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New Americans to Celebrate Their First Thanksgiving on November 21 

ST. LOUIS (November 17, 2017) On Tuesday, Nov. 21 beginning at 11:45 a.m., refugees and immigrants will experience their first traditional Thanksgiving Celebration at the International Institute of St. Louis, 3401 Arsenal St.  

The International Institute, in company with its students, clients, agency staff, city and county officials and honored guests, has celebrated the customary feast for more than 20 years.

Recognizing the large, positive impact refugees and immigrants have on the St. Louis regional economy and on cultural diversity, the Institute seeks to help immerse newcomers in American culture. The annual Thanksgiving Celebration is a prime example of these efforts.

Event highlights include a sing-a-long rendition of This Land is Your Land, lessons on Thanksgiving history and customs, practice with weights and measures as they estimate the circumference of a pumpkin and other measurements using seasonal items, and of course a traditional Thanksgiving Feast!

Tuesday, November 21
Dedication and activities
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Turkey dinner served
12:15 p.m.
Photo and interview opportunities will be available as New Americans - Congolese, Afghani, Iraqi, and more - celebrate their first Thanksgiving along with staff and guests. 

About International Institute of St. Louis
The International Institute, established in 1919, is a pioneer in the field of diversity. In all our comprehensive array of adjustment services reaches more than 8,000 immigrants and refugees from 75 countries annually. The purpose of the International Institute is to be the St. Louis region's Welcoming Center for New Americans. Its programs are arranged in three pillars of service: Immersion, Investment, and Inclusion.

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