WW1 America: Opening Events

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 27, 2017
Media contacts: 

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

WW1 America: Opening Events

The exhibit kicks off with a stage show at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday night and a history talk, theater program and a day of family activities at the History Center on Saturday:

  • The War That Changed Us: Songs & Stories from WW1 America, Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul
    Friday, April 7, 7 p.m., $25-30/$2 discount for MNHS members
    A live stage show presented in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio featuring host Dan Chouinard with special guests Kevin Kling, Patricia Hampl, Ann Bancroft, Michael Osterholm, Christopher Capozzola and others.
  • Exhibit Opening, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
    Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free with admission; free admission to the History Center for active military and veterans, made possible by Xcel Energy
    Stop by interactive stations to see artist David Geister paint the huge WW1 America mural, visit with costumed reenactors from the era, take part in an art activity for kids, listen to live music from the era.
  • WW1 & the Making of Modern America Talk, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
    Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m., $16/$12 MNHS members
    How were Americans in 1917 mobilized to support the war, and how did the government move to suppress dissent? Christopher Capozzola, author of “Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen,” will explore a crucial moment in our history and its lessons a century later. Also, hear brief comments from MNHS exhibit curator Brian Horrigan.
  • If WW1 Was a Bar Fight with Kevin Kling, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
    Saturday, April 8 & 22, 2 p.m., $16/$12 MNHS members
    Storyteller Kevin Kling narrates a theatrical version of the popular Internet meme, “If World War One Was a Bar Fight,” in which the complicated story of the outbreak of hostilities 100 years ago is reimagined as a fight among belligerent bar patrons. Funny, edgy and thought-provoking.

Find out more with the online calendar of events.