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.

The Moline Open House: Tour building and meet tractor experts

Saturday April 21

1 - 4 pm

Held at 100 8th Avenue South, Hopkins
Join Hennepin History Museum for this special off-site open house in collaboration with Doran Companies. See seven recently restored vintage tractors that fill an exhibition space off the Moline apartment building's lobby. The building, which opened last fall, is located on the former site of Minneapolis Moline. Agricultural artifacts and modern murals fill the public spaces and document the company's history. Meet Minneapolis Moline historians, learn about Hopkins history, tour the building's creative shared spaces, and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.

Meet Hennepin History Museum representatives in the building's lobby at 100 8th Avenue South, Hopkins. No reservations necessary.

MEMORY and MEMOIR: A Writing Workshop. The art of telling our story.

Saturdays, April 28 - June 16, 1 - 3 pm

In this eight-session memoir writing workshop, we'll write stories that explore where we come from, where we belong, who we are, and what we love. Using the simple technique of free writing, students will explore the places, people, and things we can't live without and the memories worth savoring. We'll learn how to add vivid details and descriptions to bring our stories to life. All levels of writers welcomed. Led by seasoned workshop leader and published writer Wendy Brown-Baez.

Register online or by calling the Museum at (612) 870-1329 ext 2. Cost is $95, $85 for Museum members.

Third Friday - Ramadan: What's It All About

Friday, April 20, 6 - 9 pm

Amir Malik, from the Center for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), will join us for this talk. Bring your questions. The program is designed to help non-Muslims learn about the traditions and practices that our Muslim neighbors and colleagues observe during the month of Ramadan. Enjoy traditional foods from several Islamic regions.

Admission is $10 ($8 for museum members.) RSVP requested.
To RSVP, please RSVP online or call (612) 870-1329 ext 2.

Fireside Chat with author Erik Rivenes

Sunday, April 22, 2 - 4 pm

Erik Rivenes will talk about and sign copies of his third book, "Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal That Shook Minneapolis." A writer, historian, and founder of St. Paul Gangster Tours, Rivenes' book recounts the real history of the corrupt administration of Albert Alonzo "Doc" Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis in the bad ol' days at the beginning of the twentieth century. Books may be purchased at the Museum.

Free with Museum admission. RSVP requested. To RSVP, please RSVP online or call (612) 870-1329 ext 2.

Fireside Chat: Nineteenth Century Medical Technique

Thursday May 3rd, 6:30 - 8pm

Western medicine was a fledgling science relying on theory and observation in the 1800s. Blood-letting, cupping, and herbal plasters were respected medical practices at that time in facilities such as the hospital at Fort Snelling. Melissa Cathcart, L.Ac., will host a discussion of common health beliefs and medical modalities in use in 19th century Hennepin County. She will demonstrate the techniques and answer questions.

Seating is limited; please reserve your tickets in advance. This event is free as part of our Free First Thursdays.
Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

Gallery Opening: Close Associates: Celebrating 80 years of Architectural Practice

Thursday, May 10th, 6 - 8pm

Exhibit dates: May 10 to July 29, 2018 Not many architectural firms can weather style trends and economic cycles to reach a lifespan of 80 years, but Close Associates has built a loyal following and continues to win awards today. Hennepin History Museum is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition on the history of the firm.
From original watercolor sketches to handmade models to glamorous architectural photos to limited-edition furniture, this multidimensional exhibit shows the evolution of the firm from legendary Midcentury Modern designs to todays contemporary work. Close Associates has designed hospitals and offices, research institutes and schools, but is best known for the design of over 800 custom homes many built in Hennepin County.
Meet longtime Close Associates partner Gar Hargens and associate Andrew Peterson at the opening, and look for more related events in the next Hennepin History magazine.

The opening reception is free with Museum admission, RSVP requested. Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

Fireside Chat: Don Fraser: Minnesota's Quiet Crusader," by Iric Nathanson

Saturday, May 12th, 2 - 4pm

Iric Nathanson traces the life and nearly 40-year political career of Minneapolitan Don Fraser. Fraser served first in the Minnesota Senate, then the U.S. House of Representatives, then returned to Minneapolis to serve as Mayor until 1993. Nathanson knows his subject well, having been an aide to Fraser at one time. The book illuminates the depth and breadth of Fraser's involvement in issues from the War in Vietnam to Civil Rights to protecting the BWCA. Nathanson will talk about his book and sign copies. Copies of the book are for sale at the museum.

Seating is limited; please reserve your tickets in advance. $5; $3 for seniors or students; free for museum members. Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

Third Friday: Collect Your Way To Happiness

Friday, May 18, 6-9 pm

Many of us collect things. What is it about finding, organizing, and displaying our collections that we find satisfying? Dr David Farrar is an Australian psychologist whose work has taken him around the world with some of the world's largest companies and organizations. His presentation will address some of the quirky history of collecting and provide an opportunity to explore your own desire to collect things. Understanding the psychology behind how and why we collect can help us live happier, healthier lives.

Space is limited, please reserve your tickets in advance. $10; $8 for museum members. Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.