MN History Center

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

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm 
Closed Monday (Open Monday holidays year round)
Museum Holiday Hours

Please note: We are very busy with school groups during April & May between 10am-2pm.

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours




2017 Apr 27


The Value of One Life

Dr. Robert O. Fisch

On view Jan. 15 - April 10, 2011

Tragedy, for some, can be a roadblock; but for others, its a part of the journey. Dr. Robert O. Fisch is a Minnesotan pediatrician, visual artist and Holocaust survivor. He is a living example of overcoming catastrophic life circumstances to reach joy and success.

This is the theme of the new exhibit "The Value of One Life," conceived by Dr. Fisch and developed by the Minnesota History Center. Dr. Fisch and seven other triumphant Minnesotans who survived serious illnesses, accidents, wars and forced relocations are featured. Their stories are brought to life in intimate black-and-white photographs taken by St. Paul photographer Petronella Ytsma.

Hailing from Hungary, Taiwan, New York, Ethiopia, Somalia and around the United States, this group now calls Minnesota their home. Each individual was asked the same two questions: “What happened?” and “Where do you find joy?” Their responses vary as much as their circumstances; yet all share a common chorus - how a simple, meaningful and appreciative life can lead to a happy one.

This powerful photography exhibit is part of St. Thomas University's  "Interfaith Art pARTners: a Twin Cities Festival," a celebration of the way arts can help to advance the understanding of communities of faith.


Pi-Nian Chang, Ph.D., L.P. Shegitu Kebede