MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


Tuesday: 10 am-8 pm 
Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-5 pm
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
Monday: Closed

Open Monday holidays year round, 10 am-5 pm
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Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

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2018 Feb 20


History Lounge

Lounge with us!

Join local historians, authors and experts for evening conversations about the history that shapes Minnesota and its people.

• Select Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. October through May
• Free; no reservations needed
• Enjoy dessert, snacks, beer and wine available from Café Minnesota during the program.



The History Lounge is made possible by the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund and the support of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund.


Upcoming History Lounge Events

The Scott Collection & African American Life

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Minneapolis resident Walter R. Scott produced a series of books about African American life in the Twin Cities. The people and stories presented in the three original volumes reflect a vibrant community of businesspeople, artists, educators, athletes, and other public figures while providing an intimate look at everyday life in black homes, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses.
Join Scott's children, Walter R. Scott Jr., Dr. Chaunda Scott, Anthony R. Scott, George Scott, and his widow, Mary McCormack-Scott, as they discuss the impact and legacy of this “pictorial resume of the black community, its achievements, and its goals.”

Miles Lord, Minnesota's Maverick Judge

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
Join Roberta Walburn, author of "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," for a look at his path to the bench
Miles Lord (1919–2016) rose from humble beginnings on Minnesota’s Iron Range to become one of the most outspoken and powerful judges in the country on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Described as “an unabashed prairie populist” and “a livewire slayer of corporate behemoths.” Lord was part of a group of young Midwestern social-gospel progressives, including Hubert H. Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and Walter Mondale.
Lord teamed with Bobby Kennedy as a hotshot prosecutor in pursuit of Jimmy Hoffa; served as the secret envoy between Humphrey and McCarthy in their battle for the soul of the Democratic Party in the historic 1968 presidential campaign; and reshaped jurisprudence with historic rulings on women’s rights, consumer protection, education reform, and environmental law. And in the most sensational trial of the early environmental era, he ordered the shutdown of the Reserve Mining Company in northern Minnesota, which was accused of spewing waste into Lake Superior.

Sisterhood in War

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Approximately 9,000 women served as nurses during the Vietnam War. Though women did not serve in combat in Vietnam, they encountered casualties on a daily basis. And, like so many other veterans, they struggled with their wartime experiences once they returned home. 
Join historian Kim Heikkila, editor of Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam, for a discussion of the experiences these women faced and about a handful of Vietnam veteran nurses who came together to provide each other with the help, support, and recognition they needed.