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11/2/2016 10:53:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
On September 29, 2016, Hmong Cultural Center invited the community to visit its expanded exhibits center on University Avenue in St. Paul at an open house. In attendance at the event were St. Paul City Councilmember Dai Thao, Minnesota State Representative Rena Moran and Fue Lee, a candidate for a Minnesota House seat in North Minneapolis. Visitors at the open house were able to check out newly installed exhibits including a sixteen display panel permanent exhibit Hmong Minnesota: Yesterday and Today and eight professionally labeled display cases of Hmong cultural artifacts, clothing, embroidery and musical instruments. The exhibit center also includes a Hmong embroidery room. Over the past two years, Hmong Cultural Center has partnered with Museology Museum Services and Design Uake on exhibit panel design and production and museum-quality labeling for display cases.

Dr. Mark Pfeifer, Director of Programs at the center stated, "St. Paul is the nation's Hmong Capital, known for such sites as Hmong Village and HmongTown Marketplace. For the first time, Twin Cities residents and visitors now have access to an attraction open year-round providing substantive permanent educational exhibits related to Hmong history and culture as well as the Hmong community in Minnesota. This year's work with Museology and Design Uake has resulted in several new panels and display cases that teach about the Hmong. We have worked closely with these partners to create a one of a kind, substantive educational experience for those seeking to learn more about the Hmong culture and history and the Hmong community in Minnesota. We have big plans in 2017 and going forward to add interactive audio-visual exhibits focused on teaching visitors about the Hmong folk arts tradition"

The development of the exhibit center at Hmong Cultural Center has been supported by grants from the Minnesota Historical Society. 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. This project has also been supported by the City of St. Paul's Cultural Star Program, the Saint Paul Foundation and the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation. A new grant from the Minnesota Historical Society is supporting planning of audio-visual stations in the next phase of the exhibit center expansion. To learn more about the exhibit center at Hmong Cultural Center visit: http://www.hmonghistorycenter.org/

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