Celebrate the Season with 'Extraordinary Women' and 'Sinclair Lewis'

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 16, 2021
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org

Julianna Olsen, 651-259-3140, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org


Celebrate the Season with 'Extraordinary Women' and 'Sinclair Lewis'

Exhibits 'Extraordinary Women' and 'Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street' close on Jan. 2, 2022

WHAT: It’s the last chance to explore two outstanding exhibits at the Minnesota History Center, “Extraordinary Women” and “Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street,” before the exhibits close on Jan. 2, 2022. Join in the family fun for a special Winter Break History Hijinx: Extraordinary Women.

ABOUT “Extraordinary Women”
In 2020, the United States celebrated the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which affirmed women’s right to vote. Through the “Extraordinary Women” exhibit, we continue the celebration of women who fought for equal rights before and after 1920 through political activism, education and social justice work.

Walk among extraordinary Minnesota women who changed their communities. Learn how featured objects reflect pivotal moments in their lives. Be energized by their history — and leave ready to make history of your own. This exhibit is developed in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, founded to continue the legacy of the 19th Amendment, and working to expand and protect voting rights for all citizens.

SPECIAL EVENT Winter Break History Hijinx: Extraordinary Women
Dec. 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, Jan. 1 - 2, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Enjoy family-friendly activities after exploring the exhibit during winter break. Make a banner that shares your favorite cause, join a suffrage parade and snap a pic. Enjoy a scavenger hunt and discover more extraordinary women throughout the galleries.

Exhibit and Program Support
“Extraordinary Women” is made possible thanks to major sponsor, Securian Financial and associate sponsors, Andersen Windows & Doors and Dorsey & Whitney. Digital content was made possible by a generous donation from Judy Schwartau. Additional support is provided by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. 

ABOUT “Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street”
Sinclair Lewis is arguably the most famous person to come out of Minnesota. His novels and short stories sold millions; many were made into Hollywood films. He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930. This exhibit presents Lewis’s life in Minnesota and how he shaped—and was shaped by—the state he loved. The exhibit features more than 300 items from the MNHS collections, the Sinclair Lewis Foundation, and other lenders.

Lewis took on many issues of his day employing his trademark style of realism, satire and wit. On the centennial of the publication of Lewis’s seminal novel “Main Street,” discover the legacy of this author whose literary works and social critiques of American life ring true today. 

Exhibit and Program Support
“Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street” is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

Location and Hours
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

Admission to both exhibits and Winter Break History Hijinx: Extraordinary Women, is included with regular History Center admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17; free age 4 and under and MNHS members. Buy tickets online.

Health and Safety
Protocols designed to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 can be viewed on the health and safety procedures page of each site’s website, which can be found on our visit page. MNHS requires a mask while indoors at all MNHS sites. For more information, visit our website at mnhs.org/covid-19.

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 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 mnhs.org.