Lounge with us!
Please check back soon for info on the Fall 2015 season.
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 History of Minnesota's Warrior Nation
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Red Lake Nation of Ojibwe is a nation of warriors who hold their land in common, maintain their system of hereditary chiefs and retain their cultural identity and traditional ways of life, despite centuries of assaults on their land and sovereignty. Discover the nation’s unique history with Anton Treuer, Ojibwe linguist, historian and the author of "Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe."
The Red Lake Nation has a unique and deeply important history. Unlike every other reservation in Minnesota, Red Lake holds its land in common—and, consequently, the tribe retains its entire reservation land base. The people of Red Lake developed the first modern indigenous democratic governance system in the United States, decades before any other tribe, but they also maintained their system of hereditary chiefs. The tribe never surrendered to state jurisdiction over crimes committed on its reservation. The reservation is also home to the highest number of Ojibwe-speaking people in the state.
Hmong Women's Journey
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 7:00pm
In the aftermath of the Secret War in Laos, Hmong women have gained new prominence in politics and society across the globe. Discover how these women carved out niches for themselves within traditional Hmong society and created new pathways to independence and autonomy in the U.S. and Minnesota. With Professor Mai Na Lee of the University of Minnesota.
The Surprising Green History of Twin Cities' Suburbs
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
Not that long ago, “going green” meant having a manicured lawn around your modest home in the suburbs. Now that phrase evokes a more eco-conscious landscape and lifestyle not usually associated with the suburbia. Explore the unexpected history of efforts to transform Minnesota suburbs into “somewhere that’s green” with Dr. Holley Wlodarczyk from the University of Minnesota.