The Minnesota History Center offers special lectures and performances throughout the year that are not part of our regular series.
Sun., 2/8/15: The Secrets of Slave Songs
$20 ($15 MNHS members); ages 6-17 $15 ($10 MNHS members). Tickets on sale soon.
2 to 3:30 p.m.
“The Secrets of Slave Songs,” is an examination of slavery, its abolition and consequences in the United States. Expressive choreography combines with moving renditions of Negro Spirituals and other songs borne from the American slavery experience, illuminating the complicated jour-ney in our nation’s history.
Thurs., 2/19/15: North Coast Nosh Curated by Sioux Chef Sean Sherman
$20 ($15 MNHS members), Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
Join us for a celebration of the traditions and flavors of Minnesota's indigenous people curated by Sioux Chef Sean Sherman. Your ticket gets you access to tasting and conversation with some indigenous and pre-colonial food and drink purveyors, in the convivial setting that "North Coast Nosh" is known for. Visitors will also enjoy access to the "Modern Spirit" exhibit of work by famed Ojibwe artist George Morrison, now on view at the Minnesota History Center.
Presented as a partnership between the Heavy Table and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sat., 2/28/15: Every Time I Feel the Spirit...A Celebration of African American History
$20 ($15 MNHS Members), Ages 6-17 $15 ($10 MNHS members), Tickets on sale soon.
The legacy of those who ended slavery 150 years ago with the passing of the 13th amendment started us on the path to equality and civil rights for everyone. T. Mychael Rambo and friends encourages audiences of all ages and backgrounds to “feel the spirit” and take an interactive journey using music, poetry, and “Black Pearls” of wisdom to celebrate and learn about the brave contributions of African Americans and why February came to be known as Black History Month
Sat., 3/21/15: Qhia Dab Neeg: Hmong Stories on Film
Free, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
"Qhia Dab Neeg is the Hmong word for “storytelling,” and represents the traditional way the Hmong carried their history forward to future generations. After they arrived in the U.S., the Hmong began to see their stories being ignored or told for them by others. Now they are using the contemporary American storytelling tool of film to take back their history and tell their stories in their own voices.
A selection of some of the best of those films will be screened at the Minnesota History Center, and will share diverse stories of the Hmong experiences of war and loss, of tradition and change, and of new identities forged in the crucible of their new home—the United States.
All films were originally screened at the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival, which has been held an-nually in St. Paul for the past five years. The selection was curated exclusively for the MN Histo-ry Center event by festival founder and coordinator Kao Chou Vue. Screenings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will feature a mix of full-length and short documentary and narrative films created by Hmong filmmakers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, the west coast and Laos. Many filmmakers will be present for post-screening discussions.
Wed. & Thurs. 4/29 & 4/30, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 5/2, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; & Sun. 5/3, 3 p.m.:
The Rose Ensemble: Singing for Freedom, an Antislavery Campaign
$25 in advance; $27 at the door; $10 student (with ID); $5 discount for MNHS members.
Commemorate the Civil War through a musical story about the antislavery efforts of The Hutchinson Family Singers (founders of Hutchinson, Minn.) The family would take up social causes, singing about abolition and performing to interracial audiences. They were as famous in their time as P.T. Barnum, but they were also decried. Using antislavery music uncovered during research, the Rose Ensemble will provide insight into the 19th-century campaign trail with such figures as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. This fully staged and costumed production features guest musician Dan Chouinard and stage director Jeff Raz of Cirque du Soleil.