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Explore Hidden History at Doors Open Minneapolis

A special Doors Open Minneapolis experience

By Minnesota Experience
May 14, 2019
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During Doors Open Minneapolis, May 18–19, learn more about the history of Minneapolis at the Mill City Museum with highlights from TPT – Twin Cities PBS Minnesota Experience documentaries, selected by AIA Minnesota and Jim Crow of the North director Daniel Bergin.

These highlights were selected to inspire further reflection on
the history and stories behind the buildings in Minneapolis.

View highlights of Twin Cities PBS Minnesota Experience history films including Jim Crow of the North, Cornerstones: A History of North Minneapolis, and The Past is Alive Within Us. Discover the rich history of North Minneapolis, learn about the connection of this land to the Dakota people, consider the destructive history of racial covenants and redlining, and more.

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This activity is FREE, but admission would be required to visit the rest of the museum.

10:30 am: The Impact of Place on Community
11:00 am & 2:00 pm: A Place to Call Home: Redlining, Public Housing and Community
11:30 am & 2:30 pm: “All of These Things Are Connected”: The Dakota Homeland and Early Minneapolis
12:00 pm & 3:00 pm: Invisible Racial Boundaries: The Lee Family and Lena Smith
12:30 pm & 3:30 pm: The Built Environment, Culture and Places of Worship
1:00 pm & 4:00 pm: Losses and Gains: People, Place and Minneapolis
1:30 pm & 4:30 pm: Place and History in South Minneapolis

Schedule is the same Saturday and Sunday. Showings are approximately 20 minutes each. Check for the most up-to-date schedule!

Details in the program guide! 
Due to the nature of this event, you may have to stand in line before entering the theater.

West Engine House Theater, in the Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55401 MAP


Did you attend Open Doors and the TPT/AIA screenings at Mill City Museum?
What did you learn? What conversations did you spark? What do you want to learn next?


Tapping into TPT’s rich archive of historical stories and adding new ones to the fold, MINNESOTA EXPERIENCE holds the mirror of history up to the modern moment as a force that can forever change who we are and who we want to be. Watch Mondays at 9 PM on TPT2. Stream a selection of films by visiting the URL’s below:


JIM CROW OF THE NORTH | Why does Minnesota suffer through some of the worst racial disparities in the nation? The team behind Mapping Prejudice looks to answer that question by examining the history of the spread of racist, restrictive real estate covenants in the early 20th century. Jim Crow of the North charts the progression of racist policies and practices from the advent of restrictive covenants after the turn of the last century, their elimination in the 1960s through to the lasting impact on our cities today.

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FLOUR POWER explores how milling made Minnesota. The story charts the growth of wheat farming, the harnessing of water power, the founders of the flour milling industry, and the expansion of the industry into global purveyors of industrialized food products.

Cornerstones a History of North Minneapolis film title

CORNERSTONES: A HISTORY OF NORTH MINNEAPOLIS explores the neighborhood's diverse past through the power of place. Co-produced with the University of MN, Cornerstones is a journey through the history of Minnesota's least understood neighborhood.

The Past is Alive Within Us film title

THE PAST IS ALIVE WITHIN US: THE U.S.- DAKOTA CONFLICT examines one of the most difficult chapters of Minnesota’s history: the state’s involvement in the Dakota War as the Civil War was simultaneously raging. It’s mix of history & stories builds deeper understanding.

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NORTH STAR: MINNESOTA'S BLACK PIONEERS features twelve stories of men and women who came to Minnesota under different circumstances to make a home and a difference.


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This story and screening experience are partially funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

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