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Newton, North Carolina
Collecting Hmong Heritage in North Carolina

With an NEH grant, the Catawba County Library System (CCLS) celebrated and preserved the heritage of its local Hmong community, among the nation’s largest proportionally. Library branches in Newton, Conover, and St. Stephens and a local Hmong church hosted five digitization days, to which locals brought photos, documents, correspondence, and family heirlooms to be digitized. Participants recorded stories associated with the items and shared them online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. CCLS also held several events celebrating Hmong culture, ultimately fostering appreciation of it and enhancing the local population’s sense of belonging in the community.

“I want [my great-grandchildren] to know how much we gave up and what we went through so that they could make their own choices and have a better life.”

–Project participant/panelist

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