December 19, 2013
The Greensboro Historical Museum, in partnership with students from the city’s Montagnard community, welcomes you to a free film screening of The Young ‘Mountaineers’: An Untold Story of Montagnard Youth in Greensboro on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1 to 4 pm.
The Historical Museum was one of nine Smithsonian Affiliates selected to launch a project with underserved youth in an Asian Pacific American community, and received a grant to fund a multimedia project for teens to learn the basics of oral history and video documentaries. “We immediately realized this would be a one-of-a-kind opportunity and reached out to students from Montagnard families – an immigrant and refugee population from the central highlands of Vietnam who have been moving to Greensboro since the mid-1980s,” says Dean MacLeod, Museum Curator of Education. “Many people don’t realize that Greensboro has one of the largest Montagnard populations anywhere in the world outside of Vietnam.”
In addition to the film screening, visitors can see a display created by Mendenhall Middle School educator and author Betty Stratford. The display is made up of 18 scenes, similar to large, three dimensional picture book pages which trace the story of Lie, from her life in the central highlands to becoming an American citizen. “The story is unique,” explains MacLeod, “yet it has universal themes that will appeal to people of all backgrounds.”