February 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 12, 2018
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

February 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Race & Rights in Antebellum America
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover the story of African American activists' long fight to gain US citizenship with Dr. Martha S. Jones, author of Birthright Citizens: Race and Rights in Antebellum America. Dr. Jones shows how when the 14th Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, the aspirations of black Americans were realized.
Birthright Citizens tells the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott, which had historical roots in Minnesota. Still, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All along they argued that birth guaranteed their rights.
Dr. Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. Her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the National Constitution Center, and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
Sat., Feb 2, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation recommended
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Winter on the Hill
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate winter in Minnesota with special displays of St. Paul Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes, a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket, and more.
Tours of the James J. Hill House every half hour will focus on the Hill family's involvement with the St. Paul Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and celebrated, Minnesota's most famous season. Guests can also put together old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles and play games made from household items.
Sat., Feb 2, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also Jan. 26-27, Feb. 3

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.
Sat., Feb 2, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also Feb. 10 & Feb. 24

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: The Servant's Life
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.
Tue., Feb 5, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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States of Incarceration Conversations: Reflective Circle
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join activists and people who have experienced incarceration for a conversation series about mass incarceration in Minnesota and the US. On Feb. 5, view the exhibit and then join a reflective circle led by People of Color Restorative Practices Collective. The circle will be a safe space to engage in dialogue with others regarding thoughts and emotions after viewing the exhibit.
This series is offered in conjunction with the traveling exhibit States of Incarceration on display at the Minnesota History Center in the Free Irvine Community Gallery through February 18, 2019.
The program is sponsored by the Department of History and the Heritage Studies and Public History graduate program at the University of Minnesota and is a partnership with the American Indian Incarceration Project and Oyate Hotanin.
Tue., Feb 5, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Thursday, February 7, 2019

First Thursdays @ the Capri: "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami" Film Screening
Capri Theater
2027 W. Broadway Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota 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 February, view the 2017 film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami about the iconic singer and actress. 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., Feb 7, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Throughout the Victorian era, a suitor would use love letters, floral bouquets, and small gifts to indicate his intention of marriage. In this 75-minute Valentine's Day program, discover what secret messages could be conveyed by these gifts. Enjoy freshly baked Valentine's Day treats, listen to excerpts from Ramsey family love letters, and play Victorian courtship games in the parlor. This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Feb 8, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 7 pm & 8:30 pm

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Family Food Frolic Workshop: Confections - Hearts & Tarts
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Bake up some delicious confections from around the world in time for Valentine's Day in this hands-on baking class. Participants will take home recipes and finished treats they make.
This cooking series encourages families to discover new ways to use different kinds of foods to create dishes and snacks. This class is designed for families with children ages 6-14 with an accompanying adult
Sat., Feb 9, 2019, 10:00 am – Noon
$15/MNHS members save 20%
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History Forum: The US & Russia, 1917 to 2017
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join historian David C. Engerman for a presentation on the relationship between the United States and Russia from 1917 to 2017.
For more than a century, Americans have used Russia as a canvas on which to project their own dreams and nightmares. Both nations emerged onto the international stage in the early 20th century, but diverged onto dramatically different paths during WWI when the US positioned itself as the beacon of international democracy and Russia pursued revolutionary communist social change.
Some Americans found inspiration in the revolutionary era. Others celebrated Soviet education, economic planning, and gender equality, even as the USSR made the dramatic shift from World War II ally to Cold War adversary. And throughout the 20th century, all opponents saw in Russia was what they feared within the United States: mob rule and an inverted social order. This tumultuous history continues to shape our perceptions of Russia today.
David C. Engerman is professor of history at Yale University.
Sat., Feb 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
$16, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 10 am & 2 pm

Pillsbury A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. A Mill City Museum guide will lead a tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck (weather permitting) and the basement waterpower facilities.
Highlights include the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis, with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor. Guests will discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era; see the architectural highlights of the recently completed A-Mill Artist Lofts built within the historic mill buildings; and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.
This tour is presented in partnership with A-Mill Artist Lofts and includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).
Sat., Feb 9, 2019, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also Feb. 23

Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball
Snake River Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love" -Jane Austen, Pride and PrejudiceEnjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance at the fur post. Country dancing was a favorite diversion for the genteel classes in the early 1800s. Dance steps will be taught and called at the ball. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Period or semiformal attire is requested.
Join a short lesson in dancing steps when doors open at 6 pm; dancing begins at 7 pm.
Sat., Feb 9, 2019, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$38/MNHS members save 20%
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

History Lounge: Reconstruction in Minnesota
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Hear from Dr. Bill Green about the Reconstruction era in Minnesota.
In an 1876 speech, Frederick Douglass noted that white people were "the children of Lincoln," while black people were "at best his stepchildren." When emancipation became the law of the land, white Minnesotans—who had previously championed African Americans in Minnesota and helped secure black rights—began to abandon the fight for racial equality during Reconstruction.
Green is a history professor at Augsburg University and author of The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860–1876.
Tue., Feb 12, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, February 14, 2019

World War II Round Table: Not All the Struggles for Victory Were on the Battlefield
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
James Lacey, author of The Washington War: FDR's Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War II and Keep From All Thoughtful Men: How U.S. Economists Won World War II, will discuss the struggle between FDR's advisers and the efforts to pay for the costs of war. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table brings together authors, historians, and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. 
Thu., Feb 14, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Victorian Poetry Slam
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate Valentine's Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th-century poetry recited in the elegant drawing room of the James J. Hill House.
Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson, and Ann Daly will perform, dressed in1890s evening wear, a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning, and more. The poems will deal with love, romance, temperance, sports, war, and even James J. Hill.
Audience members are invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud. Light refreshments and tours of the Hill House will follow the program.
Thu., Feb 14, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12/MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Preserve & Organize Your Family History Conference
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn how to organize and preserve your family history in this one-day conference. Hear from MNHS archivists, conservators, and librarians as well as renowned professional genealogists, speakers, and researchers.
Sessions include preserving and organizing your family papers, how to do oral history, using genealogical software, scanning family records, preserving your digital archives, publishing your family history, and more. Plus, participants can take a behind-the-scenes-tour of the MNHS archives.
The keynote speaker is Paula Stuart Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, an award-winning author, professional researcher, and nationally recognized lecturer. Program Details (PDF)
Sat., Feb 16, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
$125/MNHS members save 20%
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STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
History and science come together in a day of family activities focusing on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the past and present of the Minneapolis riverfront. Hands-on programs are designed for all ages and include:

  • Learn about kitchen chemistry in a Baking Lab demonstration
  • Get your hands wet in the Water Lab while exploring the importance of waterpower for the city of Minneapolis
  • Explore mechanical waterpower and hydroelectricity at new interactive tables
  • Discover the simple machines of the Washburn A Mill and design a solution to a mill problem using K'nex
  • Meet History Player William de la Barre, a Minneapolis waterpower and milling engineer
  • Witness a flour dust explosion and learn the science behind the Washburn A Mill explosion of 1878
  • Meet scientists, engineers and staff from the National Park Service and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Sat., Feb 16, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

Capitol Civil War Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Learn about the battle flags, art, memorials, and remembrances of Minnesota's role in the Civil War on a guided tour. Visit the Governor's Reception Room where renowned paintings depict Minnesota regiments in battle.
Stop in the rotunda to view recently conserved battle flags, including a flagstaff that survived the Battle of Gettysburg. See statues of prominent state officers who served in the war, and learn about the governors who as young men participated in some of the pivotal events of the war.
Sat., Feb 16, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $8 age 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 11 am & 1 pm

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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., Feb 17, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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Monday, February 18, 2019

"States of Incarceration" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
States of Incarceration is a national traveling exhibit that explores the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities to open a national dialogue on what should happen next.The exhibit was created by university students from around the country, including University of Minnesota students who examined settler colonialism and the high rates of Native American incarceration in Minnesota. In this exhibit, visitors can examine how today’s Minnesota prison population has been shaped by centuries of Native trauma through art, artifacts and additional local content created by the Minnesota History Center and local partners.  
States of Incarceration is a project of the Humanities Action Lab and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, Whiting Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Mellon Foundation. 
Local contributors to the exhibit are Oyate Hotanin, American Indian Prison Project, InEquality, American Indian Movement Interpretive Center, The Circle of Peace Movement, Calee Cecconi, and the following programs at the University of Minnesota: the Institute for Advanced Study, the Heritage Studies and Public History program, the Department of History, the Department of American Indian Studies, the School of Architecture, the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services.
Mon., Feb 18, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Teddy Bear Story Time
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Young visitors are invited to bring their teddy bears to the Hill House in celebration of Presidents Day and the beloved toy named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, a friend of the Hill family who they visited at the White House. A tour of the house will be combined with favorite teddy bear stories.
This tour is designed for preschool through first grade children accompanied by an adult.
Tue., Feb 19, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$6 adults and age 2 and up, MNHS members save 20%
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness, addiction, sexuality, and birth control were all part of Victorian life but were never spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this 75-minute program.
Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals that provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors, and friends. Learn about the issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors.
This program is intended for ages 18 and over.
Fri., Feb 22, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 7 pm & 8:30 pm

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Planning Your Vegetable Garden Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Create a plan for a home vegetable garden in this hands-on workshop held in the visitor center. Learn fundamental principles for planning and installation, the vegetables that are easiest to grow, and the proper techniques to be successful. Topics will include seed and plant selection, garden design, soil amendments, irrigation, mulching, weed suppression, and harvesting.
Sat., Feb 23, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$15/MNHS members save 20%
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Stomping on Winter Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Stomp on winter at the Forest History Center with a family day filled with indoor and outdoor activities including, sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, wildlife presentations with live animals, tours of the logging camp, and more.
Sat., Feb 23, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, February 24, 2019

"Thank You for Shopping" Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Explore the history of Minnesota department stories in this new photography exhibit, a companion to the new MNHS Press book "Thank You for Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores" by Kristal Leebrick. Throughout the 20th century, department stores ruled the retail landscapes of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. More than just shopping centers, stores like Dayton's, Powers, Donaldson's, Young-Quinlan, the Emporium, and the Golden Rule were centers of social life. The exhibit features framed photographs and a slideshow, including many unpublished photos.
The book is abundantly illustrated with vintage photos, postcards, advertisements, and artwork that explores the experience of shoppers and employees alike. The book will be available in the Mill City Museum store.
The exhibit is located in the museum's central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours, Nov 15, 2018-Feb 24, 2019.
Sun., Feb 24, 2019, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

"Charles Beck: An Artist for All Seasons" Exhibit Closing
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
View more than 40 prints, paintings, and carvings celebrating the career of Fergus Falls artist Charles Beck (1923-2017), one of the best-known regional artists in Minnesota. Beck's brilliantly colored, iconic woodcut prints are instantly recognizable. Combined with his paintings and wood carvings, Beck's work reflects his deep commitment to the observed world. After serving in the armed services and graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Beck returned to Fergus Falls and embarked on a lengthy career in teaching and art making. 
Sun., Feb 24, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$2 art gallery admission or included with $6-10 general admission/MNHS members free

Thursday, February 28, 2019

History Happy Hour: Forensic Science in the Victorian Era
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink with friends while learning about the birth of forensic science in the 19th century and how it has shaped our modern criminal justice system. Learn how the founding disciplines, advancements in technology, and increasing knowledge of human anatomy shaped one another over the years. Also, get to know real-life scientists and fictional detectives who helped create a genre that is as intriguing now as it was 150 years ago.
This program is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Feb 28, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm

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 Feb. 18, 2019 States of Incarceration 
Created by over 500 people in 17 states, States of Incarceration is a national traveling exhibit explores the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities to open a national dialogue on what should happen next. The exhibit includes local content developed by University of Minnesota students examining settler colonialism and the high rates of incarceration for Native Americans in Minnesota.

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 Feb. 24, 2019 

Thank You For Shopping
Explore the history of Minnesota department stories in this new photography exhibit, a companion to the new MNHS Press book "Thank You for Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores" by Kristal Leebrick.
Throughout the 20th century, department stores ruled the retail landscapes of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. More than just shopping centers, stores like Dayton's, Powers, Donaldson's, Young-Quinlan, the Emporium, and the Golden Rule were centers of social life. The exhibit features framed photographs and a slideshow, including many unpublished photos.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Closes Feb. 24, 2019 

Charles Beck: An Artist for All Seasons View more than 40 prints, paintings, and carvings celebrating the career of Fergus Falls artist Charles Beck (1923-2017), one of the best-known regional artists in Minnesota. Beck's brilliantly colored, iconic woodcut prints are instantly recognizable. Combined with his paintings and wood carvings, Beck's work reflects his deep commitment to the observed world. After serving in the armed services and graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Beck returned to Fergus Falls and embarked on a lengthy career in teaching and art making.