Nicollet County Historical Society Unveils New Exhibit: “More Than a Headline: A Closer Look at the Art and Life of Camilla Hall”

    March 20th, 2024

    Saint Peter – The Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, “More Than a Headline: A Closer Look at the Art and Life of Camilla Hall,” on March 24, 2024. The exhibit will be on display until August 24, 2024, at the Treaty Site History Center.

    Camilla Hall’s name is most associated with the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a militant group she joined in California in 1974. However, this exhibit delves beyond the headlines to explore Camilla’s life as a daughter, friend, sister, and artist.

    The opening date of March 24 would have been Camilla Hall’s 79th birthday, and 2024 also marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous SLA kidnapping of Patty Hearst.

    Please note: The exhibit content may not be suitable for young audiences.

    A Look Beyond the Headlines

    The exhibit showcases several of Camilla’s whimsical line drawings and poetry, providing a glimpse into her artistic talent. Visitors will also gain insights into her life journey, from her St. Peter roots to her move to Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and, ultimately, Berkeley.

    Opening Day with Featured Speaker

    The NCHS annual meeting coincides with the opening day of the exhibit. The meeting’s featured speaker is Rachael Hanel, exhibition curator and local author of the recent book “Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman’s Path from Small-town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army.” Hanel will discuss her book and offer a unique perspective on Camilla’s life.

    The deadline to RSVP for the meeting and opening reception has been extended to Friday, March 22. Space is limited. Please make sure to RSVP by contacting the NCHS at 507-934-2160 or The NCHS Annual Meeting is open to the public. There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Exhibition Information:

    March 24, 2024 – August 24, 2024

    Treaty Site History Center Admission:

    • $7 per adult
    • $6 per senior (ages 55+)
    • Free for NCHS members and children ages 17 and younger
    • Proud participant in the Museums4All program

    About Rachael Hanel

    Rachael Hanel teaches creative nonfiction at Minnesota State University, Mankato. With a growing portfolio of thoughtful and provoking works, her latest publication significantly contributes to the historical discourse surrounding Camilla Hall. Hanel’s dedication to unearthing complex truths resonates through her meticulous research and evocative writing.

    About Nicollet County Historical Society

    The Nicollet County Historical Society is passionate about preserving and sharing the history of Nicollet County. Through educational programs, engaging exhibits, and outreach initiatives, the Society ensures that the story of the area and its people continue to inspire and inform future generations. To learn more about us, visit or contact us at 507-934-2160.