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.
Third Friday: "A" is for Ask an Archaeologist
Friday, September 21, 6 - 9 p.m.It may surprise you to learn Archaeology isn't just action-packed, "Indiana Jones" style excavations filled with marvelous discoveries. Archaeologists spend more time in the lab identifying and deciphering meaning from artifacts than they do in the field. Specifically, they focus on typology - the study and organization of things. September is Minnesota Archaeology Month and we welcome Dr. Jeremy Nienow for hands-on learning about the archaeological practice of grouping artifacts to inform discovery and historical meaning. You can also try your hand at drawing artifacts from our collections as part of your journey of discovery!
If Your Walls Could Talk - A House History Workshop with Kathy Kullberg
Sunday, September 23 and Sunday, October 7, 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 record, building permits. HHM may even have a photo of your house! This class will meet twice, with time in between for you to do some homework. The first session will introduce you to tolls and methods, the second will be an opportunity to review what you have found and get ideas for next steps.
Fireside Chat: Mapping Prejudice: Making the Invisible Visible
Thursday, September 27, 6 - 8 pmKirsten Delegard will talk about the research the team behind Mapping Prejudice is working on and the map designed to help us understand the legacy of historic practice in housing discrimination. The Mapping Prejudice project charts the spread of racially-restrictive covenants – property restrictions that prevented non-whites from purchasing or occupying certain parcels of land. The covenants were made illegal by the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation authored by a young Senator Walter Mondale, that sought to remedy housing discrimination by addressing segregation and promoting integration. Our exhibit Owning Up was motivated by the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and an opportunity to reflect on the legislation and present-day outcomes.
Mapping Prejudice is based in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota. Project researchers have analyzed over 1.4 million historic Minneapolis housing deeds and have found racist language in more than 20,000 documents.
This is part of a multi-event series, Racism, Rent, and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed. You can find out about other events in that series at mhponline.org.