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This project explores the many perspectives on the people and the conditions of Minneapolis’s early immigrant neighborhoods, focusing on the Bohemian Flats adjacent to the Mississippi River. Journey down the 79 steps from the bluffs to the flats, and see how a community in the middle of the city could simultaneously be at the margins, of the river, of society, and of historical memory.

Our exhibit was on display at the Mill City Museum from April 20- November 1, 2015. If you are interested in hosting the exhibit or have more questions about the project, please contact Rachel Hines at

The Exhibit

Photo_OnlineExhibitView our exhibit “Remembering the Bohemian Flats: One Place, Many Voices” online to learn more about the different ways this historic neighborhood has been viewed over time.

Student Research Projects

Photo 5University of Minnesota students enrolled in a Spring 2014 Archival Research course taught by Dr. Katherine Hayes (Anthropology) conducted their own archival and archaeological research to create interpretive projects about the Bohemian Flats.

Living With the Mississippi

Photo 4This blog series takes an in depth look at the historic Mississippi river flats communities, including the Bohemian Flats, and examines the various challenges early immigrants faced while living on the river.

legacyamendmentOur Grant

This project was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.

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