

Daniel and Rita Daniele were just two of the many Italian immigrants who settled in Princeton during the late 19th and early 20th century, drawn by the University’s expansion and the opportunity for a new life. Stop by the Discovery Center in the Princeton Public Library to explore the history of one of Princeton’s largest immigrant communities through documents that reveal one family’s story.

Rita Daniels’s alien registration card, 1942. Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton.

The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from HSP’s vast collection. Featuring a different theme each time, these events present historical material with minimal interpretation (no labels or glass boxes here!) and encourage visitors to make observations, ask questions, and be the historian themselves. HSP’s Curator of Collections and Research will be on hand to share information and answer any questions.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Princeton Migrations Project, a community-wide investigation of the theme of migration taking place throughout Princeton from February through May, 2018. Spearheaded by the Princeton University Art Museum, the project includes exhibitions, readings, residencies, performances, lectures, workshops, and community actions presented by more than 20 community partners and a host of campus organizations.