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HomeSpun Indian American Heritage

In 2009, the Asian Pacific American Program established HomeSpun: Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project, which will chronicle the story of immigrants from India and their descendants in America.  This is the first Smithsonian initiative focused on the Indian-American experiences.  There are nearly 3 million Indian Americans living in the U.S. today and HomeSpun is the Smithsonian’s opportunity to convey their history, contributions, challenges, and signal their place within the nation.

The HomeSpun curator is Pawan Dhingra, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.  Sameen A. Piracha, Esq. is the Development Specialist who will lead the fundraising activities

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Stanley Turkel, CMHS is a New York-based hotel consultant specializing in hotel-related expert witness and franchising services. Turkel serves as a Friend of the NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. He was designated as the 2014 Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To order his books, Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry, Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels in New York, Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi, and Hotel Mavens: Lucius M. Boomer, George C. Boldt and Oscar of the Waldorf, go to and click on "books."

Turkel can be reached at or (917) 628-8549.