Asian-American Oral History Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$207,778
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
Status
Ongoing
End Date
June 2013
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, History Partnerships
Appropriation Language

History Partnerships. $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the
Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$207,778
Direct expenses
$207,778
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.00
Project Overview

Partner: Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

Many immigrant communities have few documents or artifacts that preserve and tell their stories of arrival, settlement and adjustment to life in Minnesota. Oral history is the best way to preserve this important history and to ensure that it becomes part of Minnesota's historical record. In this project, Minnesota Historical Society staff conducted interviews with members of the Laotian, Korean, Karen, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian and Pacific Islander communities in Baudette, Warroad, Worthington, St. Cloud and Rochester, as well as in the Twin Cities. The interviews serve as resources for teachers and students and will be available on the Society's website, "Becoming Minnesotan: Stories of Recent Immigrants and Refugees" education.mnhs.org/immigration. The site features people who comment with authority on their community's composition, challenges, achievements and contribution to Minnesota's cultural landscape.

Project Details
Fifteen oral history interviews will be conducted with leaders from the Asian community in greater Minnesota. During the past 20 years, the Minnesota Historical Society has successfully worked with many immigrant communities in the state to ensure that the stories of their arrival, settlement and adjustment to life in Minnesota become part of our historical record. The interviews will be available on the Society's web site, Becoming Minnesotan: Stories of Recent Immigrants and Refugees, which features individuals who comment with authority on the community's composition, challenges, achievements and contribution to Minnesota's cultural landscape.
Project Manager
First Name
James
Last Name
Fogerty
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard W.
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55102
Phone
651-259-3243