Join us for a fascinating virtual lecture providing a broad overview of Luxembourg immigration to Chicago. During the second half of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, Chicago and Cook County were home to the largest number of Luxembourg immigrants in America. A staggering one-quarter of little Luxembourg's population immigrated to America in hope of finding greater economic opportunity with settlers playing a unique role in the Chicago region as truck farmers and greenhouse owners on Chicago's north side.
Our presenter Kevin Wester was born and raised in the Luxembourg settlement of Belgium Wisconsin. He was the first, full-time Executive Director of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society. Mr. Wester was knighted by Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and awarded a medallion of merit from the Archdiocese of Luxembourg for his efforts to preserve the ties between Luxembourg and the United States.
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