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Hmong Culture Celebration

May 2 | 2:00-4:00 pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to the United States, following the Vietnam War. The first Hmong families who came to Appleton were refugees who arrived with very little or nothing; including a homeland. Today, Appleton is home to just over 3,100 Hmong.

Over the years the Hmong have progressed to becoming business owners, politicians, lawyers, doctors and teachers, among other professions.

To commemorate this special anniversary, we are celebrating Hmong culture and history during a special event Saturday, May 2 beginning at 2:00 pm. Our goal is to promote knowledge of the Hmong community’s culture, history and arts to people of all backgrounds. This event will include activities and entertainment related to the Hmong culture.

An exhibit will showcase contributions the Hmong have made in the Fox Cities. There will be displays of art, artifacts and photography. Noah Vang, a researcher and writer from Minnesota, will speak about the Hmong’s immigration to the United States. Local students and children from our Appleton Ready to Read program will perform songs, dance and play musical instruments. There will also be a fashion show with traditional clothing and delicious Hmong treats.

To learn more about the Hmong culture, visit our Hmong Resource Center, located on our first floor. The Hmong Resource Center provides access to materials in the Hmong language and related to Hmong culture. There are books for all ages, music CDs and movies, for entertainment and knowledge.

For more information about the Hmong Culture Celebration, please contact Yee Vue, Hmong Family Outreach Specialist at (920) 419-4268.

Did you Know? Discovering Austen

Kristin Hammargren will present a one-woman show about the author, Jane Austen, at Appleton Public Library on Wednesday afternoon, May 20th, from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Kristin Hammargren is an actor, singer, and teaching artist based in Chicago. Born and raised in Minnesota, she grew up doing musical theatre and studying voice in her hometown of Bloomington. Originally focused on singing, Kristin spent her undergraduate years discovering theatre and the art of acting. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a degree in theatre and vocal performance. Hungry for more acting training, Kristin landed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting and began to develop her skills as an educator. Favorite roles along the way include Rosalind in As You Like It, Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Catherine in Proof and her original one-woman show about Jane Austen, Discovering Austen. Kristin’s professional work includes the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, American Players Theatre, Forward Theater Company, Door Shakespeare, Optimist Theatre, and the Guthrie Theater.  (http://www.kristinhammargren.com/)

Funding for Kristin’s performance is provided by the Friends of Appleton Public Library and Wisconsin Humanities Council. For further information about this free program, contact Elizabeth Eisen, Adult Programming Librarian, Appleton Public Library at 920-832-6392. Registration not required.

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