The 'Original Gangsters' Topic of Free History Lounge Program at Minnesota History Center Jan. 28

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Release dated: 
December 4, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 •

Quick facts: 

Event: History Lounge: The Original Gangsters
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28
Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: FREE.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773

The 'Original Gangsters' Topic of Free History Lounge Program at Minnesota History Center Jan. 28

dillinger wantedThe 1920s and 1930s saw gangsters riding a crime wave across the country, wreaking havoc in the midwest and using St. Paul as a training ground and refuge. Men like John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis made themselves comfortable in St. Paul, contributing to the city's reputation as a safe haven for bootleggers, kidnappers, murderers and thieves.

Join Paul Maccabee, nationally-recognized expert and author of the book "John Dillinger Slept Here," for the free program, History Lounge: The Original Gangsters, Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center.

Attendees will go on an armchair tour of the Twin Cities' most notorious Prohibition speakeasies, gambling dens and gangland hideouts of the '20s and '30s, while listening to stories of gangland romances and feuds, bank robberies and assassinations.

Guests are encouraged to visit the new nationally traveling exhibit American Spirits: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition created by the National Constitution Center,before the program. Admission to the History Center is free on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.

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.

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.