STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — In partnership with Berkshire Immigrant Center, Norman Rockwell Museum once again will host a naturalization ceremony inside its galleries on Saturday, Sept. 9, starting at 10 a.m.
Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world will be sworn-in as new naturalized United States citizens during a special ceremony to be held against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms paintings.
"Hosting the citizenship naturalization ceremonies has been one of my most rewarding moments during all my years with the museum," said Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. "Norman Rockwell celebrated all the world's cultures and peoples through his art. I hope our new citizens will always feel at home here at the Museum, and hold a special memory of this ceremony."
For the second year, the ceremony will be presided over by the Honorable Joan M. McMenemy, first justice of Berkshire County Juvenile Court. Remarks are to be provided by Norton Moffatt and Brooke Mead, director of Berkshire Immigrant Center.
Adding to the proceedings, pianist Karen Tchougourian will offer music during the reception for the new citizens and their families, following the ceremony.
This year's ceremony is made possible with generous support from Helen Bing and Berkshire Bank. Additional support provided by Blue Q, The Great Barrington Bagel Company & Deli, and Kapiloff's Glass Inc.
Support for the event is encouraged and can be arranged by contacting the museum at 413-931-2221. Priority seating is given to new citizens and their families; Museum visitors are welcome to observe the ceremony based on space availability.
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue. Name-calling, personal attacks, libel, slander or foul language is not allowed. All comments are reviewed before posting and will be deleted or edited as necessary.
We show up at hurricanes, budget meetings, high school games, accidents, fires and community events. We show up at celebrations and tragedies and everything in between. We show up so our readers can learn about pivotal events that affect their communities and their lives.
How important is local news to you? You can support independent, unbiased journalism and help iBerkshires grow for as a little as the cost of a cup of coffee a week.