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MN90: Fiddler on a Chanhassen Roof

The not-so tiny town of Chanhassen, Minnesota is home to one of the longest running dinner theater's in the country. It began when Herbert and Carolyn Bloomberg, both lovers of Broadway shows, asked themselves, " Wouldn't it be nice to have a little bit of Broadway in Chanhassen?" Now, four decades and over ten million visitors later, the rest is history. Allison Herrera tells us about the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

Watercolor on paper of a Dakota dwelling. Painted between 1846 and 1848 by Seth Eastman.

Dakota dwelling

Watercolor on paper of a Dakota dwelling. Painted between 1846 and 1848 by Seth Eastman.

Watercolor on paper depicting Chief Wabasha’s village on the Mississippi River. Painted c.1845 by Seth Eastman.

Wabasha's village c.1845

Watercolor on paper depicting Chief Wabasha’s village on the Mississippi River. Painted c.1845 by Seth Eastman.

Photograph of Ignatius Donnelly c.1860

Ignatius Donnelly c.1860

Carte-de-visite photograph taken of the "sage of Nininger" (Ignatius Donnelly) c.1860.

Color image of Kenyon's Farmers State Bank and City Hall, c.1910.

Farmers State Bank and City Hall, Kenyon

Kenyon's Farmers State Bank and City Hall, c.1910. Kenyon, in Goodhue County's southwest corner, is located in became a center for Norwegian settlement.

Color image of Album Sleeve (back), Paisley Park Records

Album Sleeve (back), Paisley Park Records

Album sleeve for 45 rpm (7 inch)vinyl record of U Got the Look/Housequake released by Paisley Park Records, 1987.

Color image of Album Sleeve (front), Paisley Park Records

Album Sleeve (front), Paisley Park Records

Album sleeve for 45 rpm (7 inch) vinyl record of U Got the Look/Housequake released by Paisley Park Records, 1987.

Black and white photograph of old farmstead and Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN

Old farmstead and Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN

Photograph taken of part of Chanhassen including Paisley Park, as part of the Suburban Documentation Project, 1991. Photographer: Christopher C. Faust.

Paisley Park Studios

Home to many historically significant people and places, Carver County's possibly best-known are recording artist Prince and his Paisley Park Studios. Located in what were Chanhassen cornfields, the site was a key location in Minnesota's music industry. In its heyday, it drew artists and musicians from around the world. Though no longer in business, it still draws the eye of travelers along Highway 5 in Chanhassen.

Oil on canvas painting of Giacomo Beltrami. Painted in 1931 by Gian Antonio Micheli.

Giacomo Costantino Beltrami

Oil on canvas painting of Giacomo Beltrami. Painted in 1931 by Gian Antonio Micheli.

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