New Faces of Minnesota Oral History
A multi-media oral history exhibit was developed to preserve the memories of diverse Twin City immigrant communities and to promote dialog between recent immigrants and native-born citizens. Thirty eight interviews were filmed and photographed. Film and photographs were used to further record the intervews because they go beyond the language barriers to communication and require no translation. The exhibit, displayed in the Tychman-Shapiro Art Gallery, included thirty-three photographs and two accompanying sign boards, one with selected quotes from the interviewees and the other with a project description. The thirty-minute film was presented during the Jewish film Festival in April. Following the initial presentation of the film representatives from five separate communities participated in a panel discussion. The film, photographs and interview transcripts were saved to a DVD and a copy was sent to the Minnesota Historical Society. The originals are archived at the Jewish Historical Society Upper Midwest. A survey was created to gather information for future use from the community regarding the project's impact.
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.