Go If You Think It Your Duty,' a Play About Love During the Civil War

For immediate release

Release dated: 
March 13, 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

Quick facts: 

Event: "Go If You Think It Your Duty," a Play About Love During the Civil War
Date: April 6 and 9, 2013
Time: Saturday at 2 p.m., Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Cost: $15/$11 MHS members.
Reservations: Required, call 651-259-3015 or purchase tickets online.

Website: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Go If You Think It Your Duty,' a Play About Love During the Civil War

April 6 and 9 at the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is proud to present "Go If You Think It Your Duty," an original play based on the life and love of a Minnesota couple caught in the events of the American Civil War.


During the war, Madison and Lizzie Bowler courted, married, became parents and purchased a farm. Because of the war, however, they experienced all of these events separately, sharing them through hundreds of letters.

Minnesota playwright Victoria Stewart has created an original play based on the Bowler letters, held in the Society’s collection and published in the book, "Go If You Think It Your Duty," by Andrea R. Foroughi (MHS Press.)

The play is directed by Ivey Award-winner Craig Johnson, and popular and award-winning local actors Peter Hansen, Anna Sundberg, Dietrich Poppen and Abby DeSanto. Original musical direction is by James Lekatz.

There are two show times, Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. or Tuesday, April 9 and 7 p.m. Cost is $15 or $11 for MHS members. Advance purchase is required and can be made by calling 651-259-3015 or online.

This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.

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