Friends Lecture Series: Minnesota Historian Larry Millett

On December 14, Larry Millett will speak at Mia as part of the Friends Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Institute.


Photo Credit: Matt Schmitt

After working as a general assignment reporter for the St. Cloud Times, Larry Millett landed a job with the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a night-shift reporter with an emphasis on police and crime stories. His experience on this beat might explain his abiding interest in writing mystery novels.

Millett went on to complete a Knight fellowship at the University of Michigan to study architectural history, returning to the Pioneer Press as an architecture critic, a topic he continues to pursue through his numerous coffee-table books and newspaper features. Millett was also a clue writer for the annual Winter Carnival medallion hunt!

A prolific writer of mystery fiction as well as of famed Minnesota nonfiction architecture and crime books, Millett has maintained his reputation as an expert on Minnesota history. He has been awarded the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Honor Award, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) International Book Award, as well as the St. Paul Chapter AIA Award of Recognition Award. He graduated with a BA in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, and an MA in English from the University of Chicago.

Free tickets are available starting November 15 for Friends members; November 17 for the general public: or 612.870.6323. Overflow seating in the Wells Fargo Community Room.