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Electrifying Minnesota On exhibit at Runestone Museum

In today's world, many people don't think a thing of flicking a switch and having the room instantly lit up.

But imagine what it was like for those who experienced electricity in their homes for the very first time.

Runestone Electric Association (REA) and the Runestone Museum in Alexandria have partnered to present the exhibit "Electrifying Minnesota" at the Runestone Museum October 1 through November 30.

The traveling exhibit was created by The Baaken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota.

Through film, photography and interactive activities, this exhibit illuminates the amazing ways electricity has transformed life in Minnesota for more than 100 years.

Discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible, find out what people thought about electricity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and learn how we will generate it in years to come.

The Minnesota Historical Society Traveling Exhibits program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Legacy Amendment.

WHAT: Reception and exhibit preview for Runestone Museum and Runestone Electric Association members. Coffee and cookies served.

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Runestone Museum, Alexandria, MN

BitzanTara Bitzan Tara Bitzan is a lifelong Douglas County resident. She obtained a degree in Mass Communications/Print Journalism and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She joined the Echo Press in 1991 and currently serves as the Life/Variety/Special Projects editor. She lives in rural Douglas County with her husband, Dennis, and their daughters, Courtney and Cayla. Follow Life Editor Tara Bitzan on Twitter at @TBitzan.

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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