July 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
May 9, 2018
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

July 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summit Avenue Walking Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history, and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. Tours do not include home interiors.
The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House. All areas are accessible for those with mobility issues, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs.
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
May-September: Saturdays 10 am, Noon and 2 pm, Sundays Noon and 2 pm
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Self-Guided Sundays
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Visit the James J. Hill House as the Hill family and their servants would have, without a guide. Spend more time in your favorite rooms and go at your own pace to explore the first, second, and third floors of the mansion. Last entry is at 3:30 pm.
Sundays in May-September, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Railroad History Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production, and warehousing took off. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot, and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jul 1, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Also July 29

Independence Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate Independence Day a few days early with the New Ulm Battery. The New Ulm Battery will fire their 1862 cannon every half hour, and visitors can explore the general store, play checkers, and relax on the front porch.
Sun., Jul 1, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Tea with Mrs. Hill
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Tue., Jul 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Nooks & Crannies Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault, and more on this tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and peek inside the gatehouse overlooking Summit Avenue.
Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today. Tours run 90 minutes and leave every half hour between 5 pm and 7:30 pm.
Every Tuesday in June, July & August, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students, $14 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Bands on the Boulevard: Legendary Percolators Live Band
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a night of rock music from the Legendary Percolators as they kick off the History Center's new outdoor concert series, Bands on the Boulevard. In summer 2018, bands will cover the best of the 1960s music scene in connection with The 1968 Exhibit.
Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D'Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm. Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy. 
Tue., Jul 3, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Independence Day Celebration
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Spend the United States' birthday at Historic Fort Snelling and explore the history of freedom in 19th-century America. Discover how many Americans celebrated the holiday nearly two centuries ago, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, fife and drum music, and much more.
But not all Americans viewed Independence Day this way 200 years ago. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, Native Americans, and women—while exploring the question, "What does freedom mean today?"
Wed., Jul 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
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Farmer's Fourth of July
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate the most important 19th-century holiday, the Fourth of July, with the Kelley Farm staff. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn while listening to rousing speeches. Play 19th- and 21st-century games and then sample ice cream in the Learning Kitchen.
Wed., Jul 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free

1899 Independence Day Celebration
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Experience Independence Day as it was celebrated in the town of Forestville in 1899. Take part in a grand ceremony, listen to a local glee club and political speeches, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and watch an old-time 1860s baseball game featuring the Rochester Roosters and the Lanesboro Excelsiors. Guests can also enjoy pie- and watermelon-eating contests and sack and three-legged races for the kids. There will be a cash-only concession stand.
Wed., Jul 4, 2018, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Ice Cream Social & Lawn Party
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Beat the Fourth of July heat with root beer floats and lawn games at the James J. Hill House before watching the fireworks. Enjoy hands-on children's activities, challenge yourself to find the mushroom cave, or lounge on the terrace taking in views of the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul. In the event of rain, visitors can enjoy a film screening indoors.
Wed., Jul 4, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors, college students, ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Urban St. Paul Walking Tour
SW corner of Kellogg Blvd and Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Investigate the transformation of Lowertown, St. Paul's hardest-working neighborhood, from sleazy river port to bustling rail hub and industrial center, and from failing urban enclave to thriving urban village. Explore architectural gems like Union Depot and the Pioneer-Endicott and uncover tales of the magnates, thieves, and dreamers who built the Capital City's hippest neighborhood. This tour includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jul 7, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
When the United States entered World War I, its citizens were called to do their patriotic duty and support the war effort. Costumed interpreters portraying the Lindbergh family and neighbors will provide insights into the daily lives of Minnesotans at home during the war. Hear inside stories about farming for the war effort, assist a Red Cross volunteer, and learn about the ways Minnesota life changed during the war.
Tours begin every 30 minutes between 10 am and 4 pm.
Sat., Jul 7, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also July 21

Be a Naturalist Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join naturalists for an exploration of plants and animals surrounding the Forest History Center. Get an up-close look with exciting live animal presentations and encounters all day. Learn about the roles of various wildlife species within forest and wetland ecosystems. Expect creeping, crawling, slithering, climbing, screeching, chirping, hissing, and other wild behaviors throughout the day.
Sat., Jul 7, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Engineering the Falls Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis riverfront, the west side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge and hear about the many ways the falls have changed over the years.
William de la Barre, an Austrian engineer, arrived in Minneapolis in 1878 and was hired by C.C. Washburn to oversee reconstruction of the Washburn A Mill after its 1878 explosion. De la Barre was soon involved in the management of waterpower companies at St. Anthony Falls, and spent a 50-year career engineering the falls to maximize the power available to Minneapolis millers.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jul 7, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Capitol Civil War Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
See famous art of Minnesota regiments depicted in battle, original battle flags, and the plaques and statues added over the years to remember Minnesota's role in the Civil War. Learn about the governors who as young men participated in some of the pivotal events of the war and see a battle flagstaff that survived the Battle of Gettysburg.
Sat., Jul 7, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1-2:30 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $8 age 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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America's Flags
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Learn about the history of Old Glory and how the current flag came to be the symbol of the United States. View nine flags from the past and join a presentation about the changes the flag has gone through since the Revolutionary War.
Sat., Jul 7, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

An Evening Look at the Carvings
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Explore the rock face in bare feet in the evening to see petroglyphs off the regular path when the lighting is best to view them. Over the past several years, an extensive conservation project identified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently have been covered in lichen. Visitors can explore on their own, but an interpreter will be available to answer questions and direct visitors to carvings. Visitors should be prepared to walk barefoot on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Jul 7, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
Also July 21

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Mission Sunday
Lac qui Parle Mission
Junction of Chippewa County Hwy. 13 and County Rd. 32 Montevideo, MN 56265
Join missionary and Dakota descendants for worship to celebrate the Lac qui Parle Mission during this annual event. Worship service begins at 10:30 am with a guest Lakota pastor. The Sisseton Dakota Choir, accompanied by the mission's pump organ, will sing several hymns. A potluck meal will follow at noon just across the river from the mission. At 1:30 pm, speakers will lead a program of reflection.
Sun., Jul 8, 2018, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Free

Pillsbury A Mill Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. A Mill City Museum guide will lead a tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and the basement waterpower facilities.
Highlights include the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis, with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor. Guests will discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era; see the architectural highlights of the recently completed A-Mill Artist Lofts built within the historic mill buildings; and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex. This tour is presented in partnership with A-Mill Artist Lofts.
The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).|
Sun., Jul 8, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%
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Fashions of the 1870s and 1880s
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Explore the clothing of Elizabeth Harkin Russell, the daughter of Alexander Harkin, made and worn in the 1870s and 1880s, including her 1888 wedding dress made of purple wool crepe and velveteen. 
Sun., Jul 8, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Lindbergh's Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
What makes a person a good American? What makes someone a hero? Can someone stop being a hero? These questions and more will be explored in this program that examines Charles Lindbergh leading up to World War II.
Lindbergh meant many things to many people. To some, he was the "golden boy" who could do no wrong: a young, handsome, brave pilot who suffered the kidnapping and death of his first child. To others, he was un-American, a traitor in support of Hitler and an isolationist against the United States' entry into World War II.
The program will include a staff presentation followed by a discussion session to gain a greater understanding of Lindbergh's complex legacy. 
Sun., Jul 8, 2018, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also July 22

Monday, July 9, 2018

Yoga on the Lawn
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
This summer join free evening yoga classes on the Comstock House lawn. Classes are taught by certified instructor Amanda Nordic and designed for all levels of ability. A limited number of yoga mats will be available; participants should bring a water bottle.
Class will be cancelled due to rain or temperatures below 60 degrees. Updates will be posted on the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Comstock House Facebook pages.
Mon., Jul 9, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members free
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Also July 16, 23 & 30

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp II
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Experience the 19th-century life described in the last four books of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series books: By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years. Campers will sing songs, play games and make food and crafts that Wilder learned while growing up in the 19th century. This camp includes cooking, sewing, music, stories, games and a one-room schoolhouse experience. This camp is for ages 7-11.
Tue., Jul 10, 2018, 8:30 am - Fri., Jul 13, 2018, 4:30 pm
$275/MNHS members save 20%.
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Don Irwin Piano Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Steinway pianist Don Irwin plays a concert, including "Rhapsody in Blue," ragtime, and requests, in the James J. Hill House art gallery. Step back into the past and experience an era of great music and architecture.
Tue., Jul 10, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$28.50. For advanced tickets, call 651-489-5771.

Bands on the Boulevard: Soul Tight Committee
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a night of R&B and funk from Soul Tight Committee during the History Center's new outdoor concert series, Bands on the Boulevard. In summer 2018, bands will cover the best of the 1960s music scene in connection with The 1968 Exhibit.
Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D'Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm.
Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy. 
Tue., Jul 10, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Hennepin Island Hydropower Walking Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Explore the history of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including special access to view the exterior of an operating Xcel Energy hydroelectric plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the waterpower from St. Anthony Falls, today just one is left: Xcel's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy's green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront. This tour is presented in partnership with Xcel Energy.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces, as well as climbing up and down several flights of stairs. Some historic locations on this tour are not wheelchair accessible. Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).
Thu., Jul 12, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also July 26

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mendota After Hours: Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota History
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Have a drink with friends while learning about Minnesota history in the beautiful setting of the Sibley Historic Site. A new topic will be offered each month. In July, discover the history of rock 'n' roll in Minnesota from Rick Shefchik, a musician and music writer since the 1960s and author of Everybody's Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota. Hear about Minnesota's music scene from St. Paul's Augie Garcia to Fargo's Bobby Vee. Shefchik traces the roots of rock and the explosion of '60s bands like the Trashmen, Gestures, Castaways, and Underbeats, and he explains how local bands became regionally and nationally famous through Top 40 radio, new recording studios, and weekend teen dances.
Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the presentation begins at 6 pm. Light food and one drink ticket will be provided with each paid admission for ages 21 and up. This program is presented by the Dakota County Historical Society.
Fri., Jul 13, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$20/$15 for MNHS, DCHS and Friends of the Sibley Historic Site members
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Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. Explore the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions in this guided tour. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play Victorian fortune telling games in the parlor. Discover how and why superstitions captivated the Victorian imagination.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jul 13, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Queer St. Paul Walking Tour
NW corner of Wabasha St. and Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102
Walk in the same footsteps as Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Oscar Wilde. Stand on the site of the city's earliest-known gay bar. Find out where two transgender pioneers made history simply by seeing a movie, and which building has housed seven queer bars and a bathhouse annex since 1977. This tour is curated by Stewart Van Cleve, author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota. It includes about two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jul 14, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Children's Farm Chore Challenge Day
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In the 19th century, farm children made huge contributions to the welfare of the family, and the same is still true today. At Oliver Kelley’s historic farmstead, children can participate in the kinds of chores that kids did over 100 years ago. See who can load the most hay onto the wagon and how fast they can unload it. Who can get the laundry scrubbed the cleanest and who can carry the most buckets of water or haul the most baskets of weeds out of the garden? Collect chore cards and challenge your friends and family. After chores, try out some 19th-century games.
Sat., Jul 14, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free

Riverfront Quest Family Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Explore the Minneapolis riverfront with a family treasure hunt. Make a quest journal from 10:30-11 am and then solve rhyming riddles, search for hidden boxes and discover the stories of Minneapolis' history along the way from 11 am to noon. The tour is designed for ages 6-11, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
The 60-minute tour includes no more than one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jul 14, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%, museum admission included
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Kid Crafts: Corn Husk Doll
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made from the outer covering of an ear of corn and are typically made during the fall. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Jul 14, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$6/kit, museum admission not included

Putt 'N' Through History Fundraiser
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Join the Sibley Historic Site and other local businesses for a FUN-draiser! In conjunction with the city’s annual Mendota Days, various organizations have joined forces to turn the Sibley Historic Site into a playground for all ages. This fun-packed day will include a nine-hole mini golf course, a silent auction, kids' crafts, and more. Cold Stone Creamery will also be onsite to purchase sweet treats.
Proceeds from this event will go toward programming at the Sibley Historic Site. The $5 admission fee includes one round of mini golf, a Sibley Historic Site House tour, and other onsite activities. 
 Sat., Jul 14, 2018, Noon - 4:30 pm
$5. MNHS and Dakota County Historical Society members will receive their normal membership discount of free site admission but will be asked to pay the additional $5 for mini golf participation.

"The Registry" Film Screening & Discussion
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
View a documentary about the hidden history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School, which trained thousands of Japanese American men and women as linguists during WWII in California, Savage and at Fort Snelling. “The Registry” breaks open the hidden history of the US Armyʼs Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II–a story made possible because of a few aging veterans with a little Internet savvy and a lot of determination. There’s little doubt the 7,000 soldiers of the Military Intelligence Service helped shorten World War II by as much as two years. They were fluent in Japanese. They were interrogators, interpreters, and linguists. But who were they? With documents classified and buried in government vaults, historians struggled to tell the MIS story. “The Registry” profiles surviving MIS veterans Seiki Oshiro and Grant Ichikawa and other vets who help tell the unit’s story.
A discussion with filmmaker Steve Ozone will follow the film. 
Sat., Jul 14, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Pottery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn about traditional Native American pottery and make a pinch or coil pot to take home.
Sat., Jul 14, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses, and other natural and human-created calamities. Visitors will learn about the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires, and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jul 15, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Shopping with Laura Ingalls
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
On your way back from Walnut Grove, stop at the Harkin Store to see what Laura and her family might have purchased at Oleson Mercantile. The Harkin Store—which was open in the 1870s when Laura lived in Walnut Grove—has 40 percent of the original merchandise still on the shelves. Explore the store and meet interpreters who will share a unique bit of history. Old-fashioned egg coffee, lemonade, and samples of store goods will be available.
Sun., Jul 15, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bands on the Boulevard: Saddle Sores
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a night of country music from Saddle Sores during the History Center's new outdoor concert series, Bands on the Boulevard. In summer 2018, bands will cover the best of the 1960s music scene in connection with The 1968 Exhibit.
Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D'Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm. Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy. 
Tue., Jul 17, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Seed-Saving Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Learn techniques for plant breeding and seed-saving in this hands-on workshop. Topics include plant selection, plant pollination, and breeding in vegetables and annual flowers.
Sat., Jul 21, 2018, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
$25/MNHS members save 20%
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Engineers & Grenadiers One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
There is more to history than meets the eye at Historic Fort Snelling; this army post was home to scientists and engineers as well as soldiers. Along with soldiering, learn how the Army worked, how it kept time, coped with the weather, fed itself, stayed healthy, and maintained equipment. Kids can delve beneath the surface to investigate the reasons things are the way they are, how they came to be, and the effects they have on us today. This camp is appropriate for ages 9-14.  
Sat., Jul 21, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$75/MNHS members save 20%.
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Poultry Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover the ins and outs of the world of poultry in Minnesota from eggs to full-grown birds. Explore how farmers raise poultry, meet newly hatched chicks and turkey poults as well as laying hens, and sample favorite recipes in the Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Jul 21, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also July 22

Original St. Paul Walking Tour
St. Stanislaus Church
187 Western Ave St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the delightful peculiarities of West 7th Street, St. Paul's original neighborhood. Discover hidden gems of St. Paul architecture along the twisting side streets, and dive into the stories of the veterans, entrepreneurs, opportunists, and German, Italian, and Czech immigrants who lived and worked in the Capital City's first neighborhood. This tour includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jul 21, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Birch Bark Basket Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to store and work with birch bark in this one-day workshop. Participants will make a large basket to take home.
Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat., Jul 21, 2018, Noon - 4:00 pm
$40/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee

Fur Trade Weekend
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Experience the Sibley Historic Site in the 1830s when Mendota was a center of the fur trade. Visitors can walk the grounds and interact with fur trade reenactors, take tours of the historic site, and enjoy live music and presentations on various topics related to the fur trade throughout the day.
Sat., Jul 21, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $5-7 site admission/MNHS members free
Also July 22

West Bank Walking Tour
Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55455
For over 150 years, the West Bank neighborhood has been a haven for immigrants from all over the world and home to a thriving arts scene, including the famous folk and blues scene of the 1960s. In the 1960s and 1970s, the neighborhood became home for college students, artists, and citizens who successfully resisted urban renewal plans that threatened to destroy the character of the neighborhood. The legacies of welcoming newcomers and supporting the arts continue today. The tour will visit some iconic watering holes and tour participants will hear from neighborhood insiders.
This tour includes 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Some historic locations on this tour offer limited accessibility.
Sat., Jul 21, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Aquatennial Fireworks
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Aquatennial Fireworks from the museum's Koch Observation Deck. Entrance to the Observation Deck begins at 9:30 pm; fireworks begin at 10 pm. Tickets also include same-day museum admission between 10 am-5 pm.
Sat., Jul 21, 2018, 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$35/MNHS members save 20%
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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Big Swing
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Celebrate National Hammock Day by relaxing on the Lindbergh lawn with friends and family. A limited number of hammocks will be available for your enjoyment or feel free to bring your own.
Sun., Jul 22, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free, site admission not included

Christmas in July
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate a Scottish "Christmas in July" in honor of Alexander Harkin's native country. Visitors can sample Scottish goodies and admire the decorations, including a trimmed tree set up in the gift shop. 
Sun., Jul 22, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Tour highlights include:

  • The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and the other dangers that mill workers faced on a daily basis
  • "The Octopus," a large machine that directed wheat into nine storage bins
  • The Humphrey Manlift, a vertical conveyor belt that carried workers from floor to floor
  • The Rail Corridor where hundreds of boxcars arrived each day to unload wheat and carry away flour
  • Millstone plaza originally paved with retired millstones and the location for lunchtime concerts by the Washburn-Crosby employee band in the 1920s
  • Evidence of the three major fires that have damaged the building in 1878, 1928, and 1991
  • The East Engine House, once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car pulling machinery

The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jul 22, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp II
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Experience the 19th-century life described in the last four books of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series books: By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years. Campers will sing songs, play games and make food and crafts that Wilder learned while growing up in the 19th century. This camp includes cooking, sewing, music, stories, games and a one-room schoolhouse experience. This camp is for ages 7-11.
Tue., Jul 24, 2018, 8:30 am - Fri., Jul 27, 2018, 4:30 pm
$275/MNHS members save 20%.
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Bands on the Boulevard: Ipso Facto
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a night of reggae from Ipso Facto during the History Center's new outdoor concert series, Bands on the Boulevard. In summer 2018, bands will cover the best of the 1960s music scene in connection with The 1968 Exhibit.
Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D'Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm. Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy. 
Tue., Jul 24, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Thursday, July 26, 2018

History Happy Hour: Cocktails in the Parlour
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink at the Ramsey House and discover the story behind a classic cocktail. Back by popular demand, join Jesse Held, bar manager at Parlour and Coup d’ Etat in Minneapolis and founder of the North Star Bartenders Guild, as he prepares a special handcrafted cocktail. Learn about the cocktail's history, the resurgence it's had in recent years, and the art of creating this elegant classic. This program is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 pm and is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Jul 26, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Angels & Madams
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city? This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jul 27, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm &8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kitchen Capers: Sweet Corn
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Get beyond corn on the cob and discover how to use summer's favorite staple in many recipes in this hands-on workshop. From chowder to salsa to fritters to muffins, participants will cook and sample different recipes, make up some of their own, and take home recipes.
Kitchen Capers is a new lighthearted and playful workshop series for adults that features changing seasonal ingredients. Participants will experiment with cooking techniques, flexible ingredient uses, sample a variety of dishes, and take home recipes. Workshops take place in the visitor center's Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Jul 28, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Historic Foodways with Michael Twitty
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Enjoy a special visit from award-winning food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter Michael Twitty. Known widely for his book The Cooking Gene, Twitty studies and shares the unique history of Southern cuisine. Twitty uses the foods we love to bring people together and explore our shared history to better understand ourselves and each other. Throughout the day, Twitty will conduct historical cooking demonstrations inside the historic fort using traditional African American techniques and recipes. He will also sign copies of his book at 2 pm in the visitor center. 
Sat., Jul 28, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free

F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour
Commodore Bar & Restaurant
79 Western Ave N St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the childhood haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. Participants will hear about Fitzgerald's early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his writing, and his connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. Guides will also discuss the importance of the neighborhood to other writers, like Sinclair Lewis, Patricia Hampl, and August Wilson.
The tour begins at the Commodore Bar & Restaurant at 79 Western Ave. and includes stops at 599 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and his birthplace at 481 Laurel Ave. Tour stops do not include interiors.
Sat., Jun 28, 2018, 10 am - 11:15 am, Noon-1:15 pm, & 2-3:15 pm
Sun., Jun 29, 2018, Noon-1:15 pm, & 2-3:15 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Historic Main Street Walking Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Stroll through Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood on a guided tour and learn about the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony and the immense changes along Main Street throughout the years. Founded in 1848, a few years before Minneapolis, St. Anthony has been a crossroads for many diverse peoples, including Dakota, Ojibwe, Yankees, German and Irish immigrants, métis, free blacks, and Southern tourists accompanied by enslaved people.
Tour landmarks include the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill, and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.
This tour begins and ends at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Lofts' main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). It includes about one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Jul 28, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Prairie Animal Discovery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Discover the variety of animals that live on the prairie by examining the clues that they leave behind. Examine skulls and bones, touch animal furs, make plaster animal tracks, and go on a hike looking for signs of animals.
Sat., Jul 28, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour
KFAI Radio
1808 Riverside Ave Minneapolis, MN 55454
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is the epicenter of Minnesota's Somali community. Join a Somali American guide to get an insider's view of "Little Mogadishu," as the locals call it, and learn how the Somali community has shaped the character of this vibrant neighborhood. Explore important community venues, including the Cedar-Riverside Towers, a neighborhood mosque, and the Brian Coyle Center. Visit a Somali shopping mall and grocery store, then take a break at a restaurant to enjoy delicious Somali food.
The tour involves up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain in a city environment. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sat., Jul 28, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Old Games Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Enjoy an afternoon of historic games, such as pick-up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces, and rolling hoops. Many of the games can be purchased at the gift shop, along with toys, books, 10-cent candy, and handcrafted items.
Sun., Jul 29, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bands on the Boulevard: Rubber Soul
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a night of Beatles favorites from Rubber Soul during the History Center's new outdoor concert series, Bands on the Boulevard. In summer 2018, bands will cover the best of the 1960s music scene in connection with The 1968 Exhibit.
Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D'Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm. Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy. 
Tue., Jul 31, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Ongoing Exhibits

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

Closes March 2019  Somalis + Minnesota 
See this new exhibit on Somali history and culture, developed in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Somali Museum of Minnesota. The exhibit will showcase Somali culture—from traditional life in Africa, through the massive migration that began in the 1990s, to today’s large, well-established Minnesota Somali community. Find out more.
Closes Jan. 21, 2019 The 1968 Exhibit 
The social forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. It was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war. This popular exhibit returns to Minnesota after touring the nation. This exhibit is created by the Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California. Find out more. 
Closes Sept. 3, 2018  Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography 
This exhibit in the Irvine Gallery showcases the work of young Native American artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. This exhibit is the culmination of an MNHS partnership program with Two Rivers Gallery.

Ongoing

Then Now Wow
Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Find out more.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. Find out more.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk 
This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Find out more.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting
Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. Find out more.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Closes Sept. 3, 2018  

Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience
This exhibit chronicles the stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, and highlights the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within 10 communities across the country during that turbulent time. 
Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunged the United States into WWII and forever changed the lives of Japanese Americans across the nation. Those living on the West Coast of the mainland United States were forced from their homes to isolated incarceration camps scattered across the American West and South. Denied their constitutional rights and imprisoned without trial, approximately 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry—nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were forced to leave their lives behind simply because they looked like the enemy.
Through the use of images, audio and interactive elements, Courage and Compassion provides a 360-degree perspective of the WWII experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry while exploring its relevance today. The exhibit honors everyday people in cities and towns across America who rose above the wartime hysteria to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.
Courage and Compassion is made possible through a collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and select communities across the country. Each community has reached into its past to recognize local voices of conscience that embody the American ideal of justice for all.
Go For Broke collaborated with the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and Historic Fort Snelling to explore the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School, which trained soldiers as Japanese linguists during WWII and helped shape Minnesota's Japanese American community today.
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program. Additional support provided by the Earl K. and Ruth N. Tanbara Fund for Japanese American History in Minnesota.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Closes Sept. 3, 2018  Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave Native American and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today's conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.
The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibit announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
This exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners, plus additional banners developed by MNHS with content about the efforts of Native Americans from Minnesota and the surrounding area. 
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" is produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.