2014-15 History Forum Brings Six National Historians to Minnesota Audiences Beginning Oct. 18

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Release dated: 
September 3, 2014
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

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

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Event: History Forum: No Matter of Chance

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Cost: Series tickets: $82/$60 MNHS members; Individual tickets: $15/$11 MNHS members. Cost does not include museum admission.

Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online.
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/forum

2014-15 History Forum Brings Six National Historians to Minnesota Audiences Beginning Oct. 18

Each month from October through March, the Minnesota History Center offers a History Forum featuring lectures by world-renowned historians. This year the Forum takes on "No Matter of Chance" and includes topics from witch hunts to the "age of passion" to backroom election deals and more.

Lectures are offered on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Series tickets cost $82 or $60 for MNHS members; individual tickets cost $15 or $11 for MNHS members. Tickets sell out quickly and can be purchased online or by calling 651-259-3015.

A Storm of Witches
Date: Saturday, Oct. 18

The 1692 Salem witch trials marked a turning point when the Puritan collective gave way to Yankee independence and the future of America. This lecture is presented by Salem State College history professor Emerson W. Baker.

Thomas JeffersonFounding Rivalry: Hamilton and Jefferson
Date: Saturday, Nov. 8

How do the diametrically opposed visions of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton continue to shape our country today? Find out from John Ferling of the University of West Georgia.

John Quincy AdamsThe Bitter Elections
Date: Saturday, Dec. 6

The presidential elections of 1824 and 1828 pitted New England statesman John Quincy Adams against Western war hero, Andrew Jackson, forever changing the American political landscape. This lecture is presented by Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee.

Eisenhower in Minneapolis The Cold Warrior
Date: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

President Eisenhower aimed to contain the global threat of Soviet Communism without perverting democracy--but through covert actions, he also laid the foundations for future military entanglements in Vietnam, Iran and Iraq. This lecture is presented by Robert McMahon of Ohio State University.

The Age of Edison
Date: Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Edison's light bulb marked the arrival of modernity--signaling the emergence of the U.S. as a "nation of inventors" and a global force for change. This lecture is presented by Ernest Freeberg of the University of Tennessee.

Wounded Knee Sioux Delegation Wounded Knee, Party Politics and the Road to a Massacre
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015

How partisan politics, economics and rhetoric in Washington sparked the deadly Wounded Knee massacre--illuminating the dangers of American political polarization, then and now. This lecture is presented by Boston University history professor Heather Cox Richardson.

The History Forum is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Additional support is provided by the Maurice Stans Fund and the Lindbergh Foundation.

For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/forum.

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.