Hennepin History Museum hosts a wide variety of events and activities. These include our signature Fireside Chat series, exhibit series, tours, and hands-on workshops.

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

Suffrage Saturday: Banners for Ballots

Saturday, November 16, 1:30 p.m., with crafts from 1-5 p.m.

Women suffragists promoted their cause with witty and thought-provoking banners, both across the world and in Hennepin County. The Museum's newest exhibit, Votes for Women, includes replicas of some of the most striking banners used in Minnesota, with slogans such as "More Ballots Less Bullets" and "All this comes of teaching girls to read." Join us at 1:30 p.m. for a brief presentation by Augsburg professor and exhibit partner Jacqueline deVries, who will discuss why banners were so useful to suffragists and what types of messages they conveyed. Throughout the day, you can make a banner to match those you see at the Museum - or invent your own message for the present day!
This program is part of Hennepin History Museum's "Suffrage Saturday" series, which explores the themes of women's suffrage through short presentations and hands-on activities. These programs are offered on the third Saturday of each month from November 2019 through June 2020.

Admission: $8 / $5 students and seniors/ free for members. Includes Museum admission.

Fireside Chat: Uncovering a History of Incarcerated Girls

Saturday, December 7, 2-3 p.m.

When author Sheila O'Connor attempted to uncover buried secrets about her Minneapolis family, she discovered the little-known history of incarcerating adolescent girls from throughout Minnesota, including Hennepin County, for "immorality" at the Minnesota Home School for Girls in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. In her new book, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts and Fictions, O'Connor brings to light this silenced story, which affected thousands of Minnesota families through the decades and involved corporeal punishment, solitary confinement, state-mandated breastfeeding, and parole assignments as domestic servants in private homes. Hear about this research, her ongoing work to bring this history to light, and how this lost past remains relevant to girls and women today. She will also sign copies of her new novel.

Admission: $8 / $5 students and seniors/ free for members. Includes Museum admission.

Stories for the Season

Saturday, December 14, 7-8 p.m.

In this one-hour program by Minneapolis actors Craig Johnson and Kirby Bennett, hear true tales of Minneapolis winters past along with your favorite Christmas stories, including "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Little Match Girl." View winter artifacts from our collections and snack on seasonal treats while you spend a December evening as Hennepin County residents did a century ago: sharing stories aloud in the great room of this historic home.

Admission: $12/ $10 members