February 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 9, 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

February 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hill House Chamber Players Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
The Hill House Chamber Players present their 30th season with concerts performed in the restored art gallery of the James J. Hill House. Complimentary refreshments are served during intermission, and house tours are available following each program. This program is co-sponsored by the Schubert Club. Concert program featuring guest artist Mary Jo Gothmann on piano: Haydn: Guitar Quartet, Opus 2, No. 2; Van: Fantasma de Falla da Camera for Guitar and String Trio; Elgar: Sonata, Opus 82 for Violin and Piano; Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Opus 66
Mon., Feb 1, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$22 adults, $18 MNHS and Schubert Club members, $12 college students. Season tickets $55/$50 MNHS and Schubert Club members. Call 651-297-2555 to reserve tickets.
Also Feb. 8

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tours for People with Memory Loss: The Servant's Life
*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. This themed tour highlights three rooms examining servant life at James J. Hill House, followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation.
Tue., Feb 2, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free
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Jewelry & Chocolate Sale
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
Get ready for Valentine's Day with 10 percent savings on jewelry and chocolate purchased at the History Center museum store. Shoppers can explore unique and handcrafted jewelry from Minnesota jewelry designers and choose from a selection of chocolates from Abdallah, B.T. McElrath and more. MNHS members receive a double discount. The sale runs through Feb. 14.
Tue., Feb 2, 2016, 10:00 am - Sun., Feb 14, 2016, 5:00 pm
Free

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maple Syrup 101
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Learn how to tap sugar maple trees and make maple syrup. A local syrup producer will show how to tap the trees, collect sap and perform a simple boil up to produce excellent syrup.
Sat., Feb 6, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
History and science come together in a day of activities focusing on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the past and present of the Minneapolis riverfront. Families can learn about kitchen chemistry in a Baking Lab demonstration; discover how simple machines helped the Washburn A Mill operate and design a solution to a mill problem using K'nex. Visitors can also solve the "Mystery of the Disappearing Waterfall," in a geology activity led by National Park Service rangers; enjoy a performance by History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian-born waterpower engineer; operate a small generator to see how electricity is created at St. Anthony Falls hydroelectric plants and more. 
Sat., Feb 6, 2016, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Kid Crafts: Storybook Time and Shoulder Bag
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 p.m., then from 1 to 3 p.m. kids can learn to decorate a shoulder bag. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children ages 5 and up.
Sat., Feb 6, 2016, Noon - 3:00 pm
$7/bag, does not include museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under MNHS members

Time Capsule for Families: New House, 1872
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
1872 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family as they moved into their new mansion home in St. Paul. Discover what other events made 1872 so important for the Ramseys. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect time capsule tokens along the way. Learn about the new foods and inventions which made life easier. Children can create their own time capsule to take home. This one-hour program begins at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., Feb 6, 2016, Noon - 2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

St. Peter Winterfest
Traverse des Sioux
1851 North Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082
Map
507-934-2160
traversedessioux@mnhs.org
Shake off the winter blahs with an afternoon of winter-themed activities for all ages at the Traverse des Sioux trails and Treaty Site History Center. Support for this program has been provided by the Saint Peter Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sun., Feb 7, 2016, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

History of Hip: Cities v. Suburbs
Vieux Carre
408 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
As long as suburbs have existed, neighboring residents have competed for resources and recognition. But can urbanites and suburbanites overcome differences to share assets and create a vibrant metro community? Dominique Pierre-Toussaint, an educator and community activist who lives in Eden Prairie and works in Hopkins, shares his thoughts on the challenges and rewards of suburban life, with Ann Buck of the Hopkins police department. Writer and geographer Bill Lindeke of the St. Paul Planning Commission discusses efforts to make St. Paul and surrounding suburbs a more cohesive community and shares his predictions for the future of Twin Cities suburbs.
History of Hip takes place at Vieux Carre in the lower level of the historic Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter St., Saint Paul, MN 55102. Ticket price includes one drink. This is a 21 plus event.
Tue., Feb 9, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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History Film Series: Being Hmong Means Being Free
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345
Map
320-616-5421
lindbergh@mnhs.org
Explore the history, culture and identity of Hmong immigrants who settled in the United States between 1975 and the early 1990s as told through the eyes of the documentary's host, 17-year-old Lia Vang. This film is produced by Wisconsin Public Television. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Tue., Feb 9, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Forest History Center: Animals of the North
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
The History Center welcomes site manager Jeff Johns as he presents on the exciting new programs being offered at the Forest History Center, including arts and culture, artisan crafts, outdoor recreation and environmental learning. Minnesota Zoo ambassadors will also bring a number of animals of the Northwoods for guests to meet. This program is made possibly be the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Wed., Feb 10, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mill City String Quartet: Metamorphosis
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
The 15 string quartets of Shostakovich provide a unique perspective on how his compositional style changed over time. In this Mill City String Quartet performance, compare music from his early and late career and find out how life in socialist Russia and personal loss led to a drastic change in his style. Forty-five minute tours of James J. Hill House will be available after the concert. Concert program: Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 and No. 15.
Thu., Feb 11, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

World War II Roundtable: Liberation of German Concentration Camps
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Map
612-726-1171
ftsnelling@mnhs.org
John McManus, author of Hell Before Their Very Eyes, will discuss the liberating of concentration camps with veterans who assisted in the liberation as well as former camp internees. 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., Feb 11, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Throughout the Victorian era, a suitor would use love letters, floral bouquets and small gifts to indicate his intention of marriage. In this Valentine's Day-themed program, discover what secret messages could be conveyed by these gifts. Enjoy freshly baked Valentine's Day treats, listen to excerpts from Ramsey family love letters and play Victorian courtship games in the parlor. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb 12, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

History Chef - Valentine's Day Cookies for Kids
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
In this program, children ages 8-12 will use one of Mrs. Ramsey's sugar cookie recipes to mix, bake and decorate Valentine's Day cookies. Chefs will measure ingredients, mix dough and roll out sugar cookies in the restored 1870s kitchen. While the cookies bake in the wood-burning stove, the kids will take a tour of the mansion and discover how the Ramsey grandchildren celebrated Valentine's Day. After the tour, sample the freshly baked treats and take home treats to share. This program is offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sat., Feb 13, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$13 adults, $11 ages 8-12, $2 discount MNHS members
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Topics on Family History: Citizenship: Law, Process and Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3300
Contact
Learning whether, when and how immigrant ancestors became American citizens can provide big clues for family history researchers. The laws covering citizenship have changed over time as did the records created during the process. Learn about citizenship laws and records, including the Alien Registration Act of 1918, which ordered all unnaturalized aliens to register and make sworn declarations about themselves, their immediate family members and their property holdings. This class is taught by Tom Rice, board-certified genealogist and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is a current director of the Irish Genealogy Society International.
Sat., Feb 13, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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Be My Valentine Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
Valentine's Day is celebrated around the world in many different ways. In the United States, lovers send cards, chocolates and flowers; in Denmark admirers send "joke letters"; in Germany the pig is a symbol to mark the day; and in China young women carve fruits into exotic flowers, animals or unusual birds. Bring your favorite squeeze or little love bug and learn some surprising customs about romance from around the world.
Activities include a karaoke love song sing-along, pop-up card making, cookie decorating ($2 supply fee), music, games, and displays of vintage Valentine cards and love letters from the MNHS collections. Support for this program has been provided by The Nina M. Archabal Fund for Museum Programs.
Sat., Feb 13, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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., Feb 13, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission
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Also Feb. 27

Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN 55063
Map
320-629-6356
nwcfurpost@mnhs.org
Enjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance. Country dancing was a favorite diversion for the genteel classes in the early 1800s. Dance steps will be taught and called at the ball. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Period or semi-formal attire is requested.
Sat., Feb 13, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$35/$32 MNHS members
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Victorian Poetry Slam
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the elegant drawing room of the James J. Hill House. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Emily Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports and war—even poems about James J. Hill! Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening. This one-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by light refreshments and tours of the Hill House.
Sun., Feb 14, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$12/$10 MNHS members
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Teddy Bear Story Time
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
Young visitors are invited to bring their teddy bears to the Hill House in celebration of Presidents Day and the beloved toy named in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, who the Hill family knew and visited at the White House. A tour of the house will be combined with favorite teddy bear stories. This tour is designed for preschool through first grade children accompanied by an adult.
Tue., Feb 16, 2016, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$6 for age 2 and up, $4 MNHS members
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Conversation with a Curator
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
Contributing, Sustaining and North Star Circle members, come join us for an evening with Patrick Coleman, acquisitions librarian for the Minnesota Historical Society. Coleman will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the most interesting rare books and publications in the MNHS collections.
Tue., Feb 16, 2016, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Invitation only

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Homeschool Winter Program
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN 55063
Map
320-629-6356
nwcfurpost@mnhs.org
Students in grades 3-12 are invited to play a spirited game of "snow snake," take a hike to identify animal tracks in the snow, and hear American Indian tales inside the wigwam. Students will experience winter at the Fur Post like the voyageurs did! Dress for outdoor activities.
Thu., Feb 18, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon
$5, Reservations required. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Stomping on Winter Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Enjoy winter at the Forest History Center with indoor and outdoor games, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, tours of the logging camp and more.
Sat., Feb 20, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

History Forum: The Colorado Coalfield Wars
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul , MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
On a spring morning in 1914, in the stark foothills of southern Colorado, members of the United Mine Workers of America clashed with guards employed by the Rockefeller family and a state militia reporting to Colorado’s industrial barons. When the dust settled, 19 men, women, and children from the miners’ families lay dead, and the strikers had killed at least 30 men, destroyed six mines and laid waste to two company towns. Historian Thomas G. Andrews will discuss how this deadly contest left an impact on the land, labor, corporate industrialization, and created a legacy for on an economy dependent on fossil fuel. Lectures are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thomas G. Andrews is an associate professor of history at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the author of the award-winning book Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War
Sat., Feb 20, 2016, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Individual Lectures: $15/$11 MNHS members. Series Tickets: $82/$60 MNHS members
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

History Lounge: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
During the decades of segregation in Major League Baseball, black ballplayers in Minnesota were relegated to semipro leagues, barnstorming clubs and loose organizations of all-black teams, many of which are lost to history. Join Frank M. White, the son of one of those players, as he recovers the history of Minnesota's African American ballplayers who navigated denial, hardship and segregation for the love of the game. White is author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota (MNHS Press, February 2016).
Tue., Feb 23, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, February 25, 2016

History Happy Hour: Frills and Fashion
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about fashion accessories of the past. Join Kelsey Hokenson and Amy Ollila of the Ramsey House for a close-up look at the frills and finishing touches that defined fashions for both men and women in the Victorian era. View some rare fashion items from MNHS collections and discover which items were necessary and which were the height of frivolity. This program begins at 5:30 and 8 p.m. and is for ages 21 and older. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Feb 25, 2016, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Rethinking the Nonpartisan League Author Event
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
Join historian Michael J. Lansing for an illustrated presentation based on his new book, Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics. In 1915, Midwestern and western farmers mounted one of the most significant challenges to party politics in American history: the Nonpartisan League. The League sought to empower citizens and restrain corporate influence, especially powerful Minneapolis-based flour mills and banks. Before its collapse in the 1920s, the League counted more than 250,000 paying members and birthed new alliances between workers and agrarians, including the Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota. 
Lansing, associate professor of history at Augsburg College, offers a new look at the Nonpartisan League and its rise and fall in the United States and Canada. After the talk, Professor Lansing will sign copies of the book, which can be purchased in the Mill City Museum store.
Thu., Feb 25, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home. The workshop runs noon to 4 pm Saturday and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of five participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Sat., Feb 27, 2016, Noon - Sun., Feb 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS members, $25 supply fee

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.

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 May 15, 2016

 

Power Couples: Selections from the Permanent Collection

This exhibit features more than 20 portraits from the Minnesota Historical Society’s fine art collection that span the history of art in Minnesota. Focusing on portraits of couples, the exhibit includes portraits of husbands and wives, fathers and sons, sisters and even an aunt and uncle. Viewers will see portraits of several notable Minnesotans like James J. and Mary T. Hill and Lawrence and Elizabeth Taliaferro. 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.