Group Outing to the History Center’s Suburbia Exhibit

Minnesota Housewife

Mrs. Minnesota, Betty Bach, 1958 from the Minnesota Historical Society Collections

Do you like thinking and talking about land use and history? What a silly question, of course you do. Well, we’re having a outing and you should come.

The Minnesota History Center recently opened a new exhibit called Suburbia. Through an exploration of building, living, and shopping in the suburbs, “guests are invited to look back and reflect on the successes and failures of Suburbia and what’s in store for the future.” Sounds neat, right?

WHAT: Group outing to the Suburbia exhibit.

WHERE: Minnesota History Center at 345 W. Kellogg Blvd in St. Paul.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17th at 6pm.

WHO: Everyone is welcome.

COST: Free on Tuesdays! We might do a drink with appetizers afterwards.

HOW DO I GET THERE? I’ll be biking over from Minneapolis so you can join me if you’d like, comment here or on Twitter to stay on the loop. Otherwise, it’s right on the Green Line [Capitol/Rice Street stop].


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Lindsey Wallace

About Lindsey Wallace

Lindsey Wallace is a diehard Minnesotan and an enthusiastic pedestrian and bicyclist. Armed with a master's degree in public health and a bicycle, she pedals the city observing how the built environment impacts healthy choices. Lindsey works for Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Bender and is the City Council representative on the Pedestrian Advisory Committee. When not dreaming up a future bike utoptia, Lindsey cooks dinner for friends, sews her own clothes, walks her dog, and talks to folks about biking which she writes about at

5 thoughts on “Group Outing to the History Center’s Suburbia Exhibit

  1. Will Bildsten

    I went to it and found it fascinating. It very much explains suburbia’s populist roots, showing how small and modest suburbia was at first, and then how much homes grew in size.

    However, it could include a lot more about how much the government, especially FDR/Truman, created suburbia and office parks through policy.

    It has an exhibit on Edina Country Club without delving into its exclusionary foundation: new Jewish, no Catholic, no non-white. The exhibit discusses racial zoning, but Country Club, which is pre-New Deal, was a telling and extreme example of racism in suburbia.

      1. Rosa

        it seems like a failure for an exhibit that’s about the successes and failures of suburbia to not talk about exclusionary policies. Do they at least bring up race covenants and redlining?

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