As part of its centennial celebration, the Salt Lake City Library is sponsoring a series of free programs on eight ethnic Utah communities. With one exception, the programs are planned for Thursdays through June 11.
Members of ethnic communities will tell numerous stories of growing up and living in the state. Until recently, individuals outside these groups seldom heard these accounts, library officials say.Ronald Coleman, associate vice president for diversity and faculty development at the University of Utah, will discuss the African-American experience at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Main Library, 209 E. 500 South.
The recipient of a doctorate degree, Coleman specializes in African-American history with an emphasis on blacks in Utah, civil rights and the Civil War. He joined the U. faculty in 1973 and received the Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch prize for outstanding teaching in 1990.
Other programs, all at 7 p.m., are: Anand Yang, the Chinese experience, March 5, Chapman Branch Library, 577 S. 900 West; Larry Cesspooch, Ute Indians, March 19, Main Library; Helen Papanikolas, Greek community, April 2, Main Library; Michael T. Walton, Jewish story, April 16, Foothill Branch Library, 1135 S. 2100 East; Edward Mayer, Hispanic experience, May 7, Day-Riverside Branch Library, 1575 W. 1000 North; Japanese-Americans held in internment camps during World War II, Japanese experience, Tuesday, May 26, Main Library; Philip Notarianni, Italian community, June 11, Sweet Branch Library, 455 F St.
Earlier this month, Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone made a presentation at Sprague Branch Library.
Kelen was born in Budapest, Hungary, and emigrated to the United States in 1959. He and Stone recorded the stories of eight ethnic communities in a book titled, "Missing Stories: An Oral History of Eight Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah." The book was published by the University of Utah Press.
Originally from New England, Stone has lived and worked as a journalistic writer in Utah for more than 17 years. "Missing Stories" is her first book. She has published more than 300 stories and is the editor of the Graphic Arts Journal and a tri-state religious periodical.
Call the Main Library, 524-8200, for more information.