September 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
July 11, 2018
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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September 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Saturday, September 1, 2018

I'm New Here
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Gale Family Library contains a wide array of sources for finding your family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of your house, business, organization, or neighborhood; or just finding out more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. Let library experts introduce you to this treasure trove of sources in a free class held each Saturday. Learn about the MNHS collections and get tips on how to use catalogs, request materials, and purchase copies of historic papers and photos.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Every Saturday

History-on-a-Schtick!
Minnesota State Fair, Schell's Stage
1265 Snelling Ave N St. Paul, MN 55108
Experience a lighthearted romp through Minnesota's past every day of the Minnesota State Fair at 9:30 and 10:30 am. What happens when Paul Bunyan, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and Snoopy face off in a quiz show hosted by Betty Crocker? Or when a scholarly voyageur wearies his fellow travelers with his overenthusiasm for Minnesota history? Join MNHS for a 30-minute show of wacky fun, with trivia, prizes, and astonishing historical tidbits.This program is presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. It is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 9:30 am - 10:00 am & 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Included with State Fair admission
Also September 2 & 3

Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
When the United States entered World War I, its citizens were called to do their patriotic duty and support the war effort. Costumed interpreters portraying the Lindbergh family and neighbors will provide insights into the daily lives of Minnesotans at home during the war. Hear inside stories about farming for the war effort, assist a Red Cross volunteer, and learn about the ways Minnesota life changed during the war.
Tours begin every 30 minutes between 10 am and 4 pm.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
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Summit Avenue Walking Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history, and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. Tours do not include home interiors.
The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House. All areas are accessible for those with mobility issues, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Tours offered May-September: Saturdays 10 am, Noon and 2 pm, Sundays Noon and 2 pm

Threshers & Combines Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend and the culmination of the grain growing season at the Oliver Kelley Farm. Help farmers bring grain bundles in from the historic field, thresh the grain in an 1856 Cox and Roberts horse-powered threshing machine, bag up the grain, and rake away the straw. Then compare that experience to a modern combine at the Farm Lab. Explore a variety of grains, their uses, and flavors in the Learning Kitchen in the visitor center.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also September 2 & 3

Labor History Weekend Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
During Labor Day weekend, visitors can enjoy tours highlighting the rich labor history of James J. Hill's world. Learn about the artisans who constructed the mansion, the lives of the home's domestic staff, the railroad workers who built and ran Hill's empire, Hill's clashes with labor organizers, and more. Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm. 
Or explore the Hill House on your own while learning about labor history during Self-Guided Sunday on Sept. 2. 
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Women's Work Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a costumed interpreter portraying labor writer Eva Valesh for a walking tour that highlights working conditions along the Minneapolis riverfront in the late 1880s. The guide will discuss jobs that were available to women in the late 19th and early 20th century, key events in women's labor history in Minneapolis, and the factories that Valesh exposed, including the North Star Woolen Mill, which still stands two blocks from Mill City Museum. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Hide Processing Demonstration
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Throughout the day, watch as staff demonstrate how to process a deer hide and transform it into buckskin or leather. Learn what tools and techniques are used in this age-old practice and the many uses it provides.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

An Evening Look at the Carvings
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Explore the rock face in bare feet in the evening to see petroglyphs off the regular path when the lighting is best to view them. Over the past several years, an extensive conservation project identified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently have been covered in lichen.
Visitors can explore on their own, but an interpreter will be available to answer questions and direct visitors to carvings. Visitors should be prepared to walk barefoot on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
Also September 15

By the Light of the Lantern
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Experience a barn dance at Historic Forestville and see how people of the past socialized at gatherings 100 years ago and learn some historic dances. No dancing experience needed. Visitors can also explore the general store, family parlor, kitchen, and office. You never know what surprises you might find during an evening in Forestville! 
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Wonders of the Night Sky
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join Mike Lynch, meteorologist and astronomer, to view the night sky. Lynch will have his large telescopes set up for viewing, including two giant 20-inch reflectors which are among the largest mobile telescopes in Minnesota. Learn about celestial photography as Lynch takes amazing photos that will be made available to participants at no additional charge.
Sat., Sep 1, 2018, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Self-Guided Sundays
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Visit the James J. Hill House as the Hill family and their servants would have, without a guide. Spend more time in your favorite rooms and go at your own pace to explore the first, second, and third floors of the mansion. Last entry is at 3:30 pm.
Sun., Sep 2, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
Also September 9, 16, 23 & 30
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"Why Treaties Matter" Exhibit Closing
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
"Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations" is a nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in this place we now call Minnesota. Learn, through a video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.
This exhibit is on display at Lower Sioux Agency July 27-Sept. 2, 2018. 
Sun., Sep 2, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members save 20%

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational, and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis, and learn about the many people who have worked and lived in the area over the years.
Plus, explore the riverfront renaissance going on today through the historic preservation of Mill Ruins Park, Mill City Museum, Milwaukee Road Depot, historic loft condominiums, and new developments, including the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music, and riverfront housing.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Sep 2, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Also September 22

The West Arrives in West Newton
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The "west" arrives to the town of West Newton as musician Lonesome Ron, the King of the Valley Yodelers, shares Western music like cowboy ballads, yodels, and stories through song.
Sun., Sep 2, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Monday, September 3, 2018

"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" Exhibit Closing
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave Native American and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today's conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.
The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibit announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
This exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners, plus additional banners developed by MNHS with content about the efforts of Native Americans from Minnesota and the surrounding area. It is on view May 25-Sept. 3, 2018. "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" is produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Mon., Sep 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

"Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This photography exhibit, exploring the theme “Forward,” showcases the work of young Native American artists. These teens who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography and investigate historical and contemporary Native representation in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. This exhibit is the culmination of a partnership program between the Minnesota Historical Society, Two Rivers Gallery, and the Hennepin County Library. The photography exhibit will be on display in the Irvine Gallery June 27 through September 3. 
This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Mon., Sep 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

"Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience" Exhibit Closing
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
This exhibit chronicles the stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, and highlights the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within 10 communities across the country during that turbulent time. 
Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 plunged the United States into WWII and forever changed the lives of Japanese Americans across the nation. Those living on the West Coast of the mainland United States were forced from their homes to isolated incarceration camps scattered across the American West and South. Denied their constitutional rights and imprisoned without trial, approximately 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry—nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were forced to leave their lives behind simply because they looked like the enemy.
Through the use of images, audio and interactive elements, Courage and Compassion provides a 360-degree perspective of the WWII experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry while exploring its relevance today. The exhibit honors everyday people in cities and towns across America who rose above the wartime hysteria to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.
Courage and Compassion is made possible through a collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and select communities across the country. Each community has reached into its past to recognize local voices of conscience that embody the American ideal of justice for all.
Go For Broke collaborated with the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and Historic Fort Snelling to explore the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School, which trained soldiers as Japanese linguists during WWII and helped shape Minnesota's Japanese American community today.
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program. Additional support provided by the Earl K. and Ruth N. Tanbara Fund for Japanese American History in Minnesota.
The exhibit runs through June 30-Sept. 3, 2018. 
Mon., Sep 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: The Empire Builder
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Tue., Sep 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

First Thursdays @ the Capri: "In the Heat of the Night" Film Screening
Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Each month through March, watch a different thought-provoking film and engage in community discussion afterward around topics in history that resonate today. In September, view the 1967 drama In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
This film series is a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, and the Capri Theater. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Thu., Sep 6, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Engineering the Falls Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis riverfront, the west side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge and hear about the many ways the falls have changed over the years.
William de la Barre, an Austrian engineer, arrived in Minneapolis in 1878 and was hired by C.C. Washburn to oversee reconstruction of the Washburn A Mill after its 1878 explosion. De la Barre was soon involved in the management of waterpower companies at St. Anthony Falls, and spent a 50-year career engineering the falls to maximize the power available to Minneapolis millers.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Sep 8, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Kid Crafts: Shoulder Bag
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Sat., Sep 8, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$7/kit, museum admission not included

Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. A light lunch will be provided on Sunday only.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: Noon-4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-2 pm

 A minimum of five participants is required. Recommended for participants 14 and up. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants with 10-days' advanced reservations.
Sat., Sep 8, 2018, Noon - Sun., Sep 9, 2018, 2:00 pm
$75/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Railroad History Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production, and warehousing took off. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot, and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail.
The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Sep 9, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Grandparents' Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Grandparents and grandkids alike can enjoy playing games that were popular 150 years ago. Games include dominoes, tic-tac-toe, pick up sticks, graces, checkers, rolling hoops as well as craft projects.
Sun., Sep 9, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

River Valley Critters & Raptors
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Explore the Lower Sioux Agency trails and discover the many critters and raptors of the Minnesota River Valley. Visitors can also engage in plant identification activities, scavenger hunts, and learning stations to gain a greater understanding of our wildlife families.
Sun., Sep 9, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members save 20%
Also September 16

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"Chinese-ness: Photographs by Wing Young Huie" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
View an exhibit of new photographs by Wing Young Huie, and join an opening program featuring a panel discussion about the theme of identity, specifically Asian American identity.
Part documentary, part meta-memoir, and part actual memoir, this exhibit from renowned photographer Wing Young Huie explores the cultural riddle of his identity as a Minnesotan of Chinese descent. This is a companion exhibit to the new MNHS Press book, Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging by Wing Young Huie.
This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Tue., Sep 11, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

History on the Go Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Bring a tour bus to Historic Fort Snelling and a staff member will ride along giving a guided tour of the site, sharing stories from Fort Snelling's past. The tour will explore the restored, 19th-century stone fort, as well as the Upper Post, where soldiers were stationed during the 20th century. The fort's gate accommodates buses up to 13 ft wide. The group minimum is eight people. Tours depart every 10 minutes with the last tour leaving at 3 pm.
Wed., Sep 12, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$10/MNHS members save 20%. Make a reservation by calling the MNHS Box Office at 651-259-3015.
Also September 13, 19 & 20

"Mazinaakizige: Teen Photography Project" Exhibit Opening
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
This photography exhibit, exploring the theme "Forward," showcases the work of young Native American artists who participated in a 12-week high school internship program. The teens worked with artist mentors to learn the process of digital photography and investigate historical and contemporary Native representation in a guided, supportive, and culturally sensitive environment.
This exhibit is a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society, Two Rivers Gallery, and the Hennepin County Library. It will be on display Sept. 12-Oct. 27, 2018. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Wed., Sep 12, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Concerts in the Parlor
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
On the second Thursday of each month, students from the Concordia College music department will perform recitals in the Comstock House parlor. In September, music professor Deb Harris's students will perform "Flute Music Through the Ages: Baroque to Contemporary" on flute and piano.
Doors open at 6 pm for light refreshments and house tours. Concerts start at 6:30 pm.
Thu., Sep 13, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members and students free
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Friday, September 14, 2018

History Hop-On Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Enjoy a bus tour of Historic Fort Snelling and the Upper Post. A staff member will lead the tour and explore the history of the people who lived at the fort during the early 19th century, World War I, and World War II.
Fri., Sep 14, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am & 11:15 am - 12:15 pm & 12:30 pm – 1:30 PM
$20/MNHS members save 20%
Also September 21
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Mendota After Hours: Dakota County in WWI
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Have a drink with friends while learning about Minnesota history in the beautiful setting of the Sibley Historic Site. A new topic will be offered each month.
In September, learn about individuals from Dakota County who fought in WWI and the efforts the community made to support them. Presented by historian Vicki Albu, attendees will hear stories and see images from Dakota County during 1917 and 1918, including stories of seven Gold Star soldiers who did not make it home.
Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the presentation begins at 6 pm. Light food and one drink ticket will be provided with each paid admission for ages 21 and up. This program is presented by the Dakota County Historical Society.
Fri., Sep 14, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$20/$15 for MNHS, DCHS and Friends of the Sibley Historic Site members
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Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota were covering the murder trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of poisoning her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. In this guided tour, learn about those involved with the case, from Bilansky and her lawyers to politicians and newspaper reporters. Hear excerpts from records detailing court testimony, see newspaper articles chronicling the timeline of events, and discover what role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Sep 14, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Quadriga Starlight Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Take a guided tour of the restored State Capitol building and meet a range of historical characters who will share stories about the Capitol’s construction and history. Following the tour, climb to the rooftop for a rare evening opportunity to view the gilded Quadriga—the golden horses on the Capitol roof—against the backdrop of the lighted skyline of the Twin Cities.
Note: Access to the Quadriga requires climbing 63 steps.
Fri., Sep 14, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, & 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
$12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $10 age 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
Also September 15
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Festival of the Voyageur
Snake River Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Two hundred years ago, fur traders celebrated the success of the trading season with a giant party. Visitors can explore the sights and sounds created by 250 reenactors come to camp on the Snake River in the fall. Witness feats of strength and skill as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Shop for historic crafts and join children's activities. On Saturday evening, learn the steps of lively country dance with live music.
Sat., Sep 15, 2018, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Also September 16

Pigs Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover what it takes to raise pigs from farrow to finish. Meet pigs and explore the changing environments that farmers use to raise pigs historically and today. Plus, enjoy readings of classic pig tales, sample BBQ-pulled pork in the Learning Kitchen, and pick up some pork cooking tips.
Sat., Sep 15, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also September 16

Critter Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Chickens, goats, sheep, alpacas, horses, lizards, spiders, and snakes. When was the last time you saw so many critters together? See animals of all kinds as special guests visit from zoos, science centers, farms, and more.
Sat., Sep 15, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Historic Main Street Walking Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Stroll through Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood on a guided tour and learn about the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony and the immense changes along Main Street throughout the years. Founded in 1848, a few years before Minneapolis, St. Anthony has been a crossroads for many diverse peoples, including Dakota, Ojibwe, Yankees, German and Irish immigrants, métis, free blacks, and Southern tourists accompanied by enslaved people. Tour landmarks include the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill, and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.
This tour begins and ends at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Lofts' main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). It includes about one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Sep 15, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Wild Rice Processing Demo
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice, including how to dry, parch, thresh, and winnow the rice. See the entire process from raw to finished product during 20-minute demonstrations offered on the hour. The program begins at noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm. In the event of bad weather, this event will move indoors.
Sat., Sep 15, 2018, Noon - 3:30 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Minneapolis Riverfront Then and Now, 1858 and 2008" Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
View photographs from the 1850s–1860s alongside 2008 photos taken from the same vantage points by Jerry Mathiason—and see the dramatic changes made to the Minneapolis riverfront over the past 150 years. The pairs of photographs reveal changes, like the disappearance of St. Anthony Falls, changes in transportation, bridge collapses, the growth of a small village into a major city, and continually evolving uses of the Mississippi River. The exhibit is supported by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons. 
Sun., Sep 16, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

Snakes of the Minnesota River Valley
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Snake expert Tom Jessen will bring a variety of fascinating reptiles for visitors to see, handle, and learn about.
Sun., Sep 16, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Spark! Baking Workshop for People with Memory Loss
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Whip up a delicious treat in this baking experience tailored to all ability levels for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Mill City Museum is a member of Spark!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss.
Sun., Sep 16, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Tour highlights include:

  • The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and the other dangers that mill workers faced on a daily basis
  • "The Octopus," a large machine that directed wheat into nine storage bins
  • The Humphrey Manlift, a vertical conveyor belt that carried workers from floor to floor
  • The Rail Corridor where hundreds of boxcars arrived each day to unload wheat and carry away flour
  • Millstone plaza, originally paved with retired millstones and the location for lunchtime concerts by the Washburn-Crosby employee band in the 1920s
  • Evidence of the three major fires that have damaged the building in 1878, 1928, and 1991
  • The East Engine House, once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car pulling machinery

The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Sep 16, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Trailblazing Beyond the Tracks: An Agricultural History of Clay County
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
NDSU graduate student Chelsea Olmsted will discuss her research on the agricultural history of Clay County. She will discuss how the railroads affected agriculture, share early mechanical innovations, and show how science helped advance farming in the early 20th century. Throughout her presentation, she will use photographs from the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County's Flaten-Wange collection to illustrate the discussion. After the lecture, guests are welcome to mingle and enjoy refreshments from Moorhead's Rustica Eatery & Tavern while exploring one of the area's most historic homes.
Thu., Sep 20, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members and students free
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Kitchen Capers: Apples
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In this hands-on workshop, sample a variety of different apples from Minnesota and beyond and discover which apples work best in different recipes.
Kitchen Capers is a new lighthearted and playful workshop series for adults that features changing seasonal ingredients. Participants will experiment with cooking techniques, flexible ingredient uses, sample a variety of dishes, and take home recipes. Workshops take place in the visitor center's Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Sep 22, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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DNA Basics for Family History Researchers
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn how DNA testing can unlock your family history. This class will answer basic questions of who to test, what kind of DNA test to take, and which company to use. Plus, for those who have already done a DNA test, learn how to make sense of ethnicity estimates and cousin match lists.
Instructor bio: J.H. Fonkert is a board-certified genealogist, lecturer, researcher, and has his own research service, Four Generations Genealogy. He has been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and his research and articles have appeared in numerous publications.
Sat., Sep 22, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$32/MNHS members save 20%
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F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour
Commodore Bar & Restaurant
79 Western Ave N St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the childhood haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. Participants will hear about Fitzgerald's early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his writing, and his connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. Guides will also discuss the importance of the neighborhood to other writers, like Sinclair Lewis, Patricia Hampl, and August Wilson.
The tour begins at the Commodore Bar & Restaurant at 79 Western Ave. and includes stops at 599 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and his birthplace at 481 Laurel Ave. Tour stops do not include interiors.
Sat., Sep 22, 2018, 10 am - 11:15 am, Noon-1:15 pm, & 2-3:15 pm
Sun., Sep 23, 2018, Noon-1:15 pm, & 2-3:15 pm $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Fall Phenology Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join naturalists and phenologists, who study the rhythmic biological events of nature as they relate to climate, for a day observing the Forest History Center in fall. Explore plants, animals, and birds and learn what to look for and how to record your findings.
Sat., Sep 22, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Crucial Conversations: Refugees and Minnesota
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Refugees displaced by war, religious persecution, and genocide have resettled in Minnesota for more than a century. However, in recent years, fears around national security, limited resources, and the potential impact of newcomers on national identity have caused the US to accept fewer refugees. Join a small group conversation to explore the history of refugees in Minnesota and exchange ideas about these issues today.
Dialogues are led by staff trained in facilitation by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Sat., Sep 22, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Free

Sunday, September 23, 2018

"Maḱaċheġa (Pottery) by Lower Sioux Artists" Exhibit Opening
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
View an exhibit of maḱaċheġa, or pottery, made by Lower Sioux artists and apprentices, the first exhibit of its kind in nearly two decades. Visitors can view present-day pieces while learning about this traditional technique and its important role to the Lower Sioux community. On Sundays, master artists will be on site to discuss their pottery pieces and artistic journey, and guests of all ages can visit an activity station to create works of their own.
The exhibit is on display Sept. 23-Oct. 7, 2018. 
Sun., Sep 23, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses, and other natural and human-created calamities. Visitors will learn about the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires, and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Sep 23, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Horses & Transportation
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about different types of transportation and necessary supplies in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. In addition to the store, the town of West Newton had two blacksmiths, a wagon shop, a molasses press, hotel, private school, sawmill, flour mill, and boarding house. Hear about the town's history and join leatherworker Dan Cochran who will have a display of his wares. 
Sun., Sep 23, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Robert "Fish" Jones Steampunk Birthday Party
Minnehaha Depot
Minnehaha Park, 4900 S. Minnehaha Dr. Minneapolis, MN 55417
Join this annual steampunk-themed celebration of the birthday of Robert Fremont "Fish" Jones, who built the Longfellow House and the Longfellow Zoological Gardens in 1906. Enjoy bluegrass, folk music, and train-themed songs and show off your best steampunk costume.
Sun., Sep 23, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Artist Showcase & Pottery Activity
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
View a new exhibit of pottery made by Lower Sioux artists and apprentices and meet with them to hear about their work and artistic journey. Guests of all ages can visit an activity station to create works of their own.
Sun., Sep 23, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free
Also September 30

Monday, September 24, 2018

House of Memories: Professional Care Partner Workshop
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Professional care staff are invited to a half-day workshop designed to learn skills to use museum resources to encourage memory sharing and help people to live well with dementia. The workshop centers on objects, photographs, ephemera, and their associated stories, housed at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Caregivers will learn what types of memory activities and resources are available and how to use them to communicate with people living with dementia. Examples include creating memory boxes, memory trees, and participating in museum programs. Caregivers will also work with the new free My House of Memories app, designed with and for people living with dementia, so they can do memory sharing at home, in residential care homes, or any setting.
This workshop is offered in Partnership with National Museums Liverpool and is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Mon., Sep 24, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon & 1:00 pm – 4:00 PM
Free, reservation required
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

History Happy Hour: Pets in the Victorian Era
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink at the Ramsey House and learn about beloved family pets in the Victorian home. Hear about Ramsey family pets and how the unbreakable bonds between pet and owner were nurtured in the late 1800s and shaped the way families think about pets today. This program is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 pm and is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Sep 27, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Angels & Madams
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers, and city officials alike. This program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city?
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Sep 28, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Mill City Oktoberfest
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for the 12th annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard and at the Farmers Market area in the Train Shed and Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater.
Watch a cooking demonstration, enjoy music and dancing, and relax with a Minnesota brew and German fare in the Ruin Courtyard beer garden. View photographs of Minneapolis' historic riverfront breweries. Other activities include kids' games, History Player performances, and brewing history.
Mill City Museum admission is required for certain activities inside the museum.
Sat., Sep 29, 2018, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Ladies' Cursive Calligraphy Class
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Join calligrapher Anne Kaese to learn how to write in elegant cursive reminiscent of the Victorian era. Sit at the same table that Mrs. Comstock used and find out about her work in the Moorhead community. Please bring a fountain or gel ink pen. Paper and other supplies will be provided.
Sat., Sep 29, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$30/$25 MNHS members
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Prairie Sugar Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Prairie sugar, also known as sorghum, was made over 150 years ago as a sweetener for farmers and their families. Visitors can help with the process of turning sorghum into sweet, syrupy molasses. Then explore the sugar beet crop in the Farm Lab fields and discover how sugar beets are processed into granulated sugar today. Visitors can also help make and sample a variety of sweets made from different types of sweeteners in the historic kitchen and Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Sep 29, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also September 30

Somali Culture 101 Talk
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
An estimated 150,000 Somali people—both refugees and immigrants—live in the US, and more live in Minnesota than in any other state. The Somalis here represent a cross-section of Somali society from all regions of their homeland; what ties them together is the culture they share. Join staff from the Somali Museum of Minnesota for a hands-on exploration of the rich and diverse heritage of Somali Minnesota and explore how the role of traditional arts and culture has changed as people have moved from East Africa to their new home in the Midwest.
This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Somalis + Minnesota.
Sat., Sep 29, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Preparing for Winter
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
In 1800s Minnesota, people spent many months preparing for winter, including canning, drying, candle-making, soap-making, putting up their gardens, cutting enough firewood, and getting food stocked for themselves and the animals. Learn more about the domestic side of this process by viewing historic equipment and pictures of farm life.
Sun., Sep 30, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Ongoing Exhibits
 

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

Closes June 9, 2019  Somalis + Minnesota 
See this new exhibit on Somali history and culture, developed in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Somali Museum of Minnesota. The exhibit will showcase Somali culture—from traditional life in Africa, through the massive migration that began in the 1990s, to today’s large, well-established Minnesota Somali community. Find out more.
Closes Jan. 21, 2019 The 1968 Exhibit 
The social forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. It was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war. This popular exhibit returns to Minnesota after touring the nation. This exhibit is created by the Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California. Find out more. 
Closes Sept. 3, 2018  Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography 
This exhibit in the Irvine Gallery showcases the work of young Native American artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. This exhibit is the culmination of an MNHS partnership program with Two Rivers Gallery.
Opens Sept. 11, 2018 

Chinese-ness: Photographs by Wing Young Huie
Part documentary, part meta-memoir, and part actual memoir, this exhibit from renowned photographer Wing Young Huie explores the cultural riddle of his identity as a Minnesotan of Chinese descent. This is a companion exhibit to the new MNHS Press book, Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging by Wing Young Huie.

Ongoing

Then Now Wow
Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Find out more.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. Find out more.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk 
This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Find out more.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting
Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. Find out more.

Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis 

Closes Oct. 28, 2018

Minneapolis Riverfront Then and Now, 1858 and 2008  
View photographs from the 1850s-1860s alongside 2008 photos taken from the same vantage points by Jerry Mathiason—and see the dramatic changes made to the Minneapolis riverfront over the past 150 years. The pairs of photographs reveal changes, like the disappearance of St. Anthony Falls, changes in transportation, bridge collapses, the growth of a small village into a major city, and continually evolving uses of the Mississippi River.
The exhibit is supported by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons. 

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Closes Sept. 3, 2018  

Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience
This exhibit chronicles the stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, and highlights the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within 10 communities across the country during that turbulent time. 
Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunged the United States into WWII and forever changed the lives of Japanese Americans across the nation. Those living on the West Coast of the mainland United States were forced from their homes to isolated incarceration camps scattered across the American West and South. Denied their constitutional rights and imprisoned without trial, approximately 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry—nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were forced to leave their lives behind simply because they looked like the enemy.
Through the use of images, audio and interactive elements, Courage and Compassion provides a 360-degree perspective of the WWII experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry while exploring its relevance today. The exhibit honors everyday people in cities and towns across America who rose above the wartime hysteria to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.
Courage and Compassion is made possible through a collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and select communities across the country. Each community has reached into its past to recognize local voices of conscience that embody the American ideal of justice for all.
Go For Broke collaborated with the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and Historic Fort Snelling to explore the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School, which trained soldiers as Japanese linguists during WWII and helped shape Minnesota's Japanese American community today.
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program. Additional support provided by the Earl K. and Ruth N. Tanbara Fund for Japanese American History in Minnesota.

 

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Drive, Onamia

Closes Sept. 3, 2018 Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces
 "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave Native American and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today's conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.
The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibit announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
This exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners, plus additional banners developed by MNHS with content about the efforts of Native Americans from Minnesota and the surrounding area. It is on view May 25-Sept. 3, 2018.
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" is produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. 
Opens Sept. 12, 2018  

Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography 
This exhibit showcases the work of young Native American artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. This exhibit is the culmination of an MNHS partnership program with Two Rivers Gallery.