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Belgian Migrant Museum to Open in Antwerp

Belgian Migrant Museum to OpenAn exciting new project is underway in the Belgian city of Antwerp and you can be part of it!

The Belgian Red Star Line Museum will open its doors in 2012 to tell the story of the many emigrants that left Europe to start a new life in America and is asking people to share their family stories of that journey.

Between 1873 and 1934 the Belgian / US shipping company Red Star Line transported over two million European passengers from Antwerp to America. Poor emigrants in search of the American Dream, but also passengers travelling for business or pleasure left for New York.

The Red Star Line buildings where people gathered before their departure are nowadays protected monuments. Having been empty for a long time, the city of Antwerp purchased them to give them a purpose again.

In the spring of 2012 the new Red Star Line Museum will open its doors to tell the story of the historic shipping company through art, memorabilia, stories and other means. The organisors envisage it as "a place of remembrance, experience, debate and research into international mobility, both past and present."

The city of Antwerp is appealing to half a dozen public and private collections for the realization of its Red Star Line, People on the Move museum.

To realise its intentions the museum is appealing to the public and private collectors to share their Red Star Line memorabilia such as postcards, luggage, diaries or photos as well as travel stories or objects preserved in family archives.

Maybe you too can contribute to the new museum’s collection and bring your family's history alive!

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