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.

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

SpokesPeople: Sveta Vold

Saturday, March 2, 2 - 3 p.m.

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota's Spokespeople speaker series aims to open up dialogue in the cycling community on a diverse range of topics. Sveta Vold is an avid cyclist, endurance racer, and community organizer. She immigrated from Belarus where she worked to make the city of Minsk more accessible to bikes.

Tickets: $5 adults, $3 senior/students; free for Museum Members.

Fireside Chat: The Remarkable Nellie Francis

Sunday, March 3, 2 - 4 p.m.

In celebration of Women•s Herstory Month and the 100th anniversary of Women•s Suffrage, we welcome Dr. William (Bill) Green to share fascinating information about one of Minnesota•s unsung heroines, Nellie Griswold Francis (1874-1969). Nellie moved to Minnesota in 1883 and was the only African American graduate of St. Paul High School in 1891. A remarkable woman at a young age, she made her mark championing, among others, the causes of race relations, suffrage for all women, and writing anti-lynching legislation. In 1927, her husband was appointed as U.S. Minister and Consul to Liberia, and the couple moved to Monrovia.
Dr. Green is a Professor of History at Augsburg University, Minneapolis. He has thought deeply and written extensively about race relations and civil rights. He holds PhD and JD degrees, which add to the perspective he brings to these subjects. Author of three books and numerous articles and op-ed pieces.

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 senior/students; free for Museum Members.

Field Trip! Downtown Minneapolis Skyway Walking Tour

Saturday March 9, 1:00-2:30 PM

Experience downtown Minneapolis' most unique feature with urban geographer, Bill Lindeke. Bill is reprising his famous walking tour through the skyways and talking about the origin and evolution of downtown skyways, including some of the notable (and less-than-notable) architecture. Bill confesses to being a little obsessed with skyway history; he promises to include the place where the idea was hatched (c. 1956), the site of the first skyway (c. 1962), the oldest existing skyway (c. 1963), the longest skyway (c. 1970s?), the most beautiful skyway (c. 1988, arguably) and perhaps even the skyway through the jail! Prepare for an approximately two mile indoor/outdoor walk starting at the fountain in the IDS Center.
We will be walking around downtown through all the different types of skyway environments, from crystalline corridors to parking ramps to retrofitted thoroughfares and all manner of atria. Space is limited, purchase tickets by Friday, March 8.
Bill Lindeke, PhD, is an urban geographer who writes, researches, and gives tours about the Twin Cities. He is the author of numerous articles and publications featuring the urban symbols and civic history of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tickets: $15 non-member /$12 member.

Fireside Chat: History Harvest Panel discussion, Tina Burnside, Moderator

Sunday, March 24, 2 - 4 p.m.

Tina Burnside, a civil rights attorney writer, playwright, and co-founder of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) moderates a panel discussion with people whose objects, photographs and stories appear in the History Harvest exhibit. Tina organized several history harvest events locally, and the resulting exhibit is presented simultaneously at MAAHMG and HHM.
The History Harvest is a community-based initiative designed to let people share objects, letters, photos, and stories that contribute to family and community history without giving up their heirlooms. Based on a WPA project from the 1930's, the history harvest model was created at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been used in communities around the world to connect people with local history. Thank you to the Marbrook Foundation for their support of this exhibition.

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 senior/students; free for Museum Members.