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Wed, Apr 10

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4pm Refreshments Weston Public Library

Dutch Burghers and Sri Lanka: When West Meets East – Maria Shepherd

Program Coordinator: Ginger Lawrence

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Dutch Burghers and Sri Lanka:  When West Meets East – Maria Shepherd
Dutch Burghers and Sri Lanka:  When West Meets East – Maria Shepherd

Time & Location

Apr 10, 2024, 4:00 PM

4pm Refreshments Weston Public Library, 87 School Street, Weston

About the Event

 Dutch Burghers and Sri Lanka:  When West Meets East – Maria Shepherd

You probably know that Sri Lanka is associated with the Tamils and Sinhalese ethnic groups, as well as smaller groups of Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Christians.  But have you heard about the Dutch Burghers?  Maria’s paternal grandparents were Sri Lankan, but it wasn’t until about seven years ago that she learned that she descended from this group.  Please join Maria as she takes us on her own personal journey of discovery in the context of her ancestors and present family, learning about this small but important ethnic group who still inhabit Sri Lanka today. 

Directions to the Weston Public Library, 87 School Street, Weston, 781.786.6150:

From 128/95

  • Take Route 128 to Exit 26 (Route 20).
  • Go west on Route 20 about 1.5 miles to the second traffic light, which is on the corner of Route 20 and School Street.
  • Turn left on School Street.
  • The library is 0.4 miles on your right, just before the Field School.

From the Mass Pike Heading West

  • Take the Weston Exit off the Mass. Pike, Exit 15.
  • Follow the signs for 128/95 North.  Follow the directions above.

From the Mass Pike Heading East

  • Take Exit 13, Route 30.
  • Go east, towards Natick/Wellesley.
  • Stay on road for approximately 4 miles, through three sets of lights. (You will enter Wayland, then Natick, then Weston.)
  • Once you are in Weston, turn left at the first set of lights (Wellesley Street) and travel approximately 1.5 miles.
  • At island, turn left at the stop sign and bear left onto School Street.
  • The library will be on the left, after Field School.

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