“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

― Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist

Different Roots, Common Dreams

The Project Behind the Book

A photo project on cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity in New Hampshire

This multi-year photo project documents the lives of people born in other countries and who are now settled in New Hampshire. These are our neighbors in New Hampshire communities.The first goal of the project is to show, through photographs, both the differences that refugees and immigrants bring from various countries, cultures, and belief traditions, and the unifying dreams that all people strive for—to support families, raise children, practice spiritual beliefs, and celebrate traditions both old and new.

The second goal is to honor the vitality, strength, and diversity that New Americans add to our communities at a time when there is much debate on refugee issues. The photos illustrate and celebrate the contributions of New Americans in our state through public exhibits, talks, and discussions on refugee issues.

More Information

Click here for more information about the project (PDF)

Partners and Links

Many thanks to the new Americans who agreed to be photographed and to the many organizations, non profits, agencies, and individuals who have helped (and continue to help) with photo opportunities.

Click HERE for a list of these partners and their websites.

Exhibits and Awards

2014 - Exhibit

Certificate Graduation Exhibit, NH Institute of Art, Manchester; The Environmental Portrait, juried photo exhibit, NH Institute of Art, Manchester; Annual Members’ Exhibit, Sharon Art Gallery, Peterboro, NH; Palace Theater, Manchester (with screening of “Refugees of Shangi-La”); NH Society of Photographic Artists, Exeter

2013 - Award

Becky’s portrait of a NH girl, originally from Somalia, was a winner in “FACES Photo Contest,” Photo District News (PDN), and appeared in September 2013 issue.

2013 - Exhibit

Southern NH University, Manchester; Manchester Interfaith Breakfast; NHTI Concord’s Community College; Embracing Immigration Conference, Rivier University, Nashua

2012 - Exhibit

NH Immigration Integration Conference; NH Diversity Conference; Welcome NH Conference; Concord Mayor’s Community Breakfast; University of New Hampshire, Manchester