Category Archives: STORIES

Ingeborg Baehr Hirschhorn

My mother was born in Germany in 1927. Her dad was a dentist and her mom was a housewife. They lived in Bamburg and had a nice, comfortable, multi-story house. With the rise of Hitler, things became increasingly worse for her family. Mom, along with all the other Jewish kids in the Catholic school she attended, was thrown out of ... Read More »

Jose Aguirre

Jose and his wife came to the U.S. in 1999 after the violence to journalists in Columbia became untenable.  He began anew – doing a wide variety of entry level jobs. Eventually, he was able to get back to journalism. Read More »

Profile of a South Coast Farmworker

The name has been changed in this story posted by the organization, Puente. When Pedro first arrived to the United States in 1983, he worked picking tomatoes in fields near Chula Vista, California. In those days, conditions for farmworkers were different and Pedro lived for months, along with other farmworkers, on the banks of a creek under a roof made ... Read More »

Lucila Ortiz

Lucila immigrated as an 11 year old when the family decided to join their father in the U.S. She recounts how a high school club she joined changed her life for the better. Read More »

Jeremy Barousse

Jeremy’s grandparents left home in Poland when the Nazis invaded.  His grandmother was only 16 when she made it to a refugee camp. In California they worked in the fields. Read More »

Hugh Crawford

My grandfather’s father, Hugh Crawford, came to the US from Ireland with his older brother, during the years of massive Irish immigration due to the potato famine. As young men of 16 and 18, they purchased a farm in Ohio with their portion of their family farm. Soon, their parents and younger siblings joined them, selling their farm in Northern ... Read More »

Samuel and Elizabeth Cavanaugh

The Story of Samuel and Elizabeth Cavanaugh (Also Kavanagh: In Ireland they spelled their name with a K when they came to America they changed it to C.) Elizabeth (Liz) Keegan, daughter of John Keegan and Mary Ann Coleman Keegan was born in Dublin, Ireland on 6/7/1860. Samuel (Sam) Cavanaugh, son of Patrick Cavanaugh and Sarah Reed, was born on ... Read More »

MARTINE MOVES TO BOSTON

My mother immigrated to the United States from France when she was 20. She had visited Boston two years before, with her aunt (a Parisian botanist who had won a Fulbright Scholarship), and had met my father (a Harvard College pre-med), and they had fallen in love. He came to visit her in France the next summer, and she came ... Read More »

Stukely Westcott

Stukely, a farmer from Yeovil, England, came to America in June, 1635 and settled in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife Julianna and their six children. While living in Salem he became close friends with Roger Williams, who was subsequently banished from the Salem colony for his advocacy of the separation of civil and religious authority. In 1638 Stukely was also ... Read More »

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