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Annual Meetings

Annual Meeting for Friends of IHRC: held each November; include a dinner and program

November 10, 2012
The annual dinner meeting of the Friends of the IHRC will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012, 6-9 p.m. at the Croatian Hall, 445 Second Avenue South, South St. Paul, MN 55075.

This year's program will feature entertainment by the Chris Kalogerson Orchestra during the social hour (6 p.m.) and a presentation by IHRC Director Erika Lee following the meal and business meeting. Tickets are $25 per person, and reservations must be received by October 31, 2012. Questions? email Vicki Albu at or call (651) 201-7654 (M-F, 8:-4:30).

November 12, 2011
The annual dinner meeting of the Friends of the IHRC was held on Saturday, November 12, 2011, 6-9 p.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Ave E, St. Paul MN, 55106.

This year's program featured a report by historians Dr. Marilyn Chiat, Professor Jeanne Halgren Kilde and doctoral candidate Andy Wilhide on their research into religious congregations and houses of worship formed by early settlers in nine neighborhoods developed along the Mississippi River between 1849 and 1924. The project explores themes such as community creation, ethnicity and identity, relationships among congregations, intra-congregational interactions, the role of houses of worship, and social class structures. The goal of the project is to document the long heritage of religious diversity that has been central to this area's growth and development.

November 6, 2010
Director Donna Gabaccia was the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St Paul. Her talk entitled “A Heart Connects Us to the Past: Digitizing Immigrant Letters at the IHRC” highlighted the Center's emerging Digitizing Immigrant Letters project and celebrated the 45th anniversary of the IHRC. Friends of the IHRC contributed $1,000 to the Center to provide community scholarships to the “Understanding Archives Workshop held November 12-13, 2010 at Elmer L Andersen Library.

November 8, 2009
The 32nd Annual Meeting of Friends of the Immigration History Research Center.  The event began with social time and a cash wine bar.  There were displays about the 2010 census of U.S. population.  The meal included hors d’oeuvres and a light dinner, assorted desserts and beverages.  Afterwards brief reports on the year’s activities were given, followed by the speaker, J. H. (“Jay”) Fonkert, board-certified genealogist and president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society who talked on “Role of the Census in Telling Immigrant Stories.” 

November 8, 2008
The Friends of the IHRC annual meeting and dinner was held at the Croatian Hall.An excellent program on immigration followed dinner. Speakers were: Estonian (Kalju Kubits), Ukrainian (Kateryna Kent), Hmong (Nai Christopher Lo), and Somali (Bahjo Mahamud). Dinner was catered by Eunice Dasovich. The Friends sponsored Minnesota State History Day winner Clara Linehan provided her program.

November 3, 2007
“Looking to the Future on our 30th Anniversary” was the theme for the Friends of IHRC annual dinner and meeting this year. Held at St. Katherine’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Arden Hills, the event featured Minnesota’s leading historian, Hy Berman, professor emeritus of history at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Berman engagingly provided history of the IHRC and context for the founding of the Friends of IHRC organization. Attendees watched a short clip from the movie “Sweet Land”, and discussion ensued regarding the film and the impact of immigration during that time period.