Wet & Dry: Alcohol in Clay County, 1871-1937
Heritage Hall | ends February 6, 2018

Wet and Dry exhibit logoOn April 25, 1872, Dan “Slim Jim” Shumway shot and killed Shang Stanton inside a saloon in Moorhead, MN, a small tent town on the edge of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In response to the angry mob demanding justice, local merchant Jim Blanchard was tasked with arresting Shumway, and a local railroad laborer with a law degree, Solomon Comstock, was tasked with prosecuting him. The two became Clay County’s first sheriff and attorney and their story marked only the beginning of the wild and sordid history of alcohol in our community.

Our newest local exhibition explores the spirited debates around the morality of alcohol, from our Wild West birth through the end of Prohibition, encompassing three major periods: Settlement (1871-1890), the Saloon Era (1890-1915) and Prohibition (1915-1937).


Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible
4th Floor Gallery | extended through February 4, 2018

Born as Saint John’s Abbey and University’s gift to the new millennium, this Minnesota monument of art and history has already traveled the world and inspired visitors with a modern interpretation of an ancient text for a modern audience. Now it’s here at the Hjemkomst Center in an exhibition featuring 68 original vellum folios, rare books, and art materials.

As the largest art exhibition in our history, Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible has also already moved into a community-wide event, spawning satellite exhibitions and three months of programming. Come experience perhaps the most influential Minnesota art of the last century, now in the Red River Valley.


Red River Masters:
The Birth of the Fargo-Moorhead Art Scene

Heritage Hall | ends March 4, 2018

Co-curated by Markus Krueger, programming director at the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, and Jonathan Rutter, curator of the Rourke Art Gallery & Museum, Red River Masters draws from the collections of both spaces and several community members in an attempt to piece together major artistic developments from the Red River Valley’s early settlement to the establishment of our art galleries and college art departments in the 1960s. The featured players in this profile include Erik Ahlberg, Orabel Thortvedt, Annie Stein, Cy Running, Charles Beck, Richard Szeitz, and Jim O’Rourke (and several more).