If you are of Arabic descent, the Arab American National Museum is looking for you.
The Dearborn-based museum wants to collect the stories and artifacts of Arab Americans for its upcoming exhibition “Arab Americans in Service to Our Country,” set to open in February 2012.
This exhibition will allow the museum to document and present to audiences the public service-oriented contributions of Arab Americans to our society. The exhibition serves the museum’s mission to “document, preserve and educate the public about the history, life, culture and contributions of Arab Americans.”
This exhibition will reflect the experiences of Arab Americans regardless of time of immigration, religious affiliation, national origin or place of residency. The museum is seeking individual and organizational stories, artifacts and historical documents that reflect the Arab American experience through public service in the following areas: Peace Corps; AmeriCorps; City Year; Teach for America; all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces; U.S. diplomatic corps; and municipal police and fire departments. Collected artifacts and historical documents can be donated or loaned to the museum.
The AANM is seeking items that represent the diversity of the Arab American experience, including representation from all states, all Arab American communities, and all of the aforementioned service areas. Potential items include: oral histories; medals, awards, and other honors; letters and documents; personal objects; uniforms or other clothing worn by servicepersons; or photographs and memorabilia collected during the period of service.
Those who have artifacts to submit for potential inclusion in the exhibition should provide contact information and a brief description of the items to Suzy Mazloum, Curator of Collections, at (313) 624-0229 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum will then contact potential lenders directly for more information. Lenders will be credited for items selected for display in the exhibition.