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
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
Harold Stassen is best known for his ten unsuccessful runs at the U.S. presidency, but his life and politics were far more complex. In all of his guises—as Minnesota’s Depression-era “boy governor,” as co-author of the United Nations charter, as a member of the Eisenhower administration, and as a perpetual presidential candidate—Stassen consistently argued for moderation, tolerance and common sense during times when America, and the world, was in woefully short supply of each.
Steve Werle, author of the new biography "Stassen Again" (MNHS Press, Mar. 2015) will examine the rich legacy of this famous, but often misunderstood Minnesota politician and statesman.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 7:00pm
In the years before and during the American Civil War, Norwegians immigrated to our safer neighbor to the north. Canadian recruitment brought thousands of Norwegians to Quebec Province where they established distinctive immigrant colonies. Peace in the U.S. and the immigrants own changing fortunes eventually led many to leave Canada and make their way to Minnesota.
With Odd Lovoll, author of "Across the Deep Blue Sea: The Saga of Early Norwegian Immigrants" (MNHS Press, 2015) and one of the foremost U.S. historians of the Norwegian-American experience.
Degrees of Freedom
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 7:00pm
Minnesota managed to set precedents in anti-discrimination laws and provide progressive black and white leadership despite having a relatively small black population.
Dr. Bill Green reveals the stories of “ordinary” citizens, like former slave and early settler Jim Thompson and black barbers catering to a white clientele, but also personages of national stature, such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. Du Bois, all of whom championed civil rights in Minnesota. And we see how, in a state where racial prejudice and oppression wore a liberal mask, black settlers and entrepreneurs, politicians, and activists maneuvered within a restricted political arena to bring about real and lasting change.