F/W 2022 Fashion with Minnesota Dance Theatre

F/W 2022 Fashion with Minnesota Dance Theatre

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

From left to right: Malene Birger Peter Pan collar trench ($750), from D.NOLO, 219 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-584-3244; Alexandre Birman lace-up boots ($750), from Pumpz, Galleria, 952-926-2252; Etro shearling coat ($3,880), from MartinPatrick3, 212 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-746-5329; Musse and Cloud platform Chelsea boot ($135), from Leo Footwear, 1554 Selby Ave., St. Paul, leofootwearstpaul.com; Steve Madden plaid shacket ($119), from Statement Boutique, 212 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 651-808-7663; “Capoeira” combat boot ($189), by Gabriela Ephrem, gabrielaephrem.com

MSPMAG: Move through the season in looks kicked up by statement separates. In Minnesota, coats, jackets, and toppers are always on trend and are sure to earn you applause from your inner circle.

The 83rd Aquatennial – Minneapolis, MN

The 83rd Aquatennial – Minneapolis, MN

 Minneapolis Aquatennial

Mark your calendars! Organizers of Minneapolis’s official celebration of summer announced its 2022 lineup of events. The 83rd Aquatennial will take place Wednesday, July 20th through Saturday, July 23rd, 2022.

Fort Snelling Reopens After Revitalization Project

Fort Snelling Reopens After Revitalization Project

Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is announcing the reopening of Historic Fort Snelling after a two-year renovation project,
which includes a refurbished visitor’s center inside a 1904 cavalry barracks.

“Our guiding vision for the Historic Fort Snelling revitalization has been to inspire a better future by providing a place to learn, share and connect to all of the complex stories that shape history in Minnesota,” said Kent Whitworth MNHS director and CEO in a statement. “Historic Fort Snelling has been a site of diplomacy and conflict; pride and tragedy; service and sacrifice. Today, the site reveals more of this remarkable history with spaces for visitors to study, reflect, connect and learn.”

The first National Historic Landmark in Minnesota, Fort Snelling underwent $34.5 million in improvements—$19.5 provided by State of Minnesota appropriations and $15 million in private funding. The new Plank Museum and Visitor Center was originally constructed in 1904 as U.S. Army Cavalry barracks and later converted to an outpatient VA Clinic forty years later, but has been vacant since 1989 without power, water, or an HVAC system. According to the Historical Society, floors were covered in asbestos and lead paint adorned many walls. Water damage accrued throughout the building from roof leaks, causing wood floors to warp and ceilings to cave in.

The renovation now includes more than 19,000 square feet of public accessible space, event and meeting spaces, an upgraded museum store, and a gallery for traveling exhibits.

With scenic views located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, known as Bdote, the Fort became a point of convergence—for the Dakota, Ojibwe, and enslaved people, to fur traders, immigrants, soldiers and veterans—all contributing to its complicated history.

 

 

Fort Snelling was the site of a concentration camp for 1,600 Dakota after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. While Minnesota was a free territory, federal army officers enslaved African Americans, including Dred and Harriet Scott, within the Fort’s walls. It was also where the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment launched, with 25,000 soldiers who fought against slavery in the Civil War. Fort Snelling was also an induction center for more than 300,000 soldiers in World War II, and home to a Military Intelligence Service Language School where Japanese Americans, many whose families were held in domestic concentration camps, used language skills to aid the war effort.

While Fort Snelling is normally closed in winter, the new visitor center will host “expanded musical and theatrical performances and explorations of the site’s changing landscape throughout the seasons.”

ICYMI

An Eater’s Guide to the Twin Cities

The Cross-Country Music of Singer-Songwriter Caitlyn Smith

The Cross-Country Music of Singer-Songwriter Caitlyn Smith

Photographs by Victoria Campbell

Despite all her Nashville success, Minnesota is where Smith, shown here in the woods she owns with her family, does her best work.

MSPMAG: Caitlyn Smith has written songs for country legends and now has her own single flying up the country charts. She’s also opening for George Strait, after just moving back to Minnesota from Nashville. It’s probably time you get to know her.

Why did Caitlyn Smith leave Nashville? Her stunning acreage west of the metro (and the house she’ll soon build on it), for one.

Lip Lab by Bite @MOA – Bloomington, MN

Lip Lab by Bite @MOA – Bloomington, MN

 We went inside the new experiential and customizable lipstick bar now open at MOA.

 

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