Visit the IHRC at the Minnesota State Fair!

"University of Minnesota Day" at the Minnesota State Fair is Sunday, Aug. 28, so visit us in your maroon and gold! IHRC will staff a booth the morning and early afternoon of Aug. 28 to feature our projects to collect and share immigrant letters from the past and recent video interviews with new immigrants.

The IHRC will staff a booth at the University of Minnesota Building, 1670 Dan Patch Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 28.

Highlighted IHRC collections will include the Digitizing Immigrant Letters project and Sheeko, created by a student researcher team supervised by IHRC Director Donna Gabaccia.

While Digitizing Immigrant Letters focuses on how letters in the IHRC's existing historical collections document the emotional connections among immigrants separated by distance, Sheeko provides a fresh perspective by recording interviews with Somali youth who talk about their first-hand experience migrating and making a life in America. Sheeko means "stories" in Somali. When completed, the videos allow the researchers to create an online collection for the IHRC.

For more on IHRC projects during the past year, read the Director's column about Scholarly Collaboration & Programming.

We'll be wearing our Minnesota colors at the booth, and we look forward to seeing you on Aug. 28th as incoming University President Eric Kaler tours the Minnesota Building displays!