Events

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.

November 2

Free First Thursdays

6 to 9 PM

Did you know that we always offer free admission on the first Thursday of every month?
Stop by and check out our exhibitions - including "Eat Street at 20: In Their Own Words" and our new exhibition "A Look at Glen Lake Sanatorium."
We are open until 8 pm on Thursday, so why not come before or after dinner and make a night out of it?
First Free Thursdays are free and open to the public. But if you like what you see, we encourage you to become a member; membership comes with many benefits, including free admission.. as well as the satisfaction that comes with supporting local history. Already a member? First Free Thursdays are a great time to introduce the museum to a friend!

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

November 9

Shelf Life: Visible Storage Launch Party

6 to 8 PM

Have you ever wondered what REALLY goes on behind the scenes in a museum? Why museums collect? What's back there in the storage areas? Join us as we open the door to the secret life of history museums. Our new "Inside Out" visible storage galleries will give you a chance to watch as our staff and volunteers systematically document, research, and photograph every single item in our vast collection.
This space will be constantly changing as we make our way through the collection. So make sure to come back often to check out the newest findings!

This launch party is free and open to the public. Please note that visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

November 11

One Soldier's Tale: a Veterans Day Fireside Chat

2 to 3 PM

Veteran Mark Odegard - featured writer in the current issue of Hennepin History magazine - will be at the museum on Veterans Day to talk about his new book, One Soldier's Tale: 1966-1968.
Mark served as a mail carrier in Vietnam. In an era before email, Facebook, or cell phone service, "a letter meant everything." His new book chronicles his experiences.

Included with admission ($5 adults/$3 students or seniors, free for HHM members). Please note that visiting the museum does require the use of stairs.

November 17

Third Friday: Ready, Set, Etiquette!

6 to 9 PM

With holidays just around the corner, it is an ideal time to brush up your etiquette. Marilyn Pentel of Mannerly Manners will be our guide as we learn not only which water glass belongs to us and which bread plate is ours on a crowded table, but she will also offer tips on how to engage a stranger in conversation at a party or politely get out of a conversation with someone you know all too well, such as a relative.

Event tickets $10; $8 HHM members. Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

November 25

History Inventory Blitz

11 AM - 4 PM

Are you looking for an opportunity to work hands on with history? Want to learn more about behind-the-scenes museum work? Do you want to support the preservation and sharing of local community stories? If so, please join us for our monthly Collections Inventory Blitz! Our goal will be to catalog and photograph as many artifacts as we can. Cataloging is the process of closely examining each artifact. It involves measuring, describing the physical characteristics, and uncovering any details we can learn from the object itself (for example, discerning the maker's mark on a clothing label). This is where you have the opportunity to really get up close and personal with an object. As the most time-consuming part of the process, it's also where we can use the most hands! Photography is where we're going to get the archival-quality images that will allow us to start building a searchable on-line collections database. There are no special skills required! We'll have one or two people staffing the camera equipment in our photo studio and the other volunteers in this area will be queuing up artifacts coming from the catalog table and working with Heather (our collections manager) and each other to figure out how best to highlight the most important feature(s) of each individual artifact.

Please RSVP to Heather at heather.hoagland@hennepinhistory.org so we know how many people to expect.
No experience necessary - we'll provide training!
Please note that visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

December 15

Third Friday: Holiday Caroling Party

6 to 9 PM

You asked for more singing and we obliged! Relax with us at the end of the year for a holiday party. Weather permitting, we will carol around the neighborhood as they did in earlier eras, then return to the house to warm up and sing some more. There will be people at the museum for those who don't want to go out.

Event tickets $10; $8 HHM members. Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.