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Institutions which submitted applications to participate in the Becoming American project will be notified of the results by December 31, 2017.

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience is a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and moderated discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history.

The project will provide participating organizations (libraries, museums, historical societies, and cultural centers) with DVDs of carefully selected, compelling documentary films; discussion guidelines; original essays by eminent immigration scholars; extensive resource guides; and web support including training in how to organize, promote and run the series successfully.

In addition, each of the thirty-two nonprofit organizations selected to implement Becoming American will receive a cash award of $1,300 for project expenses. Participating institutions are expected to offer this six-week program sometime during the period June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster America’s living cultural heritage through education and public programs. 

Becoming American has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is the only worldwide network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives dedicated to remembering past struggles and addressing their contemporary legacies.

IEHS promotes the study of immigration history through scholarly publications and education outreach, focusing on migration to North America and the ethnic groups that developed as a result.