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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

Co-Presidents: Tessie Bourdamis and Paul Rog
Vice-President: Maria Vincze
Co-Secretaries: Mary Cahill and Marta Swica
Treasurer: Jasna Halvorson

Friends of IHRC Board of Directors Organizational Members

AHEPA Pericles Chapter #270, St.Paul – John Lambros/Dino Contolatis
AHEPA Demosthenes Chapt.66, Mpls. – Don Vanover
AHEPA/Daughters Dist.14 Past Dist.Governors’ Club – Tessie Bourdamis
Croatian Cultural Society of MN. – Jasna Halvorson
Czech & Slovak Cultural Society of MN.- Cheryl Nelson Theuninck
Czech & Slovak Sokol MN. – Mary Cahill
Daughters of Penelope Antigone Chapt.35, Mpls. – Tessie Bourdamis
Latvian Org.Assoc.of MN. – Peter Kalnin
MN. Hungarians – Maria Vincze
Polish American Cultural Inst.of MN. – Paul Rog
Rusin Assoc. of MN. – Karen Varian
TC Slovenians – Norm Setnicker
Ukrainian American Comm.Ctr. – Tamara Niepritzky
Unico Natl. – John Andreozzi

At large member, Andrea Novak Neumann
At large member, Mary Ann Novak
At large member, Marlin Heise
At large member, Marth Swica



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

  • 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