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!

Tickets available: $10; $8 members.

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.

Tickets available, Members $25, Non-Members $30

Fireside Chat: Mapping Prejudice: Making the Invisible Visible

Thursday, September 27, 6 - 8 pm

Kirsten 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

Tickets available. $5; $3 for seniors or students; free for museum members.

Mapping Prejudice Transcription Event

Thursday, October 4, 5 - 8 p.m.

Has the Owning Up exhibit sparked your curiosity about the Mapping Prejudice project, deeds, and covenants? Join us for a work session. Penny Peterson will guide you through the process. Bring your laptop and learn how you can contribute to building the Mapping Prejudice map of racial covenants in Hennepin County.

Event is free, but please reserve your tickets in advance.

Two-day Storytelling Workshop: Stories About Place; Stories About You

Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14; 1 -4 p.m. both days

What connects us to a specific geographical place? The experiences we had there? The way it looks or smells or sounds? The people we were there with? Or something deeper? In this two-day workshop, writer, performer and master storyteller Amy Salloway will lead you through a range of participatory exercises - writing, listening, discussion, even a little improv - to identify, craft and perform a true, place-based story from your own life. You'll learn the definition and essential building blocks of a story; you'll identify conflict, stakes and dramatic arc; get tools to create vivid scenes, action, character specificity and sensory detail; and begin to develop your unique narrative voice. This class is engaging and useful for writers, performers and storytellers of all levels! Bring a notebook and pen, laptop computer and/or cell phone with a "record" feature.

Tickets available: $110; $95 members.