About History Alive! Lanesboro

History Alive! Lanesboro is a Minnesota non-profit, 501.c.3 educational and performance group. The group was incorporated in 2016 by supporters and cast members. The Pop-up Plays produced each fall by the group engage dozens of performers and other talented volunteers and professionals. The plays have been popular and routinely attract vibrant audiences of visitors and area residents.


“History Alive Lanesboro uses storytelling and the performing arts to deepen the understanding of past ideas, events, and people, as seen through the lens of our small Minnesota town.”

Our Pop-up Play productions present original stories of local history in Lanesboro Minnesota. The shows feature acting, storytelling, dance, and music to bring to life well-researched stories and characters from our community’s rich history. Our goal is to foster community identity and a better understanding of American smalltown heritage through local stories and the broader national and international events effecting folks across various time periods.

We create new Pop-up Plays about Southeast Minnesota which tour the streets of our town, highlighting a new era of Lanesboro and Southeast MN history each year. The various scenes of acting, music, and dance occur in sites accurate to the original events they portray. This is possible because Lanesboro has so many lovely historic buildings and spaces to explore and enjoy.

Jane Peck continues to be the playwright as well as artistic and managing director, creating new plays each year with very talented local and guest artists. Prior to this, she created active history performances for twenty years in the Twin Cities and across the Upper Midwest, working with her own group, Dance Revels Moving History, and Arts MIA, MN History Center, and area schools.

Donating to Support Performance History

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

To send a check:
1. Write it to History Alive Lanesboro.
2. Mail to History Alive Lanesboro, 33949 Golden Drive, Lanesboro, MN 55949.  Thanks!

More information available at Facebook.com/historyalivelanesboro

This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.