Collection: BPL Outreach Program – Immigrant Experience

This collection was organized by Ghada Elturk, outreach coordinator for the Boulder Public Library until 2015. In these oral histories, immigrant members of the Boulder Public Library’s English conversation class interviewed one another about their home countries and their experiences since arriving in Boulder. Each narrator is posed with the question “Why Boulder?”

Agnona, Silvia – OH2003
Interview Date: October 16, 2014

Silvia Agnona immigrated to the United States nine years ago from Italy (by way of Norway and Denmark, where she lived before coming to the United States). She describes the great variety of landscapes and the beauty of Italy, as … Continue reading

Barsamian, Kadriye U. – OH1999
Interview Date: October 8, 2014

Kadriye Barsamian immigrated to the United States fourteen years ago from her native Turkey. At first she was taken aback by Boulder’s smallness compared to Ankara, which has seven million people. She has come to love the quiet, cleanliness, and … Continue reading

Elhassan, Zoya – OH 1985
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Zoya Elhassan emigrated from Sudan to Boulder eight years ago. In this interview, she describes where she lived in Sudan, near the capital city of Khartoum, some of the traditions of her homeland that she treasured—such as the warm, supportive … Continue reading

Huerta, Sandra F. – oh1987
Interview Date: September 3, 2014

Sandra Huerta and her family moved to Boulder from Huaraz, Peru, six years ago, after waiting about seven years to obtain residency papers. She describes many things she loves about Peru, but says that Boulder feels like her home now. … Continue reading

Iurcovich, Mariana – OH1994
Interview Date: September 17, 2014

Mariana Iurcovich, a psychologist, emigrated from Argentina after meeting her husband, an Argentinian who teaches applied mathematics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She worked for many years doing international work in the area of HIV and AIDS education; … Continue reading

Kim, Hyounjoon – OH2004
Interview Date: October 30, 2014

Hyounjoon Kim came to the United States from South Korea with her husband and her two children, so that their children could go to school in the American education system and her husband could study here. He went to university … Continue reading

Kjolseth, Silvia Siordia – OH1993
Interview Date: September 10, 2014

Silvia Kjolseth was born and raised in Mexico, and she moved to the United States in 1964 when she married her husband, an American. She has lived in this country for 50 years and in Boulder since 1971. She talks … Continue reading

McDaniel, Rattana Toi – OH2007
Interview Date: July 2, 2014

Rattana Toi McDaniel, who moved from Thailand to Boulder with her American husband ten years ago, tells about her home country and her hometown of Chiang Mai. She relates how she came to meet her husband and tells the story … Continue reading

Mestas, Victor – OH1995
Interview Date: September 17, 2014

Victor Mestas, an accomplished keyboard musician, moved to Boulder with his wife and two children in 2012 from Venezuela. He describes the geography and culture of Venezuela, explains that they moved to the United States due to deteriorating conditions in … Continue reading

Murillo, Maria – OH2002
Interview Date: October 16, 2014

Maria Murillo immigrated to the United States from Venezuela eighteen years before this interview was conducted. Initially, she came to Colorado with her husband and two children so that her husband could go to graduate school at the Colorado School … Continue reading

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