History Alive! Lanesboro presents original Southeast Minnesota history programs through the arts: acting, storytelling, dance, music, and writing. We hope to foster community identity and the understanding of American small town heritage.
We created a new theater form, our Pop-up Plays , to bring theater to our many actual historic sites, indoors and out, in our town of Lanesboro. Each year our director, performer, and historian Jane Peck writes new plays highlighting a new time period and its local characters and events. Pop-up Plays are filled with music, dance, laughter, and tears as well as 40 plus performers of all ages, both professional and amateur.
"VOTES FOR WOMEN! RALLY 1920" began as a Pop-up Play scene. This winter History Alive! was just beginning a statewide tour of this show to honor Minnesota woman suffragists and the tales of their hard work winning the vote for women. 2020 is the Centennial year of this important event. Of 8 contracted locations we performed in only Bemidji, Austin, and Mpls. before Covid-19 brought an abrupt halt to our plans! One by one contracts were cancelled or postponed.
PLEASE donate to our touring fund so we can remount this important show about women suffragists in our own state when it is once again safe to tour again. Thank you!