Syrians in La Crosse: Music, Family and Identity

Saturday, August 12 from 1-3 PM
Join Dr. Richard Breaux, Assistant Professor of Ethnic and Racial Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, for an exploration of the histories of local Lebanese/Syrian families. 

Follow them from their arrival in La Crosse in the early 20th century to their place in the heart of the La Crosse community.

This program will feature some of the Arab and Arab American musicians, record labels and songs popular among families here who used this music as a way to maintain their ethnic identity and connection.

Read more about the fascinating history of Syrians in La Crosse on the La Crosse Public Library Archives blog.

Dr. Richard Breaux

Dr. Breaux is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic and Racial Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His areas of speciality include Syrian/Lebanese American History to 1965, African American History, and African American Film and Music. His current work includes research into the "Cultural Retention and Assimiliation through the Recorded Sounds of the Syrian Antoichian Orthodox Church in the United States" and the development of a book on the "Thriving Syrian Community... Equal Partners in Democracy and Liberty in La Crosse, Wisconsin 1894-1954."  

View Dr. Richard Breaux's UW-La Crosse faculty profile