Storytelling and Heritage Exhibit Opens at the Gallery @ SUNY Broome. Opening reception, with meet and greet of students and faculty from the US and Mexico

Students and faculty from SUNY Broome Community College and la Universidad de Celaya, Mexico invite you to the opening of an exhibit in the Gallery @ SUNY Broome in the Cecil C. Tyrrell Library. “Storytelling and Heritage” opens on June 8, 2023, and features photography, artifacts, narratives and video from a semester-long intercultural exchange program between Broome and Celaya. This exhibit illustrates how storytelling helps us build bridges between cultures, create community, and learn about heritage.

Funded through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, this program enabled students and faculty to participate in a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project, then supported travel for both groups to meet each other in both countries.

During the Spring semester, students enrolled in Lynda Carroll’s anthropology class at Broome, “Storytelling and Heritage,” were introduced to students studying English in David Shrum’s Department of Languages in Celaya. For several weeks, they exchanged stories about their heritage online and over Zoom meetings. In March, students and faculty from Broome traveled to Querétaro, Mexico to meet their partners. In June, students and faculty from Mexico will visit Binghamton, New York.

Participants in this program will be available on June 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Gallery to meet and greet visitors, introduce the exhibit, and share their experiences.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, and the public. “Storytelling and Heritage” will be available for viewing through June.

Guided tours are available on request. Those interested in tours should contact Lynda Carroll at

Storytelling and Heritage (pdf)

The Black Charro: The legend of the Black Charro tells the story of a man who had pending accounts with the devil, so he was sentenced for life for what he owed.

Submitted by: Lynda Carroll