April 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
February 10, 2016
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

April 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Civil War Symposium: Commemorating the Late Conflict
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Map
612-726-1171
ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Bullets were still flying when soldiers began to commemorate the Civil War. Veterans' fraternal organizations like the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Grand Army of the Republic and the United Confederate Veterans eventually numbered over half a million Americans. Generations later Civil War research, publishing, battlefield touring and preservation efforts still fascinate many people. Join us as we explore the ways Americans remembered the Civil War in the past and how we view it today.

Program Schedule 
8:30 AM - Registration opens
9:15 AM - Welcome, Introductions and Announcements
9:30 AM - America and Minnesota in 1866, Joseph Fitzharris
9:45 AM - Minnesota Civil War Round Table's Brief Introduction
10 AM - The Civil War and New America: How the War Shaped the Future, James (Bid) Robertson
10:50 AM - Break
11:15 AM - The Challenge of Preserving Our Nation's Battlefields, Tim Smith
Noon - Lunch
1 PM - Report: Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force, Darryl Sannes
1:15 PM - Josiah R. King: First of the 1st - The Man and His Monument, Christine Podas-Larson
1:30 PM - Minnesota's Battle Paintings: Controversy in Honoring History, Brian Pease
2:15 PM - Art in the Minnesota State Capitol: A Discussion, members of the Capitol Art Subcommittee
3 PM - Closing

This program is a partnership with the Twin Cities Civil War Round Table and the Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force. 
Sat., Apr 2, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Free, registration recommended
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Kid Crafts: God's Eye
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Learn how to weave a God's Eye to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Allow an hour for the craft. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Sat., Apr 2, 2016, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$4/kit, 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: Civil War, 1861
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Discover why 1861 was such an important year for the United States and for the Ramsey family in this children's program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect time capsule tokens along the way. Learn about the Civil War and the new inventions of the era. Help make hardtack in the kitchen and sample gingerbread cake, a popular food of the 1860s. Children can create their own time capsule to take home.
This one-hour program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 p.m.
Sat., Apr 2, 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, April 3, 2016

“Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s” Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
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. The exhibit is a companion to the book of the same name from the Minnesota Historical Society Press, with photographs by Mike Evangelist and text by Andy Sturdevant. Visitors can explore this exhibit of framed photographs and a slideshow, including some unpublished images. The exhibit will be on display Nov. 12, 2015 through April 3, 2016. 
Sun., Apr 3, 2016, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

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.
Sun., Apr 3, 2016, 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 April 9 and 23
 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tours for People with Memory Loss: Art at the Hill House
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 art 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., Apr 5, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

“The King of Skid Row” Author Event
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
Join author James Eli Shiffer for an illustrated presentation and exhibit of photographs based on his new book, The King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis. The book takes readers into the vanished world of Skid Row in Minneapolis through the words and photographs of its most colorful character, John Bacich, a.k.a. Johnny Rex. Rex owned a bar, liquor store and cage hotel and documented the gritty neighborhood's last days through photographs and film of his clientele. Drawing on hours of interviews conducted before Bacich's death in 2012, Shiffer brings to life the eccentric characters and strange events of an American skid row. Supplemented with archival and newspaper research and his own photographs, Bacich's stories recreate the violent, alcohol-soaked history of a city best known for its clean, progressive self-image.
The event will include a screening of Johnny Rex's skid row films and a small exhibit of his photographs. After the talk, Shiffer will sign copies of the book, which can be purchased in the Mill City Museum store. A cash bar will be available beginning at 6 pm. The presentation begins at 7 pm.
Thu., Apr 7, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness and the Victorian Mind
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. Families had to make difficult decisions about how to handle their loves ones' illness in an era where heath issues were not discussed in public and treatment options were limited or experimental. Both Alexander Ramsey's brother, Justus, and his son-in-law Charles, suffered from mental illness, which impacted the entire family. This tour shares the stories of the two men through excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters and journals. Discover how an influential family handled a very human reality. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr 8, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Book Launch for "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota"
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
Celebrate the publication of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin. In this provocative book, 16 of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. Special guest speaker Nekima Levy-Pounds joins Sun Yung Shin and several of the contributors to the book as they share their essays that challenge, discomfort, disorient, galvanize, and inspire all of us to evolve now, for our shared future. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments and cash bar will be available. 
Tue., Apr 5, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free, reservations required. Registration will be open beginning March 3.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Topics on Family History: Using DNA
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3300
Contact
DNA testing can provide helpful support for traditional genealogical research, bolster weak paper trails and disprove hypotheses about relationships. Learn about the available tests—Y, mitochondrial, and autosomal—and the testing companies that offer them so you can determine the most effective way to spend your DNA dollars. The class is taught by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG. Eicholz is a professional genealogist, author and professor at Walden University.
Sat., Apr 9, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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Mill City String Quartet: That's What She Said...
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
The Mill City String Quartet will explore the often overlooked music of three female composers, each with their own distinct voices in a performance in the James J. Hill art gallery. Forty-five minute tours of James J. Hill House will be available after the concert. 
Concert program: 

  • Amy Beach: String Quartet in One Movement
  • Germaine Tailleferre: String Quartet
  • Fanny Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat major 

Sat., Apr 9, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

History Film Series: The Children Remember
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345
Map
320-616-5421
lindbergh@mnhs.org
This documentary captures personal stories from the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. Hear from past wards, family members and staff through interviews and historic photographs. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lindbergh Heritage. 
Tue., Apr 12, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free


Thursday, April 14, 2016

World War II Roundtable: Southern Invasion of France: Operations Dragoon and Anvil
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Map
612-726-1171
ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Lt. Col. Scott Wheeler, author of Jacob L. Devers, and veterans of the Seventh U.S. Army will discuss the Rhone Valley Campaign. 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., Apr 14, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free


Saturday, April 16, 2016

“Warrior Nation” by Anton Treuer Author Event
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Come by the Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post for an author talk and book signing by MNHS Press author Anton Treuer on his new book, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe.
Sat., Apr 16, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of St. 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. 
Rousseau has worked as an actor, director, playwright and storyteller for the last 45 years. He has worked as a reenactor at MNHS and as 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., Apr 17, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members. Includes museum admission


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

History Lounge: Myths of the Rune Stone
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
In 1898, a Swedish immigrant farmer claimed to have discovered a large rock with writing carved into its surface in a field near Kensington, Minnesota. The rock, or rune stone, told the story of Viking missionaries who reached what is now Minnesota in 1362 only to be massacred by Indians. Although quickly challenged and ultimately debunked by experts, the myth took hold. Explore what fueled Minnesotans' resilient belief in the rune stone, despite overwhelming evidence that it was a hoax, with historian David Krueger, author of Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America.
Tue., Apr 19, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Northwoods Paddle 2-Day Workshop
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Join master woodworker to create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. In this workshop, you'll learn about wood selection, wood grain considerations, paddle sizing, and the theory of shape as applied to handles, shafts and blades. You will leave the course with a paddle constructed with simple hand tools, including a traditional spokeshave and block plane. The workshop runs 9 am to 5 pm both days.
Sat., Apr 23, 2016, 9:00 am - Sun., Apr 24, 2016, 5:00 pm
$200/$160 MNHS members

A Thousand Journeys, One Home: Asian Pacific Heritage Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
Friendship, diversity and unity are celebrated as artists from the Twin Cities Asian-Pacific communities gather to highlight traditions that help us make connections not only to each other, but to the broader communities in which we live, work and play. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, cultural displays, art activities and more. Dance and music performances from the local Indian-American community will be featured in conjunction with the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation."
Sat., Apr 23, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

St. Paul Brewing History Bus Tour
*Sold Out*

Summit Brewing
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about St. Paul's hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today's fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul's first brewery dates back to 1849. Today, remnants of St. Paul's historic brewing past include the imposing Hamm's and Schmidt breweries. This meandering three-hour bus tour features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way. The tour starts and ends at Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul. Ages 21 and up only.
Sat., Apr 23, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$35/$30 MNHS members
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Open House
Lac qui Parle Mission, Montevideo
Jct of Chippewa County Hwy. 13 and County Rd. 32
Montevideo, MN 56265
Map 
320-269-7636
lacquiparle@mnhs.org
Come help open Lac qui Parle Mission for the spring season and chat with staff about the mission's unique place in Minnesota's history.
Sun., Apr 24, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free


Monday, April 25, 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, including guest artists Mary Jo Gothmann, piano; Timothy Zavadil, clarinet; and Craig Johnson, narrator: 

  • Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale
  • Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34
  • Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

Mon., Apr 25, 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.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

History Happy Hour: Lord Gordon-Gordon and the Minnesota Swindle
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the exploits of Lord Gordon-Gordon, one of the greatest con artists in Minnesota history. Join Jenny McElroy, reference specialist with the Minnesota Historical Society's Gale Family Library, as she shares the story of the false Scottish lord who fooled Minnesota's elite, bilked railroad barons out of several fortunes and nearly caused the United States to invade Canada. This program is intended for those 21 and older. Ticket price includes 2 drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Thu., Apr 28, 2016, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$25/$20 for MNHS members
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World War II Roundtable: OSS Maritime Units: the Beginning of the SEALS
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Map
612-726-1171
ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Join author Pat O’Donnell, author of First SEALS, for a discussion of the World War II origins of the combat unit that eventually evolved into the fighting concept that took down Osama Bin Laden in 2011. 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., Apr 28, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spring on the Farm
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd.
Elk River, MN 55330
Map
763-441-6896
kelley.farm@mnhs.org
Spring is on the way, and the Oliver Kelley Farm is starting to come alive. Visit this weekend to see this year’s baby animals, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce and explore the nature trails.
Sat., Apr 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 1

Loom Beading Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Participants will learn the art of loom beading through hands-on experience. Create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth when it is finished. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop.
Sat., Apr 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$30, $25 MNHS members, $15 supply fee

“Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
One out of every 100 Americans, from Silicon Valley to Smalltown, USA, traces his or her roots to India. In Minnesota, Indian immigrants and their families number just under 40,000. Breakthroughs in business, the arts, medicine, science, and technology, and the flavorful food, flamboyant fashion and yoga of India have become a central part of our culture. "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation" explores the Indian American experience and the community's vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American and Minnesotan life and history.
A dynamic panel exhibit created by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center will be augmented with artifacts, oral histories and personal reflections developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in collaboration with members of Minnesota’s Indian American community.
Sat., Apr 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members

What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
"What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time, including the characters of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd. Wall-projected animated films, original sketches, storyboards, animation cels, photographs, audio-visuals, and interactive experiences offer insight into how Jones and his collaborators created cinematic magic.
The exhibition is organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Museum of the Moving Image.
Sat., Apr 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members

Apple Trees 101
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Learn how to select and plant apple trees that grow well in northern Minnesota. Pick up tips on protecting trees from deer and other pests, reducing summer stress, pruning and mulching that will help ensure success.
Sat., Apr 30, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

“Spicy Masala Chai” Dance Show
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map 
651-259-3000
Contact
"Spicy Masala Chai," the top-selling, family-friendly show in the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival, returns to the stage at the History Center. Bollywood Dance Scene brings the high-energy cast, joyful choreography, beautiful costumes and endearing characters to this performance. After the show, meet the cast and crew and hear from the production team of Divya Maiya, Madhu Bangalore and Sara Erdman.
Sat., Apr 30, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$20 adults, $16 with Fringe button (use online code: FRINGE), $10 ages 5-17, $4 discount for MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Ongoing Exhibits

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

Opens April 30, 2016

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
One out of every 100 Americans, from Silicon Valley to Smalltown, USA, traces his or her roots to India. In Minnesota, Indian immigrants and their families number just under 40,000. Breakthroughs in business, the arts, medicine, science, and technology, and the flavorful food, flamboyant fashion and yoga of India have become a central part of our culture. "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation" explores the Indian American experience and the community's vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American and Minnesotan life and history.
A dynamic panel exhibit created by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center will be augmented with artifacts, oral histories and personal reflections developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in collaboration with members of Minnesota’s Indian American community. Find out more.

Opens April 30, 2016 

What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones "What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time, including the characters of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd. Wall-projected animated films, original sketches, storyboards, animation cels, photographs, audio-visuals, and interactive experiences offer insight into how Jones and his collaborators created cinematic magic.
The exhibition is organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Museum of the Moving Image. 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.