Black and white photograph of a man Playing the Kheng, Frogtown, 1994. Photograph by Wing Young Huie.

Man Playing the Kheng

Man Playing the Kheng, Frogtown, 1994. Photograph by Wing Young Huie.

Black and white photograph of a Hmong Celebration, Frogtown, 1993. Photograph by Wing Young Huie.

Hmong Celebration, Frogtown, St. Paul

Hmong Celebration, Frogtown, 1993. Photograph by Wing Young Huie.

Scan of a documents showing Indochinese Refugee Households in the Twin City Metro Area, December 1980.

Indochinese Refugee Households in the Twin City Metro Area

Indochinese Refugee Households in the Twin City Metro Area, December 1980. Scanned image is from, Public Welfare Department: Refugee Programs Office records, 1975–1986, State Archives Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Black and white photograph of staff at Lao Family Community, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, 1981.

Staff at Lao Family Community, Saint Paul

Staff at Lao Family Community, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, 1981.

Black and white photograph of a woman sitting on the floor with two young children, with accompanying quote, by Jane Kramer, 2004. From collection, "Photographs and Stories of Refugee Women: Perseverance, Dignity, Strength, Hope, and Peace."

A woman sitting on the floor with two young children

A woman sitting on the floor with two young children, with accompanying quote, 2004. Photograph by Jane Kramer.

Black and white photograph of a woman driving a car with a child in the backseat, with accompanying quote, by Jane Kramer, 2004. From collection, "Photographs and Stories of Refugee Women: Perseverance, Dignity, Strength, Hope, and Peace."

Woman driving a car with a child in the backseat

A woman driving a car with a child in the backseat, with accompanying quote, 2004. Photograph by Jane Kramer.

Indochinese Refugee Resettlement Office, 1975–1986

Between 1975 and 1986, about 750,000 refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos resettled in the U.S. They passed through two initiatives: the Refugee Parole Program and the Orderly Departure Program. Voluntary agencies, sponsors, and programs managed by the Indochinese Refugee Resettlement Office offered help. As a result, Minnesota was one of ten states that accepted the largest numbers of refugees.

Color image of the restored Barberg-Selvälä-Salmonson Sauna, Cokato, 2016. Photograph by Harvey Barberg.

Barberg-Selvälä-Salmonson Sauna, Cokato

Barberg-Selvälä-Salmonson Sauna, Cokato, 2016. Photograph by Harvey Barberg.

Black and white photograph of Julius Berndt, ca. 1890.

Julius Berndt

Julius Berndt, ca. 1890.

“Hermann the German” Monument

On the bluffs above New Ulm stands a statue of Hermann, a first-century German chieftain who triumphed over Rome. This copper-sheet sculpture reflects the pride the early German American immigrants to Minnesota felt in their cultural background. Built in 1897 with funds raised from Sons of Hermann lodges all over the country, the monument is now owned by the City of New Ulm.

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