Friends of IHRC Annual Dinner to Celebrate Center's 45th Anniversary

IHRC Director Donna Gabaccia will speak at the 2010 Friends of the IHRC's Annual Meeting and Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Minnesota Humanities Dinner. Her talk will highlight the Center's emerging Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project and note the 45th anniversary of the IHRC.

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Immigration History Research Center will begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6. Reservations are required (deadline Oct. 25; please contact Friends of IHRC if you wish to be put on the waiting list). For directions to the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul, Minn., visit the MHC website.

6 p.m. -- Social Hour
7 p.m. -- Buffet Dinner
7:30 p.m. -- Annual Business Meeting
8:00 p.m. -- "A Heart Connects Us to Our Past: Digitizing Immigrant Letters at the IHRC," a special presentation by Professor Donna R. Gabaccia, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the IHRC
8:45 p.m. Door Prizes; Adjourn

About the Speaker
Donna R. Gabaccia is Director of the Immigration History Research Center and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota. She directs the Center's research in immigration, ethnicity and migration studies. As Vecoli Chair, Dr. Gabaccia ensures that the Center consistently mentors graduate students and engages leading scholars in the study of immigration and immigrant experiences through her teaching, the Center's research activity, and public engagement based on the IHRC's mission to preserve and create access to materials documenting immigrant life. She is author or co-author of many books on U.S. immigration and migration studies, and her current book projects are Foreign Relations: An International History of U.S. Immigration and Imagining Nations of Immigrants.

About the Friends
The Friends of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota is a nonprofit organization of individuals and groups worldwide supporting the Center's mission to promote the study and appreciation of immigrant life experiences, and to preserve and create access to historical materials documenting U.S. immigration. The Friends of IHRC is a 501-c(3) organization.