Opening Reception and Hopperstad Unveiling @ The Hjemkomst Center
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A public opening reception of our new exhibition, Red River Masters, will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM in conjunction with the unveiling of South Dakota master artist Jon Crane’s portrait of the Hopperstad Stave Church.

The reception will include Hopperstad tours from the master woodcarver who built it, Guy Paulson, as well as Scandinavian treats and a cash wine and beer bar.

Admission to the largest art exhibition in our history, Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible, will be extra ($5).

Classic Horror Movies at the Comstock House @ The Comstock House
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

On Wednesday nights throughout the month of October, we’re hosting classic horror/monster movies at the Comstock House. Members of MSUM’s The Film Loop will introduce the films with a brief history at 7:00PM and moderate a short discussion afterward.*

On Wednesday, October 11, we screen two films: what Roger Ebert called “the first true horror film,” The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920); and the unofficial German Dracula film that’s become one of the most influential vampire horror films in the world, Nosferatu (1922).

On Wednesday, October 18, we screen another German classic, Vampyr (1932); and what’s often cited as the first zombie movie, White Zombie (1932), starring Bela Lugosi.

On Wednesday, October 25, we screen the George Romero “ghoul” movie that revolutionized zombie culture, Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Admission and popcorn are free; soda, water, and beer will be available for purchase.

Seats may be reserved here.

*To learn more, join us on Monday, October 30, at 6:30PM for a lecture discussing a history of monsters and their relationship to Victorian-era pseudoscience.

Drache Lecture: Florence Klingensmith @ The Comstock House
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

(Image: Florence Klingensmith standing next to her red Sportster plane.)

Join NDSU history graduate student Kaci Johnson for a presentation on pioneering aviator Florence “Treetops” Klingensmith. Klingensmith, born in Oakport, Minnesota, became the first woman in North Dakota to receive her pilot’s license. In 1931, she held the world record for inside loops with 1,078, and in 1932, she won the inaugural Amelia Earhart Cup at the National Air Races. After the presentation, enjoy light refreshments and explore the historic home.

This presentation is part of the Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series taking place at the Comstock House during the 2017-2018 school year.

Thursday, October 26 | 6:30PM to 8:00PM

Admission $5 (Free for MNHS/HCSCC Members)

More details here

Parlor Talk: Vampires, Zombies, and the Construction of Race @ The Comstock House
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

On Monday, October 30, we’re hosting HCSCC Communications Coordinator and historian Davin Wait, who will present his graduate research at NDSU on film and literary depictions of monsters and their relationship to popular psuedoscience of the Victorian Era, a period Julian Huxley called “the eclipse of Darwinism” in his 1942 work, Evolution: The Modern Synthesis. The presentation will focus mostly on vampires and zombies, as well as the influence of 19th century anthropology on the forms that those monsters took.

General admission is $10, but only $5 for HCSCC/MNHS members. As a Parlor Talk, admission includes Rex Cafe snacks, a beer or pop (with more available), and the presentation. Seating is limited at the Comstock House so please reserve as soon as possible. Tickets can be reserved here.

Thanks to Rustica Eatery and Tavern for providing the beer.

To attend free screenings of some of the films Davin will discuss, join us at the Comstock House throughout October.

Fauna and Flora Fun in The Saint John’s Bible @ The Hjemkomst Center
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Exhibition visitors will notice the prominent Minnesota wildlife featured in The Saint John’s Bible – from our northern evergreens to our local insects.

Come and learn about the interesting fauna and flora details found in this Minnesota monument of art, and experiment with cyanotype photographic art imaging. You can play with calligraphy and have your name inscribed on a bookmark, too.

Image: Thistle and Butterfly, Chris Tomlin and Brian Simpson, 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.


Parlor Talks: Luther in Germany at 500 Years @ The Hjemkomst Center
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Concordia College Professor of German Studies Jon Clark as he delivers a lecture on the lasting influence of the Lutheran Reformation in Germany, considering its impact on contemporary issues of environmental activism, immigration, and unification.

As a Parlor Talk, Clark’s lecture includes local food from the Rex Cafe, the first beer from one of Fargo-Moorhead’s several local breweries (with the option of pop and more available for purchase), and museum tours, including Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible.

$15 ($10 for members). Tickets available here.