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First Fridays: February 2018

February 2 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm


Minnesota Nice:
Organic and Locally Sourced Tales from the Archives

The Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota contains more stories of nice and not-so-nice Minnesotans than you can shake a Pronto Pup at. From the selfless and heroic local innovators and activists to the insular recidivists throughout its history, Minnesota’s historical extremes will be highlighted in the 2017-2018 First Fridays season.

Event Details

What: First Fridays
When: February 2, 2018, (Light refreshments at 11:45 a.m. with the presentation at noon.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 (parking and directions)

Free and open to the public

Gone into History… 90 Years of the University of Minnesota Archives

Presented by Erin George, Research Services Archivist, and Erik Moore, Head, University Archives

Issues the University has faced during the last 90 years may appear bureaucratic and boring – instituting and maintaining tenure, securing funding, planning for campus needs. But the stories inside the issues are often times touching and maddening and enlightening. Join in celebrating the 90th anniversary of the University of Minnesota Archives as staff share a few of these stories that have gone into history.

Writing Minnesota

Presented by Jennifer Shaw-Spence, Archivist, Upper Midwest Literary Archives

From Sacred Heart to Minneota, to Moorhead, Duluth, and Minneapolis, life on the great plains isn’t always easy. Neither is writing and publishing on the prairie. This talk will examine the work of Minnesota poets and authors, exploring themes of isolation, adaptation, relationships with the environment, and other struggles that give depth to Minnesota’s literary legacy.

About First Fridays

First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.


February 2
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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