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Global REM: David LaVigne, "Heritage Tourism and the Immigrant Past"

Date: 03/05/2014

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: 308 Elmer L. Andersen Library

Cost: Free


Please join the Immigration History Research Center for a lecture by David LaVigne, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, entitled "Heritage Tourism and the Immigrant Past."

During the 1970’s and 1980’s, the United States experienced a “white ethnic revival” that saw expanded interest in the European immigrant past. Second- and third-generation Americans expressed pride in their immigrant ancestors and sought to commemorate this generation’s trials and achievements. One way in which such pride was expressed was through the construction of museums and commemorative sites, perhaps best reflected during this time in the restoration of Ellis Island. This paper examines these processes on Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. It studies the creation of museums, theme parks, interpretive programs, and monuments in order to understand why there was an expanded interest in the immigrant past and what this meant for regional and national identities. Such actions were a response to both economic uncertainty and a perceived loss of cultural memory.

Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.



  • Name: Immigration History Research Center
  • E-mail: ihrc@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Immigration History Research Center, Immigration History Research Center Archives, Global REM, Global Studies

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact  the Immigration History Research Center at 612-625-4800.

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