Wet & Dry: Alcohol in Clay County, 1871-1937
Heritage Hall | ends January 8, 2018
On 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 exhibit 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).
FMVA’s BIG Show:
4th Floor Gallery | ends June 9
The annual art exhibition is the most comprehensive viewing in the Fargo-Moorhead community of local artists in one place and this year’s collection is perhaps the best yet. The show includes photography, paintings, blown glass, mixed media, and sculptures, including one piece measuring over 7ft. long. It’s big!
Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists’ member Jackie Anderson curated this year’s show and some of the predominant themes include nature, particularly animals and some gorgeous skies, and social justice issues.
History and Heritage:
Celebrating 125 Years of Concordia College
Heritage Hall | ends June 10
Chronicling the long, storied past of one of Moorhead’s oldest institutions, this exhibition celebrates the history of Concordia College, honoring the people, spaces, traditions, and stories that have shaped it since its founding in 1891 on the former site of Bishop Whipple School.
Concordia’s history and heritage are featured in a variety of media in the exhibition, including text panels, films, interactive digital components, artifacts, audio, and fun photo ops for visitors of all ages.
The History of Early Moorhead
3rd Floor Atrium | ends September 25
Frontier Foundations is a traveling exhibit of 11 panels detailing the early years of Moorhead, Minnesota. The exhibit script was initiated by Minnesota State University Moorhead students in a History 390: Interpretive History course taught by Jayme Joos (Spring 2015) and then completed through a Legacy (Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund) grant awarded to Rinita Dalan and Jayme Joos (Anthropology and Earth Science) that covered additional research and writing by Jayme Joos and copyright permissions for the images.
The panels were printed with funds from the Minnesota Historical Society.