May 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
March 13, 2019
Media contacts: 

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

May 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Saturday, May 4, 2019

"First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Song, swag, and book signings—it's all access and all ages for opening day of First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom. Soak up the sights and sounds of the legendary First Avenue throughout a day.
The party gets underway with the music of DJs Lazerbeak and Jake Rudh, plus DJing by The Current's Andrea Swensson. Hear singer-songwriter Faith Boblett, one of First Avenue's best new artists of 2018, and take in the Prairie Fire Lady Choir, who will perform a medley of songs by First Avenue stars. Write your name on a star, create a personalized button, or get your group together for a photo op. The authors of MNHS Press books First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom and Heyday will also be on hand to sign copies of their books.
The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird. Media sponsorship provided by Star Tribune and The Current.
Sat., May 4, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

“Con los Ojos del Corazón / With the Eyes of the Heart" Exhibit Opening Program
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit, “Con los Ojos del Corazón / With the Eyes of the Heart,” at Mill City Museum. Enjoy a brief program from 10:15-11:15 am, and refreshments and live music will be provided.
The exhibit explores memory loss through objects from the local Latine community as well as photos taken by acclaimed photographer Xavier Tavera. The exhibit is part of a larger Centro Tyrone Guzman two-year project addressing Latine elders experiencing Alzheimer's and memory loss and their caregivers, including working with MNHS to develop a House of Memories toolkit for the Latine community, which aims to use museum resources to help those with dementia live well.
Tavera’s work highlights the face of each elder as a way to begin breaking down stigmas related to dementia. Each person is unique and has a distinct story, with strengths, abilities, and much love to share. The photos show the elders’ families supporting them to have a better quality of life, seeing the elders with “eyes of the heart,” as they embrace their loved one’s humanity and unique identity
The exhibit was developed in partnership with Centro Tyrone Guzman and will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons during regular museum hours through July 27, 2019.
Sat., May 4, 2019, 10:00 am – Noon
Free

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." The tour highlights 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.
The tour starts at the James J. Hill House and covers 1.5 miles. All areas are accessible for those with mobility concerns, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Tours do not include home interiors.
Tours offered May-September: Saturdays 10 am and 2 pm, Sundays 2 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Loom Beading Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn the art of loom beading in this hands-on program. Create a design, string it on a loom, and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth when it is finished. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop.
Sat., May 4, 2019, Noon - 5:00 pm
$40/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee
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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.
Sat., May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also May 12 & 26

Sunday, May 5, 2019

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.
Offered Sundays in May-September, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Egg Coffee & Newtons Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate the Harkin Store opening for the season by enjoying a hot cup of egg coffee and homemade fig newton cookies. Then explore the 1870s general store, full of original merchandise, which was once part of the bustling riverboat town of West Newton.
Sun., May 5, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided tour of the historic Washburn A Mill to discover the dramatic story of work and labor in Minneapolis from the 19th century to today. Hear how activists improved the lives of workers in the mills and related industries and how management responded by creating anti-union policies and groups like Citizens' Alliance.
Explore how labor was divided across race, class, and gender lines and the role of organized labor today. Learn about the 1903 and 1917 flour milling strikes, the Truckers' Strike of 1934, and the life and career of Nellie Stone Johnson, a union organizer and the first African American elected to citywide office in Minneapolis.
This tour includes about 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., May 5, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$16/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Monday, May 6, 2019

Hill House Chamber Players Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Hill House Chamber Players return for the 2018-2019 season with concerts selected around the theme "Trio Masterworks." Enjoy an exploration of piano/violin/viola, cello, and clarinet trio variations, with one major trio as the centerpiece for each concert. The players are Catherine Schubilske, violin; Thomas Turner, viola; Tanya Remenikova, cello; and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano.This program is co-sponsored by the Schubert Club. Admission includes a 6:45 pre-concert conversation with musicians and music blogger Emily Hogstad, intermission refreshments, and a post-performance tour of the Hill House. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Valet parking is available.
Mon., May 6, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 adults, $12 students, MNHS members save 20%
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: An Evening at Home
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., May 7, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Thursday, May 9, 2019

World War II Round Table: Remembering the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Stephen Alan Bourque, author of Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France, along with veterans of the June 6 landings on D-Day will discuss the struggle that ended with the liberation of Europe.
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., May 9, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 suggested donation/students and WWII veterans free

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mendota After Hours: Henry Sibley & Alexander Ramsey
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Have a drink with friends while learning about Minnesota history in the intimate setting of the Sibley Historic Site. A new topic will be offered the second Friday of each month, May-November.
In May, learn how Henry Sibley's and Alexander Ramsey's political and business careers were intertwined for decades. First meeting in 1849, these two political rivals, and at times allies, shaped the Minnesota political scene. Historian Jayne Becker will look at this unlikely alliance and discuss the intrigue, loyalties, and party politics of 19th-century Minnesota.
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.
Fri., May 10, 2019, 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: Household Hazards
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Advancements in science and technology improved lives in many Victorian-era homes. However, some of these new advancements did more harm than good. This guided tour explores rooms in the Ramsey House to uncover "hidden household hazards" of the era. From the kitchen to the bathroom, and the bedchambers to the parlor, view the technology, tools, food, and furniture of late 19th-century life in a whole new way.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., May 10, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm-9:45 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Mother's Day Weekend Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
On Mother's Day weekend, enjoy theme tours exploring the life of Mary Hill, the wife of James J. Hill, who raised 10 children and managed a dozen servants at their home. Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm.
Or explore Mrs. Hill's life on your own during a Self-Guided Sunday on May 12.
Sat., May 11, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Mother's Day Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate mothers of all species as the Kelley Farm springs to life. Help plant seeds in the gardens, harvest the first spring greens from the hotbeds, and meet the baby animals and their mothers at the historic farmstead and in the Farm Lab barn. Be sure to see what's cooking in the Learning Kitchen and historic house kitchen.
Mothers admitted free when accompanied by a child of any age.
Sat., May 11, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free. Mothers admitted free when accompanied by a child
Also May 12

Pillsbury A Mill Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
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 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., May 11, 2019, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also May 25

Open House
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
Enjoy the beauty and history of Minnesota's North Shore during a free open house day at Split Rock Lighthouse. Tour the light station and fog signal building. Stop by the visitor center to see exhibits on the North Shore's tourism and commercial fishing industries and view a film about the early shipping industry on Lake Superior.
 Sat., May 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Kid Crafts: Corn Husk Doll
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made from the outer covering of an ear of corn and are typically made during the fall. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., May 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$6/kit, museum admission not included

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day with Aprons
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate Mother's Day by exploring the lives of women in Minnesota in the 1870s. These women worked alongside men and were an important part of the development of Minnesota territory, and eventually the state of Minnesota. Through various displays, including a display of aprons, visitors can learn about the lives of women on the prairie in the 1870s.
Sun., May 12, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Indie Lens Pop-Up: "Wrestle" Screening & Discussion
Twin Cities PBS
172 E. 4th St St. Paul, MN 55101
Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.
On May 14, view the documentary "Wrestle," an intimate, inspiring coming-of-age portrait of the wrestling team at a struggling high school in Huntsville, Alabama. As they fight towards the state championship, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan face injustices and challenges on and off the mat, grappling with obstacles that jeopardize their success, while their coach wades into the complexities of class and race in the South.
Doors open 30 minutes before the 7 pm screening. Tickets do not guarantee entry. This film series is a partnership between TPT and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Tickets do not guarantee entry. Please arrive early to ensure a spot in the audience.
Tue., May 14, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free, reservation required

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Jewish Resistance to the Silver Legion of America Presentation
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join historian Sarah Atwood for a discussion based on her article in Minnesota History magazine, "This List is Not Complete: Jewish Resistance to the Silver Legion of America, 1936-1940." In her research, Atwood examines the Anti-Defamation Council of Minnesota, which mobilized to combat the Silver Shirts and other forms of organized anti-Semitism in the state and throughout the Midwest. Though Jews had lived in Minnesota since the mid-19th century, the end of World War I marked the beginning of a decades-long period during which Jews faced discrimination and exclusion from both formal and informal cultural and economic networks.
In 1933, William Dudley Pelley organized the Silver Legion of America with a message of anti-Semitism that drew a membership of 6,000 in Minnesota. The Anti-Defamation Council's proactive fight against the Silver Shirts of the 1930s sent a clear, enduring message that acts of intolerance and threats of violence must be taken seriously and met with organized opposition.
Thu., May 16, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cooking Class: Asparagus - The Taste of Spring
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Examine asparagus from root to tip and experiment with a variety of techniques and recipes from roasted to sautéed, soups to sides. This event series explores various cooking techniques and the flexibility of seasonally available ingredients. Participants will cook and sample a variety of dishes from sweet to savory, to appetizer to dessert, and take home printed recipes. Classes are held in the visitor center's Learning Kitchen.
A minimum of six participants is required to host the cooking class.
Sat., May 18, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Spring Phenology Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn from naturalists and phenologists, who study rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate, how to observe springtime at the Forest History Center. Learn what to look for and keep records of findings while watching migratory birds return and plants begin to grow. Kids can also join in nature and ecology activities and take a wildlife walk to experience spring in the Northwoods.
Sat., May 18, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Arriving in West Newton
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about how the people who first founded West Newton came to the area, including a display of items that they carried with them to their new home.
Sun., May 19, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Friday, May 24, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. Families had to make difficult decisions about how to handle their loved one's illness in an era where health issues were not discussed in public and treatment options were limited or experimental. Both Alexander Ramsey's brother, Justus, and son-in-law, Charles, suffered from mental illness, which impacted the entire family.
In this guided tour, hear excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters, and journals, and discover how an influential family handled a very human reality.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., May 24, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Death of the Empire Builder Day
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
James J. Hill, known as the "Empire Builder" for building rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77. Hill left behind a personal fortune of $63 million. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures of America's Gilded Age, Hill embodied the era of Manifest Destiny.
Tours will emphasize Hill's career and the public's reaction to his death. Guests can view displays of photographs, newspaper articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one by Tiffany and Company given to the family by the Great Northern Railway.
Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm. Or explore Mr. Hill's legacy on your own during Self-Guided Sunday, May 26.
Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Opening Day
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
As the historic site opens for the season, visit the exhibits inside the restored commissary, explore the parade grounds, and wander through the ruins of this once-thriving outpost. Plus, learn about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, a major event in Minnesota's early history.
Families are recommended to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the parade grounds.
Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with interpreters, and engage with the many stories that make up the site's history. Learn about Native American history and the fort's role in U.S. expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, like the 25th Infantry Buffalo soldiers in the 1880s and Dred and Harriet Scott, whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War.
Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the "History Hunt" and earn a small prize.
Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also May 26 & 27

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 90-minute walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth, with a James J. Hill House guide. 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.All areas of the tour are accessible for those with limited mobility, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs.
Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Noon-1:30 pm, & 2-3:30 pm
Sun. May 26, 2019, Noon-1:30 pm, & 2-3:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
Offered the 4th weekend of the month from May-September
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They Built This Town Cemetery Tour
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Meet the people who built the town of Forestville on a guided walking tour of the historic Zumbro Hill Cemetery. The tours start at the historic site at 10:30 am or 2 pm. Reaching the cemetery involves a 20-minute hike up a moderate-grade hill.
Guests should arrive at Historic Forestville 15 minutes early for a shuttle which will take them to the cemetery trailhead.
Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:30 am – Noon & 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Flintknapping Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn how early hunters created arrowheads for their spears or arrows by observing a flintknapper demonstrate the process of creating stone projectile points.
Sat., May 25, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Live Music with Bob Bovee
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Enjoy an afternoon with musician Bob Bovee as he plays dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues, and rags. Plus, Bovee will sing, yodel, and spice up the show with stories, history, and folklore.
Sun., May 26, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Monday, May 27, 2019

"Green Card Voices: Immigrants Telling Their Life Stories" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Green Card Voices explores stories of the diverse immigrant population that has shaped the Twin Cities. Featuring immigrants from 22 different countries, this exhibit tells stories of coming to Minnesota from countries all around the world, from Bangladesh to Cameroon to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The participants represent a diverse range of professions and ages and arrived in Minnesota through many immigration routes, including as refugees, DACA recipients, and through family reunification, but they all share one important trait: They now call the Twin Cities home. 
In this banner exhibit, visitors can view photographs of each immigrant and read bios of their unique stories. Then scan a QR code on your phone or another device to see first-person videos of each participant discussing their immigration experiences. 
This exhibit was created by the Twin Cities nonprofit Green Card Voices. In 2013, Green Card Voices produced its first touring photo exhibit as part of its mission to share personal narratives of America’s immigrants, fostering tolerance, and establishing a better understanding between the immigrant and non-immigrant populations. Since 2013, the exhibit has traveled to more than 35 locations around Minnesota. 
Mon., May 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Memorial Day Powwow
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Bring the family and join museum staff and community members in this social gathering honoring veterans past and present. Experience firsthand the excitement and joy of a contemporary powwow.
This event is sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band and AMVETS Post 53 & Ladies Auxiliary.
Mon., May 27, 2019, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Thursday, May 30, 2019

History Happy Hour: Sherlock Holmes, the First Fandom
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink with friends while learning about the first modern "fandom" that grew in response to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series. Early fans penned articles and stories featuring their favorite characters, created fan groups, and held public displays of mourning upon the death of characters. Fandom around the original series and its many adaptations show no signs of stopping. Get to know the first fans who loved Holmes, and the Minnesota fans who love him today.
Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion.
This program is for age 21 and up.
Thu., May 30, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
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Ongoing Exhibits

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

Opens May 4, 2019 First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom
Since 1970, the club now known as First Avenue and 7th Street Entry has been at the heart of the Minnesota music scene. The First Avenue exhibit takes you inside the sights, sounds, and stories of this landmark venue that put Minnesota music on the map. Meet the musicians, the staff, and the regulars—and look back at how the scene has evolved over five decades. The exhibit draws from the MNHS Press book "First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom” by Chris Riemenschneider. Find out more.

This exhibit is made possible in part by our presenting sponsor, Baird. Media sponsorship provided by Star Tribune and The Current.
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 May 27, 2019 Green Card Voices: Immigrants Telling Their Life Stories
This exhibit explores stories of the diverse immigrant population that has shaped the Twin Cities. Featuring immigrants from 22 different countries, it tells stories of coming to Minnesota from countries all around the world, from Bangladesh to Cameroon to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The participants represent a diverse range of professions and ages and arrived in Minnesota through many immigration routes, including as refugees, DACA recipients, and through family reunification, but they all share one important trait: They now call the Twin Cities home.
This exhibit was created by the Twin Cities nonprofit Green Card Voices. In 2013, Green Card Voices produced its first touring photo exhibit as part of its mission to share personal narratives of America’s immigrants, fostering tolerance, and establishing a better understanding between the immigrant and non-immigrant populations. Since 2013, the exhibit has traveled to more than 35 locations around 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.

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

Closes Sept. 8, 2019

Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer

This exhibit highlights artist Nicholas Brewer’s remarkable career with more than 30 paintings drawn from the MNHS permanent collection and several private collections.
Nicholas R. Brewer (1857-1949) was born in Olmsted County in what was then Minnesota Territory and came to maturity during the Gilded Age. With only scant formal training, Brewer quickly earned recognition in Minnesota, New York, and Chicago and became one of Minnesota’s most celebrated portrait and landscape painters.
A personal friend of James J. Hill, Brewer often brought students to Hill’s home on Summit Avenue to view his art collection. His later career took him across the country, from California to Florida, exhibiting his work and delivering public lectures.

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

Opens May 4, 2019

Con Los Ojos del Corazon / With the Eyes of the Heart
The exhibit explores memory loss through objects from the local Latine community as well as photos taken by acclaimed photographer Xavier Tavera. The exhibit is part of a larger Centro Tyrone Guzman two-year project addressing Latine elders experiencing Alzheimer's and memory loss and their caregivers.
Tavera’s work highlights the face of each elder as a way to begin breaking down stigmas related to dementia. Each person is unique and has a distinct story, with strengths, abilities, and much love to share. The photos show the elders’ families supporting them to have a better quality of life, seeing the elders with “eyes of the heart,” as they embrace their loved one’s humanity and unique identity.
The exhibit was developed by Centro Tyrone Guzman. 

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 

Closes Oct. 31, 2020

Ziibaaska' iganagoodday: The Jingle Dress at 100
The global influenza epidemic that killed millions of people worldwide in 1918-19, including thousands of North American Indians and Alaska Natives, was the tragic inspiration behind a revolutionary new tradition of healing that emerged in Ojibwe communities of the United States and Canada, the jingle dress dance. Through photographs, oral tradition, and a display of jingle dresses from the MNHS collections, visitors will learn about the jingle dress dance and how its origin can be traced to the Mille Lacs Ojibwe.
The exhibit commemorates the epidemic and the 100th anniversary of the jingle dress dance. It is being developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota Department of American Studies and the Mille Lacs Ojibwe community.