2024-03-11 – Dorrene Hern – A Thousand Dollars and Back: Recollections of Early Romanian Immigration to Minnesota.

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Date: March 11, 2024
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An example of combining storytelling using personal interviews and adding historical information to create a family treasure to last into the future. Whether Romanian, German, Italian, Irish, Polish or another ethnic group, many immigrants shared similar experiences.

Emmy-nominated documentary “A Thousand Dollars and Back: Recollections of Early Romanian Immigration to Minnesota” narrated by Don Shelby, award winning journalist and recipient of two Peabody Awards and three National Emmy Awards, weaves together oral history interviews of family recollections of the immigration experience with historical information to create a story of plans that had changed, of perseverance and triumph over adversity.

The phrases “roads were paved with gold” and “a place to get rich” emerged due to the American image of job opportunities and prosperity. It is often believed that immigrants came to America for a better life, this was true for many immigrants, however, many Romanians coming to America did not initially plan to stay in America permanently. They had planned to earn $1,000 and go back to Romania to buy property and not stay in America. Some plans changed and things did not always work out that way.

The film was created by Romanian Genealogy Society (RGS) and the Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota (HORA) in 2014 with funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (“Legacy Grants”) program.


Speaker: Dorrene Hern

Dorrene is a passionate individual who developed a deep interest in family history after watching the TV miniseries “Roots” in 1977. This interest has had a profound impact on her life. She is particularly motivated to gather more information about her father’s Romanian heritage, specifically regarding his father, who passed away when her father was just 15 years old.

In 2011, Dorrene co-founded the Romanian Genealogy Society in response to a friend’s request. She served as a Board member for a decade. Additionally, she actively participated in oral history interviews with elders from the Romanian communities of St. Paul and South St. Paul, Minnesota. Her involvement in these interviews led her to become an Executive Producer for the Emmy-nominated documentary titled “A Thousand Dollars and Back: Recollections of Early Romanian Immigration to Minnesota.”
After enjoying a fulfilling 30-year career working for an airline, she transitioned to working alongside her husband at their 10-bay auto repair shop. Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, she officially retired and then relocated to Arizona in 2018. Currently, Dorrene serves as the WVGS E-News Facilitator.




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