Take a look at some of the amazing objects we collected this year!

Thank you to our supporters for another incredible year of artifact donations.
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Do you have any pictures, objects or stories that illustrate your family’s Arab American history? Consider donating them to the Arab American National Museum!
Dear Museum Supporters,
As we wrap up another great year of accessioning artifacts donated by our community, we are immensely thankful to you all for your continued support of our Museum.

The objects we collected speak to the experiences of Arab Americans all over the country and represent multiple generations. We were excited to take in a wide range of artifacts, from immigration documents to items from Olympic athletes, everyday kitchen objects and even a professional clown’s outfit, complete with rainbow-striped socks!

The Curatorial team works year-round to care for items such as these that are donated by our community, and is always looking for new objects that help convey the diverse and complex Arab American story. If you are interested in donating an object or oral history, please contact curatorial.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and start to the New Year.

2019 Collections Highlights
Vintage Palestinian Dolls

These dolls were crafted by Palestinian refugees as part of a U.S. State Department program in the late 1940s, led by Ms. A.G. Halaby.

2019.03.00 Gift of Alice Hoelzer.

Mortar and Pestle

Raff Ellis’ family used this large marble mortar and wood pestle in Lebanon to grind meat for kibbe. It was brought to the U.S. in the 1920s and cherished by the family for generations.

2019.06.00 Gift of Raff Ellis.

Home Videos

The Khirby family brought their traditions of mahrajanat (family and community celebrations) from Khibet Qanafar, Lebanon to Bath, OH. These videos from the 1930s-50s document their family gatherings.

2019.08.00 Gift of Michael Kukral.

Clown Costume

Professionally trained clown “Posie” (aka Penny Fletcher) delighted children and adults alike for 30 years in mid-Michigan from about 1974-2004.

2019.12.00 Gift of Penny Fletcher (Farhat).

Immigration Papers

Basil Ketaily and his wife Agatha Khoury emigrated from Palestine in the early 20th century. This 1920 document issued by Palestine allowed Agatha to travel and shows her paid visa fees on the reverse.

2019.19.11 Gift of Donna (De) Minner.

Olympian’s Leotard

Jordyn Wieber won gold as a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics in London. Wieber has Lebanese ancestry and apparently loved to eat malfouf while training.

2019.29.01 Gift of Rita Wieber.

Eve 1 Screen-Print

Artist and former cardiologist Hend Al-Mansour grew up in Saudi Arabia before moving to the U.S. in 1997. It was here that she was able to follow her true calling as an artist. Members may remember Al-Mansour’s solo exhibit Mihrab presented by AANM in 2018.

2019.30.01 Gift of Hend Al-Mansour.

If you are interested in more information about our collection or would like to donate an object or oral history, please contact curatorial.

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