February 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 14, 2016
Media contacts: 

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

February 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"I'm New Here" - An Introduction to the Gale Family Library
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Let MNHS experts introduce you to this treasure trove of sources in a free class held each Saturday at the Gale Family Library. Learn about collections and get tips on how to use catalogs, request materials and purchase copies of historic papers and photos. The Gale Family Library contains an array of sources for finding family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of your house, business, organization or neighborhood; or just finding out more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures.
Sat., Feb 4, 2017, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Also Feb. 11, 18, 25

North Woods Photography Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Spend the day with regional photographers and learn how to create great winter photographs and videos. The day will include a number of different workshops and is designed for beginning and advanced photographers.
Sat., Feb 4, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Winter on the Hill
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate winter in Minnesota with special displays of St. Paul Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes, a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket and more. Tours of the James J. Hill House (occurring approximately every half hour) will focus on the Hill family's involvement with the St. Paul Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and celebrated, Minnesota's most famous season. Guests can also put together old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles, play games made from household items and work on knitting, crocheting or small quilting projects in the art gallery and drawing room.
Sat., Feb 4, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 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
Also Feb. 5

Time Capsule for Families: President's Visit, 1878
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1878, Alexander and Anna Ramsey entertained a very special guest: the president of the United States. Learn why President Rutherford B. Hayes visited the Ramsey family and discover more about what made 1878 so special. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste one of President Hayes' favorite foods and learn about fashion of the era.
Sat., Feb 4, 2017, Noon-1:00 pm; 12:30-1:30 pm; 1:00-2:00pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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Storybook Time
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy a story time exploring American Indian tales. All ages welcome; light snacks will be available.
Sat., Feb 4, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
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.

Tour highlights include:

  • The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and the other dangers that mill workers faced on a daily basis
  • "The Octopus" a large machine that directed wheat into nine storage bins
  • The Humphrey Manlift, a vertical conveyor belt that carried workers from floor to floor
  • The Rail Corridor where hundreds of boxcars arrived each day to unload wheat and carry away flour
  • Millstone plaza, originally paved with retired millstones and the location for lunchtime concerts by the Washburn-Crosby employee band in the 1920s
  • Evidence of the three major fires that have damaged the building in 1878, 1928 and 1991
  • The East Engine House, once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car pulling machinery

The tour includes about four blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. For those with limited mobility, please call at least two weeks in advance so we can do our best to accommodate their needs. Tours are held rain or shine.
Sat., Feb 4, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Also Feb. 18 and 26

Kid Crafts: Shoulder Bag
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag to take home. This activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Sat., Feb 4, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$7/kit, museum admission not included

Mill City String Quartet: African American History Month
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate Black History Month with a concert of music written by composers of African heritage, including Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Charles Washington and contemporary composer Daniel Roumain.
Sat., Feb 4, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Spark! Baking Workshop for People with Memory Loss
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Visit the Mill City Museum and whip up a delicious treat in the Baking Lab. This baking experience is tailored to all ability levels for people living with dementia and their caregivers. 
Sun., Feb 5, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: The Servant's Life
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102|
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. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month and are made possible through funding from the Bader Foundation.
Tue., Feb 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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MSP Welcome Hat
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
MSP Welcome Hat is a quarterly celebration that highlights the best of Minneapolis-Saint Paul for its newest residents. Enjoy music, drinks and a meet-and-greet with local businesses and organizations. This month, discover Minnesota-made inventions with the people of Replace as they celebrate Volume 2 of their poster and book series, MN INVENTS. Learn about all the great inventions that were created here, see related displays and try out a few gadgets yourself. Newcomers will also be presented with a free faux fur hat during the welcome hat ceremony at 6 pm.
Presented in partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and MSP Hello, a project of the Make It. MSP. initiative, thanks to generous support from GREATER MSP and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Tue., Feb 7, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

History of Grand Mound Talk
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Grand Mound is a National Historic Landmark, prominent in Canada's First Nations history and a sacred place within the cultural landscape of the Rainy River area. In this talk, MNHS archaeologist David Mather and Ben Leonard, manager of community outreach and partnerships, will explore the site's rich 5,000-year history, current preservation efforts and discussions to make the site publicly accessible again. This event is organized in partnership with the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Wed., Feb 8, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Thursday, February 9, 2017

World War II Round Table: The Nazi Hunters
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Andrew Nagorski, author of "The Nazi Hunters," will discuss the search for Nazi criminals who evaded capture at the end of World War II and sought sanctuary outside Europe. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table 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.
Thu., Feb 9, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
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 up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Feb 10, 2017, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm; 8:30-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Topics on Family History: Census Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Federal and state census records can provide many clues for family history researchers. Learn how to search for census records in online databases, what information each census contains, and how to use census information to find additional records about birth, marriage, death, land ownership and other topics.
This class is taught by professional genealogist Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D, an expert on American and English research and methodology. It is presented in partnership with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
Sat., Feb 11, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: Noon-4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-2 pm

A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants; reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance.
Sat., Feb 11, 2017, Noon - Sun., Feb 12, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members, plus $40 supply fee

"The Lost Negroes of North America" with Filmmaker Ralph L. Crowder III
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
"The Lost Negroes of North America" is a timely and unique silent film about black family and community life in Minneapolis from 1945 to 1955. Preview an early cut of the film and provide feedback to help independent media journalist and filmmaker Ralph Crowder shape the film.
Sat., Feb 11, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free
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Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
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 semiformal attire is requested. Doors open at 6:30 pm; dancing begins at 7 pm.
Sat., Feb 11, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$35/$32 MNHS members, advanced registration required
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tales of the Falls, A Storytelling Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
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.
Richard Rousseau is one of the founders of Northstar Storytelling League and is currently the Minnesota liaison for the National Storytelling Network. The tour includes about two blocks of moderately paced walking.
Sun., Feb 12, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday Talks: Land of 10,000 Loves
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Historian Stewart Van Cleve blends oral history, archival narrative, newspaper accounts and fascinating illustrations to paint a remarkable picture of Minnesota's queer history. Van Cleve will present from his book "Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota," which explores the sacrifices, scandals and victories that have affected and continue to affect the lives of queer Minnesotans. Stewart Van Cleve is a former assistant curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Tue., Feb 14, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$5/$3 MNHS members
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Victorian Poetry Slam
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate Valentine's Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the James J. Hill House drawing room. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by 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.
Tue., Feb 14, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12/$10 MNHS members
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race and a Nation on Stage Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic expression and social justice. This exhibit explores the history of this storied theatre, from before there was a Penumbra, to the founding years during the Black Arts Movement, to the international recognition it has today. Told through the voices of actors, directors, playwrights, community members, audience goers and critics, this exhibit will feature artifacts, multimedia and performance, and is appropriate for all ages.
Sat., Feb 18, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

Family Day: Artists, Activists, Innovators
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn about the contributions of African Americans in Minnesota and visit the new exhibit "Penumbra Theatre at 40." Enjoy short performances of scenes and monologues from Penumbra Theatre company members in the exhibit galleries. Meet History Player Frederick McKinley Jones, a Minnesota inventor and innovator; build your own monument inspired by the art and architecture of Clarence W. "Cap" Wigington and make a "story staff" sparked by the junk genius of Rondo community activist, Maurice Carlton. And be sure to shake paws with our hero for history, the History Hound! Family days are for curious learners of all ages.
Sat., Feb 18, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Sunday, February 19, 2017

75th Anniversary of the Japanese American Incarceration
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Seventy-five years ago, the lives of more than 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were American citizens, changed forever. On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which set into motion their forced removal from the West Coast and mass incarceration. On this anniversary, reflect back on this constitutional crisis and explore the question, "Could it happen again?" Join local survivors for a day of remembrance that includes a readers' theater performance directed by Rick Shiomi and drumming by local group Kogen Taiko.
Sun., Feb 19, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teddy Bear Story Time
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Young visitors are invited to bring their teddy bears to the Hill House in celebration of President's Day and the beloved toy named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, a friend of the Hill family who they 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 21, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$6 for age 2 and up, $4 MNHS members
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History Lounge: Origins of Black Civil Rights in Minnesota
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1873, four years after the state legalized black suffrage, Frederick Douglass delivered a rousing speech to a packed assembly in St. Paul, but was denied a hotel room because he was black. In this History Lounge, Dr. Bill Green, author of "Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912," will discuss Minnesota civil rights history. Green will explore how in a state where racial prejudice and oppression wore a liberal mask, black settlers, entrepreneurs, politicians and activists maneuvered within a restricted political arena to bring about real and lasting change.
Tue., Feb 21, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Thursday, February 23, 2017

History Happy Hour: Star-Crossed Lovers
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the highs and lows of romances of Minnesota's past. Join Jayne Becker, MNHS program development specialist, for a lighthearted look at the best breakups and make-ups of Minnesota history. Learn about the stories behind some famous and not-so-famous historical couples and discover what brought and kept them together and, in some cases, what drove them apart. This program is for those 21 and older. Ticket price includes 2 drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Feb 23, 2017, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm; 8:30 pm-10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control were all part of Victorian life but were rarely spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this evening program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals that provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their friends and neighbors. Learn about the issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors. This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Feb 24, 2017, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm; 8:30-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Plan Your Vegetable Garden Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In this interactive workshop, create a plan for your home vegetable garden in the Oliver Kelley Farm's new visitor center classrooms. Learn fundamental principles for planning and installation, which vegetables are easiest to grow and the proper techniques to be successful. Topics will include seed and plant selection, garden design, soil amendments, irrigation, mulching, weed suppression and harvesting. This workshop is designed for adults only.
Sat., Feb 25, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$5/$4 MNHS members

Stomping on Winter Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Enjoy winter at the Forest History Center with indoor and outdoor games, sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, wildlife presentations, tours of the logging camp and more.
Sat., Feb 25, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

History Forum: The U.S.-Mexico Border
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join historian Rachel St. John as she discusses the history of the U.S.-Mexico border. In 1848, the U.S. and Mexico drew a line through an undistinguished strip of land on the map of North America and called it the border. Over the next 70 years, the two nations developed various arrangements that made it a flexible barrier that restricted the movement of some without impeding others. By the 1930s, government officials, American Indians, investors, workers and immigrants had begun to transform this line in the sand into an increasingly regulated boundary, one that defines U.S. sovereignty today. This program is offered at 10 am and 2 pm.
Sat., Feb 25, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am; 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Loom Beading Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
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., Feb 25, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$30/$25 MNHS and Mille Lacs band members, $20 supply fee

STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
History and science come together in a day of family activities focusing on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the past and present of the Minneapolis riverfront. Hands-on programs are designed for all ages and include:

  • Enjoy an interactive puppet show "Minnesota Aha!" created and performed by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz that unravels the stories behind great Minnesota inventions
  • 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
  • Splash around in the Water Lab at four tables exploring the importance of waterpower to the city of Minneapolis
  • Work together at two new interactive tables about mechanical waterpower and hydroelectricity
  • See a flour dust explosion and learn the science behind the Washburn A Mill explosion of 1878
  • Complete a worksheet to see how math was part of daily work at the Washburn A Mill

Sat., Feb 25, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Sunday, February 26, 2017

WOW! Family Sundays: Valentines Then, Valentines Now
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
On the last Sunday of each month, families can create WOW moments together by discovering the connections between old and new with activities, games, hands-on art projects and the chance to share stories with each other. In February the theme is Valentines Then, Valentines Now. Designed for ages 4 and up. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sun., Feb 26, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spark! Pine City Memory Cafe
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Individuals with memory loss and their caregivers and families are invited to come and enjoy fellowship and support with peers in a historic setting. Coffee, snacks and activities are included.
Tue., Feb 28, 2017, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Ongoing Exhibits

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

Opens Feb. 18, 2017

Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race and a Nation on the Stage
Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic expression and social justice. This exhibit explores the history of this storied theatre, from before there was a Penumbra, to the founding years during the Black Arts Movement, to the international recognition it has today. Told through the voices of actors, directors, playwrights, community members, audience goers and critics, this exhibit will feature artifacts, multimedia and performance, and is appropriate for all ages.

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.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis

Closes April 30, 2017 

Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis
A companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text by Danny Sigelman. Corrigan has been photography the Minneapolis music scene since 1981—just as the scene was coming to life. As both a freelancer and the official house photographer for the legendary club First Avenue, he has captured thousands of live concerts, shot countless band promo photos and was behind the camera for many of the best-known and most beloved album covers by local artists. The exhibit includes framed photographs and a slideshow with many unpublished Corrigan photos.