2020 Exhibits from the Minnesota Historical Society

For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 20, 2019
Media contacts: 

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

2020 Exhibits from the Minnesota Historical Society

We are pleased to share with you our upcoming slate of exhibits for 2020 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Please mark the dates for these exciting offerings.

Check our website throughout the year for more information. Press kits will be delivered three months ahead of the exhibit opening.

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First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom 
Closes Sunday, May 3, 2020 (Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Sunday, May 3, 2020)
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Since 1970, the club now known as First Avenue and 7th Street Entry has been at the heart of the Minnesota music scene. The First Avenue exhibit takes you inside the sights, sounds, and stories of this landmark venue that put Minnesota music on the map. Meet the musicians, the staff, and the regulars—and look back at how the scene has evolved over five decades. The exhibit draws from the MNHS Press book "First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom” by Chris Riemenschneider. (5,000 sq. ft.)

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Prince Before the Rain
Closes Sunday, May 3, 2020 (Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 - Sunday, May 3, 2020)
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu helped shape the icon we know today as Prince. As Prince’s personal photographer and friend, he had access to Prince that few photographers have had, before or since. View captivating images of Prince taken by Beaulieu from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, charting the musician's progression from rising star to superstar. Based on Beaulieu's photography book, Prince: Before the Rain, the exhibit includes album cover outtakes, live performance shots, and rare behind-the-scenes candids. (1,600 sq. ft.)

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Our Home: Native Minnesota
A multiyear exhibit with no end date. (Opens Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019)
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Native Americans—Dakota, Ojibwe, as well as people from other tribal nations—have been in this area for thousands of years and still live in Minnesota now. The new exhibit “Our Home: Native Minnesota,” shares their stories, and their enduring presence and deep connection to the land. The exhibit features more than 60 collection items, including artifacts that date to the late 1700s, photographs, books, maps, manuscripts and art.  (2,700 sq. ft.) 

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She Voted: Her Fight, Our Right
Opens Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 (Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 - Sunday, June 6, 2021)
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul 

Learn about the Minnesota women who shifted the political landscape before and after the passage of the 19th Amendment and consider what actions you will take to shape our democracy. On August 26, 1920, lawmakers signed into law the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution which gave women the right to vote. The 100th anniversary, which falls during a presidential election year, provides an opportunity to present an exhibit on the history and present state of voting rights in Minnesota. Developed in partnership with the League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWVMN), the exhibit will focus on the stories of activist women throughout the state whose commitment to civic responsibility can inspire visitors to participate more fully in our democratic process. (5,000 sq. ft.)

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Main Street (Title is not confirmed)
Opens Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 (Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 - Sunday, June 6, 2021)
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

When Main Street was published on October 23, 1920, its phenomenal success propelled author Sinclair Lewis and his hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, onto the national stage. In the book, Lewis satirizes small-town life, modeling the fictional town of “Gopher Prairie” on Sauk Centre. Lewis’s social critiques of American society in the 1920s—tackling issues of race, religion, gender inequalities, and more—resonate today. This exhibit explores the legacy of Main Street and features more than 200 items from the MNHS collections as well as loans from the Sinclair Lewis Foundation and other lenders. (1,600 sq. ft.)