Minnesota History Center

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  • Fees: $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active mlitary, and college students, and $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. Museum admission is free Tuesdays 3-8 p.m. Library use is free to the public.

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  • One block NE of the Cathedral of St. Paul at Kellogg and John Ireland Blvds. On-site parking ($5). GPS: 44.9482,-93.1054

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  • Open Tues 10 am -8 pm, Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon–5 pm. Open Monday holidays year-round.

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  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. "Chinese-ness: Photographs by Wing Young Huie" Exhibit

    "Chinese-ness: Photographs by Wing Young Huie" Exhibit

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    View an exhibit of new photographs by Wing Young Huie. Part documentary, part meta-memoir, and part actual memoir, this exhibit from renowned photographer Wing Young Huie explores the cultural riddle of his identity as a Minnesotan of Chinese descent. This is a companion exhibit to the new MNHS Press book, Chinese-ness The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging by Wing Young Huie.

  2. "Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography" Exhibit

    "Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography" Exhibit

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    This photography exhibit, exploring the theme “Forward,” showcases the work of young Native American artists. These teens who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography and investigate historical and contemporary Native representation in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment.

    This exhibit is the culmination of a partnership program between the Minnesota Historical Society, Two Rivers Gallery, and the Hennepin County Library. The photography exhibit will be on display in the Irvine Gallery June 27 through September 3.

    This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

  3. "Somalis + Minnesota" Exhibit

    "Somalis + Minnesota" Exhibit

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    From artists to elected officials to teachers and other professionals, members of the Somali community shape--and are shaped by--the fabric of daily life in Minnesota. This exhibit will showcase the history of the first Somali immigrants who arrived in Minnesota in the 1960s and their community today, highlighting their culturally rooted values like hospitality, family bonds and interdependence. This exhibit is being developed in partnership with the Somali Museum of Minnesota.

  4. History Forum: A History of the Republican Party

    History Forum: A History of the Republican Party

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center in October. Join six national scholars as they explore the history that might help us understand and unravel the issues we face right now.

    In October, historian Heather Cox Richardson will present on the history of the Republican Party. When Abraham Lincoln helped create the Republican Party on the eve of the Civil War, his goal was to promote economic opportunity for all Americans, not just the slaveholding Southern planters who steered national politics.

    Yet while visionary Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower shared Lincoln's egalitarian dream, their attempts to use government to guard against the concentration of wealth have repeatedly been undone by the country's moneyed interests and members of their own party. Ronald Reagan's embrace of big business in the 1980s - and the ensuing financial crisis - is the latest example of this cycle, but it is by no means the first.

    Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College and author of four books, including To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

  5. History Forum: The Founding Fathers & the Origins of Gun Control

    History Forum: The Founding Fathers & the Origins of Gun Control

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center in October. Join six national scholars as they explore the history that might help us understand and unravel the issues we face right now.

    In December, join historian Saul Cornell for a presentation about the Founding Fathers and the origins of gun control in the United States.

    Today Americans are deeply divided over the Second Amendment. Some passionately assert that the amendment protects an individual's right to own guns. Others feel it does no more than protect the right of states to maintain militias.

    The Founders understood the right to bear arms as neither an individual nor a collective right, but as a civic right - an obligation citizens owed to the state to arm themselves so that they could participate in a well-regulated militia. The modern debate has its roots in the 19th century, during America's first and now largely forgotten gun violence crisis, when the earliest gun control laws were passed and the first cases on the right to bear arms came before the courts and helped create our current impasse over guns.

    Saul Cornell is chair of American history at Fordham University and author of A Well-Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control.

  6. History Forum: The History of Fake News in the US

    History Forum: The History of Fake News in the US

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center for its 2018-2019 season. Join six national scholars as they explore the history that might help us understand and unravel the issues we face right now.

    In January 2019, join historian Michelle Nickerson for a presentation about the centuries-long history of fake news in the United States.

    The history of partisan media in America stretches back to the partisan newspapers of the early republic through the sensationalized yellow journalism of the Gilded Age. Americans did not start demanding accuracy from news until the 20th century, when influential citizens grew tired of their privacy being violated by muckrakers and tabloid writers, and journalists established their first code of ethics.

    Over the 20th century, elite newspapers like The New York Times became national civic institutions critical to the understanding of our national community. However, the recent rise of cable news and social media in the midst of the modern culture wars created a new kind of partisan news in which "truth" and "fact" remain elevated standards to which journalists and politicians both lay claim.

    Michelle Nickerson is a professor of history at Loyola University-Chicago.

  7. History Forum: The KKK & the American Political Tradition

    History Forum: The KKK & the American Political Tradition

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center in October. Join six national scholars as they explore the history that might help us understand and unravel the issues we face right now. In November, Join historian Linda Gordon for a presentation on the history of the Ku Klux Klan.

    A new KKK arose in the early 1920s, a less violent but equally virulent descendant of the small, terrorist Klan of the 1870s. This second Klan flourished above the Mason-Dixon Line with an army of 4-6 million members who spanned the continent.

    Comprised of native-born white Protestant businesspeople, farmers, craftsmen, professionals, and about 1.5 million women, the second Klan used its newfound middle class respectability to terrorize Catholics, Jews, and African Americans. It also worked to elect thousands to state offices and more than 100 people to national offices, while successfully lobbying for national anti-immigration laws and leaving a deep and permanent mark on American politics.

    Linda Gordon is professor of history at New York University and author of The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition.

  8. History Forum: The Myth of the Religious Founding

    History Forum: The Myth of the Religious Founding

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center for its 2018-2019 season. Join six national scholars as they explore the history that might help us understand and unravel the issues we face right now.

    Join historian Steven K. Green for a presentation on the myth of Christian America.

    Among the most enduring themes in American history is the idea that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. This myth arose out of three critical moments in our national past: the Puritan founding of New England; the American Revolution, and the early 19th century, when a second generation of Americans sought to redefine and reconcile the memory of the founding with their religious and patriotic aspirations. Fostered by Americans both famous and ordinary for nearly 400 years, the persistent mythos of a religious founding has become the central concept of our nation for many and the shared story that gives a deeper meaning, however false, to our collective national identity.

    Green is professor of history and of law at Willamette University and author of Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding.

  9. History Forum: The US & Russia, 1917 to 2017

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center for its 2018-2019 season. Join six national scholars as they explore the history that might help us understand and unravel the issues we face right now.

    Join historian David C. Engerman for a presentation on the story of the United States and Russia from 1917 to 2017.

    For more than a century, Americans have used Russia as a canvas on which to project their own dreams and nightmares. Both nations emerged onto the international stage in the early 20th century, but diverged onto dramatically different paths during WWI when the US positioned itself as the beacon of international democracy and Russia pursued revolutionary communist social change.

    Some Americans found inspiration in the revolutionary era. Others celebrated Soviet education, economic planning, and gender equality, even as the USSR made the dramatic shift from World War II ally to Cold War adversary. And throughout the 20th century, all opponents saw in Russia was what they feared within the United States: mob rule and an inverted social order. This tumultuous history continues to shape our perceptions of Russia today.

    David C. Engerman is professor of history at Yale University.

  10. Islam 101 Talk with Jaylani Hussein

    Islam 101 Talk with Jaylani Hussein

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    The first Muslims arrived in Minnesota in the 1880s, and over a century later, Minnesota’s Muslim population continues to grow. It is one of the most diverse Muslim populations in the United States and includes immigrants, refugees, and native-born Americans hailing from Somalia, Bosnia, the Middle East, and East Africa.

    Get to know Islam, the religion practiced by Minnesota Muslims. Test your knowledge of Islam and enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Muslim faith, the varied ways Muslims practice their beliefs, and the diversity and vibrancy of Muslim communities around the world, around the nation, and in Minnesota.

    This program is led by Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. It is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Somalis + Minnesota.

  11. Original St. Paul Walking Tour

    Original St. Paul Walking Tour

    187 Western Ave
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    Explore the delightful peculiarities of West 7th Street, St. Paul's original neighborhood. Discover hidden gems of St. Paul architecture along the twisting side streets, and dive into the stories of the veterans, entrepreneurs, opportunists, and German, Italian, and Czech immigrants who lived and worked in the Capital City's first neighborhood.

    This tour begins at St. Stanislaus Church includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.

  12. Somali Culture 101 Talk

    Somali Culture 101 Talk

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    An estimated 150,000 Somali people—both refugees and immigrants—live in the US, and more live in Minnesota than in any other state. The Somalis here represent a cross-section of Somali society from all regions of their homeland; what ties them together is the culture they share.

    Join staff from the Somali Museum of Minnesota for a hands-on exploration of the rich and diverse heritage of Somali Minnesota and explore how the role of traditional arts and culture has changed as people have moved from East Africa to their new home in the Midwest.

    This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Somalis + Minnesota.

  13. The 1968 Exhibit

    The 1968 Exhibit

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000

    The social forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. It was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war. This popular exhibit returns to Minnesota after touring the nation.

    This exhibit is created by the Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California.

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