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History Lounge: The Klan in Minnesota- FREE

Despite what many think the Klan was active throughout the country including in Minnesota where members organized fifty-one chapters in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth and in smaller towns ranging from Virginia to Pipestone. These men and women threatened and intimidated many including union members, people who supported the repeal of Prohibition and their own Jewish, African American and immigrant neighbors. But they also played in town baseball teams, served as deacons in their churches, ran local businesses and were elected to political office across the state. Join Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle, author of "The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota," for an examination of the activities of the Klan at its height in Minnesota. For more information visit 

http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/lounge

The History Center is free on Tuesday's after 5:00. Come early, have a snack or treat from the restaurant or wonder through one of the History Centers excellent exhibits. The History Center is a real treasure, come and explore, you'll discover things about our state that you never knew. We will be gathering in the back of the restaurant, check in and grab a seat. The program is slated to start at 7:00, but I suggest getting there no later then 6:30 to assure a seat. I'm not sure if this program will be in the auditorium or one of the classrooms, if it's in one of the classrooms seating is limited.

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  • Tammy S.

    Reminder that History Center exhibits are free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m so if you made the trek and it is full then take the opportunity to check out the treasures.

    April 9, 2014

    • Stephanie A N.

      I wish I could have been able to see it but may be another time. And thanks for the reminder.

      April 9, 2014

  • Jerry D C.

    After Nye and I were turned away, we went thru the generation exhibit. Well worth the visit .

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Tammy S.

      Good reminder that exhibits are free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m so if you made the trek then take the opportunity to check out this treasure.

      April 9, 2014

  • J. K.

    good program and more upbeat than i thought!

    April 9, 2014

  • kathy

    Very interesting topic: slides were somewhst difficult to follow/see So many were unable to get into the small space. Thanks Linda!

    April 9, 2014

  • Linda B.

    I feel badd that people were turned away. The crowed was bigger than the program director anticipated. I talked to her afterwards, she said that she is going to try and schedule another presentation with the author in the fall. I'll keep you posted. FYI, these talks are popular and if at all possible, get there early as I suggested.

    April 8, 2014

  • Deb

    Very informative and interesting. We learned a lot. Well worth it. Good tip to get there by 6:30 ... thankfully we were able to do so. Thanks Linda. Hope the others who could not get in will have another opportunity ... too bad room too small tonight for all who came.

    April 8, 2014

  • Susan B.

    I was there at 7 pm as well, and told it was full. I would have also liked to have heard it. I am in hopes that the presenter would be willing to do it again.??

    April 8, 2014

  • May B.

    Was there at 7 pm as well, and told it was full. Would really like to have heard it.

    April 8, 2014

  • Ellen H

    Full, Disappointing

    April 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was glad we made it just in time, @7pm... Alas, NOT. They took my email address for when they schedule another show...

    April 8, 2014

  • Angel

    Really wanted to go. To bad it was filled by the time we got there

    April 8, 2014

  • Shan

    They told me the lecture is full so I should go back:-(

    April 8, 2014

  • Stan

    Have to work late so cannot make it - sorry.

    April 8, 2014

  • Paulette

    Parking at the History Center is $5.

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Ileene S.

    KKK youth are real in St. Cloud and they dress up in white sheets for there meeting and have been seen leaving there meets in white cloaks. I believe somewhere near St. Cloud State and I believe it youths to college students and on up

    April 7, 2014

    • Linda B.

      How terrible and frightening. Not so Minnesota nice. Their ignorance saddens me.

      April 7, 2014

  • Amy H.

    I realize this tour is meant to provide an informative, historical look at MN history, but at this time in my life, especially, I want to avoid even hearing about a pathetic group of people, whose aim is to hurt, destroy and over-rule. Unfortunately, these people are not yet part of MN history - in fact, they are currently active and are trying to reduce people. Thanks for offering a variety of classes, workshops and interesting topics to ponder to those of us in a MeetUp group, but this is one I have no problem passing on. Hopefully, we can meet again soon at an art class! Thank you!

    April 7, 2014

    • Linda B.

      You are right Amy, hate and bigotry are alive and well in Minnesota, the hate mongers may not run around in white sheets and hoods any more around here, and of course if you asked some of these bigots if they would identify with the Klan they would deny it. The language they use is the same, only now they are more open and they have added more scapegoats to blame for everything from climate change to divorce. My point is that the staff at the

      April 7, 2014

    • Linda B.

      (sorry, I accidentally hit the send button) History Center present speakers that have written books on all aspects of our history, past and present. There was a time when history was white washed, I'm glad that as changed and the truth can be told.

      1 · April 7, 2014

  • Pratïk

    What are the convenient paid/free parking options around there? Thx.

    April 6, 2014

    • Linda B.

      There is a parking lot at the History Center. I have a handicap hang tag, so I'm not sure of the parking fee. There is also on street parking on Summit Ave. and around the Cathedral, but don't park in their lot, they will tow.

      1 · April 6, 2014

  • Nancy D.

    I was already planning to go as a member of the MN Historical Society

    April 2, 2014

  • Glen L.

    Would like to attend but will be out of town.

    April 2, 2014

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