Popular History Forum Lecture Series Begins Oct. 12 at History Center

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Release dated: 
September 11, 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: 

Event: History Forum: The Vast Possibilities: America at the Dawn of the 20th Century
Date: Oct. 12, Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Jan. 18, Feb. 8, March 8
Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: Series tickets $82/$60 MHS members; Individual tickets $15/$11 MHS members.
Reservations: Tickets on sale now online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
Website: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/forum

Popular History Forum Lecture Series Begins Oct. 12 at History Center

The Great Migration

The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center in October with six presentations by national historians. The 2013 series is devoted to the early decades of the 20th century when Americans strived to transform the United States into a modern nation. Topics include urban reform, the conservation movement and the Great Migration (pictured above).

Lectures are offered monthly on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. from October through March. Series tickets cost $82 or $60 for MHS members; individual tickets cost $15 or $11 for MHS members. Tickets sell out quickly and can be purchased online or by calling 651-259-3015.

The schedule of distinguished speakers includes:

  • Are We a Nation? The Emergence of Modern America, 1896-1929
    Saturday, Oct. 12

    Bruce J. Schulman, Boston University

    Bigger government, consumerism, diversity and mass communication emerge to provide the foundation for modern America, but not without strong opposition. Hear how religious fundamentalism, social conservatism and old ideas about national identity fought to slow the momentum of change.
  • Clash of the Conservation Giants
    Saturday, Nov. 16

    Char Miller, Pomona College

    Learn how the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 helped shape the modern conservation and environmentalist movement by pitting conservationist Gifford Pinchot against his friend and mentor, John Muir.
  • Jane Addams, Women and Urban Reform
    Saturday, Dec. 7
    Louise W. Knight, lecturer

    Hear how Jane Addams joined the growing number of women fighting for urban reform and how she became a nationally respected political activist.
  • For the Safety of All
    Saturday, Jan. 18

    Annette Atkins, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University

    The Commission of Public Safety was created by politicians and business leaders to prevent immigrants and political agitators from interfering with Minnesota's important role during World War I. Minnesotans were urged to "root out the enemy among us". Learn about the commission's impact on Minnesota, a state renowned as progressive.
  • Journey to the Promised Land: The Great Migration
    Saturday, Feb. 8

    Spencer Crew, George Mason University

    From 1915-1970, millions of African-Americans moved north in search of better lives for their families. The migration was at its strongest during World War I, when a suspension on immigration left factories in need of new workers. Learn how "The Great Migration" changed the racial landscape and the national culture.
  • How Radical Was He? The Contradictory Politics of Theodore Roosevelt
    Saturday, March 8

    Kathleen Dalton, Phillips Academy and Boston University

    Theodore Roosevelt believed the government must be "the steward of the public welfare." He protected consumers against corporate greed and irresponsibility and he believed in racial equality as well as women's suffrage. How did his beliefs and policies impact the nation's future?

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.

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