LEWISTON — Members of the city’s high school Youth Council will mark Lewiston’s diversity April 5 with a panel discussion on “Celebration of Immigration: Stories of Struggles & Successes.”

The event is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lewiston Memorial Armory, 65 Central Ave. It’s a follow-up to the cultural holiday event the Youth Council hosted in December.

Individuals representing five of Lewiston’s ethnic groups will tell their stories of how they and their families came to Lewiston. Panelists include Rachel Desgrosseilliers, representing the French; John Henderson, representing the Irish; Jimmy Simones, representing the Greek; Phyllis Deringis, representing the Lithuanian; and ZamZam Mohamud, representing the Somali.

Cultural foods will be offered and music will be played. Photos of immigrants throughout Lewiston’s history, compliments of Museum L-A, will be on display.

Community members are invited to contact the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council if they would like to host a display table showing historic mementos from their own immigration journey to Lewiston. They could include posters, photos and other memorabilia.

Contact Dottie Perham-Whittier, Lewiston community relations coordinator, (207) 513-3000, extension 3205 or [email protected] via email.

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