Three Free History Center Programs and a Special President Lincoln Presentation in April

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Release dated: 
March 5, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

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

Quick facts: 

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

Three Free History Center Programs and a Special President Lincoln Presentation in April

The Minnesota History Center offers three free programs in April on topics of Justice Rosalie Wahl, the Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota and African American farmers following WWII. The lectures will engage audiences in rich historical research in a casual and personal setting. Lectures include a discussion and/or question-and-answer session.

At the end of the month, visitors can purchase tickets to a special presentation by a leading authority on President Abraham Lincoln on Lincoln's masterful and sometimes controversial use of the media.

Girl From Birch Creek, a Documentary About Justice Rosalie Wahl

Date: WahlSaturday, April 5
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Watch a screening of the new documentary film, "Girl from Birch Creek," about the late Justice Rosalie Wahl, the first woman appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. As a young girl who faced the hardships of the Great Depression and World War II, Wahl decided to dedicate her life to helping others, becoming a civil rights activist. The film is directed and co-produced by Emily Haddad. Program made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people Minnesota in 2008.

History Lounge: The Klan in Minnesota

Ku Klux Klan meeting in South St. PaulDate: Tuesday, April 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Despite what many think, the Ku Klux Klan was active nationwide. Minnesota members organized 51 chapter in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth and in smaller towns ranging from Virginia to Pipestone. These men and women, many who held prominent places in politics and society, threatened and intimidated many, including union members, people who supported the repeal of Prohibition, and their Jewish, African American and immigrant neighbors. But they also played in town baseball teams, served as deacons in their churches, ran local businesses and were elected to political office across the state. Join Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle, author of "The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota," for an examination of the activities of the Klan at its height in Minnesota.

African American Farmers in the Civil Rights Era

Date: Tuesday, April 22African American Farmers
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

In the decades following World War II, the number of African American farmers fell nearly 93 percent. Join Pete Daniel, retired curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, for an exploration of African American farmers' fierce fight to remain on the land in the face of discrimination during the Civil Rights era.

Lincoln and the Media

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 2 p.m.Abraham Lincoln
Cost: $15 / $11 for MNHS members
Reservations recommended, call 651-259-3015.

Join Harold Holzer, leading American authority on President Abraham Lincoln, for this exclusive lecture about Lincoln's masterful and sometimes controversial use of the media. Holzer will focus on 1864, a time when an election loomed in the shadow of the Civil War and the nation was dealing with the aftermath of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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.