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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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. "America First"? A History of US Isolationism & Global Engagement with Christopher McKnight Nichols

    "America First"? A History of US Isolationism & Global Engagement with Christopher McKnight Nichols

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

    What are the key ideas of "America First," which initially arose in the early 1940s? And why is it significant? Get insight into the origins, development, and central tenets of American isolationism, and how this history has implications that shape present policies and debates with Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols.

    Christopher McKnight Nichols is a history professor at Oregon State University and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

    The History Forum series unpacks the history behind today’s headlines. Join six national scholars of American history as they explore the history that helps us understand and unravel the issues we face right now. Attend, engage, and draw your own conclusions.

  2. "Hijinx and Hearsay" on the Minnesota Scene

    "Hijinx and Hearsay" on the Minnesota Scene

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

    In the summer of 1979, two 20-something guys—writer Martin Keller and photographer Greg Helgeson—were thrown together on a new music magazine called Sweet Potato. Over the next few years, they chronicled some of the most influential international and local artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and entertainers ever to hit the Minnesota scene.

    Join Keller and Helgeson, co-authors of the MNHS Press book Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life, as they revisit this singular, influential era in pop culture in Minnesota.

  3. "Jay's Longhorn" Film Screening

    "Jay's Longhorn" Film Screening

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

    Jay's Longhorn was the epicenter of the Minneapolis punk rock and indie rock scene in the late 1970s. At a time when the music scene was dominated by Top 40 cover bands, a group of punk rock visionaries—led by Andy Schwartz, former publisher of the New York Rocker—scoured the city in search of a place that would welcome the New Wave.

    The Suicide Commandos, Flamingo, Curtiss A, and The Suburbs found a home at Jay's Longhorn, which also served as the launchpad for Hüsker Dü and The Replacements and the preferred venue for touring acts like Elvis Costello, The B-52s, and The Police.

    Join Sound Unseen for the St. Paul premiere of the film Jay's Longhorn. A Q&A with director Mark Engebretson and special guests will follow the screening.

  4. A Day in the Life of First Avenue - Panel Discussion

    A Day in the Life of First Avenue - Panel Discussion

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

    First Avenue. It's a bar, a rock club, a danceteria, an institution and a musical epicenter. But ultimately, most Minnesotans think of it as just a building. The fact that First Avenue is so much more is down to the dedicated staffers who mount nearly 1,000 shows a year and keep the place going.

    Come hang out with First Avenue staffers, past and present, as they share behind-the-scenes tales of bringing music (and more) to Minnesota's Mainroom.

    This event will be moderated by Minneapolis Star Tribune music columnist and reporter Chris Riemenschneider.

  5. A History of White Women & White Supremacy in the Jim Crow Era with Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

    A History of White Women & White Supremacy in the Jim Crow Era with Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

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

    How did white women in the South help maintain the system of racial segregation and Jim Crow from the 1920s to 1970s? Examine how a history of their grassroots actions upholding white over black helped shape the politics of white supremacy with Professor Elizabeth Gillespie McRae.

    Elizabeth Gillespie McRae is the Sossomon Associate Professor in the history department at Western Carolina University and author of Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy.

    The History Forum series unpacks the history behind today’s headlines. Join six national scholars of American history as they explore the history that helps us understand and unravel the issues we face right now. Attend, engage, and draw your own conclusions.

    Presentations begin at 10:00 and 2:00, and are one hour long.

  6. First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom

    First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 249-3000

    A new interactive exhibit, First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom, gives visitors an all-access pass to the stars, the shows, and the stories of the legendary club that put Minnesota music on the map.

  7. Our Home: Native Minnesota Exhibit Opening

    Our Home: Native Minnesota Exhibit Opening

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

    Visit the Minnesota History Center for a Saturday of activities to open the new exhibit Our Home: Native Minnesota. Explore the exhibit and learn about Minnesota's Native communities, including stories of survival, resistance, and adaptation.

    Opening Weekend for Our Home: Native Minnesota is supported by major sponsor, U.S. Bank, and associate sponsors 3M and Ecolab.

  8. Thanksgiving Break: Brickmania First Ave

    Thanksgiving Break: Brickmania First Ave

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

    View a scale model of First Avenue built of Legos by Brickmania and then help assemble Lego portraits of legendary First Avenue performers.

  9. The Misperception of Working Class Conservatism with Dorothy Sue Cobble

    The Misperception of Working Class Conservatism with Dorothy Sue Cobble

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

    Why do stereotypes claiming that working-class voters are more likely to be conservative persist—despite historical evidence to the contrary? Explore why negative images of workers have endured across the decades, and how a resurgence of class condescension perpetuates social and economic inequality today with Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble

    Dorothy Sue Cobble is a distinguished professor at Rutgers University's School of Management and Labor Relations and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

    The History Forum series unpacks the history behind today’s headlines. Join six national scholars of American history as they explore the history that helps us understand and unravel the issues we face right now. Attend, engage, and draw your own conclusions.

  10. The Relentless Business of Treaties

    The Relentless Business of Treaties

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

    The story of "western expansion" is fraught with US government agents who, through duplicity and force, persuaded Native Americans to sign treaties that gave away their rights to the land. But there is a deeper story of the land speculators, bureaucrats, missionaries, and politicians who used treaties to forcibly remove indigenous Minnesotans and clear a path for the relentless pursuit of their own interests and ambitions.

    Join Martin Case, MNHS Press author of The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became US Property, to explore the history of treaties between the US government and Native American people.

  11. VJ Night with DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission Music

    VJ Night with DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission Music

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

    December is for dancing! Head to the History Center's third floor for an evening of First Avenue-inspired music and videos from DJ Jake Rudh of The Current and Transmission Music. Rudh is known locally for his versatile catalog and popular Transmission dance nights at First Avenue.

    The first Tuesday of each month during the run of the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom, celebrate with DJs, dance nights, micro shows, trivia games, and insider conversations with the musicians who played and the staff that made it all possible.

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