Terrace Exhibit Opens at Hennepin History Museum
The Hennepin History Museum will host an exhibit on the Terrace from now until August.
The exhibit is similar to the one that was on display at the Robbin Gallery.
“We had a lot of the resources readily available from the previous exhibit,” explained David Leonhardt from The Terrace Legacy Project, which helped with the exhibit. “It’s been a matter of reformatting that to a new design for people more outside of the Robbinsdale area who might be more unfamiliar with the Terrace.”
When the Terrace opened in 1951, it was advertised as “America’s Finest Theater,” which is the name of the exhibit. The theater changed hands over the years, fell into disrepair, and was eventually demolished. A group of Terrace fans emerged to try to save the building, but when that failed, they focused on preserving the building’s artifacts and legacy.
Those artifacts are still coming in. Just days before the Hennepin History Museum exhibit opened, someone came forward to donate three bears that used to be located on a rock wall above a copper drinking fountain inside the Terrace. Two are on display; one is in bad shape.
(photos courtesy Terrace Legacy Project Facebook page)
You can learn the story of the bears and more at the exhibit.
“It’s more about getting more people in touch with the story of the Terrace,” said Leonhardt. “Not the Terrace as it was, but the Terrace as it ended up. The exhibit covers the whole life of the Terrace from the beginning to the demolition. It talks about the importance of theaters in local communities.”
The exhibit is on display until August 9. To learn more about the Hennepin History Museum, click here.