Lincoln, Power and Perpich

With another political season upon us, the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm has opened a new exhibit reminding us of times when politics was even more important (and somehow even dirtier). “Abraham Lincoln, a Man of His Time, a Man for All Times” debuted this week, with a localized exhibit highlighting two important Iron Range political leaders, former Gov. Rudy Perpich and pioneering Hibbing mayor Vic Power.

You can see the exhibit during normal museum hours until Oct. 14. I’m going to go check it out this week because I’ll be giving a lecture on Iron Range politics there on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. You should go to that! I’ve been a bit of a maverick lately. I might say anything. I’ll definitely be talking about the contributions of Power and Perpich to very turbulent times on the Iron Range. Naturally, I’ll have copies of “Overburden” to sign and sell. More on this later.

Minnesota Discovery Center hosts national exhibit on Abraham Lincoln

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm announces the opening of a new, traveling exhibit, “Abraham Lincoln, A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times.” Companion displays with this exhibit feature Hibbing resident and former governor Rudy Perpich and 10-time Hibbing mayor, Victor Power.

“We’re pleased to receive this exhibit from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said Kelly Florence, education coordinator at Minnesota Discovery Center. “The addition of displays about Rudy Perpich and Vic Power compliment the story of Lincoln and add a local flavor to the exhibit.”

More books have been written about Lincoln than any other American, yet public knowledge about our most famous president is dominated by a series of iconic images: the son of an illiterate frontier farmer who taught himself to read; the savior of the Union; the Great Emancipator; the martyred leader. Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times invites visitors to look beyond the myth. We hope that presenting Lincoln’s own words in speeches, letters and proclamations, will encourage a deeper understanding of the nation’s 16th president’s life, accomplishments and legacy.

This exhibit is included with admission and will be featured at the museum through October 14, 2010.

Other upcoming events at Minnesota Discovery Center include “IronFest,” an evening of rock music by three regional bands on Sunday, September 26, from 5-9 p.m.; and “The Ultimate Fire Ring” display, the result of a regional competition among metal artists to create the most memorable fire ring as voted by MDC visitors (showing October 5-November 5). Visit for information about other events and activities.

Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times is a national traveling exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The traveling exhibition has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of human experience and cultural heritage.

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