Hmong heritage showcased at Third Saturday


THE FIRST HMONG ORIENTAL STORE in Sheboygan is pictured in 1982. The next Second Saturday program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum will showcase Hmong Heritage in Sheboygan County on Saturday, April 18. - Submitted photo THE FIRST HMONG ORIENTAL STORE in Sheboygan is pictured in 1982. The next Second Saturday program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum will showcase Hmong Heritage in Sheboygan County on Saturday, April 18. - Submitted photo Hmong Heritage in Sheboygan County is the topic of the next Third Saturday program set for Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. t the Sheboygan County Historical Museum in Sheboygan.

The Hmong people have their origins in southern China, but due to political strife, they have consistently been forced to move.

In the 19th Century, they settled in the mountainous regions of northern Laos.

After 1954, with growing political unrest, many were drawn into the fight against the North Vietnamese by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. They became known as the “Secret Army.”

In 1975, when Saigon fell and the American forces withdrew, the Hmong were left in the hands of their enemies. However, some were evacuated to Thailand and eventually to the United States.

The first Hmong to come to Sheboygan started arriving shortly after the end of the war.

Those first families were sponsored by members of Grace Lutheran Church in Haven and Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan.

The first immigrants faced yet another tough path, assimilating to a new culture that included many strange and odd customs.

As time went on, Sheboygan County saw more Hmong settling in the area that today they have a strong community that has become an integral part of our county.

The 2010 U.S. Census has almost

4,200 Hmong people living in Sheboygan County, putting it fourth among Wisconsin Metro areas.

That is approximately 10 percent of the total Hmong population in Wisconsin, which is third in the nation for Hmong residents.

The day will include many aspects of the Hmong culture. Guests will get to experience Hmong community members demonstrating their needlepoint work.

There will be several performers on hand to demonstrate some of their traditional dances as well playing the Qeej, a Hmong free reed multiple pipe instrument used to speak with the spirit world.

There will also be storytellers sharing the oral histories passed down through the generations.

Guests will also be able to hear accounts of Hmong military involvement in the Vietnam War from several Hmong-SGU (Special Guerilla Units) veterans as well as some Hmong-U.S.A. Veterans.

There will also be several members of the Hmong Association in attendance, as well as many of their community elders.

To tantalize your taste buds, there will be Hmong delicacies provided by Union Oriental Market made available for purchase.

Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available.

The Sheboygan County Historical Museum is located at 3110 Erie Ave. in Sheboygan.


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