“WHOOSH!” A Ghost Story and Music Performance Coming to Mill City Museum

Lively one-man play covers multiple themes and topics of Minnesota history

For immediate release


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 7, 2023) – Mill City Museum welcomes visitors to see solo artist Andrew Erskine Wheeler for two performances of his one-man play “WHOOSH! The Civil War Mythology of Michael Hickey and His Perilous Precipitation Over St. Anthony Falls,” directed by Allison Vincent.

Wheeler weaves an emotionally-gripping ghost tale using Minnesota State Capitol art, song, and storytelling to recount his Irish immigrant ancestor’s intersectional history with St. Anthony Falls and Minneapolis, known respectively as Owámniyomni and Gakaabikaang in Dakota and Anishinaabe. The play won two Golden Lanyard Awards at the 2022 Fringe Festival.

Performances of “WHOOSH!” at Mill City Museum will take place on August 18 and August 19 from 7:30 pm–8:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. A 30-minute talk back session with Wheeler will follow the performance on August 19. Admission is $10.

Irish Folk musicians, The Lost Forty, will accompany the performance. Doors open at 7 pm.

"WHOOSH" is supported by grant funding from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. Another performance is scheduled for 7:30 pm on August 17th at Water Works Park in downtown Minneapolis.

More information is available at mnhs.org/millcity.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit 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.