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Concord woman’s photographs of New Hampshire immigrants to be displayed

THE WORK of Concord photographer Becky Field will be featured in an exhibit opening Feb. 6 at the UNH-Manchester Library.

Field, a former wildlife ecologist and communications director for the American Red Cross of New Hampshire, began taking photographs in her retirement, and she quickly settled into documenting the lives of immigrants and refugees living in New Hampshire.

“New Hampshire has many residents with diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds,” Field said in a news release. “At a time when there is much public discussion about immigration policies, my project looks at the strength, vitality and rich diversity that New Americans add to our communities.”

The exhibit will feature 35 photographs of New Hampshire residents originally from 19 countries. The display will show a diverse group of people participating in similar activities: working, engaging in traditional activities, having fun, being at home, learning new skills and practicing their faith traditions.

The exhibit will be on display Feb. 6 through May 19 at the library, 400 Commercial St., Manchester. An opening artist’s reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the library. The reception and exhibit are free and open to all.

A new worldwide book/ebook explains the role, struggles, and contributions of immigrants and minorities: "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more." Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it paints a revealing picture of America on numerous subjects to help those who will benefit from a better understanding. Immigrants and the children they bear account for 60 percent of our nation's population growth and are 60 percent more likely to start a new business than native-born Americans. It identifies the multitude of "foreigners" who became successful in the US and contributed to our society. However, most struggle in their efforts and need guidance. Perhaps intelligent immigration reform, White House-Congress cooperation, concerned citizens and books like this can extend a helping hand to those in need. Here's a closing quote from the book's Intro: "With all of our cultural differences though, you'll be surprised to learn how much our countries—and we as human beings—have in common on this little third rock from the sun. After all, the song played at our Disneyland parks around the world is 'It's A Small World After All.' Peace." www.AmericaAtoZ.com

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