Hidden History of Mill City Museum Revealed with Free Panel Discussion Oct. 1

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Release dated: 
September 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

Laura Salveson • Mill City Museum • 612-341-7499 • laura.salveson@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: From Mill to Museum: 10th Anniversary Panel Discussion
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 1
Time: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Place: Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis MN 55401
Cost: FREE
Phone: 612-341-7555
Email: mcm@mnhs.org
Website: www.millcitymuseum.org

Hidden History of Mill City Museum Revealed with Free Panel Discussion Oct. 1

For more than 90 years the Washburn A Mill was a cornerstone of the Minneapolis flour milling industry. When it closed in 1965, however, the mill faced an uncertain future, and sat unused except for a few tenants, curiosity seekers, and homeless people. Join a special panel discussion for an examination of the story of the Washburn A Mill during its abandoned period and its revitalization as a museum and education center. This free program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Courtyard beforeCourtyard after
(Left: courtyard before, Right: courtyard after)

The panel moderator will be Linda Mack, a Minnesota journalist who writes about architecture for regional and national publications. Featured guests include: Nina Archabal, Director Emerita of the Minnesota Historical Society; Tom Meyer, principal architect of Mill City Museum; Peter Nelson Hall, Minneapolis architect and riverfront visionary; and Dick Victor, MCDA Senior Project Coordinator for Mill City Museum.

Attendees are invited to view the exhibit "From Mill to Museum: The Hidden History of the Washburn Complex, 1965-2003," which shows dramatic images and words about the mill during this period.

Mill City Museum opened ten years ago on September 13, 2003.

Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.

The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The site is also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. For more information, call 612-341-7555 or visit www.millcitymuseum.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.