The City of Trenton is home to a vibrant and thriving Puerto Rican population. This community has made tremendous impacts on the Capital City, enriching our community with culture, connection, and diversity. But how did this community come to settle in our small but mighty city? To learn more about Puerto Rican community and their inspiring journey to the mainland United States, you are invited to join the William Trent House for their latest webinar, “From San Juan to Trenton: Stories of Puerto Rican Migration.”

On Tuesday, September 24th, guests from near and far are invited to learn more about the Puerto Rican community’s journey to and impact on the City of Trenton. This fun, free, and informative event will begin at 2pm. This presentation is hosted by Dr. Robert McGreevy, professor of history at the College of New Jersey. Although this is an online presentation, guests are more than welcome to come to the Trent House Visitor Center to enjoy refreshments and a follow-up conversation. If you can’t make it, however, you are welcome to attend virtually. Further details as well as registration information can be found here: Register.

This conversation will explore the complex and fascinating history of Puerto Rican immigration in the United States. In the early 20th century, United States officials attempted to limit citizenship through the definition of Puerto Rico as a US territory. In spite of these barriers, the Puerto Rican community stood strong and challenged these limitations as they made their way to the mainland. This event will explore conflicts between migrants and government officials, the steps that were taken to overcome these obstacles, and illustrate how the meaning of American citizenship has evolved and reshaped over the years.

The event is co-sponsored by the Trent House Association and the Puerto Rican Community and Friends Organization in order to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. The Trent House Association works in cooperation with the City of Trenton to preserve the William Trent House and enhance the historical integrity and interpretation of the property. Over the house, the Trent House hosts educational opportunities, public programming, research, and more to take full advantage of this historic site.

The Puerto Rican Community and Friends Organization serves our community’s flourishing Puerto Rican community, offering the community and its supporters a safe space to celebrate and promote Puerto Rican culture. Their mission is to educate, raise awareness, spread pride, and exhibit Puerto Rican culture all throughout the Trenton community. Through partnerships and collaboration, they are able to offer the community extensive educational and cultural programming throughout the year. You can read more about their incredible work here: TPRCFO – Home.

If you have any questions prior to the event, please continue the William Trent House  at (609) 989-3027 for additional details. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the rich history of one of Trenton’s biggest communities, so be sure to register today!

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