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Friends of the IHRC & IHRC Archives

The Friends of the Immigration History Research Center and Archives at the University of Minnesota is a nonprofit organization of individuals and groups worldwide that support the Center’s mission to promote the study and appreciation of our ethnic pluralism. By encouraging donations of money and materials, members of the Friends help the IHRC/A in its vital cause of documenting, preserving, and making better known the history of our nation’s immigrant experience. If you are not already a member, you are enthusiastically invited to join. For more information about the Friends, e-mail to

Officers & Board Members

January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Co-Presidents: John Andreozzi and Karen Varian
Vice President: Judy Rosenblatt 
Secretary: Mary Cahill
Treasurer: Biruta Spruds

Friends of IHRC Board of Directors Organizational Members

AHEPA District 14, Past District Governors' Club, John Lambros
AHEPA Pericles Chapter #270, St. Paul Area, Dino Contolatis
Belarus Institute of Arts and Science (NY)  Ihar Labacevich
Croatian Cultural Society of Minnesota, Jasna Halvorsan
Czech and Slovak Sokol MinnesotaMary Cahill 
Czech & Slovak Cultural Center, Don Pavko

Daughters of Penelope, Antigone, Minneapolis Area, Tessie Bourdamis
Daughters of Penelope, Euridice , St. Paul, Area  Nancy Lambros 
Latvian Organization Association of Minnesota, Biruta Spruds
Lipa Slovak Dancers, Donald Pafko 
Minnesota HungariansMaria Kubanyi Vincze
Polanie Club of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Marta Swica
Polish American Cultural Institute of MinnesotaPaul Rog 
Rusin Association of MinnesotaKaren Varian
TC Slovenians, Norm Setnicker

Ukrainian American Community Center, Walter Anastas
UNICO--Twin Cities, John Andreozzi 

At large member, Walter Anastas
At large member, Andrea Novak Neumann
At large member, Mary Ann Novak
At large member, Marlin Heise
At large member, Judy Rosenblatt
At large member, Noah Vang



In addition to the satisfaction of supporting the mission of the Immigration History Research Center, as a Friend you will enjoy these benefits:

  • Free subscription to the IHRC's newsletter.
  • Invitations to special events, including speakers and exhibits.

Organizational members are entitled to name a representative to the Friends Board of Directors. For more information, please e-mail to for details.

To join the friends or renew a membership for a year, use the following payment schedule (membership year runs January 1 to December 31):









Senior (62+)


Organizaion, 25 or fewer


Student (full-time)


Organization, 26-50




Organization, 51-199 members




Organization, 200+ members


Make check payable to Friends of the IHRC. Include name, address, phone number(s), email address, whether you prefer to receive publications online or printed and mailed to you, and your ethnic group interest (or multi-ethnic). Membership dues and contributions to the Friends are tax-deductible under IRS code 501(c)(3).

Mail to

Friends of the IHRC/A
University of Minnesota
311 Andersen Library
222-21st Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455