MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


Tue 10 am-8 pm 
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm 
Closed Monday (Open 10 am-5 pm Monday holidays year round)
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Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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2017 Sep 20


History Lounge

Lounge with us!

Join local historians, authors and experts for evening conversations about the history that shapes Minnesota and its people.

• Select Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. October through May
• Free; no reservations needed
• Enjoy dessert, snacks, beer and wine available from Café Minnesota during the program.



The History Lounge is made possible by the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund and the support of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund.


Upcoming History Lounge Events

The Twin Cities African American Community in WW1

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

During World War I, African Americans were asked to help make the world "safe for democracy" and contribute to the war effort, though they were denied equality at home. Hear from historian and MNHS Press author Peter J. DeCarlo about how African American Minnesotans endured racism, strived for equal treatment, and proved their loyalty to the United States at home and overseas—in segregated army units, the 16th Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard, and the Red Cross.

Scandinavians in the Statehouse

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
Beginning in the 1850s, thousands of immigrants from Nordic countries settled in Minnesota and quickly established themselves in the political life of their new home. Join MNHS Press author Klas Bergman to explore the stories of these Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Finns and Icelanders who first sowed their political seeds at the local level and then broadened their sights to the state and national realm, leaving a lasting legacy for modern Minnesota.

The 1916 Iron Ore Strike

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
On June 2, 1916, 40 mostly immigrant mine workers at the St. James Mine in Aurora, Minnesota, walked off the job. Hear from author Gary Kaunonen on how this seemingly small labor disturbance mushroomed into one of the region’s, if not the nation’s, most contentious 20th-century battles between organized labor and management. This strike had a profound impact on workers and immigrants and mining and labor relations in Minnesota and beyond.