This April: Architecture, Travel and the Minneapolis Mob

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Release dated: 
March 6, 2013
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

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This April: Architecture, Travel and the Minneapolis Mob

What: Cass Gilbert, Star Architect: From St. Paul to Manhattan
When: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Cost: Free
Reservations: required, register online
Phone: 651-259-3000

Mr. Cass GilbertThe History Center welcomes visitors to learn about St. Paul's Cass Gilbert, one of America's first celebrity architects.

Gilbert designed homes along Summit Avenue, the St. Paul Seminary complex (now part of the University of St. Thomas) and the Minnesota State Capital, but is best known as the architect of the Woolworth Building in New York City. Completed in 1913, it was the tallest skyscraper in the world and quickly became the most famous.

Celebrate the Woolworth Building's centennial by joining University of Minnesota architecture professor Kate Solomonson as she discusses the life and career of Cass Gilbert. This program is made possible with support from the Cass Gilbert Society of Minnesota.

What: Destination Download: An Adventure on the Iron Range
When: Saturday, April 20
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Time: 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Cost: Free
Reservations: Recommended, register online.

Underground Mine on the Mesabi Iron RanegThis debut event acts as an idea-exchange for those seeking Minnesota getaways with substance. Take a closer look at travel in Minnesota's resource rich Iron Range, or create a travel itinerary for "Dylan Days," a Memorial Day Weekend celebration of Hibbing's native son.

"Dylan Days" planner Linda Stroback Hocking will bring samples from her Dylan-themed restaurant, Zimmy's. Iron Range Tourism staff will discuss area attractions, deals and diversions; Explore Minnesota staff will share scenic routes and overlooks as well as facilitating a travel tips "swap." Society staff will showcase travel resources like podcasts, websites and other mobile applications that transform your cell phone or tablet into a digital tour guide.

What: History Lounge: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip
When: Tuesday, April 23
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Augie Ratner, proprietor of Augie's Theater Lounge and Bar on Hennepin Avenue, was the unofficial mayor of Minneapolis' downtown strip in the 1940s and '50s. Gangsters, celebrities, comedians, politicians, the rich, famous and infamous; all of them met at Augie's.

Join Neal Karlen, Augie's great-nephew and author of the new book "Augie's Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip" (MHS Press, April 2013), as he reveals the real story of the seedy underside of Minneapolis. Book signing follows the program.

What: A Mid Century Affair
When: Sunday, April 28 and Saturday, May 5
Place: Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55406
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $60/$50 MHS members
Reservations: Required, register online.

DOCOMOMO US MN and the Minnesota Historical Society are partnering to offer a unique outing devoted to the decor, architecture and lifestyle associated with Mid Century Modernism. First stops are to Miller Upholstering and Forage Modern Workshop Minneapolis. Mingle with Rapson, Inc.'s Chris Reedy while enjoying light refreshments.

ChairNext, tour a nearby mid century home and enjoy a chat with its owner about the unique challenges and rewards of modern day, mid century living. The outing will finish with guided tours of the Saarinen-designed classic Christ Church Lutheran. Enjoy socializing in the church's mid century-furnished Luther Lounge with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited.

On street parking is available at Christ Church Lutheran and a charter bus will provide transportation between stops. Tour does require two blocks of walking and stairs. Please advise ticketing staff of physical challenges.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at 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.