Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 to 1980

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 to 1980: Opening Reception 



Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 2017


The Austin History Center, Grand Hallway
810 Guadalupe, Austin, TX

Street and surface lot parking are free on Tuesday nights.
This event is free and open to the public.
This event is catered.

For more information, please contact Phonshia Nie, PhD at (512) 974-7394 or, or call the Austin History Center at 512-974-7480.

Exhibit Opening

What does it mean to be a refugee in Austin? How would it feel to be forced to leave your homeland? What kind of home would you create for you and your family in Austin?
This historical exhibit explores the experiences of displacement, forced migration, and resettlement among various communities in Austin from 1848 to 1980. By highlighting documents, photographs, and objects from the Austin History Center's archival collections, Finding Refuge in Austin reveals the shared challenges and contributions among refugee communities in Austin and Travis County. The exhibit opens February 21, 2017 and runs through September 17, 2017.
The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public and will be catered by Chef Uyen Pham and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.

About the Exhibit

From the Germans who fled Germany in mid-19th century as political dissenters to the Vietnamese and Cambodians forced to flee war and violence in the late 1970s, the history of refugees in Austin spans well over a century and demonstrates just how integral refugees have been to the development of this city. An interest in providing a home to communities in need has a long history in Austin and Travis County. Whether serving as a temporary refuge for families displaced by war or natural disaster or engaging in activism to support the safe passage and resettlement of refugees around the world, Austin has provided space for new communities to flourish. Yet, refugees have also faced discrimination when claiming Austin as their new home. Finding Refuge in Austin considers how refugees in Austin have grappled with these challenges and worked to empower themselves and their communities. With Texas recently withdrawing from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, this exhibit is timely, and also an important reminder of the historical roots and contributions of refugees in Austin and Travis County.

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