December 2015 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
October 13, 2015
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

December 2015 Events, Programs and Exhibits

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tour for People with Memory Loss
*Sold Out*

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House and is followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month. Tours are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation.
 Tue., Dec 1, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free. Reservations required, get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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St. Paul Welcome Hat Event
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
New to Minnesota or know someone who is? Welcome Hat is a monthly celebration that jumpstarts newcomer and returnee inclusion to the local Saint Paul community through receiving a warm faux-fur lined hat and showcasing the city’s resources. 
Each month the program showcases valuable community resources, provides light local samples and cash bar, and features live music. Participating community organizations include: St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), The Growler Magazine, Rondo Avenue, Inc., Union Park District Council, Make It. MSP., St. Paul Smart Trips, Saint Paul Library and many more.
Presented in partnership with Jun-Li Wang, Curious Incident, Pollen, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater MSP and the Hamline Midway Coalition with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Learn more at stphello.com and #stphello. 
Tue., Dec 1, 2015, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free; registration recommended
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Alexander Ramsey House, Saint Paul
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During guided 60-minute tours starting every half hour, visitors can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family's Steinway piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Shop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items.
Wed., Dec 2, 2015, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Also Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31; Jan. 1, 2, 3
 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Double Discount Shopping Weekend
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
Head to the History Center, Mill City Museum and select historic sites statewide for your holiday shopping! During this four-day weekend sale, MNHS members can enjoy a 20 percent discount on a wide array of uniquely Minnesotan books, jewelry and other items available in the stores and online. Members also receive a discount at the History Center's Cafe Minnesota and D'Amico and Sons Cafe at Mill City Museum. Purchases help support MNHS programs. MNHS Press authors, Larry Millett, Cathy de Moll, B.J. Carpenter, Aimee Bissonette and Cheryl Blackford will sign copies of their books over the weekend. 
At the Minnesota History Center: 10 am to 2 pm: Enjoy a trunk show of handmade jewelry from For the Journey Jewelry 
Thu., Dec 3, 2015, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free
Also Dec. 4, 5, 6

For the Journey Jewelry Truck Show
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
The Minnesota History Center stores carry locally crafted items, including unique handmade jewelry. Meet jewelry designer Karen Journey, owner of For the Journey Jewelry in Circle Pines. In her jewelry, Karen works to combine semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and other media in pieces that convey meaning and intent, a creative use of color, graceful balance and quality that lasts a lifetime. The event is presented in conjunction with the Double Discount Shopping Weekend, Dec. 3-6.
Thu., Dec 3, 2015, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free
Also Dec. 4, 5, 6

Documentary Film Series: Aboriginal Architecture
Traverse des Sioux
1851 North Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082
Map
507-934-2160
traversedessioux@mnhs.org
A documentary exploring Aborginal architecture in North America. For more than 300 years, Native communities in North America have had virtually no indigenous architecture, but now political, financial and cultural changes have created a renaissance of Native design. Modern Aboriginal architects are turning to ancient forms, adapting them in response to changes in the natural and social environment, and creating contemporary structures that harken to the past. This film explores architecture in seven different communities around the continent. 
Thu., Dec 3, 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Kids Crafts: Story Book Time and Dream Catchers
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 pm, then from 1 to 3 pm weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Dec 5, 2015, Noon - 3:00 pm
$5 per kit, does not include museum admission

Birch Bark Ornament Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map 
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Create miniature ornaments from birch bark that can be used to decorate for the holidays or to give as gifts. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop.
Sat., Dec 5, 2015, Noon - 4:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Sat., Dec 5, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 6-17 and MNHS members, includes museum admission. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Also Dec. 26

Hill House Holidays
James J. Hill House, St. Paul
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map 
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as the servants of the James J. Hill House prepare for the holidays. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill family in a dramatized portrayal of servant life and holiday preparations at the Hill family's Summit Avenue mansion. The program moves through the elegant first floor spaces and then to the basement servant work areas. The script is based on letters and oral histories of people who worked for the Hill family during the first decade of the 20th century. Tours leave every half hour.
Sat., Dec 5, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and students, $8 ages 6-17, $2 discount MNHS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Also Dec. 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
Get holiday baking inspiration when the finalists in the Star Tribune's annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest bake their winning recipes in the Mill City Museum Baking Lab. Meet the finalists as they bake their award-winning cookies, learn more about the history of the recipes, get baking tips for the holiday season and sample each of the winning cookies.
The Star Tribune's Taste section sponsors the annual Holiday Cookie Contest in which readers submit their favorite holiday cookie recipes. The winner and runners-up are announced in the Taste section in early December.
Sat., Dec 5, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Holiday Lights and Fireworks
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Spend a holiday evening at the Forest History Center and take in the music of choral singers and meet Santa. Watch as Santa throws the switch to illuminate the fire tower as his beacon in the Northwoods. Then enjoy a spectacular winter fireworks show.
Sat., Dec 5, 2015, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors and college students, $2.50 children ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under and MNHS members
 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas in the Logging Camp
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
North Woods No. 1, the Forest History Center’s recreated 1900s logging camp, comes to life under a blanket of snow during this yearly event. Join the camp crew as they get ready to celebrate Christmas in the logging camp. The program includes choral singers, storytellers, sleigh rides, hot chocolate, cider and more. Bring your camera to get your picture taken with Santa. 
Sun., Dec 6, 2015, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under and MNHS members
 

Monday, December 7, 2015

100 Years of Christmas at Dayton's
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
Popular Christmas historian James Neagbour returns to the Hill House for an illustrated talk about a century of Twin Cities Christmas traditions from the classic department store. This lively talk includes light refreshments and tours of the decorated Hill House following the presentation.
Mon., Dec 7, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 6-17, $2 off for MNHS members. Dec. 7 date SOLD OUT. 
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Also Dec. 8
 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

History Film Series: Girl from Birch Creek
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345
Map
320-616-5421
lindbergh@mnhs.org 
Girl from Birch Creek explores the life of the late Justice Rosalie Wahl, from her youth on a farm in Kansas during the Great Depression to becoming the first woman appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Tue., Dec 8, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

History Lounge: A Green History of Twin Cities Suburbia
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
A few decades ago, “going green” meant having a manicured lawn around your modest home in the suburbs. Now that phrase evokes a more eco-conscious landscape and lifestyle not usually associated with the suburbia. Explore the unexpected history of efforts to transform Minnesota suburbs into “somewhere that’s green” with Holley Wlodarczyk from the University of Minnesota.
Tue., Dec 8, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mill City String Quartet: Holiday Celebration
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
What are the holidays without music? Celebrate the season with your favorites in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, tango and swing performed by the Mill City String Quartet in the James J. Hill art gallery. Forty-five minute tours of James J. Hill House will be available after the concert. 
Thu., Dec 10, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

World War II Roundtable: Early Naval Aviation Operations: After Pearl Harbor
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Map
612-726-1171
ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Join Stephen Moore, author of Pacific Payback and The Battle for Hell's Island, as well as veterans of Pacific naval and marine aviation for a discussion of the mistakes and heroic efforts made to overcome the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. Find more information online.
Thu., Dec 10, 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free
 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Topics on Family History - Records for Research: State and Federal Military Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3300
Contact
This class will focus on draft registration, enlistment, service records, discharge records and unit histories. Explore records created after military service such as pension records, state bonuses, bounty land warrants, veterans' fraternal organizations, veterans’ homes, burial and cemetery records and military linage societies. The class is taught by Tom Rice. He is the past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society and past officer and current director of the Irish Genealogy Society International.
Sat., Dec 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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History Forum: The Scopes Trial
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
In the summer of 1925, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, Tennessee, became the setting of one of the 20th century’s most contentious dramas: the Scopes trial. The trial pitted anti-Darwinists against evolutionists in a famous debate over science, religion and public education. Historian Edward J. Larson will discuss how the movie Inherit the Wind paints a romantic picture of John Scopes as a principled biology teacher driven to present scientific theory to his students, even though Tennessee state law prohibited the teaching of anything other than creationism. The truth, it turns out, was something quite different, and its legacy still echoes in American classrooms today.
Edward J. Larson holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is a university professor of history at Pepperdine University. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion
Sat., Dec 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Individual Lectures: $15/$11 MNHS members. Series Tickets: $82/$60 MNHS members
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
The story of the Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Mr. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of Saint Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum. 
Richard Rousseau has worked as an actor, director, playwright and storyteller for the last 45 years. He has extensive experience utilizing his storytelling techniques as a reenactor for the Minnesota Historical Society, and he is a member of the Science Live Acting Company at the Science Museum of Minnesota. He is nationally recognized for his educational scripts performed by museums across the country, and he is one of the founders of Northstar Storytelling League. 
Sun., Dec 13, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$10-14/$4 MNHS member discount
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

An “Eventually” Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
Join the Ghost of Mill City Past for an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party in this unique play set in the museum's Flour Tower elevator ride. Scenes unfold on different floors where the audience meets characters drawn from the pages of the company's employee newspaper, the Eventually News. Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, "Eventually—Why Not Now?"
Performances are at 6, 7 and 8 pm. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments after the play.
Thu., Dec 17, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 6-17 and MNHS members, $2 off adult admission with Fringe Festival button. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Also Dec. 18 and 19
 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Victorian Christmas Stories
James J. Hill House, St. Paul
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map 
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
A storytelling performance by costumed actors Craig Johnson and Kirby Bennett of classic 19th century Christmas stories, including Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Anderson and others. Light refreshments and a tour of the Hill House decorated for the holidays are included with admission.
Sun., Dec 20, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and students, $8 ages 6-17, $2 discount MNHS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Northwoods Holiday Fest
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Revel in a winter wonderland of family fun with sleigh rides, skiing, ice skating, sledding on Logger's Mountain, snow sculptures, snowball launching, music and food. Visitors can also tour the logging camp under winter conditions.
 Sat., Dec 26, 2015, 10:00 am - Sun., Dec 27, 2015, 4:00 pm
$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children 6-17, children 5 and under and MNHS members
Also Dec. 27

Kwanzaa Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
Since 1966, Kwanzaa or Matunda ya kwanza (an East African Swahili phrase for “the first fruits”) has been celebrated as a holiday tradition of cultural pride in the African-American community. The History Center’s annual family gathering focuses on the seven principles of Kwanzaa, from unity to faith, with engaging and educational activities like music, dancing, demonstrations, art making and storytelling.
Sat., Dec 26, 2015, Noon - 4:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Victorian Christmas Carols
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
A lively concert by costumed singers explores the rise in popularity of Christmas carols during the 19th century. Hear familiar favorites and discover new gems! The one-hour concert in the Hill House art gallery includes light refreshments and tours, included with admission, follow the performance. Program begins at 6 pm or 7:30 pm.
Sat., Dec 26, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 senior and college students, $8 ages 6-17, $2 off for MNHS members
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Also Dec. 27
 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345
Map
320-616-5421
lindbergh@mnhs.org
Spend New Year's Eve exploring trails by candlelight. The third annual Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike will include the trails connecting the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum. The trails will be lit with luminaries and guests can drop in at any time during the event and go whatever distance is comfortable. Both museums will be open with free admission for guests to warm up and grab a refreshment.
Thu., Dec 31, 2015, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Ongoing Exhibits

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

Through March 20, 2016

Suburbia
From the rapid growth of the 1950s to today, the suburbs are a complex and diverse part of the American cultural landscape. More than half of all Americans live in suburbs. And while residents are creating walkable neighborhoods, addressing urban sprawl and supporting environmental stewardship, the area is still largely segregated, aging and not connected to the greater metropolis. Suburbia explores Twin Cities suburbs through themes, including conformity and exclusion, consumerism and the evolution of gender roles and domestic arrangements. Find out more.

Through Jan. 3, 2016

We Are Hmong Minnesota
November 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to Minnesota following the war in Southeast Asia. Today, the Twin Cities metro area is home to 66,000 Hmong, the largest urban Hmong population in the United States. Developed in partnership with the Hmong community, the new exhibit "We Are Hmong Minnesota," will commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the significant political, social and economic contributions the Hmong have made to Minnesota and the nation. Find out more.

Ongoing

Then Now Wow
Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Find out more.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. Find out more.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk 
This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Find out more.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting
Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. Find out more.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Through Jan. 3, 2016

 

Paj Ntaub: Hmong Textiles from the Permanent Collection
View 60 highly colorful and intensely intricate pieces of Hmong textile art created by Hmong women who settled in St. Paul. The exhibit showcases appliqué, reverse appliqué, embroidery and cross stitch in traditional art forms, called Paj Ntaub or flower cloth, as well as commercial tourism items including pillowcases, tablecloths, coin purses and clothing. The exhibit draws on the collection of Corrine Pearson who operated the Hmong Handwork consignment store in St. Paul from 1981 to 1999. Labels are in both Hmong and English. Find out more.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis

Through April 3, 2016 

Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s 
In the 1970s, Dayton's was in its prime, the new Nicollet Mall was full of people, the Foshay Tower was still king and the IDS Center was beginning its rise. The skyway system was not yet born so bustling sidewalks teamed with shoppers and businessmen. Mike Evangelist, a 17-year-old from the suburbs, turned his lens to the scenes around him, capturing a vibrant and rapidly changing city. Forty years later, he unearthed this trove of images.