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Introduction to the Bohemian Flats: One Place, Many Voices Exhibit

“This exhibit is an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional collaboration that began with the work of a University of Minnesota undergraduate anthropology major. Several years ago, Rachel Hines brought her interests in local history, education, and archaeology together in a senior thesis project on the Bohemian Flats, “hidden” in the midst of the University campus.”

“Her project advisors were part of a University Institute of Advanced Study collaborative creating a durable partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society around educational opportunities in heritage studies and public history. The group chose the Bohemian Flats as a site to explore how collaborative teaching could connect diverse students to public audiences and professional heritage practice. Aided by a grant from the state Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, undergraduate and graduate students delved into local archives with two guiding principles: first, that they use the materials to take a critical perspective on how immigrants were represented, and second, that they make their findings and interpretations publicly accessible.”

“Their research has been synthesized by Rachel Hines and Stefanie Kowalczyk into this exhibit to bring the project to an even broader audience. The exhibit represents an example of how the University and the Minnesota Historical Society can collaboratively create opportunities for student and public learning, highlighting critical thinking, civic and community engagement, and professional communication.”
-Written by Dr. Kat Hayes

See the Exhibit Pages for Each Panel

  1. “No Place Like Home”: Remembering the Bohemian Flats
  2. Navigating Changing Identity in a New Country
  3. “A Squatter’s Domain”: Life on the Banks of the Mississippi
  4. “High Waters on River Flats”: Living on the Mississippi River
  5. “The Laborer’s Lot”: Poverty, Employment, and Social Programs
  6. “Adieu, River Flats”: The Eviction and Legacy of the Bohemian Flats
Contact Us!
Send us a note at rvrlife@umn.edu to make suggestions for other places we should look, media to track, and stories to tell!
River Life in Video
Come Along for a Water Walk with Kare11 and River Life, and see Gifts at Work: The Mississippi River by the University of Minnesota Foundation
Open Rivers: Rethinking the Mississippi
A joint project of River Life, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Minnesota Libraries, Open Rivers is an interdisciplinary online journal that recognizes the Mississippi River as a space for timely and critical conversations about people, community, water, and place.