History HiJinx & Museum Activities
Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 2014, 12-4 p.m.
Included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Visit the History Center for programming each weekend in February. Explore the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit and learnabout Harold Brown, a WWII Tuskeegee airman. Try on a parachute pack and make your own model aircraft.
History Forum: Journey to the Promised Land - the Great Migration
Sat. Feb. 8, 2014, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
$15 ($11 for MNHS members). Tickets and more info on the program here
Between 1915 and 1970, more than 6 million African-Americans, propelled out of the South by the boll weevil, economic discrimination and Jim Crow, migrated North in search of new industrial jobs, better education and living conditions for themselves and their children. This movement was especially intense around the time of the First World War, when the temporary suspension of foreign immigration left factories in need of new workers. Called “The Great Migration,” this black exodus out of the South transformed the racial landscape of northern cities, introduced African American music and literature into the national culture, and, despite the hopes of millions, brought the color line North. With Professor Spencer Crew.
African Americans and the Great Waterways
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
Join us as we navigate through the history of African American voyagers and sailors who explored the Great Lakes and Northern Territories. With Indigenous and African Drum/Dance; a theatrical interpretation of George Bonga and the first family of Fur Trading in the Lake Superior Region with actor Brian Grandison; and a Panel Discussion/Q&A.
Find more details about the program here
Presented by the Minnesota History Center and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
History Topics: African American Civil Rights Movement
African Americans in Minnesota by David Vassar Taylor
Black History Makers in Minnesota (PDF Document)
A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota by William D. Green
Labor, Politics, and African American Identity in Minneapolis, 1930–50
History Topics: Rondo Neighborhood & the Building of I-94