Aug 30, 2022

Summers of Promises and Disappointments

This past summer (2022) around one million Lebanese immigrants visited Lebanon. Their arrival was awaited with great anticipation by many in Lebanon. Aside from long delayed and much needed reunions with families and friends, their return was expected to bring […]

Jan 31, 2022  |  2022

The Moghabghab Family in Cyprus,New York and Madeira, 1878-1974

Nicholas Stanley-Price first encountered the name of Theophilus Mogabgab when doing archaeological fieldwork in Cyprus for his doctorate from Oxford University. His career since then has been mainly in international organizations dedicated to cultural heritage preservation. He lives in Rome, […]

Sep 23, 2021

Syrian Families in the Colorado Coal Mining Communities

Since the 1980s, Bob Rossi has been working on a social history of Colorado coal mining communities and an account of the 1927–28 Colorado mine workers’ strike. A part of this work has entailed documenting the lives of Syrian and […]

Sep 7, 2021  |  2021

Archive Spotlight: The Reverend Tobia Attallah Letter Collection

This is a short blog post written by Amanda Forbes of the Khayrallah Center. If you would like to read the letters on our digital archive please click here.  If you would like to read more about this family’s story […]

Jul 27, 2021

My Mother’s 78 RPM Arabic Record Collection

In 2020 the Khayrallah Center Archive was gifted 32 vinyl records of Arabic music from Kail Ellis as an addition to the Angele Hobeiche Kmeid-Ellis Collection, which can be viewed here and over the course of the past year the […]

Mar 4, 2021

Alan Jabbour, “A Cultured Man”: Foodways, Music, and Syria Dreamin’

This blog was written by Folklorist, Sabra Webber. Webber is a professor emerita at The Ohio State University in the Department of Comparative Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. She visited the Khayrallah Center in the […]

Nov 2, 2020

The Arab American Archive Collaborative: Enriching the Field by Increasing Public Access to Early Arab American Life

In July 2019 archivists, librarians, and researchers from the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the Arab American National Museum, and the Houston Metropolitan Center partnered for a National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) Planning Grant titled: […]

Aug 17, 2020

Letters from Afar: New Khayrallah Center collection of letters from West Africa to Lebanon

Introduction In 1936 Nadim Attallah, a Lebanese immigrant living in Conakry, Guinea (West Africa), wrote an exasperated and desperate letter to his father, Maronite Rev. Tobia Attallah of Bayt Shabab village . He chided him: “I am astounded that after […]

May 19, 2020

Announcing the Angele Hobeiche Kmeid-Ellis Collection

The Khayrallah Center is excited to announce a three part project centered on an extraordinary collection of over three-hundred letters received by Angele Ellis from friends and family in Lebanon, Cuba, Canada, Chile, and France. They are written in Arabic, […]

Feb 26, 2020

The Second Jabbour Immigrant: Albert Jabbour and His Courtship Story

This blog was written by Folklorist, Sabra Webber. Webber is a professor emerita at The Ohio State University in the Department of Comparative Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. She visited the Khayrallah Center in the […]