Beer, Concerts and Lectures at History Center in November

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Release dated: 
October 8, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

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

Quick facts: 

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

Beer, Concerts and Lectures at History Center in November

This November take part in a variety of programs from concerts to lectures to samples of locally crafted brews.



  • Event: Toys and Tunes with Dan Chouinard and Friends
    Dates: Nov. 6, 2014
    Time: 8 to 9:30 p.m.
    Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members.
    Reservations: recommended, call 651-259-3015 or register online

    Take a break from your grown up responsibilities as Dan Chouinard and friends, including Maria Jette, Prudence Johnson, Dane Stauffer and Beth Gilleland, transport you back to a time of Saturday morning cartoons, footie PJs and endless daydreams about those carefully marketed toys of a certain era; the Easy Bake Oven, Slinky and Twister and more. Sing along to memorable jingles, lend your talents to a cartoon character voice contest and revel in the simple joys of childhood.

  • Event: Dave Ray, A Legacy: CD Release Concert and Celebration
    Dates: Nov. 9, 2014
    Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
    Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members.
    Reservations: recommended, call 651-259-3015 or register online

    Join in a musical celebration and tribute to the late Dave Ray, one of the great and unsung masters of the American blues revival. Musical artists include some who performed with Dave during his four-decade career and others who were influenced by him. The concert is also a celebration of the Red House Records release, "Dave Ray / Legacy," a 3-CD, 55-track box set that was produced, compiled and annotated by his career-long colleague, Tony Glover. Comprised of unreleased or long out-of-print recordings, the historic collection spans his early era through his most recent work. Presented in partnership with Red House Records.


  • Event: History Forum: Founding Rivalry: Hamilton and Jefferson
    Dates: Nov. 8, 2014
    Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    Fee: $15/$11 MNHS members.
    Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online

    In the 1790s, often called the "age of passion," Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton battled over the course of the new republic. Jefferson believed in individual liberty and a more egalitarian society while Hamilton feared chaos and social disorder. Join John Ferling, professor emeritus at the University of West Georgia, as he explores their rivalry and how their competing legacies continue to shape our country to this day.

    This program 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.

  • Event: Seniors in Mind: 1864: An Election Like No Other
    Dates: Nov. 11, 2014
    Time: 10:30 a.m.
    Fee: $2
    Reservations: recommended, call 651-259-3015 or register online

    By the fall of 1864 the outcome of the Civil War hinged as much on the ballot box as the battlefield. Re-imagine the music, media and mayhem of that decisive national election as well as the long shadow cast by the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Special guests include Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State, the New Pearl Buttons music ensemble and others.
  • Event: History Lounge: Kidnapping Mrs. Piper
    Dates: Nov. 11, 2014
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Fee: Free

    True crime writer William Swanson will explore the sensational kidnapping of Virginia Piper who was abducted at gun-point from her lakeside home in Orono on a July afternoon in 1972. After her husband paid a $1 million ransom, an anonymous caller led the FBI to a northern Minnesota state park where they found Ginny Piper chained to a tree, filthy and exhausted, but physically unharmed. What really happened on that July day in 1972?
  • Event: Split Rock Lighthouse Film and Discussion
    Dates: Nov. 12, 2014
    Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Fee: Free
    Reservations: recommended, call 651-259-3015 or register online

    Join members of the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society for a viewing and discussion of the new short film being shown at the Split Rock Lighthouse Visitor Center. For this special program, the film will be shown at the Minnesota History Center's 3M Auditorium. Lee Radzak, Split Rock Lighthouse historic site manager and Jesse Heinzen, filmmaker, will lead a discussion of the film and a question and answer session. It's a great way to head to the North Shore without leaving St. Paul.

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.