The Great Railroad War and Reformer Jane Addams Topics of History Center Lectures in December

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November 6, 2013
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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

The Great Railroad War and Reformer Jane Addams Topics of History Center Lectures in December

History fans will enjoy two programs in December on Progressive era history topics including the Hill-Harriman battle over the future of American railroads and the changing role of women in Jane Addams' time.

Event: History Lounge: James J. Hill's Railroad War
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free (History Center admission is free Tuesday evenings, 5 to 8 p.m.)

The year was 1901 when railroad tycoons James J. Hill and Edward Harriman jjhillwent head-to-head in a battle that shook Wall Street in a way that had never before been seen in America. The battle for the Northern Pacific line resulted in the New York Stock Exchange's first crash, shaking the nation's perception of a stable market and economy.

Join author Larry Haeg as he sets the scene for his book "Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street's Great Railroad War." Hear how major players of the day like Hill, Harriman, J.P. Morgan and the Rockefellers forever altered Wall Street and how the drama of the railroad war changed American history by positioning "trust buster" Theodore Roosevelt for re-election.

Copies of Haeg's book will be available for purchase and the program will be followed by a book signing.

Event: History Forum: Jane Addams, Women and Urban Reform
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Cost: $15/11 MNHS members.
Buy tickets: History Forum

addamsSocial reformer, feminist, pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams is the focus of December's History Forum lecture, presented by independent historian Louise W. Knight.

The daughter of an affluent state senator and businessman, Addams was one of few women in her generation to graduate from college. She went on to create Hull House in Chicago in 1889, a place for immigrant and poor populations to receive much needed social services. In 1910 Addams became the first female president of what was later known as the National Conference of Social Work.

Knight will lecture on the changing role of women in the early 20th century and the pioneering work that was done by people like Addams to organize women into a strong political and social force. Consider how visionaries like Addams were able to initiate change in protections for women and for the poor in a time when they were denied the right to vote and how her methods paved the way for present day civic action.

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 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.

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.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.