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Shop Local, and With a Cause!

Posted byAlison Aten on 30 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Authors, Children, Event, Literary, MHS press, Nonprofit

Santa (from Magers & Quinn website)What could be better than visiting with Santa at a bookstore? Magers & Quinn has teamed up with Way to Grow, one of the preeminent early childhood learning programs in the Twin Cities, for an evening of refreshments and Sharing with Santa this Saturday, December 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. David LaRochelle, author of Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet, will be at the store with Santa to share his books. Do your shopping and 10 percent of your sale will benefit Way to Grow.

On Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m., Red Balloon Bookshop is hosting an event to celebrate Libraries in Minnesota with photographer Doug Ohman and contributors to the book, including some of Minnesota’s best-known writers of books for children and young adults: Will Weaver, Pete Hautman, John Coy, Nancy Carlson, Marsha Wilson Chall, and David LaRochelle. The authors will sign copies of their books, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Libraries of Minnesota during the event will be donated to the Minnesota Library Foundation.

And here at the Minnesota History Center Stores during Minnesota Historical Society Member Double Discount Days,  Kim Heikkila, author of Sisterhood of War, will be signing Friday, December 2, at 11:00 a.m, and Brett Laidlaw, author of Trout Caviar, will sign on Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m.

Congrats to the store for making the USA Today list of best museum shops!

Minnesota\'s Hidden Alphabet Libraries of Minnesota Sisterhood of War Laidlaw

Working Together to Save the Minnesota River

Posted byAlison Aten on 07 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Event, History, Nature/Enviroment, Nonprofit, Travel

A coalition of organizations has launched a website for the documentary River Revival: Working Together to Save the Minnesota River, which will air on KARE 11 TV on Sunday, June 12, at 6:00 p.m. The hour-long  film, narrated by Minnesota Bound’s Ron Schara, features a geological and cultural history of the Minnesota River and focuses on the many types of pollution affecting the river and its basin, paired with success stories of people working together to restore the river.

The Minnesota River has been listed as one of the dirtiest in the nation. The Star Tribune recently ran a front-page photo showing the river dumping sediment into the Mississippi at Fort Snelling.

A report released last month from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency highlights how much sediment is being deposited in Lake Pepin, a 20-mile-long wide spot in the Mississippi River. Given the sheer amount of sediment, in a mere 300 years Lake Pepin could disappear.

On Sunday, there are “Watershed-Wide Viewing Parties” at locations around the state where you can watch the film, meet fellow concerned citizens, and discuss community solutions.

Great author, great cause

Posted byregana on 29 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Event, Fiction, Native American, Nonprofit

The CircleAward-winning First Nations author Joseph Boyden will be the featured guest at the annual fundraiser for The Circle on November 7. His first book, Three Day Road, is the story of two Cree men from northwestern Canada whose lives are forever changed by their experiences in the trench warfare of World War I. Called “A beautifully written and haunting story of survival and innocence shattered, of friendship, death, redemption and love of the land” by Isabel Allende, the book won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

Since 1980, The Circle, published in Minneapolis, has presented news from a Native American perspective to readers across the country. The event features hearty hors d’oeuvres (“delicious Native-inspired food that’s good for you”), a silent auction of Native art, and great conversation with interesting people. RSVP by November 1.

The University Avenue Project

Posted byAlison Aten on 13 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Arts, Authors, Nonprofit

From May 1 to October 31, 2010, Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project will transform St. Paul’s University Avenue into a six-mile gallery. Hundreds of photographs will be exhibited in store windows and on buildings along the route, from the state capitol to west of Highway 280.

Commissioned by Public Art Saint Paul, Wing has spent the past three years photographing the dizzying diversity in neighborhoods connected by this central corridor in the midst of one of the highest concentrations of international immigrants in the country.  From old world to developing world to modern world, this jammed stretch of storefronts, big-box retailers, blue-collar neighborhoods, and burgeoning condominium communities collectively reflects the colliding and evolving American experience. 

At the University Avenue Project’s center will be a spectacular projection site where images will be shown nightly on billboard-sized screens, accompanied by prerecorded music by local musicians from an array of genres and cultures.

The Minnesota Historical Society Press will release two titles in conjunction with the exhibit. The first volume will be available May 1, and the second, August 1.

Crispin Iceball: Saturday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m.

Posted bypennefesm on 29 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Authors, Event, MHS press, Nonprofit, Sports

Bundle up! It’s a spirited game of “iceball”–or outdoor baseball in the middle of winter, all for a good cause–with the folks at Crispin Natural Hard Cider and the St. Paul Saints. This chilly good time features the St. Paul Saints in a benefit game for Second Harvest Heartland. Admission is free; however, donations are encouraged: for each $1 donated, Second Harvest Heartland will distribute more than $9 worth of grocery products for those in need. Along with money and nonperishable food, fans are also encouraged to bring warm jackets and clothing that will be collected by Joseph’s Coats. Last year’s event raised $20,000, and the game-time temperature was in the single digits. At 11 am, a tailgating party will ensue, and around noon fans will be invited to sample recipes which will be judged by the culinary experts of Also during the tailgate, stay warm by dancing about to the stellar sounds of Romantica and the Spectaculars. Family fun, baseball, Crispin Hard Cider, and do-goodery all in one shot! Tailgating starts on Saturday at 11 a.m., and the first pitch is at 1:30 p.m. For more info visit (via
phpThZbsoTo learn more about the St. Paul Saints, see Stew Thornley’s Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History.

Somali Diaspora Project

Posted byAlison Aten on 14 Dec 2009 | Tagged as: Arts, Nonprofit

The Somali DiasporaThe Twin Cities Daily Planet reports that  photographer Abdi Roble and author Doug Rutledge of The Somali Diaspora have returned to the Twin Cities to further document the Somali refugee experience in words and photos. Roble and Rutledge also founded a non-profit organization, The Somali Documentary Project, to tell more stories of Somali immigrants and refugees. The TC Planet article notes that the organization formed a partnership with the Twin Cities International School, “through which Somali students are trained in photography and writing to document their own communities in Minnesota. The Twin Cities is one final destination in a long and harrowing journey through multiple countries that exploit and disregard these people along the way.”

For a slideshow of Roble’s beautiful photos with his thoughtful commentary, check out Marianne Combs’s State of the Arts blog at MPR.

Minnesota and Civic Engagement

Posted byMary Poggione on 04 Nov 2009 | Tagged as: History, MHS Author in the News, Nonprofit

Citizen Solution coverThe Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College has just released a study that finds Minnesotans are leaders in voting and volunteering in the United States. The study, which you can download, was cowritten by codirecter of the center Harry Boyte, who is also the author of The Citizen Solution: How You Can Make a Difference, a hands-on guide to community activism using examples from Minnesota.

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial: Nonprofit Mission Award Winner

Posted byMary Poggione on 23 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Awards, History, Nonprofit

Clayton Jackson McGhie MemorialThe Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial nonprofit foundation has won a well-deserved  Nonprofit Mission Award for its role in fighting racism.

The memorial, dedicated to the victims of the 1920 lynchings in Duluth, was unveiled in 2003, but since then, the organization has remained active in developing programs for community education and school curriculum.

If you would like to read the history of the lynchings in Duluth, check out Michael Fedo’s The Lynchings in Duluth or try Warren Read’s memoir The Lyncher in Me about his being the great-grandson of one of the men responsible for the crime.

Minnpost ran an article yesterday about all of the Nonprofit Mission Award winners.

Help Out Hennepin County Library’s Homework Hub

Posted byMary Poggione on 06 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: MHS press, Nonprofit

Hennepin County Library is looking for 100 volunteers to help with their “Homework Hub” program from September 14th through December 17th. Homework assistance covers elementary, middle, and high school kids in all subjects. For more information on how to get involved, check out their website.