Convention visitors can visit political memory lane
Minneapolis — Next month's Republican National Convention will be focused on the future. But convention-goers might also find time to explore the Twin Cities' political past. Republicans came to Minneapolis for their 1892 national convention. The riverfront hall where that event took place is now gone, but old drawings at the Mill City Museum point out where it stood.
Visitors can also channel political history at the Minnesota State Fair. Sitting or future presidents Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, Calvin Coolidge and Dwight Eisenhower all spoke there.
There's also the home of Frank B. Kellogg, the one-term GOP senator turned influential diplomat. Kellogg won the 1929 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating a multilateral treaty renouncing war as an instrument of national policy.
The main entrance to Xcel Energy Center, where the GOP convention will be held, is on Kellogg Boulevard.