Oral histories abound

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A new website brings the stories of Minnesota immigrants alive for classrooms

The Minnesota Historical Society has just launched “Becoming Minnesotan” a new site dedicate to the stories of recent immigrants to Minnesota, including Hmong, Khmer, Asian Indians, Somalis and Tibetans. Designed for teachers and students, the website includes oral histories narrated by members of immigrant and refugee groups, photographs, maps, timelines, podcasts and classroom activities.

Meanwhile, tonight at 7pm folks are gathering at the West Bank Center in Minneapolis to celebrate the publishing of “Queer Twin Cities“, a GLBT oral history project. It’s billed as a collection of essays that takes a “pioneering look at the queer history, politics, and spaces of the Twin Cities.” Topics include everything from moral reform to gay life among lumber workers in northern Minnesota, as well as profiles of such venues as the Viking Bar and the Dugout.

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