The Morrison County Historical Society announces that its newest temporary display, Hmong In Minnesota: Yesterday and Today, is now open for viewing at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum.
On loan from the St. Paul-based Hmong Cultural Center, Hmong In Minnesota tells the story of one of the state’s largest recent immigrant groups.
The display covers topics like the Hmong peoples’ beginnings in southeast Asia, exploring their music, language, and culture.
It also provides an in-depth look at an oft-forgotten aspect of the American military involvement in Vietnam – namely the Hmong role in the CIA’s secret war from 1961 – 1975. It was that involvement which led to a promise to aid the Hmong people after the war ended.
How the Hmong came to settle in Minnesota – which has the second largest number of Hmong residents of any state in the nation, trailing only California – is also explored in great detail.
Hmong In Minnesota will run through November 20.