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New book, exhibit explores immigrants' experiences in Holyoke

HOLOKE - Wistariahurst Museum will host a talk and book signing of the newest book by Wistariahurst Curator Kate Navarra Thibodeau, "Destination: Holyoke" on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Books will be available for sale.

Thibodeau will speak about her research on Holyoke's immigrant groups. The book is a culmination of two years of research for an exhibit series on Holyoke's immigrant and migrant people.

The first exhibit, "...we all are

in this strange country": Immigration and Migration to Holyoke can be viewed at Wistariahurst through December 31.

"Destination: Holyoke" includes extensive new research and many never published photos and is available at the Museum for $19.99 plus tax during regular museum hours.

Thibodeau holds a master's degree in American History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is Curator at Wistariahurst and lives in Holyoke.

Thibodeau is also the author of the recently released "Holyoke:

The Skinner Family and Wistariahurst," an Arcadia Series book, and is the recipient of the National Council on Public History New Professional Award.

Books may also be purchased at the following locations:

Highland Hardware, 917 Hampden Street

The Highland Rose, 1615 Northampton Street

Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street