Centennial History Publication Committee Column

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With the holidays upon us, what better time to share three Friends recipes from The Collector’s Cookbook published in 1973. Being with friends and family and enjoying good food is surely a recipe for good memories. To enlarge the recipes, click on either image.







This year we have shared in this column grand Friends memories and 100 years of astounding accomplishments. With this in mind, we look ahead with emphasis on celebrating, reuniting with Friends not seen in so long, and appreciating opportunities to build new relationships. As a result, this organization is strengthened and equipped to serve its mission and community in the decades and years to come. Watch for these celebratory centennial events in 2022:

January 20 is the actual 100th birthday of the Friends of the Institute. Celebrate by attending the opening lecture featuring Dr. Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence. A special luncheon will follow the lecture, honoring descendants of the Friends founding members. Equally exciting will be the first viewing of Friends centennial publication, Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy. Each Friends member in good standing (meaning those who have recommitted to paid membership) will receive a complimentary copy of this commemorative book.

Luncheon tickets are available now: $75

RSVP by January 6, 2022, by calling 612.870.6323

PLEASE NOTE: Covid-19 Protocol
To help ensure the health and wellness of museum guests
and staff, the Friends respectfully request proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event. Masks are encouraged, especially for those not vaccinated. The Friends of the Institute appreciates your understanding and cooperation.

Friends are encouraged to invite a friend to the February 10 luncheon, an opportunity to celebrate our camaraderie and share the importance of Friends to Mia.

Art in Bloom always brings crowds to Mia in April to enjoy the scents and beauty of extraordinary flower arrangements throughout the galleries. The Cargill Gallery will feature an astonishing exhibition surrounding the beauty of the Friends centennial gift to Mia, Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums. This promises to be a wonderful chance to experience many of the past AIB images all have enjoyed over the almost 40 years of Art in Bloom.

Carolyn Christian, the first president of Friends, resided in a magnificent home just down the street from Mia that today houses the Hennepin History Museum. In mid-June a “Homecoming” reception will be held there, celebrating early Friends history. Neighborhood walking tours will take place on June 23 and 24.

A garden party at Friends member Martha Head’s Lake Minnetonka home will be held on July 14. The flowers should be glorious this time of year!

Although it is hard to predict when a flower will bloom, we intend to celebrate, sometime in August, the beauty of our very own Friends for 100 Years dahlia cultivated by Larry and Sue Bagge. Nature and beauty cannot be rushed so we will keep you posted.

September brings a visit from American fashion historian Sandy Schreier. Her 20th century fashion collection was recently exhibited at the Met. A wonderful luncheon will follow on September 8. Friends will enjoy a festive cocktail party on September 9 at the University of Minnesota Goldstein Museum of Design in McNeil Hall. Music will fill the gallery as guests delight in viewing curated costumes from the Goldstein Museum of Design collection.

All volunteers are the structure and cornerstone of what makes an organization function and grow. We celebrate the generosity, smiles and hardworking spirit of volunteers with a reception on November 10. Also, what a grand time to acknowledge the history and dedication of our affiliates from Rochester and St. Cloud.

December wraps up our centennial year. We look to the future by hosting Mia’s December 11 Family Day, inviting the community to embrace our year with us. Children are our future as well as an important part of our focus for 100 years in support of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Mark your calendars and watch for more details to come. As a reminder, our history publication committee is out of the park excited to finally present our splendid hardbound book to all Friends members in good standing this January. We are assured you will find it a valuable tool to understanding why these 100 years are worth celebrating and why we urge you all to journey into the future with us.

Please renew your Friends membership now in order to receive the Friends centennial publication, Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy. Call 612-870-6323 or visit this link. The Friends of the Institute appreciates your dedication to this organization as we enter our next one hundred years!

Happy holidays to everyone, and may your days ahead bring good health and peace.

Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers