Norman Rockwell Museum was proud to once again partner with the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) and host our seventh annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony at the Museum on August 10, 2018. 23 men and women, originally from 16 countries, took the oath and were sworn in against the welcoming backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s artwork. In addition, their children also became new citizens during the timely event, and families received a one-year membership to the Museum courtesy of Helen Bing.
Remarks during the ceremony were also offered by Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt and Brooke Mead, Executive Director of BIC. Color guard was provided by the Williamstown American Legion Post 152, with singer Lina Orozco Grillon performing music during the event.
This year’s ceremony was made possible with generous support from Berkshire Bank Foundation, Helen Bing, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Cain Hibbard & Myers PC, and PSYCH/Howland Associates. Other local businesses who generously donated items for the event and reception include Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Big Y Foods, Inc., and other cultural institutions.
“Amid a backdrop of Americana, 23 become US citizens,” Berkshire Eagle, August 10, 2018
“‘Long process’ bears fruit for 23 new U.S. citizens in ceremony at Rockwell Museum,” The Berkshire Edge, August 10, 2018
“New Americans welcomed in Berkshire County,” WNYT-TV, August 10, 2018
“New U.S. citizens discuss Trump immigration policy at naturalization ceremony,” WRGB-TV, August 10, 2018
“Our Opinion: May our new citizens help get us on track,” Berkshire Eagle, August 15, 2o18
“Newly Naturalized U.S. Citizens Share Joy, Longing At Berkshires Ceremony,” WAMC Northeast Public Radio, August 17, 2018