Lawn Games and Local Beer Thursday, August 23, 6:30PM - 8:30PM Comstock House
We're rounding out our summer Comstock programming on August 23, when we host a neighborhood party on the Comstock House lawn from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. The focus? Building local community, playing lawn games, and enjoying some of our community’s fine local food and brew.
We’ll be playing classic lawn games like kubb, molkky, skittles, bocce ball, and croquet; and we’ll be drinking local brews from community brewers like Junkyard Brewing Company, Drekker Brewing Company, and Fargo Brewing Company.
Admission is free and the beer costs $5 a pour. Potato Brothers will be available on the grounds for purchases.
Yoga on the Comstock Lawn Mondays, 6:00PM (through August) Comstock House
On Monday nights at 6:00PM throughout the summer, we’re hosting certified yoga instructor Amanda Nordick who will lead outdoor yoga classes designed for all levels of ability on the Comstock House lawn. A limited number of yoga mats will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own (and your own water bottle). Classes will be canceled in case of rain or low temps (below 60 degrees), so watch our social media pages for updates!
Local History: Civil Liberties and WWI in Clay County Tuesday, September 11, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Hjemkomst Center
HCSCC Senior Archivist Mark Peihl offers a free local history of American civil liberties during World War I. The lecture is offered with free admission in support of our current exhibition of War, Flu, and Fear: World War I & Clay County and in celebration of Welcoming Week and the efforts of Welcoming FM.
World War I was a trying time for civil liberties in the United States. The passage of the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917 and 1918 was used to silence and imprison critics of an unpopular war, while state legal bodies and local political groups resorted to intimidation, alienation, and occasionally mob violence in their efforts to stifle dissent. Many historians see this wave of repressive acts culminating in the Palmer Raids, which directly influenced the formation of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920.
On the local front xenophobia, anti-German sentiment, and fears of labor unions and radicals reached a fever pitch. These fears took shape in acts of mob violence and the creation of the Minnesota Public Safety Commission, a watchdog group that exerted tremendous powers in the state, suspending civil liberties and presiding over what University of Minnesota historian Hy Berman described as "a reign of terror."
Mark's lecture will begin shortly after 6:00PM. Museum admission and light refreshments are included with the talk.