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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 20, 2015 Page 9 * Dreams of Freedom (Continued from Page i) Family portraits come to life at Dreams of Freedom at the Skywalk Observatory in Boston. and is home to someone from virtually every country on the planet. The city's culture, neighborhoods and history have all been shaped and impacted by immigrants -- Irish, Italian, Chinese, Viet- namese, Dominican, Polish, Haitian, Nigerian, Turkish, Korean, Indian and more. Touring the exhibits, guests will experience the stark reality of leaving fam- ily behind to travel to a dis- tant land with a bare mini- mum of possessions. Family portraits come to life in a vir- tual dialogue debating the dreams and frustrations of arriving in a new homeland. The requirements and chal- lenges of achieving Ameri- can citizenship. The plight of the world's refugees. A cel- ebration of immigrant schol- ars, activists, artists, law- makers, builders, athletes and inventors who have called Boston home and im- pacted the world. And images of today's new Bostonians -- adults and children --who have come from around the globe to build a better life and who will help shape our tomorrow. Also displayed throughout the exhibit areas are a host of significant quotations relating to immigration from such leaders as Thomas Paine and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Ken- nedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmy Carter and Bos- ton Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who also appears in Dreams of Freedom: The Boston Story video, narrated by Jimmy Tingle and shown in the Skywalk Theater. "I am deeply excited about Dreams of Freedom: Boston's Immigrant Experience," said Mayor Walsh. "Immigrants are influential, historically and presently, to our city, which I know firsthand as the son of immigrant par- ents. This exhibit is crucial in sharing and presenting the stories of numerous im- migrant movements in Bos- ton, and how their search for identity and place in their adopted home helped to shape and build our city." Dr. Egmont agreed, saying, "From the Puritans aboard the Arabella to today's arriv- als at Logan, Boston has welcomed the world and this exciting varied flow of people has become ever richer in diversity and human endeavor. Boston is a thriv- ing center of health care, education, science, industry and progressive initiatives and this grows from, not despite, its role as an immi- grant city. Dreams of Free- dom is a story, the story of our city, told as a family tells its story about our background, our struggles, our home." Raphael Oliver, General Manager of Skywalk Obser- vatory and Top of the Hub added, "Boston is truly a glo- bal city. We have spent the past year working closely with Dr. Egmont to renovate, update and revitalize Dreams of Freedom to reflect Boston's ongoing story of immigra- tion. The Skywalk, which has been home to the exhibition for the past ten y'ears, has consistently ranked as one of Boston's most visited tour- ism sites since opening. The bright, new elements of Dreams of Freedom make the Skywalk an essential destination for visitors and residents alike, now more than ever." The Skywalk Observatory is owned and operated by Select Restaurants, Inc., which also owns and operates award-winning Top of the Hub Restaurant, located above the Skywalk on the 52nd floor of The Prudential Tower. Visitors at both loca- tions are embraced by pan- oramic views of Greater Bos- ton and beyond. On a clear day, visibility is more than 80 miles. Dreams of Freedom, origi- nally conceived by Dr. Westy Egmont for the International Institute of Boston, is made possible with the general support of the Dreams of Freedom Society, Skywalk Observatory and Top of the Hub Restaurant. Additional exhibits and ex- periences at the Skywalk include: ACOUSTIGUIDE AUDIO TOUR The Skywalk's hand-set audio experience allows guests to enjoy personal, de- tailed narration of the skyline's many points of in- terest. Complete with sound effects, the highly entertain- ing tour is available in two versions -- one for adults and another for younger audi- ences. The adult tour is available in English, Span- ish, French, German, Japa- nese and Mandarin. Narra- tion is synchronized to 25 numbered viewing stations clearly marked along the windows of the observatory. DO YOU KNOW BOSTON? Test your knowledge of Beantown with this interac- tive experience touching on everything from the Swan Boats and the gilded grass- hopper high above Faneuil Hall to Make Way For Duck- lings and the measurement of a "smoot." BEGINNING IN BOSTON A fascinating look at Bos- ton firsts, from the nation's First public school to the first published novel, the first pub- lic park, the first board of health, the first hotel with indoor plumbing, and more. BOSTON GAMES Capturing a "you-are-there" sports look at the city's cham- pionship Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots. FAMOUS FACES OF BOSTON Showcasing 40 city no- tables sharing a Boston con- nection, from John Quincy Adams and Benjamin Frank- Who Wants To Be An American? The interactive video game show allows visitors of all ages to test and challenge their knowledge of American government, at Dreams of Freedom at the Skywalk Observatory in Boston. lin to Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Edgar Allen Poe, Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Matt Damon, Barbara Walters, Mark Zuckerberg and more, THE BOSTON MAP Orienting visitors to the city of today and yesterday, pinpointing Boston's most interesting sights. For complete details visit http: / / skywalkboston.com/. LISTEN TO OUR STORIES -- fascinating stories from scholars, activists, artists, lawmakers, builders, athletes and inventors await at The Whispering Wall, at Dreams of Freedom at the Skywaik Observatory in Boston. (Photos courtesy of Joel Benjamin) The North End Branch is located at 389 Hanover Street. 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