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'Minnesota History Whatever 2: A Gathering of Historians' set for March 23, 2018 at American Swedish Institute


February 13, 2018

“Minnesota History Whatever 2: A Gathering of Historians” returns for the second year, on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the American Swedish Institute.

Cosponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the American Swedish Institute and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), the how-to workshops, discussion sessions and networking opportunities offer participants the chance to think and talk together, solve problems, imagine new opportunities, and increase skills in the field of history.

“Minnesota History Whatever 2” is open to anyone who does history—whether its in classrooms, museums, exhibits, libraries, online, theater, visual arts, radio, television, film and more. Discussion topics include: Should museums be neutral spaces; how do historians manage conflicting histories; what are we teaching when we do Minnesota history; how to handle difficult topics with children; how to make/give a great tour; how to write local history; how to build partnerships; how to make documentaries and how to share history that’s meaningful.

“Minnesota History Whatever 2” will be held Friday, March 23, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407. The cost is $40 or $32 for MNHS and ASI members, $25 for participants younger than 30.

A reception will be held on Thursday, March 22, 6-8 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, MN 55106, cost is $10. At the reception, guests can meet old friends and make new ones and join a discussion about the relationship between history and the arts, with an emphasis on telling new stories. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be provided.

Visit the MNHS calendar of events to register and find more information about the schedule, sessions and other participants on Facebook.


“Minnesota History Whatever 2: A Gathering of Historians” is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society, American Swedish Institute and Twin Cities Public Television. Supporting partners include the Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum, Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, Minnesota Association of Museums and Pioneer Public Television.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.


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