WW1 America: Public Programs

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: Public Programs

Programs and events are being offered throughout the run of the “WW1 America” exhibit.

Spring programs:

  • History Lounge: The Nonpartisan League, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m., free
    Discover how citizens united to change Midwestern politics during WW1 with historian Michael J. Lansing.
  • History Lounge: The WW1 Letters of Alice O’Brien, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m., free
    Get to know St. Paulite Alice O’Brien’s adventures in wartime France, where she served as a volunteer nurse and driver, with Nancy O’Brien Wagner, author of the new MNHS Press book “Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’Brien” (April 2017).
  • History Flirt: WW1 Art, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Tuesday, April 18, 5 p.m., free
    Enjoy happy hour, view the “WW1 America” exhibit, and get up close to the art, music and film that shaped the era for soldiers and their loved ones at home.
  • Forgotten Stories of WW1: Panthéon de la Guerre, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. $16/$12 MNHS members
    In this new monthly series, nationally known historians will explore forgotten WW1-era stories of the individuals and organizations who made modern America. In April, join art historian Mark Levitch to learn the remarkable story of the “Panthéon de la Guerre,” painted in France during WW1.

Programs at MNHS historic sites

  • World War I Weekend, Historic Fort Snelling, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 & 20, free with admission
    Visit with costumed interpreters, watch military demonstrations, crawl through a recreated WW1-style trench and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.
  • Families on the Homefront Tour, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, June 3 & 17, July 1 & 15, Aug. 5, tours run 10 a.m. to 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 war.
  • Pillsbury A Mill Tour, Mill City Museum, Saturdays & Sundays, Feb. 11 & 19, March 5 & 19 $12-$16/$4 discount MNHS members
    On this new tour, learn about Minneapolis milling history, including the city’s key role in supplying food for war-torn Europe during WW1, plus visit the rooftop deck and historic waterpower facilities.

Additional programs include author talks and lectures, summer brewing history bus tours, a special 9 Nights of Music: WW1 Music + Outdoor Movie, a new WW1-themed play performed inside the History Center exhibit galleries, and a summer History Hound HiJinx art activity.

In addition, programs are being developed at the Alexander Ramsey House, James J. Hill House and the Oliver Kelley Farm. Check the online calendar of events for the latest program information.