Hennepin History Museum is a busy place, and hosts a wide variety of events and activities, including our signature Fireside Chat series, First Free Thursdays, exhibition openings, special tours, book signings, and traditional artist demonstrations.

Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

LifeCYCLE Spokespeople: Eric Hawkins and Marques Watson

Saturday, February 9, 2-3 pm

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota's Spokespeople speaker series aims to open up dialogue in the cycling community on a diverse range of topics. These talks will feature LifeCYCLE exhibit subjects in conversation with each other. Eric Hawkins is the Owner, CEO, and Chief Mechanic of Park Tool Company, the world's largest maker of bike tools and repair equipment. Marques Watson is a bike mechanic and youth mentor at Express Bike Shop and an engineering student at St. Paul College.

Tickets available: $5, $3 Students/Seniors, free for Hennepin History Museum members.

Third Friday: Bike Love

Friday February 15, 6-9 pm

Make a date, or bring a date, to Hennepin History Museum on the third Friday of the month during LifeCYCLE. Hands-on activities, special guests, good friends, and generous refreshments make for a cozy and bike-friendly time. In February, show some love to your bike and the people in your life that make cycling worthwhile.

Tickets, $10, $8 for Hennepin History Museum members

Exhibit Opening: History Harvest: An Exhibition

Saturday, February 16, 1 - 5 p.m.

A "history harvest" is a form of community history gathering that allows participants to share their family stories without having to give up their heirlooms. Tina Burnside, a civil rights attorney, writer, playwright, and one of the founders of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) held several harvests in Minneapolis' Southside African American community where participants' family photos were scanned, artifacts were photographed, and stories documented. Tina is the guest curator for this exhibition that will be held simultaneously at Hennepin History Museum and MAAHMG (1256 Penn Avenue N., 4th floor, Minneapolis).

Free admission, but please RSVP.

Field Trip to From Behind the Sun

Friday, February 22, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Get in on the first Field Trip of 2019! Join us for the premiere of From Behind the Sun, a play based on the true story of playwright Stanley Kippers father's experiences trying to buy a home in Minneapolis and encountering the barriers of red-lining. We will meet at 5:00 for Happy Hour at a nearby establishment to get to know each other. Our group will then head over to the Whitney Fine Arts Theater on the campus of Minneapolis Community College and Metropolitan State University, less than a 10-minute walk away, where our group will have a special opportunity to hear how the play evolved and ask questions before the main audience arrives. The play begins at 7:00.

Tickets available: $10, $8 for Hennepin History Museum members.

Fireside Chat: Dan Bergin's On the Spot: Southside Stories

Saturday, February 23, 2 - 4 p.m.

Join documentarian Daniel Pierce Bergin in a Fireside Chat celebrating Black History Month. Dan will screen and narrate video vignettes that are part of the series On the Spot: Southside Stories, highlighting the under-appreciated strength and contributions of the Southside's African American community. Stories include a look at Hosmer Library's role in the community, the symbolism and the changing form and function of Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and recognizing not one, but two, pioneering African American female judges - Judge Pamela Alexander and Judge LeJune Lange.
Daniel Pierce Bergin is a film maker and documentarian in the Twin Cities. You have probably seen his work on Twin Cities Public Television, where is a Senior Producer of the TPT series Minnesota Experience. Productions include the regional Emmy-award winning North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers, Cass Gilbert: Standing the Test of Time, Flour Power, Out North: Minnesota's MNLGBTQ History, and MN Originals.

Tickets available: $8, $5 Students/Senior, free for Hennepin History Museum members

Workshop: If Your Walls Could Talk - A House History Workshop with Kathy Kullberg

Sunday, February 24 and Sunday, March 10, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Are you curious about your house's history? You may know when it was built, but do you know who lived there before you? Did anything unusual ever happen there? Maybe you have wondered what changes have been made to it over the years, or what was located around it when it was new. House detective Kathy Kullberg will introduce you to tools and procedures for sleuthing, including city directories, census records, and building permits. HHM may even have a photo of your house! This is a single class that meets twice, with time in between for you to do some homework. The first session will introduce you to tools and methods, the second will be an opportunity to review what you have found and get ideas for next steps.

Tickets available: $40 for two-part workshop, $30 for Hennepin History Museum members