History Alive! Lanesboro presents original Lanesboro, Minnesota area history programs through the arts: acting, storytelling, dance, music, and writing. We foster community identity and the understanding of American small town heritage.

We create new Pop-up Plays about Southeast Minnesota every September which tour the streets of our town, Lanesboro.






Pop-up Plays: Lanesboro WW 2 and Beyond, 1948  will be performed  two weekends: September 18 and 19, and September 25 and 26 here in Lanesboro. Total of 8 performances.

Walking tours leave at 1 pm or 3 pm each of the four days. Register at Sons of Norway Lodge, 200 Parkway Avenue South (our main street). Free, but suggested donation of $10 per adult.

Pop-up Plays: Lanesboro1948 will be the sixth show by History Alive Lanesboro; each a unique production of a different era of local history. The audience moves around our historic town with character guides to outdoor and indoor scenes in locations of the actual events. This year all locations will be handicapped accessible. The series of plays last about one hour and 15 minutes and covers three blocks.

With World War II stories from local families both abroad and on the regional home front, audiences will meet wartime characters with experiences in Norway, Japan, France, and Germany. Stories of Norwegian resistance, discovering concentration camps, Japanese occupation, and D Day will appear. Some characters will include Orval Amdahl, Don Ward, Pastor Nestande, Cecil Ward, and Jack Joker and the Aces. The popular culture of their daily lives will surround viewers with swing music and dance, vintage cars, re-enacted cartoons like Buck Rogers, the Andrews Sisters of Mound, MN, and Disney movies by local artist Rudy Elstad in our vintage St. Mane theater.

Auditions will be held August 3 , drop-in 6-8  pm.  Discovery Faith Community , 507 Parkway Avenue, Lanesboro. Adults and children welcome. Adults should be vaccinated as we will rehearse with children who are not.

Watch our Online Show, Votes for Women! Rally 1920

Please celebrate with us the centennial of women’s voting rights or suffrage, which became part of constitution on August 26, 1920.  Votes for Women! Rally 1920 features five Minnesota suffragists who fought so hard for us. COVID-19 cancelled our statewide tour of this show, so we made a video for you!


Our Other Online Videos.

To watch all of our full Pop-up Plays (including Lanesboro 1918 with the original suffrage show scene) visit our History Alive Pop-up Plays Youtube channel.

We welcome you to view lots of photos and our calendar on our Facebook page, or contact us by email historyalivelanesboro@gmail.com with questions or comments.

We are committed to deepening the understanding of past ideas, events, and people through the lens of our small town. Please consider a donation. We are a nonprofit 501.c.3 arts group so your contributions are deductible. Or support us by ‘liking’ or subscribing to our social media. THANK YOU!


“History is never done with us! “ – Lin Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton, hit musical show.)