The Community Foundation is committed to honoring the story of Lancaster, and our proud history of being a welcoming community to refugees and immigrants.
To continue that legacy into the future, last summer, the Community Foundation partnered with LancasterHistory.org, Church World Service, the Lancaster Chamber, as well as the New American Economy to create an immersive art exhibit.
The exhibit featured “Here, There is Welcome,” a comprehensive look at Lancaster County’s history of being a welcoming community to refugees and immigrants since its inception. Coupled with the panels were selections from “inVISIBLE_americans“, a photography project that features the stories and faces of undocumented immigrants in the Lancaster community that works to raise awareness about DREAMers, in the hopes of creating a more open and safe environment for undocumented individuals in Lancaster. In addition, the experience highlighted important data from the Community Foundation funded study of New Americans in Lancaster, which can be viewed here.
We are presented these exhibits together to honor the past, and embolden the future. Celebrating our immigrant communities, then and now, makes Lancaster County extraordinary.