ST. PAUL (June 23, 2014) — In June 2014, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a fiscal year 2015 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to support the implementation of interpretative exhibits related to Hmong history in Minnesota as part of a Hmong American History Center and Library at the center’s offices in Saint Paul.
This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
The Minnesota Historical Society’s grant funding will strongly support efforts to build the Hmong Cultural Center’s modest exhibits and displays and multicultural education resources into a more comprehensive interpretative experience for the community that will be packaged to visitors with the center’s long-established Hmong research library (www.hmonglibrary.org) and Hmong 101 multicultural education program (www.hmong101.com) at the center’s offices conveniently located in front of the Western Avenue Station of the Green Line train in Saint Paul.
The funded project will involve the implementation of interpretative exhibits for visitors at the Hmong Cultural Center related to the following topics: The Secret War in Laos; the Hmong Refugee Experience; Hmong Settlement in Minnesota and Early Community Life: Early Hmong Adaptation Experiences in Minnesota; Hmong Minnesotan Achievements; Activism in the Hmong Minnesotan Community: Resettlement of Lao Hmong Refugees from Wat Tham Krabok to Minnesota 2004-2007; The Contemporary Hmong Minnesotan Community; Diversity in the Hmong Minnesotan Community and Demographics of the Contemporary Hmong Minnesotan Community.
Founded in 1992, Hmong Cultural Center’s mission is to promote the personal development of children, youth, and adults through Hmong cultural education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding between Hmong and non-Hmong persons. The center’s website is at www.hmongcc.org.
To learn more about programs at Hmong Cultural Center call 651-917-9937 or stop by the center at 379 University Avenue, Suite 204 in Saint Paul.