The Public and Private Lives of the KKK in Minnesota Discussed at History Center Lounge Oct. 14

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Release dated: 
September 3, 2014
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

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

Quick facts: 

Event: History Lounge: The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Minnesota
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 14
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 Public and Private Lives of the KKK in Minnesota Discussed at History Center Lounge Oct. 14

Ku Klux KlanMuch like the rest of the country, the Klu Klux Klan ran well organized chapters in Minnesota. Fiftyone KKK chapters existed throughout the state in the early part of the 1900s. Klan members played town ball, served as church deacons, ran local businesses and were elected to political office. They also held cross-burnings and midnight rides that terrorized their own communities.Join Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle as she examines the activities of the Klan at its height in Minnesota and the lives and careers of Klansmen who continued with public life after the Invisible Empire lost its foothold in the North Star State.

"History Lounge: The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Minnesota" is offered on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center. The program is free. This is a repeat lecture from April 2014.

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.

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