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.

Black and white scan of Lizzie Schafman’s “Identity Card” to use in France, 1930.

Lizzie Schafman’s “Identity Card” used in France

Lizzie Schafman’s “Identity Card” used in France, 1930. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Black and white scan of Lizzie Schafman’s cemetery card, ca. 1930. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Lizzie Schafman’s cemetery card

Lizzie Schafman’s cemetery card, ca. 1930. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Black and white scan of Lizzie Schafman’s pilgrimage invitation, ca.1929. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Lizzie Schafman’s pilgrimage invitation

Lizzie Schafman’s pilgrimage invitation, ca.1929. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Black and white photograph of Lizzie Schafman and Minnesota Gold Star Mothers upon sailing to France, July 1930.

Lizzie Schafman and Minnesota Gold Star Mothers upon sailing to France

Lizzie Schafman and Minnesota Gold Star Mothers upon sailing to France, July 1930. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Scan of the telegram telling Lizzie Schafman that her son was killed in action, 1918. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Telegram telling Lizzie Schafman that her son was killed in action

Telegram telling Lizzie Schafman that her son was killed in action, 1918. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Scan of Lizzie Schafman’s passport, 1930.

Lizzie Schafman’s passport

Lizzie Schafman’s passport, 1930. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Black and white photograph of a Gold Star Mothers Club, 1935. Photograph by Benjamin C. Golling.

Gold Star Mothers Club

Gold Star Mothers Club, 1935. Photograph by Benjamin C. Golling.

Color image of a red and white felt service flag with one blue star, used by the family of Harvey Mears, who served in World War I and World War II, ca. 1915–1943.

Red and white felt service flag

Red and white felt service flag with one blue star, used by the family of Harvey Mears, who served in World War I and World War II, ca. 1915–1943.

Black and white photograph of Mrs. J. P. Mohan, Gold Star mother, with flag, St. Paul, 1918.

Mrs. J. P. Mohan, Gold Star mother

Mrs. J. P. Mohan, Gold Star mother, with flag, St. Paul, 1918.

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