History Moves in a Spiral

History moves in a spiral – in this it is like a galaxy, a hurricane and most organisms when we are deprived of sensory information to guide us.


Happy 30th anniversary, Minnesota Women's Press!

Nearly 1,000 profile stories of women have been shared in the Minnesota Women's Press. The first was of comedienne Merrilyn Belgum, in Volume 1, Issue 1, April 16, 1985. Belgum died in May 2014 at age 89.

"What if women were in charge of public words and the news? What if our voices were being heard?" 


Increased Black home ownership would slice wealth gap

Historic "redlining" maps of Minneapolis anad Saint Paul; blacks were unable to get access to federally subsidized mortgages.

Researchers studying the affects of public policy on the racial wealth gap estimated that the median wealth of Black households would rise 451 percent if Blacks owned homes at the same rates as Whi


The Murals of St. Paul's West Side

04/12/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us for an up close and personal panel discussion with local muralist Craig David, historian Leila Albert and author Moira Harris in which they will share insights and provide under

Bloomington’s ‘Special Presentation’ on Black History involved no Blacks

Deb Meyer (at podium) with participants of The Historical Society and the Human Rights Commission of Bloomington Special Presentation on Black History Month. Photo by James L. Stroud

An all-White crowd heard about slavery and the Underground Railroad from an admittedly uninformed White presenter


The original visionaries of Lao Minnesota: Phouninh and Khoutong Vixayvong

For the Lao in Minnesota, heritage preservation was robust and vital in building community roots in the late 80s through early 90s.


A weekend to think about this nation at war and at risk

The coming weekend marks not one but significant dates in American history. Sunday, December 7, is familiar to many Americans as the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the efficient cause of the Second World War. Since 1994 that global tragedy has been officially designated as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, a date that FDR correctly predicted would live in infamy. (See earlier post)


Gratitude, Nordic style

Tuesday morning I attended the 30th Annual Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast. The event is sponsored by the Sons of Norway and is a charitable venture (donations were collected for Second Harvest Heartland and the Minnesota Military Family Foundation) loaded with local celebrities, politicians, and 963 guests. I sat at a table in the back dubbed The Johnson Table. Of ten at our table, seven of us were Johnsons. The event was, as 2014 Event Chair Bruce Karstadt observed, "Fika on steroids." (Fika is a Swedish tradition meaning to take a break, most often with coffee, with colleagues, friends, or family. It is both a verb and a noun.)


Dinkytown fans rally for historic preservation

(Photo by Juliet Farmer) More than 100 people turned out to a “Dinkytown Reunion” on Nov. 23,2014, with many calling for the area to be deemed historic.

Don Olson saw Dinkytown through some of its most memorable social and political movements during the 1960s.


Twin Cities Fred Hampton Remembrance Day 2014

12/04/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The night will include a Short Film, Spoken Word, Music, and Speakers on Revolution, Political Repression, and Security Culture.

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