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IHRC News Online September 2005

(resuming after a summer hiatus)

Collection Development
Friends of IHRC

Events and announcements between issues of this newsletter and items of general interest are publicized in the "Community Events & Announcements" section of the Friends of IHRC pages.

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Please send any comments or news relating to the IHRC to Editor Judy Rosenblatt.


Greeting from the new director

Dear friends,

In the last three months I have exchanged an office-window view of Pittsburgh 's Cathedral of Learning for a magnificent new space in the IHRC, with its views of the Obelisk and the Mississippi River. These have been busy months for me as I settle into the Twin Cities and begin to survey IHRC plans for the year ahead.

Allow me first to introduce myself: Ever since my great grandfather traveled back and forth between Torino and New York (between 1889 and 1919), at least one of each of three subsequent generations of the Gabaccias based in North America has chosen to live a transatlantic life. My grandfather, who first arrived in New York in 1913, returned to Italy with a wife and small sons in the 1920s; and my own American-born father (the third and youngest son) married a German woman in the 1970s and then traveled repeatedly to Italy thereafter as a happy tourist.

In pursuing my academic career, I became intensely interested in international migration and in how migration connects families and cultures on more than one continent. I have lived, researched, and worked for extended periods in Germany , Italy, and France; and I have a German-speaking son born in Berlin, where I took my first academic position in 1979.

I come to the University of Minnesota after teaching U.S. and European History for more than 25 years, most recently as the Andrew Mellon Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. In that time I've written many books and articles on immigrant life in the United States and on Italian migrations worldwide. For almost 10 years I have, in addition to immigration history, taught world and global history; and I bring a strong interest in interdisciplinary, comparative, and transnational methodologies to the classroom and to my many research projects. In the years ahead I'll be publishing, together with an interdisciplinary team of authors, a special issue called "Gender and Migration" in International Migration Review -a journal read mainly by sociologists (the field in which I did my undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College). I'm also beginning to write a new book called "Imagining Nations of Immigrants" that asks why the United States-almost alone among many nations formed through international migrations—makes immigration such a central theme in its national history.

For the moment I feel particularly privileged but also a bit daunted to take up the work begun by Rudy Vecoli. It's a comfort to me to find the collections and Friends working so effectively with Joel Wurl and with other staff members to support and sustain the Center. I'm also excited about the chance I now have to meet the many specialists on immigration who also work and teach at the University of Minnesota in a wide variety of schools, departments, and programs.

In the year ahead, the IHRC will welcome a new round of researchers in its archives, sponsor occasional informal "research in progress" talks, and cosponsor a number of immigration-related events together with other units at the university. We will also sponsor our own series of seminars and lectures on the topic "It's History: Immigration since 1965." Please check our events calendar and the announcements below to see the full program of exciting events we have planned.

Finally, of course, I will be devoting at least some of my attention in the year ahead to the completion of the NEH Challenge Grant Endowment campaign. I've had productive meetings with staff, university colleagues, and members of the Friends about how to proceed. Fundraising is new territory for me, and I am fortunate to have the good will of all who have been working hard on this campaign in past years.

I look forward to getting to know many of you in the years ahead.

All best wishes,

Donna Gabaccia

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Announcements & Events

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New IHRC lecture series launched:
It's History: Immigration Since 1965
Series kickoff lecture was Wed, Sept 28. noon-1:30 p.m., 120B Andersen Library. IHRC Dir. Donna Gabaccia introduced the series and presented the first lecture:
"Times of Change:
Canadian and Western European Immigrants Become the Minority"

The sizeable migrations of the twentieth century - long the object of scholarly interest in the social sciences - are now increasingly subject to scrutiny by historians, too. Not only do the most recent migrants leave from different areas of the world than in the past, they also head in new directions. Several European countries, Australia, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates all have higher proportions of foreigners living on their territories than does the United States.

Traditionally focused on the mass migrations of the late nineteenth century, the Immigration History Research Center seeks with this series to demonstrate what historians can contribute to an exciting cross-disciplinary discussion about the latest global migrations and about the new immigrants who are building lives for themselves in Minnesota, in the United States, and around the world.

Additional lectures in the "It's History" series are scheduled for Tues., Nov. 1, and Fri., Dec. 2, 2005. See details on flyer (PDF). Another three lectures will be scheduled in 2006.

Fellowship applications now being accepted
Contributions to the IHRC endowment funds for Latvian American studies and Estonian American studies have fully funded graduate fellowships ($150,000 each). Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the following awards. Follow the links for criteria and procedures:

"American Latvian Association" Graduate Fellowship in Latvian American Studies Deadline to submit Request for Nomination: December 15, 2005

"Hildegard and Gustav Must" Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies Deadline to submit Request for Nomination: December 15, 2005

The IHRC welcomes contributions to any of its fellowship funds (see fellowships and scholarships) or endowment funds for specific ethnic group studies. Get more information about the various funds at the endowment page of this website, Matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities are available for contributions or pledges to the IHRC's endowment campaign fulfilled by July 2006.

If you or your organization would like to endow a named fund, fellowship, scholarship, or internship, please contact the IHRC for information. If you would like a speaker and/or the IHRC's videotape about its mission for a group meeting, contact the office. Email: Phone: 612-625-4800. To purchase the videotape, see the Publications Catalog.

See below for how you can help with research for a fund-raising project of the Friends of IHRC to benefit the endowment

First Fridays series resumes with session on Cold War legacy;
IHRC's Wurl reports on the immigrant connection
Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, noon, in 120 Andersen Library. Refreshments served; brown bag lunches welcome.

Using items from the University's special collections, several representatives of U of MN archives will explore the legacy of McCarthyism in 1950s America, including its effects on academic freedom, the dynamics surrounding displaced persons and other immigrants, and evidence of Cold War tensions in rare documentation of the early Soviet computer industry. IHRC Curator and Asst. Director Joel Wurl will present "Cold War Exiles and the Birth of U.S. Refugee Policy: The View from Minnesota," based on material in the IHRC collections.

This event inaugurates the 2005–06 "First Fridays" series, a continuing program of intellectually stimulating presentations that highlight items from the University's Archives and Special Collections.

Texas teacher, writer, musician to speak about new migrants Oct. 11
Tue, Oct. 11, 2:30-4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium of the Humphrey Center, 301 19th Ave. S., U of MN West Bank campus; reception to follow. Sponsor is the U's Institute for Global Studies, IHRC is a cosponsor. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.

Rubén Martínez, University of Houston, speaks on "Spirits in the Material World: The New Migrants ."

Rubén Martínez is an award-winning journalist, author, musician, and associate professor teaching creative writing at the U of Houston. More about his activities and publications is in the Announcements.

Panel Discussion: "Space, Marginalization and Inclusion"

Wed, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Nolte Center Lounge, East Bank campus, Institute for Advanced Studies event:

Panel discussion will feature the new Graduate School Dean, Gail Dubrow, and History Professor Erika Lee. The discussion will engage issues of space, marginalization, and inclusion through Dubrow's new manuscript on the anti-Chinese movement in the American West and Lee's book At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era (2003). Panelists, including John Archer, John Koepke, Judith Martin, and Robert McMaster, will focus on the spatial dimensions of belonging and exclusion. For more information, contact the Institute for Advanced Studies at 612-626-5054 or

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Recap of Recent Events

Sponsored / Cosponsored / Publicized
by IHRC, with related information:

1) Research in Progress lecture on "Immigrant Letters"
Wed., Sept. 14, in 308 Andersen Library
Kathleen DeHaan, associate professor in the Dept. of Communication and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston, SC, spoke about her research on the letters written by Dutch immigrants to the United States. She engaged her audience by assigning roles and having them read excerpts from the letters during her analysis of the meanings sometimes hidden in the text.

2) Lecture on Galician Ukrainian immigrants in North America
Tue, Sept. 20, at Humphrey Center, U of MN West Bank campus
21st Annual Robert A. Kann Memorial Lecture, Austrian Studies
Prof. John-Paul Himka, Professor of History, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
"A Central European Diaspora under the Shadow of WW II: The Galician Ukrainians in North America"

Professor Himka visited the IHRC before his talk and toured the offices and archives with Sr. Asst. Curator Halyna Myroniuk.

He also presented a free public lecture Mon., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., at St. Constantine Parish School Auditorium, 314 6th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, "Last Judgment Icons in the Carpathians: An Enigmatic Chapter in Ukrainian Art History." Arrangements for this meeting were coordinated by Walter Anastas, representative of the Ukrainian American Community Center (Minneapolis) on the Friends of IHRC Board of Directors.

3) Author discussed her novel focusing on Armenian Genocide at end of WW I
Tues, Sept. 20 , 7:00 p.m, 120 Andersen Library. IHRC cosponsored.
Judith Claire Mitchell, assistant professor, Dept. of English (teaching creative writing), UW-Madison, read from and discussed her novel, The Last Day of the War. Against a backdrop of the massacre of Armenians in Turkey and the end of World War I, the book centers on a young Jewish woman who signs on as a YMCA "canteen girl" to follow her Armenian American boyfriend to the war, and gets involved with a secret organization bent on assassinating the ringleaders of the Armenian Genocide. There is significant coverage of this incident in the YMCA Archives, housed in Andersen Library. A related exhibit of YMCA work in wartime is in the art gallery on the first floor of Andersen Library.

Sponsors of the talk were the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts, the IHRC (all at the U of MN), and the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota. More about the book, including reviews is at and More about the speaker's background and teaching is at

Lou Ann Matossian co-organized this talk on behalf of the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota, a member of the Friends of the IHRC. Mitchell was also a guest on KFAI-FM's "Write On Radio," on Wed., Sept. 21, interviewed by Matossian (former vice president of the Friends).

4) Researcher addressed Arab musical Diaspora in Sept. 21 talk
Wed, Sept. 21, 2005, 120A&B Andersen Library. Andersen Library Research Forum event, cosponsored by the IHRC.
Anne K. Rasmussen, associate professor of music and ethnomusicology, The College of William and Mary, presented
"The Arab Musical Diaspora: Ethnomusicology, Advocacy, and the Post 9/11 Culture of Caution."

Anne Rasmussen has published widely on American musical multiculturalism, music and culture in the Middle East, and Islamic musical arts in Indonesia. She was contributing co-editor of the book Musics of Multicultural America (Schirmer, 1997), an outgrowth of her extensive research, conducted in part at the IHRC.

In her presentation, with accompanying slides and music tapes, Professor Rasmussen described a century of musical life in Arab America, theorized about the relevance of this case study for immigration research, considered the implications of current events for this dynamic Diasporic music culture, and identified the challenges of presenting and representing—through teaching, performance, and scholarship—this community and their music. More about Rasmussen's work and publications is in the announcement of this event in the announcements section.

Photograph: IHRC Dir. Donna Gabaccia and Curator/Asst. Dir. Joel Wurl show off presents given to them by Anne Rasmussen (center) after her talk. (The gifts are hand-crafted containers aquired by Rasmussen in the Philippines.)

D'Agostino trust fund established; donations invited "Peter D'Agostino, an associate of the IHRC—he did research here for his PhD dissertation in 1991 and kept in touch since— was murdered near his home in Oak Park, IL, on June 22, 2005. His extended family has established a trust fund to aid his wife, Mary Mapes, also a history instructor and author, and the couple's infant daughter. Contributions (check payable to the D'Agostino/Mapes Family Trust) may be sent to The Northern Trust Company, 50 South LaSalle Street, B-10, Chicago, IL 60675, Attention: Andrea L. Pasch, Trust Officer.

A respected associate professor at the U of Illinois at Chicago, Department of History and Catholic Studies Program, D'Agostino received an American Society of Church History award for his 2004 book, Rome in America.

He received his M.A. in religion (1987) and his Ph.D. in history of Christianity (1993) from the University of Chicago Divinity School. The IHRC staff sends its condolences to his family.

Featured publication—
Available from the IHRC Book Store

Italian Immigrants in Rural
and Small Town America
1987; 204 pp.
Cloth $24.95 ($2.50 shipping)
Paper $12.95 ($2.00 shipping)

The Italian immigrants to the United States did not exclusively settle in the large, urban centers of America. Many settled in smaller factory towns, mining villages, and farms in rural areas, establishing small, yet vibrant, communities. The makeup of these communities and their interaction with non-Italian neighbors is studied in this book, based on papers presented at the 1981 conference of the American Italian Historical Association.

This collection of essays presents a picture of the development of Italian communities outside the urban centers of the United States and Canada, and sheds light on an oft-ignored aspect of the Italian American experience.
Preview contents; order book

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Collection Development

Latvian intern works with IHRC's
Latvian American collections
Thanks to funding from the Diaspora Fund of the Latvian government, the Center is hosting an intern from Latvia for a 10-week stay. Baiba Zukauska, a student at the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga, is reviewing and analyzing the Center's Latvian American collections and summarizing their contents, providing summary descriptions for this website's research database, and assisting with selection of documents and images to be added to the online digital image collection, COLLAGE. Baiba began work at the IHRC August 23. She says the work she is doing is "fascinating" and she is enjoying her stay in the United States. She has done research over the last few years on the culture of Latvian immigrants abroad, particularly in Sweden, Germany, and the USA. She is continuing to gather information on the Latvian Diaspora for future analysis.

Additions to Czechoslovak and Rechcigl materials
In July 2005, Dr. Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr., of Rockville, MD, donated additional archival materials to the IHRC, namely significant additions to the following collections donated previously:
Records of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), ca. 1956–2005, 110 lin.ft.
Papers of Miloslav Rechcigl, Sr., 1930–1973, 12 lin. ft.
Papers of Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr., 1958–2005, 65 lin.ft.

The recent shipment amounted to more than 100 linear feet. These collections (currently restricted for researcher use) contribute substantially to the body of materials at the IHRC documenting Cold War immigration to the United States from Central and Eastern Europe and the activities of the immigrant communities in their new environment. Dr. Rechcigl has been actively involved in SVU since its inception in 1958 and is currently president of the organization.

The online guide to the records of the National Italian American Foundation has been completed and is online (see here.) A printed inventory is nearing completion as well. The project to arrange and describe the records and publish the inventory has been financed by NIAF. Research assistant Jon Openshaw arranged and described the materials, Asst. Curator Daniel Necas posted the inventory and related essays on the IHRC website, and editor Judy Rosenblatt is formatting the soon-to-be printed version. NIAF is a national ethnic organization that helps young Italian Americans with education and careers, works on public policy issues and government appointments affecting Italian Americans, promotes Italian language and culture, monitors public portrayal of Italian Americans, and fosters ties between the United States and Italy.

Photo: Former president George H. W. Bush and candidate Michael S. Dukakis shake hands during the 1988 NIAF Gala Dinner. These dinners have attracted every sitting US president since their inception in 1976. (From the NIAF collection at the IHRC)

Guide to microfilmed Ukrainian and Rusyn publications goes to printer
Co-compilers Halyna Myroniuk (IHRC senior assistant curator), and Alexander Lushnycky, and IHRC's editor, Judy Rosenblatt, have completed work on the new "A Research Guide to Ukrainian and Carpatho-Rusyn American Newspapers, Periodicals, and Calendars-Almanacs on Microfilm (1886–1976)" and have sent the manuscript of the 400-page book to the printer. This revised and expanded guide represents six years of research to update and add to the information in the 50-page pamphlet published in 1998, A Guide to Ukrainian American Newspapers in Microform. The Ukrainian Microfilm Project has been a joint undertaking of the IHRC and the Shevchenko Scientific Society. The publications documented played a vital role in developing and maintaining immigrants' ethnic awareness. This guide will be a significant aid to researchers of the immigrant experience.

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Researchers and Visitors

Visiting Greek Americans. A visitor to the Center on Monday, June 27, (escorted by Daughters of Penelope local member and former national president Angie Speliopolous) was Mary Filou, Grand Vice President of the Daughters. The DOP is the Greek American organization that is counterpart to the men's AHEPA.. Filou is from Long Island, NY. Curator and Asst. Dir. Joel Wurl talked with them about the IHRC and showed them around.

Italian organization leader. John Spatuzza, former national president of the Order Sons of Italy in America, visited in July. Then director Rudolph Vecoli showed him around and particularly showed and described the Sons of Italy Archive, a major section of the Center's Italian American collection.

Finnish immigration scholars visit
Visitors in August from the Institute of Migration in Finland, a long time associate institution of the IHRC, were Director Olavi Koivukangas, Jouni Korkiasaari, and Antti Kiviniemi. Koivukangas has visited the IHRC and been a seminar speaker many times in the past.

In the photo are (from left) Antti Kiviniemi, IHRC Director Emeritus Rudolph Vecoli, Olavi Koivukangas, and IHRC Curator/Asst. Dir. Joel Wurl.

Ukrainian journalist films documentary
On September 17, Zorislav Baydyuk, TV/radio journalist/producer from the Ukrainian section of the Voice of America (VOA, Washington, DC), visited the IHRC. He came to the Twin Cities to do a documentary piece on the Ukrainian community. He said that Ukrainians in Ukraine know that there is a large Ukrainian community in Minnesota but have no idea what the community is like.Sr. Asst. Curator Halyna Myroniuk met him at the Ukrainian Heritage festival held the preceding Sunday and invited him to visit the IHRC and its Ukrainian American Collection.As Halyna gave him the tour, Baydyuk videotaped her describing the IHRC and the Ukrainian American materials. He was very impressed with the rich collection and decided that he would like to do a separate profile on it and the IHRC. The video that he will produce fora VOA program will air on Ukrainian TV, and he will send the IHRC a copy for the archives.

Recent researchers:

Master's thesis research by U of MN graduate students: Kristine Smith, ethnic representation in local television news; Stefano Maranzana, translation of an Italian American document.

Michael Resman, a resident of Rochester, MN, did research on immigrant relationship on the MN Iron Range, 1900–1920, for a book.

PhD students working on dissertations: Erica Ryan, Brown U, Americanism, sex, and gender in the 1920s United States. Matthew Pehl, Brandeis U, religion and working-class life in Detroit, 1900–1970.

Jessica Johnson, Brown U, did research on Vietnamese Americans in Minnesota for a Smithsonian Institution exhibit and a conference paper.

Lisa Alzo, a faculty member at Cornell U, researched Slovaks in the United States, 19th and 20th centuries, for teaching, publications, and personal interest.

Daniel Prozumenshikov, a student at the U of St. Thomas, spent two weeks researching Russian-Jewish immigration to Minnesota in the late 20th century for his senior thesis.

Kathleen DeHaan, on sabbatical from the College of Charleston, in town to present an IHRC talk (see recap, above), continued her research on immigrant letters for several publications.

Johanna Doty, a U of MN undergrad, did research on the music of Finnish American immigrants for her senior thesis.

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New student staff: The IHRC has hired four new part-time student assistants for office operations.

Alyssa Foschi is accounts assistant for Executive Secretary/Office Manager Cindy Herring. She will be working 10 hours a week. Alyssa is enrolled in the Carlson School of Management at the U of MN.

Pat Weygand is a curatorial assistant, working with Asst. Curator Daniel Necas.

Two new curatorial assistants are aiding Sr. Asst. Curator Halyna Myroniuk, Kimberly Reinke and Allison La Motte.

The IHRC welcomes all of these new student employees..

New volunteers: Two new community volunteers are helping out at the IHRC as of the end of September. The Center greatly appreciates their assistance. The IHRC recruits volunteers for specific project needs. Watch for announcements.

Anna Hobbs, a retired librarian, is helping Sr. Asst. Curator Halyna Myroniuk with identifying and organizing Latvian serials and photographs. She is fluent in Latvian.

Pat Ramberg, a retired middle-school teacher of English (for 20 years in St. Paul), is helping Dir. Donna Gabaccia organize and communicate with "affiliated faculty," a new multidisciplinary group of U of MN faculty interested in immigration and ethnicity isssues.

IHRC Dir. Donna Gabaccia made the following presentations recently:

August 15, 2005: presented a paper, "Nations of Immigrants" to the Chesterfield County Teachers Institute, co-sponsored by the Virginia Historical Society and Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond.

August 19, 2005: presented, "Ethnic Food and Immigration History," for a Curriculum Development Seminar, at OASIS (life-long education for senior citizens), in St. Louis, MO.

September 8–10, 2005: gave a paper "Inventing Little Italy: Mobile People, Mobile Idea," at the colloquium "Les Petites Italies dans le Mond," (Little Italies around the World), at the Centre d'etudes et de documentation sur l'emigration italienne, in Paris, France.

A draft of the paper is available on request. email

September 19, 2005: presented "Inventing Little Italy," a colloquium in the U of MN American Studies Colloquium Series. The paper is available in electronic form; to request, please email

Moore presents paper at archivists' conference
On August 18, Erik Moore, IHRC assistant curator, participated in a conference session at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in New Orleans. He presented a paper titled "Some Fundamentals on Ecology in Archives: Environmental Philosophy as a Model for Archival Theory and Practice." The paper examines the ways archivists can look toward other fields concerned with long-term preservation issues as a model for their own work. The presentation resulted from research and a course paper written for Moore's master's degree in information and library science at the College of St. Catherine/Dominican University.

At this conference IHRC Curator and Asst. Director Joel Wurl completed his three-year term of service on the SAA Council.

Sept. 16–17 conference on contributions of Hmong women organized by IHRC research assistant Chia Vang

U of MN PhD candidate and IHRC research assistant this summer and last, Chia Youyee Vang, was one of the organizers of the first ever Hmong Women's National Conference, "Building on Hmong Women's Assets: Past, Present and Future," held at the U of MN September 16–17, 2005. The IHRC was a cosponsor. The conference highlighted the contributions of Hmong women to Hmong and the general society in the 30 years Hmong immigrants have been in the United States.

At the IHRC, Vang worked this summer on organizing and describing the large collection of records the IHRC recently acquired from the International Institute of Minnesota, including information on assistance to immigrants and refugees. Last year she cataloged the library acquired by the IHRC after the U's Southeast Asian Refugee Studies Project was dissolved several years ago. Vang's research interest for her doctorate is the resettlement of Hmong refugees in this country. For more information about her research or the conference, contact Vang, or 612-298-3289.

Vecoli paper published in Italian conference proceedings volume - A volume of the proceedings of a conference held March 29–30, 2004, in Turin, Italy, has been published (in Italian) by the sponsor, the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation, and may be read at the Center. The book, based on the international conference "Re-thinking Italian Migrations: Diaspora, Transnationalism and Generations," includes the paper then IHRC Director Rudolph Vecoli presented, "'Whiteness Studies' e il colore degli italoamericani" ("Whiteness Studies" and the Color of Italian Americans).

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Friends of the IHRC

Link here to the Friends section of the website for more information about the organization, including how to join this nonprofit support group for the IHRC.

Save this date: Friends Annual Meeting to be November 12, 2005

The Friends will hold the organization's 28th Annual Meeting, with ethnic food, entertainment, a review of the year's activities, and installation of new officers on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at Andersen Library. The event is open to all. See and download the registration flyer. Reservations are due by Friday, Nov. 4, 2005.

2004 Annual Meeting Report. See the Friends Web page.

Friends welcome new IHRC director - The board of directors of Friends of the IHRC welcomed new IHRC director Donna Gabaccia with a potluck lunch at their September 17 meeting. Many delicious ethnic dishes were shared. Visible on the near side of the table, enjoying her lunch, is Donna, in blue .On the table in front of her is a welcoming basket of flowers from the Friends. On the far side of the table are board members Jeanette Pafko, Kathy Labriola Gruett, Andrea Novak Neumann, Biruta Spruds, and Roma Kehne.

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Friends continue fund raising for the IHRC endowment;
research help invited
The Friends are well into a project to contact ethnic organizations and businesses around the country with information about the IHRC Endowment Campaign to use in their newsletters and a request for contributions from organizations and individuals. Friends board and members researched ethnic organizations to approach besides some already in the IHRC database.The first set of letters were mailed at the end of August to some 350 ethnic organizations.

The next phase of this project will target ethnic businesses and some operated by individuals who appreciate the contributions of immigrants to American life. If you would like to help with research, contact Judy Rosenblatt, 612-624-5774 or by October 15 (must have access to the Internet and/or libraries). To receive funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities Matching Grant ($1 for every $4 donated), contributions must be received at the IHRC by July 2006.

Books for sale by Friends

Finnish American publications benefit Karni Scholarship Fund
Quantities are limited! Finnish American scholarship and literature are offered at half price, with proceeds benefitting scholars' visits to the Center with the assistance of Karni Scholarships. Download the catalog/order form to print out.

Find out more about or contribute to the Karni Scholarship Fund. Discounted Historical Atlas of Central Europe —Lots of information for history buffs and genealogists! Many new maps. Info in Announcements or link to order form to print out here.

2005 State History Day – See report in the May-June issue or on the Friends page.

Board Meeting: The Board of Directors meets next on Saturday, October 15, 2005. Members of the organization are welcome to attend board meetings.Contact Pres. Don Pafko for more information; email or phone 952-831-1440.

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About the IHRC

Same rates for public parking on campus in '05–'06

Attention, researchers and visitors. Public rates for campus parking have not increased for the 2005–06 academic year. The standard daily parking rate will stay at $3.25, the premium daily rate at $5.00. Hourly parking facilities remain on a sliding scale: $2.50 for the first hour with a maximum of $12 per day. This is the third consecutive year that rates have remained constant. For more information about parking, see

Find out more about the IHRC from the About. Click on "Visiting the IHRC" and then "virtual tour," an excellent, detailed introduction to the building, the IHRC offices and collections, and how to conduct research at the Center.

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