This 2012 photography exhibit was first displayed 8 years ago at the Library on our lower level in honor of the Town’s 350th anniversary. It will now be shown virtually at our website for two months, to feature family portraits of friends and neighbors who lived within a few streets of the Milton, MA home of resident Deborah Milbauer. The idea was first conceived after Milbauer slowly discovered – by dumb luck 20 years ago – that she and her family had landed in such an incredible neighborhood of diverse and beautiful families. Over time, these families came to enrich her own family’s life. At the time, Deborah wanted to find a way to honor her neighbors and celebrate the changing face of Milton. She realized the Town’s 350th anniversary was a fitting opportunity to capture a “then and now” perspective. The families in this online exhibit represent over 20 countries of origin, a dozen religions, tens of spoken languages, blended famlies, mluti-racial/multi-cultural families, families with adopted children and same sex familites. With 8 years now in the rear-view mirror, Milbauer sees the photographs, with their accompanying descriptions, as a vehicle to tell a bigger story of identity, community and belonging. This 2012 exhibit was her first (and only) photography display. Her second exhibit, showing more Milton families, is planned for late 2021.
Deborah is a resident of Milton and an amateur photographer. She wears many hats including Town Meeting Member from Precinct 4, volunteer with the Pine Tree Brook Neighborhood Association and Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice, Public Health Consultant to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Milton Health Depratment, and a Senior Lecturer at Northeastern University in the Department of Health Sciences. She holds a dual Masters in Public Health and Social Work from Boston University, and has worked in the field of public health for 30 plus years related to HIV/AIDS, substance use disorder, homelessness, opioid overdose, and harm reduction. She is married to Corey Dolgon, an accomplished musician and Sociology Professor at Stonehill College. Deborah is also the proud mother of 2 daughters – one at Pierce Middle School and the other at Milton High School. We hope you will enjoy this wonderful display at our website in the New Year!
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