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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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Tue 10 am-8 pm (Open Veterans Day, Tues., 11/11)
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Closed Monday (Open Monday Holidays, 10 am-5 pm.)
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Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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Admission

  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $9 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free Tuesdays 5-8 pm
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
     

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2014 Oct 31

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History Forum

History Forum 2014-15: No Matter of Chance

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice ” – William Jennings Bryan

Explore six historical moments when the United States faced choices that would shape its destiny—choices between cooperation and independence, democracy and republic, isolation and involvement, power and justice, darkness or light.

Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015. 

   Box Office Policies:

• Series subscription: $82 public ($60 MHS members)
• Individual tickets: $15 public ($11 MHS members)
• Reservations are required and will be confirmed when payment is received.
• All other confirmation materials will be sent via regular mail.
• Museum admission charged separately.
• No refunds will be given.

These programs are made possible by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Support for this program has been provided by the Charles A. Lindbergh fund.

 

Founding Rivalry: Hamilton and Jefferson

    Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00am
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with John Ferling of the University of West Georgia.
 
In the 1790s, often called the “age of passion,” rival factions battled over the course of the new republic.  In this epochal debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, men whose visions for the U.S. were diametrically opposed. Jefferson, a true revolutionary, believed in individual liberty and a more egalitarian society. Hamilton, a brilliant organizer and tactician, feared chaos and social disorder. Ferling explores their rivalry and how their competing legacies, like the twin strands of DNA, continue to shape our country to this day.

Founding Rivalry: Hamilton and Jefferson

    Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with John Ferling of the University of West Georgia.
 
In the 1790s, often called the “age of passion,” rival factions battled over the course of the new republic.  In this epochal debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, men whose visions for the U.S. were diametrically opposed. Jefferson, a true revolutionary, believed in individual liberty and a more egalitarian society. Hamilton, a brilliant organizer and tactician, feared chaos and social disorder. Ferling explores their rivalry and how their competing legacies, like the twin strands of DNA, continue to shape our country to this day.

The Bitter Elections

    Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:00am
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee.
 

The election of 1824 featured two iconic candidates − sophisticated New England statesman John Quincy Adams and the rough-spoken, but popular Western war hero Andrew Jackson-and ended in a contested result and accusations of crooked backroom deals.  Jackson won the electoral and popular votes, but lost the deciding Congressional ballot, and the presidency, by one vote.  In 1828 Jackson came raging back. Running against political insider Adams as a “man-of-the-people” who would cleanse Washington of its elitism, Andrew Jackson mounted a campaign that forever rearranged the American political landscape.


The Bitter Elections

    Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee.
 

The election of 1824 featured two iconic candidates − sophisticated New England statesman John Quincy Adams and the rough-spoken, but popular Western war hero Andrew Jackson-and ended in a contested result and accusations of crooked backroom deals.  Jackson won the electoral and popular votes, but lost the deciding Congressional ballot, and the presidency, by one vote.  In 1828 Jackson came raging back. Running against political insider Adams as a “man-of-the-people” who would cleanse Washington of its elitism, Andrew Jackson mounted a campaign that forever rearranged the American political landscape.


The Cold Warrior

    Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:00am
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with Robert McMahon, Ohio State University
 
As leader of the U.S.’s fight against the global threat of Soviet Communism, President Dwight D. Eisenhower aimed to contain the Cold War without perverting democracy, either at home or abroad.  He kept the United States out of any “hot” wars, but authorized covert actions that laid the foundations for future military entanglements in Vietnam, Iran and Iraq. He supported the nation through its greatest economic boom, but failed to address its civil rights crisis.  Robert McMahon explores the ramifications of Ike’s Cold War policies and their legacy for the United States.

The Cold Warrior

    Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 2:00pm
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with Robert McMahon, Ohio State University
 
As leader of the U.S.’s fight against the global threat of Soviet Communism, President Dwight D. Eisenhower aimed to contain the Cold War without perverting democracy, either at home or abroad.  He kept the United States out of any “hot” wars, but authorized covert actions that laid the foundations for future military entanglements in Vietnam, Iran and Iraq. He supported the nation through its greatest economic boom, but failed to address its civil rights crisis.  Robert McMahon explores the ramifications of Ike’s Cold War policies and their legacy for the United States.

The Age of Edison

    Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:00am
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with Ernest Freeberg, University of Tennessee
 
More than any other invention, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, banishing darkness with a light switch and forever changing the rhythms of daily life. To admirers, this “little globe of sunshine” was an enemy of urban crime, an engine of economic productivity, and a symbol of widespread prosperity. To critics, the light bulb seemed a dangerous creation with the power to end centuries of human habit. To most Americans, the humble light bulb signaled the emergence of the United States as “a nation of inventors” and a global force for change.

 


The Age of Edison

    Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 2:00pm
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with Ernest Freeberg, University of Tennessee
 
More than any other invention, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, banishing darkness with a light switch and forever changing the rhythms of daily life. To admirers, this “little globe of sunshine” was an enemy of urban crime, an engine of economic productivity, and a symbol of widespread prosperity. To critics, the light bulb seemed a dangerous creation with the power to end centuries of human habit. To most Americans, the humble light bulb signaled the emergence of the United States as “a nation of inventors” and a global force for change.

 


Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to a Massacre

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00am
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with Heather Cox Richardson, Boston University
 
On December 29, 1890, as Democrats and Republicans battled for political hegemony in Washington and for absolute control over a burgeoning America, a U.S. cavalry regiment hunted down and killed innocent Lakota men, women and children in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Heather Cox Richardson will reveal how a toxic mix of partisan politics, economics and rhetoric in Washington sparked the deadly events at Wounded Knee, and explore how the massacre illuminates the dangers of American political polarization, both in 1890 and today.

Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to a Massacre

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 2:00pm
$15 ($11 MNHS Members)
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
with Heather Cox Richardson, Boston University
 
On December 29, 1890, as Democrats and Republicans battled for political hegemony in Washington and for absolute control over a burgeoning America, a U.S. cavalry regiment hunted down and killed innocent Lakota men, women and children in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Heather Cox Richardson will reveal how a toxic mix of partisan politics, economics and rhetoric in Washington sparked the deadly events at Wounded Knee, and explore how the massacre illuminates the dangers of American political polarization, both in 1890 and today.