History in the Twin Cities: Pirates, Protest, and More

Looking for interesting exhibits and events around the Twin Cities related to history? Here’s what’s on and what’s coming up:

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

Now running at the Science Museum of Minnesota (through Labor Day) introduces the  “perils and privileges of 18th century pirate life” through interaction with over 200 artifacts (including coins, cannons, swords, and more), mostly related to the Whydah, the flagship of pirate Sam Bellamy, which sank in 1717.

Click here to learn more about the exhibition. Tickets range in price from $12-$36.

Coco’s Diary

The new play from the Minnesota History Theatre, Coco’s Diary is based on the diary kept daily in 1927 by Clotilde Irvine, the thirteen-year old daughter of a St. Paul lumber baron. Recommended for the whole family — and, of course, U.S. History and Jazz Age buffs. (You can also read the diary itself, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2011 as Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl’s Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age.)

The play’s run started March 3rd and will continue through the 25th. Tickets range from $28-$38, with special student tickets available for $15. Learn more here.

Stand Up! Minnesota’s Protest Tradition

Next Tuesday night (March 13) at 7pm, the Minnesota History Center will host a new installment of its “History Lounge” series: a free talk and discussion featuring historian Rhonda Gilman, author of Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota’s Protest Tradition. She’ll discuss everyone from Floyd B. Olson to Paul Wellstone, Republican abolitionists to Farmer-Laborites.

Learn more at the History Center calendar page.

The Mistake by Japan to Start War in the Pacific

The Harold C. Deutsch World War II Roundtable continues on Thursday, March 22nd, 7pm at Fort Snelling, when author Jeffery Record (A War It Was Always Going to Lose) discusses the debate among Japanese leaders: was it worth starting a war with the United States in 1941 in order to gain access to natural resources?

Tickets are $5, but free for students. Learn more here.

We the People: The First Official Printing of the U.S. Constitution

Starting April 3 (and running through the 4th of July), the Minnesota History Center will have early copies of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights on display as a special exhibition (along with continuing and permanent exhibitions on Minnesota and World War II, the changing face of a neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side, and other topics).

History Center tickets are $11, discounted to $9 for college students. And there’s always free admission on Tuesday evenings (5-8pm). Or join the Minnesota Historical Society and get free admission anytime.

Click here for more about the Constitution display.

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