November 2019 Events, Programs & Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
September 11, 2019
Media contacts: 

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

November 2019 Events, Programs & Exhibits

Friday, November 1, 2019

Wayward Theatre Company Presents Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102

Macbeth, considered by many to be Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, brings us deep into the minds of an ambitious Scottish family whose dreams of the throne ultimately end in a living nightmare. Set in the 1940s, this version of the play by Wayward Theatre Company will be staged throughout the James J. Hill House, with the audience moving from room to room and participating in the scenes.
Note: This production has staggered start times with 7 and 7:30 pm options each performance night.
Nov. 1-17, 7 pm & 7:30 pm, except Tuesdays
$35/$32 MNHS members
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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Minneapolis Brewery Bus Tour

Mill City Museum

704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Explore the past and present of the brewing industry in Minneapolis on a guided bus tour. The bus will stop at three local breweries that craft a variety of beers: Surly, Indeed (housed in a historic industrial building in Northeast), and Freehouse (located in a rehabbed building in the city's Warehouse district). Samples are included.
Sat., Nov 2, 2019, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
$40/MNHS members save 20%
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

A-Mill Artist Lofts

315 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

The Pillsbury A Mill, constructed in 1881, was once the largest and most advanced flour mill in the world. Go on a guided tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and the basement waterpower facilities, and discover the story of this National Historic Landmark, now home to the A-Mill Artist Lofts.
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. The tour 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.
Sun., Nov 3 & 17, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

First Tuesdays/First Avenue: A Day in the Life of First Avenue - Panel Discussion

Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102

First Avenue. It's a bar, a rock club, a danceteria, an institution and a musical epicenter. But ultimately, most Minnesotans think of it as just a building. The fact that First Avenue is so much more is down to the dedicated staffers who mount nearly 1,000 shows a year and keep the place going.
Come hang out with First Avenue staffers, past and present, as they share behind-the-scenes tales of bringing music (and more) to Minnesota's Mainroom. This event will be moderated by Minneapolis Star Tribune music columnist and reporter Chris Riemenschneider.
Tue., Nov 5, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, November 7, 2019

2019 Annual Meeting

Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102

Members are invited to attend the MNHS annual meeting starting at 6:30 pm followed by a speaker program from 7-7:45 pm with Caroline Fraser, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. MNHS Director of Collections and Exhibits Bill Convery will moderate a Q&A with Fraser.

Following the program enjoy a reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, live music, and book signing. Plus, explore the exhibits including First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom and Prince: Before the Rain

Thu., Nov 7, 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free, RSVP by Oct. 30 by calling 651-259-3015

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First Thursday Films: "Marshall" Film Screening

North Community High School

1500 James Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55411

Each month from September through March, watch a different thought-provoking film and engage in community discussion afterward around topics in history that resonate today. In November, take in the story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African American Supreme Court justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
This screening is a part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films exploring Black culture and experience. Topical and relevant in these turbulent times, Black Cinema aims to create a space for dialogue and better understanding.
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., Nov 7, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$5
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Friday, November 8, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels

Alexander Ramsey House

265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102

The Gothic novel captivated Victorian readers. Combining elements of horror and romance, Gothic authors created short stories or "penny dreadfuls" and novels that influence writers today.
This guided tour explores the origins of the Gothic novel, from the motivations behind stories to the reasons certain language was used. View some of the Gothic novels owned by the Ramsey family and discover why this genre captured the Victorian imagination.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Nov 8, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cooking Class: Perfect Pies

Oliver Kelley Farm

15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330

Experiment making pie crusts using many different ingredients and techniques. Try various fillings and rate the results. Explore fruits, meats, meringues, and puddings in crusts made of chocolate cookies, graham crackers, flour, cheese, or potatoes.
The Cooking Class series explores various cooking techniques and the flexibility of seasonal ingredients. Participants will cook and sample a variety of dishes from sweet to savory, appetizer to dessert, and will 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., Nov 9 & 16, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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"My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story" Exhibit Opening

Mill City Museum

704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Explore artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Gaylord Schanilec that tells the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River—known as Owamniyomni in Dakota and St. Anthony Falls in English—and the changes it has witnessed over 12,000 years.
Making prints with materials collected along the riverbank, Schanilec creates works of art that show the progression of the waterfall over thousands of years from present-day St. Paul to its current location, 15 miles upriver in downtown Minneapolis. The exhibit features images of Schanilec's artwork from the MNHS Press book "My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story" by author John Coy.
Part of the fall 2019 series "River, Water, Stories," the exhibit and related programs examine the relationship between people and the Mississippi River in the past and present. With museum admission, guests are encouraged to explore new hands-on activities in the interactive Water Lab that highlight changing ideas about the falls over time.
The exhibit is located in the museum's central Mill Commons and open during regular museum hours through March 29, 2020.
Sat., Nov 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

History Forum: The Misperception of Working Class Conservatism with Dorothy Sue Cobble

Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102

Why do stereotypes claiming that working-class voters are more likely to be conservative persist—despite historical evidence to the contrary? Explore why negative images of workers have endured across the decades, and how a resurgence of class condescension perpetuates social and economic inequality today with Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble. Dorothy Sue Cobble is a distinguished professor at Rutgers University's School of Management and Labor Relations and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
The History Forum series unpacks the history behind today’s headlines. Join six national scholars of American history as they explore the history that helps us understand and unravel the issues we face right now. Attend, engage, and draw your own conclusions.
Sat., Nov 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$16 for individual tickets, $84 for series tickets, MNHS members save 20%
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"My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story" Family Day

Mill City Museum

704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Using natural and found materials guests can make their own images of St. Anthony Falls and the Minneapolis riverfront milling district during a family day that celebrates the new exhibit "My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story." With museum admission, guests are encouraged to explore new hands-on activities in the interactive Water Lab that highlight changing ideas about the falls over time.

The family day program is part of the fall 2019 series, "River, Water, Stories," which examines the relationship between people and the Mississippi River in the past and present.
Sat., Nov 9, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free, Water Lab activities require museum admission

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

Split Rock Lighthouse

3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616

This annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crewmembers on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks.
The lighthouse, fog signal building, and visitor center will be open. Costumed interpreters will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center. At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crewmembers are read to the tolling of a ship's bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour.
This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.
Sun., Nov 10, 2019, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Included with $6-10 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., Nov 10, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

World War II Round Table: The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch Lecture - Difficulties of Coalition Warfare

Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102

Dr. Mark Stoler, author of Allies and Adversaries: The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Grand Alliance, and U.S. Strategy in World War Ii, will explore the struggle between commands and staffs of the Allied forces to achieve victory with coalition warfare.

Starting at 6 pm before the program, students can participate in informal conversations with the author and veterans on the program topic.
|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. 
Tue., Nov 12, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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. In the rotunda, 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 hear stories about the governors who participated in some of the pivotal events of the war.
Sat., Nov 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%
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Appliqué Beading 2-Day Workshop

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359

Learn techniques of appliqué beading and make an appliqué beaded coin purse to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided on Sunday only.
The workshop runs:

-Saturday: 1 pm- 5 pm
-Sunday: 10 am-2 pm

A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop.
Sat., Nov 16, 2019, 1:00 pm - Sun., Nov 17, 2019, 2:00 pm
$75/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., Nov 16, 24 & 30, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
Get Tickets Online: Nov. 16, Nov. 24 & Nov. 30 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Thanksgiving: Myth, Memory, and Food

Mill City Museum

704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

How well do we know the history of Thanksgiving? And what does Thanksgiving mean to people today? Take an in-depth look at the origins of the holiday and how it has changed over time. Learn about indigenous foods and test your knowledge with our food map. Sample select foods in our museum's Baking Lab, and participate in a family activity about gratitude.
Sat., Nov 23, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

A Yankee Thanksgiving Tour

Oliver Kelley Farm

15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. Experience what preparations for a Thanksgiving celebration were like 150 years ago. On a 90-minute guided tour, visitors will hike along the wooded trails to the historic Kelley Farm, meet farm animals, and visit the historic house filled with the sights and smells of a harvest celebration. Following the tour, pie and refreshments will be served in the visitor center.
Sat., Nov 23 & 24, 2019, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm & 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
$15/MNHS members save 20%, age 4 and under free
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102

Get in the holiday spirit with a guided tour and learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants. Guides bring visitors through the basement, first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill's lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today.
Tours run 60 minutes with the last tour time at 3:30 pm.
Wed.-Fri. & Sun., Nov. 27-Dec. 29, except Thanksgiving & Christmas Day, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm (Wed.-Fri.), 1-3:30 p.m. (Sun.)
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, age 4 and under free, MNHS members save 20%
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Friday, November 29, 2019

A WWI Christmas

Charles Lindbergh House and Museum

1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345

Experience what Christmas was like for the Lindberghs during World War I. Meet costumed interpreters and learn about early 20th-century holiday traditions and the challenges wartime presented. Learn about the impact of food rationing, create a Christmas decoration to take home, and write a note or draw a picture for a soldier as Charles Lindbergh might have done. Notes will be distributed to current Minnesota service members at Camp Ripley in time for the holidays.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the gallery exhibits in the visitor center and shop for holiday items in the gift store.
Nov 29-Dec. 1 & Dec. 6-8 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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A Victorian Christmas

Alexander Ramsey House

265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102

Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875 and discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors, and servants prepared for and celebrated the season. During this 60-minute guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood-burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family's 1875 Steinway grand piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Be sure to stop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items.
Thurs.-Sun. Nov. 29-Dec. 29, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm (Thurs.-Sat.), 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Sun.)
$12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $8 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under, MNHS members save 20%
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Thanksgiving Break: Brickmania First Ave

Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102

View a scale model of First Avenue built of Legos by Brickmania and then help assemble Lego portraits of legendary First Avenue performers.
Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Christmas Saturdays

James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102

Go at your own pace and explore the James J. Hill House on a self-guided tour to see how the Hill family and their servants prepared for the holidays.Visit the first, second, and third floors of the mansion and engage with staff who will share the history of the home. This program includes a hands-on activity for children. Last entry is at 3:30 pm.
Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 28, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Ongoing Exhibits

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

Closes May 3, 2020 

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 May 3, 2020 Prince: Before the Rain
Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu helped shape the icon we know today as Prince. As Prince’s personal photographer and friend from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, he worked closely with the artist, helping to transform Prince from rising star to super stardom. Through it all, Beaulieu had access to the musician that few photographers have had, before or since.
Based on the new MNHS Press photography book, Prince: Before the Rain by Allen Beaulieu, visitors to this exhibit can view 50 digital prints, including the album covers of Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999, promotional photos of Prince and The Revolution, Morris Day and The Time, and other artists, as well as rare behind-the-scenes candids. 

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

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 

Opens Nov. 9, 2019 

"My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story"
Explore artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Gaylord Schanilec that tells the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River (known as Owanmniyomni in Dakota and St. Anthony Falls in English) and the changes it has witnessed over 12,000 years. 
Making prints with materials collected along the riverbank, Schanilec creates works of art that show the progression of the waterfall over thousand of years from present-day St. Paul to its current location, 15 miles upriver in downtown Minneapolis.
The exhibit features images of Schanilec's artwork from the new MNHS Press book "My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story" by author John Coy.

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

Closes Nov. 2, 2019 "We Are Water MN"
"We Are Water MN" reveals the central nature of water in our lives by exploring how we relate to water—how we use water, how water unites communities, how water affects every element of life, and how we care for our water and protect it for the future. Visitors can reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms and share a vision for, and participate in, water stewardship.
"We Are Water MN" is led by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources.
"We Are Water MN" is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Closes Oct. 31, 2020

One Hundred Years of Healing: The Ojibwe Jingle Dress Dance Tradition
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.