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Saturday Feb. 13 at 1PM— "Voices in the Storm: Stories from the Blizzard of '66", will profile one of the worst storms in upstate New York's history in a highly illustrated Powerpoint presentation by author Jim Farfaglia. Farfaglia will also have copies of his book for sale.

Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1PM - A History of Eagle Bay by Dick Williams.

Saturday March 5, 1 PM A Panel Discussion! "By the start of WWI nearly 70 families comprised the Syrian community in Utica. Over 40 Syrian owned grocery stores had been established." Pictures of neighborhood Mid-Eastern Grocery Stores and Personal Stories from the descendants of Syrian immigrants: Carol Koury Potter, Rose Toukatly, Mary Nassimos and Bob Zaloom. Bring us your stories and memories to share.

Saturday, March 12, 1 PM "A Thousand and One Journeys...The Arab Americans" produced by Abe Kasbo is of PBS quality. A great need to present and understand people and cultures of the Middle East and their descendants here in the United States is the focus of this movie. It has great historical significance and relevance to Utica. John Zogby, Abe and Mark Harf will be our hosts. Mark Harf's great grandfather, Rev. George Trad, was the founding pastor of St. George's Orthodox Church on Higby Road in New Hartford. The movie can be pre-ordered at this time and will be on sale at our bookstore as soon as it is published. Saturday,

March 19, 1 PM Professor of English Emeritus of Utica College, Dr. Eugene Nassar will be our honored speaker. His memoir, "Wind of the Land," tells of growing up in a Lebanese Christian family in an Italian neighborhood of East Utica. Dr. Nassar was founder and Director of the Ethnic Heritage Studies Center at Utica College and a section of these studies on the life of Wadih Zogby, who immigrated here in 1923 will be presented. A short interview from the owner of the Phoenician Restaurant, George Karam, will be presented. George emigrated to Utica in 1976.

Saturday, March 26, 1 PM A lively discussion with Bosnian friends. Dina Radiljas, a professor at MVCC, Amelia Thompson, a nurse at Rome City Hospital, and Edin Selimovic, Utica's first Bosnian policeman are only some of the immigrants you will meet. They will tell how they came to settle in Utica and the cultural differences they encountered.

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