Celebrate World Refugee Day in Austin at the Bullock

Festival celebrates new American citizens with family fun

June 1, 2017 (AUSTIN, TX) — Whether their journey is 1,000 miles or 10,000, refugees all have a unique and individual story to tell. Join us Saturday, June 17, as refugees from several different countries reach the pinnacle of their journey to receive American citizenship. The Austin celebration of the International World Refugee Day across will be held at the Bullock Texas State History Museum from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an official naturalization ceremony and children's activities that will focus on learning about the journey of a refugee.

The United Nations established World Refugee Day to recognize the courage, resilience, and strength of refugee families and individuals who have fled their home countries because of conflict and persecution. Sponsored by the Bullock Museum and member organizations of the Austin Refugee Roundtable, World Refugee Day highlights the plight of those fleeing their home country due to religious or political persecution. More than 1,000 refugees from nearly 30 countries come to Austin each year to start a new life.

The Bullock Museum has partnered with iACT and the Refugee Roundtable to host Austin's World Refugee Day each June for the past eight years. The Bullock Texas State History Museum was recognized as one of the honorees at the Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) 2017 Hope Awards.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. visitors will learn more about the journey of a refugee, from home country to the United States, through games sponsored by Caritas of Austin and Refugee Services of Texas. The naturalization ceremony  will begin at noon in the Texas Spirit Theater.

Entertainment will be provided by Kupira Marimba and children's storyteller Elizabeth Kuhara. Attendees are invited to taste samples of world cuisine courtesy of Rosemary's Catering, while supplies last. Enjoy family activities for all ages, a photo booth, and admission to the Bullock  Museum's exhibitions will be free all day.

The Austin World Refugee Day celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.


Naturalization Ceremony

This press release is part of the World Refugee Day 2017 Media Kit

Whether their journey is 100 miles or 1,000, refugees all have a unique and individual story to tell. Each year in June, the Bullock Museum hosts the Austin celebration of World Refugee Day, a festive family event that features educational activities, food, and entertainment. Welcome America's newest citizens as refugees from around the world receive American citizenship during an official naturalization ceremony. View Media Kit