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.

Color image of a corrugated cardboard box used as a packing carton by Blia Cha Thao and family—Hmong refugees who moved from Thailand to Minnesota in 1993.

Packing carton used by Hmong refugees

Corrugated cardboard box used as a packing carton by Blia Cha Thao and family—Hmong refugees who moved from Thailand to Minnesota in 1993.

How the Hmong Have Shaped the State

Hmong and Hmong Americans in Minnesota

The Hmong first arrived in Minnesota in late 1975, after the communist seizure of power in Indochina. They faced multiple barriers as refugees from a war-torn country, but with the help of generous sponsors, have managed to thrive in the Twin Cities area, a region they now claim as home. Today, many Hmong promote the economic, social, and political diversity of the state.

Hmong New Year, St. Paul

The Hmong New Year in St. Paul is a unique annual event encapsulated into a weekend celebration held at the end of November. Since 1977, Hmong people have gathered in the city to meet, eat, celebrate the harvest, and enjoy cultural performances. Though the event is rooted in the agricultural history of the Hmong people and their religious traditions, it has found a new expression in St. Paul—the home of one of the largest communities of Hmong outside Southeast Asia.

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