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Hosts “Share Your Heritage Day” on July 18 to celebrate the immigrant experience in Columbus

Contact: Meredith Hart, Marketing & Communications Director



COLUMBUS, OHIO, July 6, 2015 — Columbus Neighborhoods: New Americans is the last segment to premiere in the second phase of WOSU Public Media’s Emmy® award-winning documentary series and outreach project, Columbus Neighborhoods. Before the broadcast premiere of the documentary this fall, which looks at the immigrant experience in Columbus, producers are hosting an open casting call: a chance for residents of Columbus to share the story of how they, or their families, arrived in Central Ohio.

Columbus Neighborhoods: New Americans – “Share Your Heritage Day” will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WOSU@COSI. Whether here in Columbus for generations, or a recent arrival, participants in this free event will have the opportunity to declare the pride they have in their heritage. Stories will be video recorded and may be used in the development of the documentary.

Immigrants built Columbus. In Columbus Neighborhoods: New Americans viewers will discover how the immigrant experience not only defined the character of the city during its foundation and early growth, but how immigrants now are adding to our culture, supporting our economy and reshaping the American dream. “Share Your Heritage Day” will give residents the chance to reflect on how they are New Americans in Columbus.

There will be a scanning station and genealogist on-site from Columbus Metropolitan Library to archive mementos and provide guidance on tracing one’s ancestry. For more information about “Share Your Heritage Day”, please call (614) 292-WOSU.

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