Wayzata, Minnesota

Monday, February 15, 2016

Between the Idea

Good morning and welcome to 

Between the idea
and the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the shadow

T. S. Elliot

Since going to the beach is far too icy of an idea, why not brush up on our history.

Welcome to the Minnesota History Center

Time is running out to catch the Suburbia Exhibit.

"Prosperous suburbia was one of the end-states of history. Once achieved, only plague, flood, or nuclear war could threaten its grip." - J.G. Ballard

New neighborhoods were being built everywhere.

When I was little and we were out new-house-hunting my mother always remarked-
"They all look like breadboxes."

The photo below reflects a time before suburbia.

Inside looking out.

Where students on field trips may eat their bag lunches if weather permits.

From the Open House: If These Walls  Could Talk

 Various stories told of families, from the first German immigrants, through the Italians, African-Americans and Hmong.  All of their stories speak through each room representing different eras of living on St. Paul's East-side, and they share things like shown in this photo above.   Beautiful keepsakes of their very own creations of artwork and other handicrafts throughout as well.

"The best moments in reading are when you come across
something- a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things
which you had thought special and particular to you.
Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met.
Someone even who is long dead.  And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours." Alan Bennett

Thank you for stopping by, enjoy President's Day today, 
whether you have it off or have to work.
Maybe you'll have cake to celebrate!


Gail said...

What an interesting place to visit.

EG CameraGirl said...

Very talented people have put this museum together! I want to go there. :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the Minnesota History Center looks like awonderful place to explore. Times have changed over the years. I think my body could not take the extreme weather! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Denise inVA said...

Very interesting post Karen with great photos. I would love to walk around there. Happy President 's Day!

Elephant's Child said...

It looks and sounds like an exhibition I would LOVE to see. Thank you.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I was waiting and waiting...finally a snowman...good rep for Minnesota, huh?

RedPat said...

That looks like a very fun place to visit! Lots of nostalgia to see, Karen!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a fun assortment of pictures.

sage said...

I would enjoy a visit to the history museum (but I really want to go to the Spam museum, I think it's in Austin, MN)

Debbie said...

Looks like a great place to wander around on a cold winter day!!

Cloudia said...

You share the history so well


The fact you can take photos inside the museum is awesome....they'd string me up if caught doing just that around here [tho I do tend to sneak my cellphone out when the video recording cameras turn away from Shhhh, don't tell anyone]

Loved viewing all about the suburbia. My day. Oh, and I still call the 'older style homes from back then'...cracker boxes. So, your mom and I think on the same lines.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Perfect place to spend a wintery day Karen, a hot summers day also when you think of it! Thank heavens for Museums and Art Galleries :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I hope you got your weather permits, Karen!

Our snow was followed by freezing rain. I couldn't even get down the front stairs to take the old newspapers to the recycling bin last night.

Filip and Kristel said...

Special such an old car.


Tony McGurk said...

I really like that 1st car photo. Beautiful