Create Community Connections at 'Sights, Sounds & Soul: Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis' Exhibit Reception Tuesday, April 29

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Release dated: 
March 19, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: "Sights, Sounds and Soul" Exhibit Opening
Date: Tuesday, April 29
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: FREE
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Create Community Connections at 'Sights, Sounds & Soul: Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis' Exhibit Reception Tuesday, April 29

Meet some of the people featured in the images by Charles Chamblis at the opening event for the new exhibit "Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis."

ClubFrom family reunions to the nightclub scene, there is no one who has documented the Twin Cities' black community like Charles Chamblis. Affectionately called "The Pictureman," Chamblis had a passion for photography and a knack for being everywhere at the right time.

At the exhibit opening, guests can also meet with teens who created a special photography exhibit taking inspiration from Chamblis’ mission "to feel what he saw." Part of MNHS’ Teen Advisory Council, the teens worked with photography instructors and historians to research and document their neighborhoods and community.

Enjoy music, see the exhibits and create new community connections. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit opening is Tuesday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission to the History Center is free on Tuesday nights.

"Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis" will be on view at the Minnesota History Center April 26, 2014, to Feb. 16, 2015.

And don't miss this year's RetroRama, Friday, May 16, 8 to 11 p.m. This year’s fashion cocktail party takes on vintage looks from the 1970s and 80s. The fashion show will feature some of Chamblis' own subjects modeling garments made especially for them by Twin Cities designers. This year’s designers are Samantha Rei, Ariel Simone, Kerry Riley, Emma Berg and Max Lohrbach. Comedian "Fancy Ray" McCloney will emcee with DJ Larry "Spider" Hamilton providing the tunes. The party will include photo opps, vintage and retro shopping, souvenir activities and cocktail demos. Cost is $25/$20 for MNHS members. Tickets are onsale now.

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 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.