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First Fridays: May 2018

May 4 @ 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: May 4, 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

Pals Forever

Presented by Ryan Bean, Reference and Outreach Archivist, Kautz Family YMCA Archives
By the mid-1960s over 200,000 children and their parents (mostly fathers and sons) participated in the Y-Indian Guides program annually. This signature youth development program’s primary aim was the strengthening of the parent-child relationship. The method? Donning headdresses, beating tom-toms, and giving praise to the Great Spirit. Initially organized with the belief that they were honoring the example of Native American peoples, over time the YMCA (along with much of the nation) came to recognize the problem of appropriation. This talk explores well-meaning intentions, the strengthening of the family, and the cultural appropriation of native peoples.

Archiving the Nice, the Not-So-Nice, and Everything In-Between

Presented by Lisa Calahan, Head of Archival Processing
Each collecting unit within ASC has its own unique history. This presentation will look at the histories of the archives and how archivists do our part to preserve the legacy of “Minnesota Nice.”

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.


May 4
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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