History Center Celebrates Black History Month with Family Programs, Lectures and a Funk and Soul Review

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Release dated: 
January 16, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Megan Lawson, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3141, megan.lawson@mnhs.org
Wendy Jones, Minnesota History Center, 651-259-3411, wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

History Center Celebrates Black History Month with Family Programs, Lectures and a Funk and Soul Review

In honor of Black History Month, the History Center will celebrate African Americans in business, politics, sports and music. All programs are held at the Minnesota History Center except for the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All Stars which is being held at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

History Forum: Fighting Chance: The Struggle for Woman and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America
Dates: Feb. 2, 2013

Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fee: $14/$10 MHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online

At the landmark Seneca Falls Convention (1848), Frederick Douglass helped Elizabeth Cady Stanton convince delegates to support the strange concept of woman suffrage. Twenty years later Cady Stanton’s opposition to and Douglass’ support for the Fifteenth Amendment (1869) brought these two civil rights’ giants and their causes to a bitter parting of the ways, with Douglass believing that white women could wait for the vote, and Cady Stanton asserting that the political participation of uneducated black men would destroy America unless balanced by that of more civilized, educated white women. Join historian Faye Dudden, Colgate University, for a look at how these two causes, so long allied, came to such a terrible rift.

This program is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

For more information visit http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/forum.

Twin Cities Funk and Soul All Stars 
HELD AT Icehouse Minneapolis, MN
Dates: Feb. 8, 2013

Time: 10:30 p.m. to midnight (doors open at 10 p.m.)
Fee: $10 door/$8 advance purchase for MHS members only.
Reservations: recommended, register online

The Twin Cities enjoyed a rich R and B scene during the 1960s and 1970s, featuring soul singers like Wanda Davis, R and B and funk bands like Willie and the Bumblebees, and soulful groups like the Valdons. Hosted at venues around the Twin Cities, many now defunct, they created a rich musical genre that came to be recognized as the “Minneapolis Sound” when interpreted most famously by Prince.

The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to partner with Secret Stash records and Icehouse in Minneapolis to present a rare evening of Twin Cities funk and soul featuring original performers from the recently released Secret Stash Records compilation Twin Cities Funk and Soul ('64-'79). Dérobé Dance Band, a new group from the label will be opening the night.

This event is being held at Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404. For more information visit http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/funk.

Black History Month: History Player and HiJinx Craft Activity
Dates: Feb. 9 and 23, 2013

Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Meet the History Center's newest History Player, Toni Stone, one of the first women to play Negro league baseball. Explore the museum galleries and learn about African American men and women who made significant contributions to the state of Minnesota. Then make and decorate your own pennant to take home.

History Lounge: Minnesota, Voting Rights and the Civil War
Dates: Feb. 12, 2013

Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: Free

Join historian Bill Green of Augsburg College as he discusses one of the most tempestuous eras in Minnesota history, when battles over freedom, race and the vote raged through the state, echoing the national fight that would lead to the U.S. Civil War.

As Minnesota pushed toward statehood in the late 1850s, the national debate about slavery, free soil and the rights of free blacks spilled over into Minnesota Territory. Slaves, including Dred and Harriet Scott, had been held at Fort Snelling since 1820. Vacationing slaveholders had long traveled to Minnesota with their slaves in tow. At the same time, free blacks like Jim Thompson worked to shape the territorial economy and helped build the capital city. But with statehood at stake, Democrats and Republicans waged a vicious philosophical battle over who would have the right to vote, who would be truly free, in Minnesota. At the same time, citizens both black and white feared the state’s clashes over race would turn the region into a northern “Bleeding Kansas,” and stop the North Star state from ever forming.

For more information visit http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/lounge.

Transportation Then and Now: African American Contributions to the Rail Industry
Dates: Feb. 13, 2013

Time: 11:30 a.m.
Fee: Free

Learn about African Americans and their contributions to the railroad industry from the perspective of the Pullman Porters, wait staff and mail bag grabbers whose occupations helped to spur the black middle class of St. Paul known as the Rondo Community. The program will examine how the contributions of unsung heroes of yesterday helped to forge advantages for today’s industry. Presented by the Minnesota History Center and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.