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History Revealed: Got to Be Something Here

March 14, 2019 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Ramsey County Historical Society Presents

Andrea Swensson, Got to Be Something Here

History Revealed: A Toast to History Series
March 14, 2019
Thursday, 7:45 pm (note new time)
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

The story, from start to superstardom, of the musicians who shaped the Minneapolis Sound. Got to Be Something Here traces the rise of that distinctive sound through two generations of political upheaval, rebellion, and artistic passion.

Funk and soul become a lens for exploring three decades of Minneapolis and St. Paul history as longtime music journalist Andrea Swensson takes us through the neighborhoods and venues, and the lives and times, that produced the Minneapolis Sound. In this presentation, Swensson will focus on the journeys of women artists, and those of color, who were hard-pressed to find venues and outlets for their music, struggling to cross color and gender lines as they honed their sound.

Copies of Got to Be Something Here will be available for purchase and signing.

Andrea Swensson is an author, radio host, and music journalist. She hosts a weekly program about the Minnesota music scene, The Local Show, at Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current and contributes to the Local Current Blog. Prior to joining MPR, she was the music editor at City Pages, where she founded the AAN AltWeekly Award-winning Gimme Noise music blog.

Featured image: Andrea Swensson, photographed by Leslie Plesser.

Registration is needed to attend presentations. Space is limited, first-come, first served.
Presentation is free.
Registration form is available here.
Or call 651-222-0701 or email

It’s RCHS Day at Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery!

On the second Thursday of each month, 10% of all sales to RCHS members and their guests will be donated to the Ramsey County Historical Society!

RCHS members and supporters are encouraged to come and enjoy a lunch/dinner/drink at Waldmann throughout the day, or time your dinner so that you can stay for the presentation immediately after. So come on in and raise a toast to history and support RCHS!

Mention that you are a member, supporter or friend of RCHS to your server, and they will make sure that your tab is counted toward Waldmann’s support.

2019 History Revealed Programs

See the History Revealed 2019 information page for updates and a list of programs.
Or check our Calendar for these and other programs at the Gibbs Farm, and more!


March 14, 2019
7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery
445 Smith Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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