Wet & Dry: Alcohol in Clay County, 1871-1937
Heritage Hall | ends January 8, 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).


Quilt National ’15
Heritage Hall | July 1 to October 10

The Dairy Barn Art Center’s 19th biennial juried exhibition of innovative art quilts in Athens, Ohio, makes its debut in Fargo-Moorhead, showcasing an eclectic collection of work from fiber artists representing 33 states and 8 foreign countries. The impressive quilts stand on their own as a gorgeous art exhibition of color, shape, and texture.

However, they also stand as a cultural statement. As one of the jurors, Judy Schwender, notes, the exhibition was constructed in part to “prove to the larger world out there that quilting is an art form on a level with traditional fine art mediums.” By all early accounts, she’s right.


Frontier Foundations:
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.