Exploring History & Culture in Central Minnesota: Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, February 2021.

Exploring History & Culture in Central Minnesota is an event series created by the Morrison County Historical Society in 2019 in order to partner on cultural programming with history organizations in Central Minnesota. The partnership includes the Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, and Stearns County Historical Societies.

Each year, the four organizations work with another history organization within Minnesota to bring  programming to Central Minnesota that highlights a specific history and/or culture.

For more information on the series, contact the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007.

2019 Series

The 2019 Exploring History & Culture in Central Minnesota series featured the Somali Museum of Minnesota, which presented programs on Somali kebed weaving, Somali Culture 101, a Mobile Culture Show, and the Somali Museum Dance Troupe.

2020 Series

The 2020 series featured programming from The Museum of Russian Art, with exhibits of Russian nesting dolls and various performances by the Nitka Folk Performance Group and Ladya Duet.

2021 Series

The 2021 series featured programming from the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the series was held online and featured a program on the founding of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery, a program on how art can be used to further social justice, and a program on an effort to save and preserve the plywood murals created after the killing of George Floyd.

2021 Central Minnesota Black History Resources

A Conversation with the Cofounders of the MAAHMG: https://youtu.be/gQul2iIqFIE

The Role of Arts and Artists in Social Justice Movements: https://youtu.be/YyUC8_Sd4xA