Minnesota History Center May Events Include Museums May Free Day, RetroRama and History Lounge

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Release dated: 
April 10, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@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
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Minnesota History Center May Events Include Museums May Free Day, RetroRama and History Lounge

May is Minnesota Museums Month, the perfect time to get out an explore one of Minnesota's 500+ museums. Minnesota Museums Month is a statewide celebration of museums, their stories, and their communities. This May, visit a new museum in your community, take a road trip, or return to one of your favorites that you haven’t seen in a while. Museums of every type—art, historical, science, arboretums, zoos and more—are participating. For more information visit www.museumsmonth.org.

In May, the Minnesota History Center is offering a wide array of programs for all ages and interests. In addition to Civil War events other programs include:

What: Free Admission Day to History Center for Museums May
When: Sunday, May 12
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Minnesota History Center is celebrating Museums Month by opening its doors to all from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. Guests are encouraged to explore the Center's exhibits, featuring "Then, Now, Wow," "U.S.-Dakota War of 1862," "Minnesota's Greatest Generation," "Open House," "Weather Permitting," and the newest addition, "Minnesota and the Civil War.

Guests are also welcome to visit the History Center gift shop and lunch at the History Center Cafe.

What: RetroRama: Timeless Fashion
When: Friday, May 17
Time: 8 to 11 p.m. (after party 10:30 p.m.)
Cost: $25/20 MHS members
Reservations: Recommended

RetroRama is back at the Minnesota History Center, and this year it's all about classic, timeless fashion.

RetroRamaRetroRama features an expansive fashion show showcasing vintage clothes and original works by local designers:

  • Danielle Everine is an artist and designer with a focus in fashion; she sells her work at Cliché boutique in Minneapolis, and recently completed a stint on Season 9 of "Project Runway."
  • Laura Fulk Laura Fulk creates women’s ready-to-wear under the Laura Fulk label, as well as bespoke menswear, costumes for theatre and rock bands.
  • Sarah M. Holm makes interesting, flattering clothing for the daring woman. She is inspired by many sources including mid-century silhouettes, femme-fatale attitude, modern art and architecture, and horror and science fiction films.
  • Max Lohrbach is a trained designer, milliner and cobbler who finds inspiration in history, painting and drawing. His garments are sewn on antique machines with hand-sewn details and vintage fabrics.
  • Kerry Riley is the owner/chief designer for Needle & Black (formerly Red Shoe Clothing, Co). The label creates classic, professionally constructed clothing and leather accessories for men and women. Needle & Black designs have been featured at such events as Diva MN and Voltage: Fashion Amplified.

Jake Rudh, host of 89.3 the Current's weekly Transmission radio program, will DJ the event.

The audience is encouraged to come dressed to impress, and will have the opportunity to walk down the runway, showing off their vision of timeless fashion. After the show the party continues with carnival games by Lili's Burlesque; unique vintage and designer finds at pop up boutiques courtesy of Blacklist Vintage, Cliche, the Spectacle Shoppe and Flamingo's Divine Finds; a charm bracelet or tie clip make-it take-it craft activity; and cocktail demonstrations and samples by by Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz of Bittercube Bitters, Gamle Ode Aquavit and 2 Gingers Whiskey. Moustache Jim and GENT salon will demonstrate the lost art of the old fashioned shave along with Jim's band, "The Starlight Razors."

The public can get fashion inspiration with the fashion history timeline and video of past events.

The Amsterdam Bar and Hall, featuring great drink specials, live music and food, will be hosting the RetroRama after party from 10:30 p.m.

Support for this program has been provided by the Marney and Conley Brooks Fund, 89.3 the Current and Vita.mn.

What: History Lounge: The American Indian Movement in Photographs
When: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free

White Earth cover imageActivist Dick Bancroft has been the unofficial photographer for the American Indian Movement since 1970. This edition of History Lounge presents Bancroft's stunningly intimate portraits of the AIM as its members fought to change the nation.

Bancroft's new book "We Are Still Here: Photographs of the American Indian Movement," (MHS Press, May 2013) includes photos he took of the takeovers of federal buildings, the founding of survival schools in the Twin Cities, the Wounded Knee trials, The Longest Walk of Survival and bringing American Indian voices to the United Nations. Text is provided by Laura Waterman Wittstock.

An exhibit of Bancroft's photographs will be on display at Mill City Museum, May 16 to Sept. 2, 2013. The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.

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.

May is Minnesota Museums Month

Minnesota Museums Month is a statewide celebration of museums, their stories, and their communities. This May, visit a new museum in your community, take a road trip, or return to one of your favorites that you haven’t seen in a while. Museums of every type—art, historical, science, arboretums, zoos and more—are participating. For more information visit www.museumsmonth.org.

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.

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