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 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. Come early to view the History Center's Suburbia
Life Among the Dakota
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 7:00pm
Jane Williamson, an avid abolitionist born into a slave-owning southern family, traveled far from her South Carolina home to Minnesota where she spent the last fifty years of her life teaching and living among the Dakota Indians. Explore her record of life on the Dakota reservation before the war of 1862, which she described in candid, unexpurgated letters recently brought to light by historian Lois Glewwe.
Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 7:00pm
During the decades of segregation in Major League Baseball, black ballplayers in Minnesota were relegated to semipro leagues, barnstorming clubs, and loose organizations of all-black teams—many of which are lost to history. Join Frank White, son of one of those players, as he recovers the history of Minnesota’s African American ballplayers who navigated denial, hardship, and segregation for their love of the game. Frank M. White is author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota (MNHS Press, February 2016).
First Women of Mayo Clinic
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
The story of Mayo Clinic begins on the Minnesota prairie following a devastating tornado in 1883. It also begins with the women who served the growing practice as physicians, as laboratory researchers, as developers of radium therapy and cancer treatments, and as innovators in virtually all aspects of patient care, education, and research. While these women contributed to the clinic’s origins and success, their roles have not been widely recognized—until now. With Virginia Wright-Peterson. author of Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation (MNHS Press, March 2016).
Myths of the Rune Stone
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
In 1898, a Swedish immigrant farmer in Kensington claimed to have discovered a rune stone that told the story of Viking missionaries who reached what is now Minnesota in 1362 only to be massacred by Indians. Although quickly challenged and ultimately debunked by experts, the myth took hold. Explore what fueled Minnesotans' resilient belief in the Rune Stone, despite overwhelming evidence that it was a hoax. With historian David Krueger, author of Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America (UMN Press).