Two Minneapolis Cultural Institutions Offer Unique Experiences for Wi12 Attendees

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    An image from The Tenggren Fairy Book in the Kerlan Collection.
    An image from The Tenggren Fairy Book in the Kerlan Collection.

    The University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections’ Kerlan Collection, one of the leading repositories of the works of children’s book creators, is inviting Winter Institute attendees to an open house on Friday afternoon, January 27. The collection includes manuscripts, editorial correspondence, and original and process art, as well as rare first editions.

    Lisa Von Drasek, the curator of the Kerlan Collection, will be hosting the open house for Winter Institute attendees from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday (visitors are typically required to make an appointment and request materials). On view will be original art from Wanda Gag, Clement Hurd, Melissa Sweet, Tomie dePaola, and Gustaf Tenggren as well as manuscripts from Kate DiCamillo, Walter Dean Myers, Marguerite Henry, Katherine Paterson, and Sharon Creech. There will also be tours of the underground, temperature-controlled cavern where the collection is stored.

    The Kerlan Collection is located on the west bank of the University of Minnesota campus, at 113 Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis. It is a 10-minute cab ride from the Hyatt Regency; driving directions are available here.

    More information about the Kerlan Collection is available here.


    A special promotion from the Minneapolis Mill City Museum is offering $2 off admission to visitors with a Winter Institute badge from Friday, January 27, through Tuesday, February 1 (the museum is closed on Mondays).

    Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Visitors will learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.

    Mill City Museum is located at 704 S. 2nd Street, which is just 0.3 mile from Open Book and 1.5 miles from the Hyatt Regency.