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.

Color image of the exterior of the Minneapolis location of Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), a nonprofit social service organization for Latinos, at 720 East Lake Street in Minneapolis, February 20, 2016. Photographed by Lizzie Ehrenhalt.

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)

The exterior of the Minneapolis location of Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), a nonprofit social service organization for Latinos, at 720 East Lake Street in Minneapolis, February 20, 2016. Photographed by Lizzie Ehrenhalt.

Statistics about Hispanic or Latino people in Minnesota included in the 2010 U.S. Census.

2010 U.S. Census Statistics

Statistics about Hispanic or Latino people in Minnesota included in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Color image of demonstrators gathering in St. Paul to show their support for immigrants’ and immigrant-workers’ rights, 2006. Photographed by Mary Turk.

Pro-immigration Rally

Demonstrators gather in St. Paul to show their support for immigrants’ and immigrant-workers’ rights, 2006. Photographed by Mary Turk.

How Latinos Have Shaped the State

Minnesotanos: Latino Journeys in Minnesota

Since the early 1900s, Latinos have been a productive and essential part of Minnesota. Most of the earliest Minnesotanos were migrant farm workers from Mexico or Texas and faced obstacles to first-class citizenship that are still being addressed. They overcame the instability associated with migratory work by establishing stable communities in the cities and towns of Minnesota. Latinos faced, and still face, discrimination—both racial and the kinds common to all immigrants and migrants.

Black and white photograph of three generations of Hmong women (Mao Thao Yang, Mai Vang Thao, and Bo Thao), 1999.

Three generations of Hmong women (Mao Thao Yang, Mai Vang Thao, and Bo Thao)

Three generations of Hmong women (Mao Thao Yang, Mai Vang Thao, and Bo Thao), 1999.

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