Published October 7, 2017
CLOQUET, MINNESOTA – Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will host the Islamic Resource Group’s Tracks in the Snow: The Minnesota Muslim Experience Since 1880 photo and oral history exhibit beginning on Thursday, October 12, through Thursday, October 26, 2017.
The aim of the photo and oral history exhibit is for Muslims and people of all faiths and spiritualities to see aspects of their own stories reflected in the collection, and that it inspires dialogue within and across communities. The traveling exhibit provides communities with an event and opportunity to build bridges of understanding.
The exhibit opening ceremony is set for Thursday, October 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College amphitheater and commons. The opening will feature a presentation by Islamic Resource Group speaker John Emery. The opening night reception and accompanying exhibit are free and open to the public.
Tracks in the Snow is the third phase of the Minnesota Muslim Experience project produced by Islamic Resource Group (IRG) through generous support from the Minnesota Historical Society Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The project’s web page states that Minnesota Muslims come from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds like the broader Muslim American population. The exhibit provides a unique perspective about a community that is little known and widely misunderstood due to misinformation and misconceptions.
To build bridges within the greater Minnesota community, IRG interviewed 40 Muslim Minnesotans in 2010-11 to share their portraits and stories. In the second phase of the Minnesota Muslim Experience project, a book and DVDs were published to distribute the interviews widely. The third phase is the traveling exhibit that provides viewers with clues to help piece together the evolution that the Minnesota Muslim community has undergone.