Minnesota Historical Society Offers Public Events, Online Resources For Media, Republican National Convention Visitors

For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 11, 2008
Media contacts: 

Marjorie Nugent, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3145, marjorie.nugent@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Offers Public Events, Online Resources For Media, Republican National Convention Visitors

Find out about Minnesota’s political past and present, with Minnesota Historical Society events and resources.

Events: This Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to Mill City Museum to hear about the 1892 Republican National Convention with the free program "The Elephant in Mill City." Historian Iric Nathanson will recount how Minneapolis landed and prepared for the convention, and what took place during the convention, including an anti-lynching resolution proposed by African American delegates. He will also tell the story of the Industrial Exposition Building, the mammoth structure on the Minneapolis riverfront that was the scene of the convention.

Beginning next week, the public can visit the Minnesota History Center Library for a display of newspaper headlines, tickets, buttons and other related material from the 1892 convention.

During Civic Fest, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, visitors can stop by "A Salute to Minnesota's Greatest Generation" to view some of the films submitted in the Moving Pictures Film Festival, visit "Minnesota!" for fun facts about Minnesota history straight from the History Center's "MN150" exhibit, and meet Kate Roberts author of Minnesota 150, Doug Ohman, photographer of the Minnesota Byways series of books including Cabins of Minnesota and Larry Millett author of the AIA Guide to the Twin Cities as they sign books.

Resources: Also available to the public, but of primary interest to journalists, are a wealth of online resources available at www.mnhs.org/rnc. Topics include photos and information about Twin Cities-area historic sites, a media room, a list of all of the state's governors, historical photos and library resources, and detailed information about the 1892 RNC in Minneapolis. Check back often for Collections Up Close podcasts and blogs on items in the Society's collections that relate to Minnesota’s political past.

Turn to the Minnesota Historical Society Press for additional resources, including Minnesota History Magazine and an extensive catalogue of books relating to Minnesota history and contemporary life in Minnesota.

Hours: The History Center and James J. Hill House will be closed during the convention, Sept. 1-4. The Alexander Ramsey House will be closed Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. The public is encouraged to visit other metro-area historic sites, including Mill City Museum, Historic Fort Snelling and the Minnesota State Capitol.

Contacts: Media relation's staff will be available during regular business hours and on call as needed to field requests and answer questions. For general information, call 651-259-3000 or visit www.mnhs.org.