The State Capitol renovation is well underway. It’s a $273 million project that’s expected to take several years. And along the way, the renovation is revealing some oddball items that have been hidden for decades. They may not be all that historic, but they’re pretty cool. Much of the Capitol restoration is below ground, where workers are exposing original limestone foundation behind unnecessary walls that were added over the years.
A new exhibit about Prohibition opens Saturday at the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul. “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” follows the Temperance movement of the early 1800s through the “Roaring ’20s” to the repeal of the constitutional amendment that outlawed the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcohol in the U.S.
November’s Native American History Month, and it’s coinciding with the sesquicentennial of U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, giving all the more reason to learn more about the event and the people involved.
To remember the collapse of a busy Minnesota highway bridge, state historians preserved items they thought would vividly convey the chaotic scene that unfolded back in 2007: a battered Interstate 35W sign, an emergency worker’s shirt, the back door of a school bus that young survivors used to escape.