A new exhibit at Lowell National Historical Park's Mogan Cultural Center features the previously untold stories of youth who came to Lowell as teenage refugees. "Their Stories: Lowell's Youth and the Refugee Experience" features the narratives of five young people from Bhutan, Burma, Congo, and Iraq.
The exhibit, a collaboration between the Tsongas Industrial History Center, the International Institute of Lowell, UMass Lowell professor Susan Thomson, and Lowell National Historical Park opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Mogan Center, 40 French St., Lowell.
The project began with UMass Lowell students from Thomson's sociology classes interviewing five members of the International Institute's Youth Fellowship group. Featured in the exhibit is a mural created by 18 refugee youth from the International Institute of Lowell. The mural depicts a tree and symbolizes the living process of growth and change.
The exhibit, a component within the Mill Girl and Immigrant Exhibit, is open to the public during Mill Girl and Immigrant Exhibit hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Labor Day, and 1:30 to 5 p.m. from Sept. 2 through Columbus Day.