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.

Fireside Chat: Be Your Own Archivist

Thursday, July 11, 6 - 8 pm

This is a archiving workshop designed to give you information on how to discover, organize, store, and preserve 2-D materials in your home that have meaning for your family, future generations, or that may be of interest to your local historical society or history museum one day. Our Museum Archivist, Amber Espitia, will demonstrate how you can care for your own photograph collections, scrapbooks, diaries, family letters, manuscripts, audio/visual materials, and more. This workshop will not cover how to care for 3-D objects. There will be time for questions, but please refrain from bringing items along with you.

Tickets: $8; $5 Seniors/Students; free for HHM members.

Being Black: Stories from Humans of Minneapolis

Thursday, July 18, 5 - 7 pm

When was the last time you intentionally listened to another person's perspective? Being Black is the first in a series of panel discussions in conjunction with the Being Human: Stories from Humans of Minneapolis exhibit at Hennepin History Museum. Each event is meant to foster understanding and awareness between the people in our community. Being Black features a panel of people who have been highlighted as part of the Humans of Minneapolis storytelling project. They will share their lived experiences as they relate to being Black. The conversation will be moderated by HOM Founder & Executive Director, Stephanie Glaros.
Light refreshments will be served.
Co-Host: Humans of Minneapolis

Admission is free, but please RSVP.

Field Trip! City Hall Tour & Happy Hour

Friday, July 19, 3 - 5 pm

Skip out of work early on a Friday and join us for an inside look at City Hall. Many of us walk by this 113-year-old building and never go inside. Get the inside story about the building, the ghost stories, the "Father of Waters" statue and more. We will take a side trip through the Government Center tunnel to visit Hennepin History Museum exhibit, Celebrate Summer: Fairs and Festivals. Join us afterwards at a nearby locale for Happy Hour.
Meet at the Father of Waters statue just inside the 4th Street entrance to City Hall, 350 S 5th Street, Minneapolis.

Tickets: $12, $10 for HHM Members.

Fireside Chat: Creating the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

July 21, 2 - 4 pm

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Concern about the power the Republican Party exerted on elected offices throughout the state, and an approaching national election, provided incentive for the Farmer-Labor Party and the Democratic Party to merge in 1944. The new party carried the state for Roosevelt that year and elected Hubert Humphrey Mayor of Minneapolis in 1945. Speakers will discuss the political tenor and events leading up to the merger, the forces at work, the key figures involved, and its relationship to Hennepin County. Come for an interesting conversation with artifacts from the time and many historic photographs.

Tickets: Admission: $8; $5 Seniors/Students; free for HHM members.