Thirty years ago, Macalester College hosted the first gathering of what would become a National Green Party in the United States.
Previously, the party had mostly operated on a state level. Since then, the Green Party has gained a higher profile in American politics, although not always votes to match.
This weekend, the Green Party is returning to Macalester for the 30th anniversary of that founding meeting.
Lee-ahnee Gale is one of the event's organizers and a member of Minnesota's Green Party coordinating committee. She spoke to MPR's Tom Crann about the significance of having the meeting at Macalester and what changes she sees in the party since that first national gathering.