In the western imagination, India conjures up everything from saris and spices to turbans and temples -- and, likely, the action and melodrama of Bollywood movies. But the reality is that Indian American contributions stretch far beyond these stereotypes. From the builders of some of America's earliest railroads to Civil Rights pioneers to some of the leading minds in science and technology, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life, woven into the fabric from its outset. Today, one out of every 100 Americans traces their roots to India.
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute, explores the Indian American experience, and the community's vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American life. Local supplements to the national touring exhibition will highlight the Indian American experience in the Red River Valley, detailing their lives in Fargo-Moorhead since the first Indian pioneers came here in the 1960s for academic and medical positions.
Sunday, November 11
Armistice Day Observation Saturday, November 11, 12:00PM - 5:00PM Hjemkomst Center
In observation of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, we're offering free admission from 12PM to 5PM on Sunday, November 11. At 2:00PM, HCSCC Programming Director Markus Krueger will discuss the local effects of both the war and the armistice. Visitors are encouraged to explore our current exhibition, War, Flu & Fear: World War I and Clay County, either before or after the lecture.
Saturday, November 17
Pangea — Cultivate Our Cultures Saturday, November 17, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Hjemkomst Center
Join us at the Hjemkomst Center on Saturday, November 17, for Pangea: Cultivate Our Cultures, the largest free, family-friendly celebration of cultural diversity in the community. In fact, one of the few festivals of its size and kind in the Midwest, Pangea marks its 24th year of highlighting the global roots of the local Fargo-Moorhead community and continues to offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the region’s vibrant diversity through food, music, arts, crafts, stories, and children’s activities.
This year’s lineup will include music and dance performances carried from dozens of countries by current Fargo-Moorhead residents. This year we host Margreat Sam's Indian Dancers, the St. John the Divine Episcopal Choir, Hung Ngo, Narman Rai's Bhutanese Dancers, Heather and Thistle, the Buffalo River Singers and Dancers, and more! Food vendors include Saffron Persian Bistro, the Concordia French Club, Red River Danes, The Spice Grille, Paul Aladdin, Emy Miller, and more!
Tuesday, December 4
Opening Reception Suitably Attired Tuesday, December 4, 3:30:PM - 7:00PM Hjemkomst Center
Join us at the Hjemkomst Center as we open a gorgeous collaboration with NDSU's Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection. The exhibition is titled Suitably Attired and it explores the history of "The Suit," using local textile artifacts. On Tuesday, December 4, we celebrate this collaboration with an opening reception catered by NDSU Dining Services and featuring gallery talks led by guest curator Kim Baird at both 3:30PM and 6:00PM.