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Makida Abdulahi

Oromo-Jawi Elder and First Woman to Graduate High School In Her City

Born: Ethiopia
Heritage: Jawi, Oromo

Sandy Beltran

Peace Corps volunteer, Social Worker and retired Minneapolis Public School Educator

Born: Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Heritage: European American

Roseanne Boutain

Mother of adopted children, wife, singer, Sunday school teacher, clinical drug researcher

Born: IA, United States
Heritage: Mexican

Sheri Davis

Teacher & School Board Member

Born: New York City, NY, United States
Heritage: African American

Ken Dragseth

Vietnam Veteran and School Superintendent

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

Faiza Jama

Mother, Somali refugee, speaker of three languages, Head Start teacher, Edison High school graduate

Born: Hargeysa, Somalia
Heritage: Somalia

Geneti Kumsa

Pharmacist who now works as a liaison for Minneapolis Public Schools

Born: Rural Western, Ethiopia
Heritage: Ethiopian

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

Ralph Peralez

An Organizational Psychologist and storyteller who grew up in Pompey’s Pillar, Montana.

Born: Pompey’s Pillar, MT, United States
Heritage: Mexican

Jai Ramnarine

Hindu Immigrant, Civil Engineer and Auditor

Born: Guyana
Heritage: Guyanese

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

Johnny (Way-sa-quo-nabe) Smith

Anishinabe Ojibwa Instructor and Keeper of the Drum

Born: Red Lake, MN, United States
Heritage: Ojibwa
Songbook: View PDF

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

Barbara Davis White

Congressional Candidate and Teacher

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

Steve Xiong

Hmong Refugee from Laos & Bilingual Education Teacher

Born: Laos
Heritage: Hmong

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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