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Virtual: THINGS: A Global Conversation About Immigration

October 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If you had to leave your homeland, what would you bring with you? What would you be able to bring? What would you be allowed to bring? And what would your choices say about your reasons for going, your hopes for the future, and your connection to those you left behind? John Roy Mackay carried the chanter from his grandfather’s set of bagpipes with him when he emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1805. Twenty-one-year-old Robert Walker, a Scottish cabinetmaker, chose to bring his copy of Thomas Sheraton’s Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book. Join Daniel Ackermann and Stephen Jackson as they discuss immigration through the lens of two objects that made the journey from Scotland to North America.
Daniel Ackermann is Interim Chief Curator at Old Salem Museums & Gardens and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America.
Stephen Jackson is Curator of Decorative Arts at the National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
THINGS: A Global Conversation is an online program that features curators, makers, and other experts from around the world in conversation with people and objects from the Old Salem and MESDA collection. You’re invited to join the conversation via Zoom. Our things may be old, but the lessons we can learn from them are as contemporary and relevant as ever! Check out the whole series at: https://mesda.org/program/things-a-global-conversation/
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October 28, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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