The Minnesota History Center offers special lectures and performances throughout the year that are not part of our regular series.
Wed., 8/19/15, 7 p.m.:
Lincoln Lecture with Historian Harold Holzer
$15 ($11 MNHS members). Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
Join Harold Holzer, leading American authority on Abraham Lincoln, for this exclusive lecture on "Lincoln and the Press in 1865: Mayhem, Manhunts, and Martyrdom."
Thurs., 9/17/15, 5-7 p.m.
Constitution Day Reception
Free, reservations required online or by calling 651-259-3015. Reservations will begin August 17.
Celebrate the 226th birthday of the U.S. Constitution and the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, which inspired the Constitution, at this free public reception. Explore a special temporary exhibit on the history of Magna Carta and hear remarks from Governor Mark Dayton and MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea. Light appetizers and cash bar.
Sat., 10/17/15, 2 p.m., Free
Stories from a Secret Warrior
Join us for this unique afternoon of conversation and storytelling with Lieutenant Nhia-Long Vu, a Hmong veteran of the Secret War. Like most Hmong men of his generation Lieutenant Vu, a former French army officer, was recruited by the C.I.A. to fight in the United States’ clandestine war against the spread of communism in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 70s, where he gathered intelligence for the U.S. and rescued down American fighter in the mountains of Laos. Following the U.S. withdrawal from Laos, Vu shepherded his family to safety, first in a refugee camp in Thailand, then to a new life in France and finally, to Minnesota where he reunited his far-flung family. With moderator and host Lee Pao Xiong, founding director of the Center for Hmong Studies and professor of American Government/Political Science and Hmong Studies at Concordia University-St. Paul.
Tues., 11/10/15, 7 p.m., Free
War, Disability, and the American Veteran
The Great War--which ended 97 years ago--was a turning point in the history of the treatment of veterans and of veterans’ policy in the United States. Revisit the aftermath of World War I, the story of its veterans and the origins of Veterans Day, and discover the light their history sheds on the experiences of veterans who have paid with their bodies in the nation’s more recent wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. With presentation by John M. Kinder, Associate Professor of History, Oklahoma State University and author of Paying with Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran, followed by a public dialogue with contemporary veterans moderated by Doug Bekke, director of the Minnesota Military Museum.