Willmar Film Project

The "Willmar Weddings: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" film project worked with teen girls and long married women in Willmar to explore relationships and coming of age through the topic of weddings.

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See what people had to say about this project!

"I really liked connecting with the women and having conversations about marriages and relationships, then and now. We certainly had a lot to tell each other about! We could have talked for hours."

"I enjoyed talking to a variety of people who I never would have talked to otherwise and hearing their different perspectives."

"The most important thing I learned was how times have changed. Also, this process helped me learn more about leading a team."

"Wonderful! This film brought tears to my eyes. The teens did a super job, as did the older women. Thank you - great job."

"It was fantastic, it was enlightening. I did not realize how younger people are growing up with different expectations about marriage."

"Excellent. Makes me proud of our community. Wonderful to see the different generations and ethnicities."


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Enjoy our “Willmar Weddings” Documentary Film!

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This documentary was created by and for women and girls in the diverse community of Willmar, MN. The film features interviews with women who’ve enjoyed 50+ year marriages and teen girls reflecting on their expectations of marriage in today’s world. Teens also conducted original research and found historic footage to compliment the themes of the documentary. The piece is unique to its subjects’ experiences and varied traditions, but universal in its sentiments.

Youth Participants: Ana, Asha, Ashley, Cassie, Khadija, Leah, Maddie, Molly, Serena

Adult Participants: Rose Nelson, Winnie Palm, Phyllis Williams

For more information: Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at aleah.vinick@mnhs.org or 651-259-3417.

Background on Willmar

Willmar drew its first settlers in the 1850s, attracted to fertile farmland in Southwestern Minnesota. It was established as a county seat for Kandiyohi County in 1871, and incorporated as a city thirty years later. Today, Willmar is home to nearly 19,000, including a sizeable population of Latino and East African immigrants drawn to work opportunities at the nearby Jennie-O poultry plant.

Minnesota Immigrant Resources

Becoming Minnesotan: Stories of Recent Immigrants and Refugees

Chicano Latino Affairs Council - Willmar

African Development Center of Minnesota - Willmar

NBC Nightly News - Willmar Immigration


Wedding Resources

Cleaning and Storing a Wedding Dress

Wedding Dresses - MHS Collections

Project Details

Date: April 2010 - September 2010
Partner(s): Chris Beyerl, Willmar Public Library; Leanne Freeman, Willmar Community Center; Deb Kleven, Willmar Child Guide Program; Jeanette Oehlers, Willmar Senior High School Success Coordinator; Barbara Wiener, TVbyGirls; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Willmar, MN

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