Fall Programs Support Extension of “WW1 America” Exhibit at Minnesota History Center

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Release dated: 
July 31, 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

Fall Programs Support Extension of “WW1 America” Exhibit at Minnesota History Center

Due to popular demand, the “WW1 America” exhibit has been extended, and will now close on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. All veterans and active military are admitted free of charge on the final day.

Explore the "WW1 America" exhibit and encounter extraordinary people and nation-shaking movements—from mass immigration, women's suffrage, racial politics and the Great Migration, to daily life and popular culture. A slate of new programs is being offered this fall in conjunction with the exhibit. 

Fall programs at the Minnesota History Center:

  • WW1 America Mural Project: Meet the Artist
    Tue., Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6-8 p.m., Free
    Watch as artist David Geister paints a 30-foot mural in front of visitors during the run of the WW1 America exhibit. The completed mural will be on view through Nov. 11.
  • Forgotten Stories of WW1:
    Explore forgotten WW1-era stories of the individuals and organizations who made modern America. This program is made possible by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation. 
    • Minnesota State Fair & the Great War
      Sat., Aug. 19, 10 a.m. $16/$12  MNHS members 
      Historian Mark Haidet will share Minnesota State Fair activities during WW1 including recruitment efforts, sporting contests and reenactments of Western Front battles. 
    • American Legion & Red Cross
      Sat., Sept. 9, 10 a.m. $16/$12 MNHS members 
      Phil Hansen of the Minnesota Red Cross and Al Zdon of the Minnesota American Legion discuss the local and national relief efforts during and after WW1. 
    • 100 Who Made Modern America
      Sat., Oct. 7, 10 a.m. $16/$12 MNHS members 
      Hear from artist David Geister about some of the most influential people of the WW1 era. 
    • 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division
      Sat., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. $16/$12 MNHS members
      National Guard officers and experts will speak about the division’s 100 years of service and its WW1 stories. 
  • WW1 America Painting Workshop with David Geister
    Sat., Oct 7, 1-5 p.m., $55/$44 MNHS members
    Join artist David Geister for an intensive hands-on portrait painting workshop and learn how to apply oil paint, mix colors and add selective details.
  • History Lounge: The Twin Cities African American Community in WW1
    Tue., Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Free
    Historian Peter J. DeCarlo will speak about how African American Minnesotans endured racism, strived for equal treatment, and proved their loyalty to the United States during WW1.
  • Crucial Conversations:
    Talk about the history that matters now in a dialogue facilitated by staff members trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
    • An Equal Voice for Women
      Sat., Oct 21, 10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Free, registration recommended
      Explore the ideas that energized the early 20th-century women’s movement.
    • A Nation of Nations
      Sat., Nov. 18, 10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Free, registration recommended
      Explore the first era of immigration restriction in the United States and exchange ideas about what it means to be "a nation of immigrants" today 
  • Free Admission for Veterans, All MNHS historic sites & museums
    Sat., Nov 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free admission for veterans and active military.
    In honor of the contributions of our military service members, all veterans and active military can enjoy free admission at MNHS historic sites and museums on Veterans Day. Come to the History Center and view "WW1 America," "AMVets Post #5," "Minnesota’s Greatest Generation," and other great exhibits for free!

Fall programs at MNHS historic sites:

  • World War I Centennial Weekend, Historic Fort Snelling
    Sat. & Sun., Aug. 19 & 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6-12/free MNHS members, $2 discount veterans/active military
    Visit with costumed interpreters, watch military demonstrations, crawl through a recreated WW1-style trench and experience what life was like for Minnesotans 100 years ago.
  • Families on the Homefront Tour, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
    Sat., Aug. 5, 19, Sept. 2, Tours run every 30 minutes, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $6-10/$2 discount MNHS members
    Costumed interpreters portraying the Lindbergh family and neighbors will provide insights into the daily lives of Minnesotans at home during the Great War.
  • Upper Post Walking Tour: World War I, Historic Fort Snelling
    Sun., Aug 20, 2017, 9-11 a.m., Free, $10 suggested donation. Advance tickets required.
    Take a two-hour walking tour with a Fort Snelling Foundation guide and learn about Fort Snelling during WWI.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at www.mnhs.org.

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