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Albert Alexander

Banker and College Athlete

Born: Meridian, MS, United States
Heritage: African American

Paul Bengston

All-State Wrestling Coach & School Board Member

Born: Owatonna, MN, United States
Heritage: European American

Shlomo Berinhun

Born: Kaheh, Ethiopia
Heritage: Ethiopian Jew

Paul Besseck

Cameroon-Born Firefighter and Father

Born: Cameroon
Heritage: African

Mauricio Córdova

Industrial Engineer with Sara Lee

Born: Quito, Ecuador
Heritage: Ecuadorian

Rosario de la Torre

Advocate for Latino Families and Director of Casa de Esperanza

Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Heritage: Mexican

Ken Dragseth

Vietnam Veteran and School Superintendent

Born: Madison, SD, United States
Heritage: European American

William Lewis Dye, Jr.

African American alumnus of Sanford Middle School who chose to serve his country as a Sergeant in the Marines and later became an anesthesiologist.

Born: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Heritage: African American

Carrie D’Andrea

Therapist, Teacher and Daughter of Well-known Research Scientist

Born: Rochester, MN, United States
Heritage: European American

Michael Favor

Born in Athens, Georgia during the Civil Rights Movement. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Graduated with a degree in Sociology, Social Work, and Coaching.

Born: Athens, GA, United States
Heritage: African American

Jean Fountain

African American Businesswoman, Freedom Rider & Volunteer

Born: VA, United States
Heritage: African American

Jed Hamoud

Bedouin Immigrant and IT Specialist

Born: Lebanon
Heritage: Bedouin

Howard Hoganson

WWII Veteran and Bridge Builder Volunteer

Born: Perley, MN, United States
Heritage: European American

Roland Larson

Eden Prairie Resident and World War II Veteran

Born: MN, United States
Heritage: Swedish American

M. Eprevel Law


Born: Chicago, IL, United States
Heritage: African American, German Irish and Jewish

George Marks

St. Anthony Village resident and City Council Member

Born: St. Anthony, MN, United States
Heritage: European American

Mary Medved

Irish Slovenian-American and Foster Parent

Born: Golden Valley, MN, United States
Heritage: Irish Slovenian-American

Abdivizak Mohamud

Recent St Louis Park resident from Somalia

Born: Mogadishu, Somalia
Heritage: Somalian

Connie Morgan

Teacher and Missionary Who Grew Up in Africa

Born: WA, United States
Heritage: European American

Charles Nichols, Sr.

Advisor to President Johnson, Director of Vocational Education & Founder of Flying Club for Youth of Color

Born: Duluth, MN, United States
Heritage: African American

Jai Ramnarine

Hindu Immigrant, Civil Engineer and Auditor

Born: Guyana
Heritage: Guyanese

Oscar Reed

Former professional American football player who played for the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota mentoring youth in public schools.

Born: MS, United States
Heritage: African American

Chul Schwanke

African-American and Korean adoptee. Former professional football player. Psychologist.

Born: Pusan, United States
Heritage: African-American and Korean

Pam and Don Shea

A story of a couple who grew up with strong extended family ties and who now volunteer with students at Birchview Elementary.

Born: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Heritage: European American

Valerie Tran

Vietnamese refugee "boat person", University of MN social psychology graduate, Program Director of Vietnamese social services program in St. Paul, MN

Born: Saigon, Vietnam
Heritage: Vietnamese

Malcolm Watson

World War II Veteran and Civil Engineer

Born: Columbia Heights, MN, United States
Heritage: Norwegian

Barbara Davis White

Congressional Candidate and Teacher

Born: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Heritage: African American

News & Events

Cashton, WI - 8th Grade Leadership will host a Cashton Community Celebration in honor of Mrs. Marian Sullivan Schwarz’s 104th Birthday at the Cashton Community Hall on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  

Community Celebration of Place is partnering with Little Free Library on Saturday, May 21, in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first-ever Little Free Library Festival.

Join highly acclaimed author Kent Nerburn and Larry Long, Executive Director of Community Celebration of Palce for an evening of songs, stories and music.

Save Our History!

During 2017-2018, it is a primary program of Community Celebration of Place to transfer their collection into archives that will be open to the public for generations to come

We can not do this work without you.


My heartfelt thanks to Larry Long and all the voices from which our history continues to generate encouragement, enthusiasm and wisdom.

Arlo Guthrie, Songwriter, Son of Woody Guthrie

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