Ralph's Corner Bar: A History Harvest Tuesday, January 28, 5:00PM - 7:00PM Rustica Tavern
Did you spend time on the "Corner That Rocked"? Do you have memories, photos, t-shirts, posters, etc, from Ralph's Corner Bar? We want to talk!
Please join us at Rustica Eatery and Tavern on Tuesday, January 28, for a Ralph's Corner Bar history harvest. What's a history harvest? A rapidfire research event. We bring scanners, cameras, and audio recorders; you bring stories, photos, and artifacts; together we compile the stories of a Moorhead icon for a future Hjemkomst Center exhibition (and Rustica's throwing in free appetizers!).
Admission is free.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION Artist First Saturday, February 8, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Hjemkomst Center
This winter we open a collaborative art exhibition with Arts Access for All called Artist First. The exhibition was developed with Arts Access for All accessibility advocates and HCSCC members Jesse & Sherry Shirek as an opportunity to highlight the talents of Fargo-Moorhead artists who identify as having a disability. Those talents are showcased here in a multimedia art exhibition.
An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at the Hjemkomst Center. HCSCC and Arts Access for All will be joined by participating artists for a program including remarks and awards.
Admission is free.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Giving Hearts Day Thursday, February 13, 12:00AM - 12:00AM Hjemkomst Center (or online)
HCSCC is once again taking part in Giving Hearts Day, our annual regional day of giving. Please consider a gift to the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County. Your support for local history will take form in many ways, from a school tour and a historical article to a heritage festival and art reception to archival materials and public lectures. We have the privilege of telling local stories all year long, for audiences both in the present and in the distant future — and we appreciate your contributions to help us all remember, and learn from, our colorful local past.
Giving Hearts Day donations can be made online or in the museum on Thursday, February 13.
From the 1840s through the end of the Civil War, leading Minnesotans invited slaveholders and their wealth into the free territory and free state of Minnesota, enriching the area’s communities and residents. Slaveholders’ wealth was even invested in some of the state’s most significant institutions and provided a financial foundation for several towns and counties — and the money generated by Minnesota investments flowed both ways, supporting some of the South’s largest plantations. Dozens of southern slaveholders and people raised in slaveholding families purchased land and backed Minnesota businesses. Politicians and officeholders like Henry Sibley, Henry Rice, and Sylvanus Lowry worked for a slaveholder; the latter two recruited wealthy southern slaveholders to invest in property. Six hundred residents of the new state of Minnesota petitioned the legislature to make slavery legal for vacationing southerners who brought with them enslaved men and women “as body servants, for their comfort and convenience” while they escaped the summer heat of the South.
Through careful research in obscure records, censuses, newspapers, and archival collections, Christopher Lehman has brought to light this hidden history of northern complicity in American slavery.
Admission is free.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION Boys in Blue: The Grand Army of the Republic Tuesday, March 31, 5:00PM - 8:00PM Hjemkomst Center
A year after the Civil War ended, a fraternal organization for Union veterans was established as the Grand Army of the Republic (or G.A.R.). The men of the G.A.R. left a lasting legacy, establishing veteran pensions, building soldiers' homes, and lobbying for major legislation at all levels of government. Siouxland Heritage Museum's Boys in Blue: The Grand Army of the Republic highlights that legacy — including local supplements from Clay County's history.
An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Join us for refreshments, live music from the Hartford Street Brass Band, and a history of local Civil War vet Felix Battles from HCSCC programming director Markus Krueger.