Immigration has long been a hot-button issue in the United States, and debate about it is especially heated right now. While it’s yet to be seen just how things will play out with the proposed Pink Floydian initiative at the U.S. – Mexico border, we can (and should) look at the experiences of immigrants and our country’s handling of immigration in the past to help inform our view today.
The library is currently hosting the traveling exhibit “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island.” The exhibit, which was developed by the Bullock Texas State History Museum and made available by Humanities Texas, features twenty eight panels that detail the lesser-known history of Galveston Island as a point of entry for immigrants and also explore universal themes of immigration. In my opinion, this fine-looking display of stimulating information is in the running for the most impressive exhibit we’ve hosted to date, and I encourage you to come give it a look. It is free to view anytime the library is open until May 22.