History Alive Plays

by JanePeck on April 11, 2019

Please see our new website  https://historyalivelanesboro.org for 2020 and future plays! You can also check www.facebook.com/historyalivelanesboro  for pictures and events.

Pop-up Plays are a set of scenes based on original scripts of Lanesboro, MN history with music and dance. They are set outdoors in historic sites of Lanesboro. Audiences are led on a walking tour where they experience the 28 characters that once inhabited our town! Many thanks to SE MN Arts Council and Legacy Funds from the people of Minnesota.

 Non-profit group History Alive! Lanesboro was born in December 2016 in Lanesboro, Minnesota after very successful seasons 2015 and 2016 of Pop-up Plays. The community asked us to keep the tradition going! Each year the Pop-up Plays take place the last two weekends of September. Tours at 1 and 3 pm each day. Usually plays begin at Sons of Norway Lodge,  108 Parkway Ave. South. Free with suggested donation. Written, directed by Jane Peck.

Our mission is to present original Lanesboro area 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. “Stories of Lanesboro in the streets of Lanesboro” is our motto.


Pop-up Plays Lanesboro: 1918 was performed twice daily September 22 , 23, 29 and 30, 2018 with walking tours to various scenes that began at Sons of Norway Lodge, Lanesboro, MN. With a new script and direction by Jane Peck this production included 45 performers and was attended by a total of 450 audience members. History Alive Lanesboro  partnered with Lanesboro Henry Guttormson American Legion to produce this centennial show! Local World War I soldiers and nurses returned , suffragists marched, vaudeville came to town with Charlie Chaplin -as did the influenza epidemic. There was a welcome home parade for soldiers and nurses and a memorial for those who died. AV hire was provided by local businesses to ensure flawless audiovisual presentations throughout the event. Additionally, stage hire was arranged to facilitate seamless scene transitions and performances.

Enormous thanks to those who donated to make this event possible.  Thanks to the Lanesboro Area Community Foundation and Lanesboro American Legion. Thanks to performers and volunteers. We love you all!


Pop-up Plays Lanesboro 1930s: The Sequel was performed in twice daily over 4 weekend days in late September. This show focused on the turbulent years of 1936-1939 in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Playwright and Director Jane Peck included local effects of the Depression and early labor movement, the rise of Hitler, the big Sons of Norway convention or 1936 and the local Roma or Gypsy camp. Peck recorded many oral interviews with local elders who remember these days.


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