For my March outing, I went to the Minnesota History Center.
I know it’s odd that a history major would not have been to the history center after living in the Twin Cities for 8 years, but it was always one of those things I would do ‘someday.’ I’ve been to Fort Snelling several times, which is certainly fun. So this month I headed into St. Paul.
First I went through the ‘Greatest Generation’ exhibit, which is not simply a look at a generation at war, but the generation in its entirety. The exhibits starts with the birth, early life, leads into the war (both home life and military), and what the generation did after the war. Lots of memorabilia, interactive exhibits, and this feature that takes place in a theater designed like a C-47 Skytrain aircraft from World War II. Reminded me of the Landing Craft feature from the Marine museum in Langley.
Following that were the Now Wow and Grainland exhibits. The Open House exhibit (see below), which documents the lives of several dozen families that lived in one house in St. Paul over 150 years, was fascinating. The generations, cultures, changing neighborhoods of St. Paul and the twin cities in general.
Two final exhibits: the ‘Hmong Minnesota’ exhibit, detailing the history of the Hmong in Southeast Asia and their relocation to Minnesota. The picture below is a picture quilt, telling a story. The last was the Art of George Morrison, an artist from Minnesota.
A very exciting trip. I’ll have come back for future exhibits.