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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Erika Lee (Project Director: February 2015 to July 2019)
Elizabeth Venditto (Co Project Director: July 2015 to July 2019)
Immigrant Stories

Expansion of a project that engages recent immigrant and refugee communities as they create and share digital video narratives about their lives and experiences. During the implementation phase, the applicant would collaborate with national stakeholders to develop an easy-to-use, web-based framework to produce these digital stories, which would be publicly available via the Minnesota Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.

The Immigration History Research Center's Immigrant Stories project fosters humanities research and public dialogue around immigration by empowering recent immigrants with the tools to document, preserve, and share their experiences with the wider American public. It helps first- and second-generation immigrants and refugees create digital stories about their experiences--short personal videos with images, text, music, and audio--that are preserved and made publicly available through the IHRC Archives, the Minnesota Digital Library, and the Digital Public Library of America. Immigrant Stories uses immigrant-centered digital tools and training to expand participation in the digital humanities regardless of education, English proficiency, and access to technology. Its archive makes valuable content on contemporary immigration accessible to both humanities scholars and the broader public.

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Project fields:
Immigration History; Public History

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Digital Humanities

$324,121 (approved)
$321,432 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2017