Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina, 130 Years of History
Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina, 130 Years of History opens at Levine Museum on March 7 and is the first exhibit to commemorate the history of Lebanese immigrants who have made North Carolina their home since the 1880s. Researched and developed by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at N.C. State University, the multimedia exhibit features personal stories, family photographs, home movies, letters, artifacts, and audio recordings that bring to life the story of Lebanese immigration in North Carolina. Computer games, Arabic music, a dance floor to learn steps of the dabke, and other interactive components will further immerse visitors in the Lebanese immigration experience.
“Cedars in the Pines recounts the hard work, challenges and contributions of three generations of Lebanese immigrants who have adapted to life in North Carolina while struggling to maintain their cultural heritage,” says Akram Khater, Ph.D., Director of the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies . “Lebanese Americans have left a lasting impression on the state’s civic, social, political, religious and cultural life.”
The exhibit seeks to educate visitors on the myriad experiences of Lebanese-Arab immigrants to North Carolina and illustrate both the complexities of this migratory movement and the universal themes involved in immigration to the U.S. Cedars in the Pines will challenge visitors to rethink their understanding of Arabs in general, and the Lebanese in particular, and their relationship to the U.S.
The exhibit from the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at N.C. State University will be on display at Levine Museum through August 9, 2015. It was created thanks to additional support from the N.C. Museum of History and the N.C. Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.