August 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
June 13, 2018
Media contacts: 

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

August 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mill City Live: Southside Aces
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 15th season with five great evenings of outdoor music every Wednesday in August. Held in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features music by some of the Twin Cities' best local artists in a unique happy hour setting. On Aug. 1, enjoy New Orleans jazz from Southside Aces. Music takes place from 6-8 pm with food and drink available for purchase. Ticket price includes museum admission from 4-9 pm.
Wed., Aug 1, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$6/MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

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., Aug 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$75/MNHS members save 20%.
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58th Birthday Celebration
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Help celebrate the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's 58th birthday! Explore the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas, then head next door to shop for American Indian arts and crafts at the Trading Post. Refreshments will be provided.
Sat., Aug 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 museum admission/MNHS members free

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., Aug 4, 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., Aug 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also Aug. 18

Children's Farm Chore Challenge Day
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Today children living on farms make a huge contribution to their families just as they did in the past. Children can help with 21st-century gardening and harvesting tasks, then explore some of that produce in the Learning Kitchen through taste tests and making snacks. Then visit the Farm Lab Barn and help with animal care chores. Collect farm chore cards around the historic site and challenge your friends.
Sat., Aug 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free

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.
Sat., Aug 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
Tours offered May-September: Saturdays 10 am, Noon and 2 pm, Sundays Noon and 2 pm
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Women's Work Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a costumed interpreter portraying labor writer Eva Valesh for a walking tour that highlights working conditions along the Minneapolis riverfront in the late 1880s. The guide will discuss jobs that were available to women in the late 19th and early 20th century, key events in women's labor history in Minneapolis, and the factories that Valesh exposed, including the North Star Woolen Mill, which still stands two blocks from Mill City Museum. 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., Aug 4, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Kid Crafts: Bead a Ring
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Aug 4, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$3/kit, museum admission not included

The Slave Dwelling Project with Joseph McGill
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Joseph McGill, historian and founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, will visit Historic Fort Snelling to discuss the project's efforts to identify, preserve, and share the stories of buildings used as homes by enslaved people throughout the country. In the 1820s and 1830s, an estimated 15-30 enslaved people lived and worked at Fort Snelling at any one time, including Dred and Harriet Scott.  During his visit, McGill will offer a public presentation on the Slave Dwelling Project and an evening tour at Historic Fort Snelling. 
As part of his work, McGill also sleeps overnight in these places to raise awareness and bring attention to the importance of these places, and he will stay overnight in the historic fort. To date, McGill has visited 90 sites in over 18 states, and this trip marks his first visit to Minnesota.
Sat., Aug 4, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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., Aug 4, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
Also Aug. 18

Sunday, August 5, 2018

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.
Sun., Aug 5, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also Aug. 12, 19 & 26

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational, and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis, and learn about the many people who have worked and lived in the area over the years. Plus, explore the riverfront renaissance going on today through the historic preservation of Mill Ruins Park, Mill City Museum, Milwaukee Road Depot, historic loft condominiums, and new developments, including the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music, and riverfront housing.
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., Aug 5, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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39th Annual West Newton Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton, which existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901, at this annual event. Visitors can view historical photographs and learn about the history of Alexander Harkin and his family, the founders of the 1870s Harkin Store. Descendants of West Newton's earliest residents are invited to share their stories and any old photographs. Historic site staff will copy information and photos. CC
Sun., Aug 5, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Monday, August 6, 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., Aug 6, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members free
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Also Aug. 13, 20 & 27

Tuesday, August 7, 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., Aug 7, 2018, 8:30 am - Fri., Aug 10, 2018, 4:30 pm
$275/MNHS members save 20%.
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Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: A Hill House Party
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., Aug 7, 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. This tour involves climbing up and down multiple flights of stairs. Some locations, including the attic and gatehouse, are not wheelchair accessible.
Tue., Aug 7, 2018, 5:00 pm - 9:00 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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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mill City Live: Ben Weaver, Mike Munson, Strong Buffalo & Guests - An Evening of Song, Poetry & Story
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 15th season with five great evenings of outdoor music every Wednesday in August. Held in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features music by some of the Twin Cities' best local artists in a unique happy hour setting. On Aug. 8, enjoy an evening of song, poetry, and song with Ben WeaverMike Munson, Strong Buffalo, and guests. Music takes place from 6-8 pm with food and drink available for purchase. Ticket price includes museum admission from 4-9 pm.
Wed., Aug 8, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$6/MNHS members save 20%
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Thursday, August 9, 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., Aug 9, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also Aug. 23

Friday, August 10, 2018

Mendota After Hours: Old St. Peter's, the French Fur Trade & Mendota
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 August, attendees can learn about Mendota as a hub of French-Canadian culture prior to the creation of Minnesota Territory in 1849. Mark Labine of the French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota will discuss French-Canadian influence on the region and their settlement in St. Paul and Mendota.
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., Aug 10, 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: Household Hazards
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Advancements in science and technology improved lives in many Victorian-era homes. Some of these new advancements, however, did more harm than good. This guided tour explores rooms in the Ramsey House to uncover "hidden household hazards" of the era. From the kitchen to the bathroom, and the bedchambers to the parlor, view the technology, tools, food, and furniture of late 19th-century life in a whole new way.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Aug 10, 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, August 11, 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., Aug 11, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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1968 Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
As 2018 marks 50 years since the events of 1968, explore a 1968-era garden and sample food from 1960s recipes in the Learning Kitchen. Plus, examine 1960s farm equipment while learning about Minnesota agriculture in the shadow of national conflict and change.
Sat., Aug 11, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also Aug. 12

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., Aug 11, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%, museum admission included
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Capitol Builders Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Explore locations throughout the building that show the work and methods that went into creating the Minnesota State Capitol and the people involved when it was first built in 1905. Then explore recent restoration work to the over 100-year-old building completed in 2017. Hear about the contractors, politicians, and visitors to the Capitol over the years, and learn about architect Cass Gilbert, who at age 35 created one of the most magnificent public buildings in the nation.
Sat., Aug 11, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:00 pm - 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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Celebrate the Garden Harvest Family Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
One thousand years ago the people of Minnesota, Iowa, and the Northern Plains were farmers as well as hunters. The ripening of the first sweet corn was a time of plenty that was celebrated with the green corn festival. Taste fire-roasted sweet corn, bean soup, and other seasonal foods while learning about the people of the Great Plains Village period.
Sat., Aug 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

"Beyond the Barbed Wire" Film Screening & Discussion
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
View a documentary about the unique stories of Japanese Americans in Minnesota who came to the state because of World War II. "Beyond the Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in Minnesota" aims to preserve and present the unique experiences of Japanese Americans who came to Minnesota because of WWII. Approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced into internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Some of them relocated to and restarted their lives in Minnesota after the war. This was largely because of college education and military service, as the Nisei attended the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Camp Savage and then Fort Snelling. This film is dedicated to these unsung heroes, untold histories, and unforgettable stories.
After the film, enjoy a panel discussion with the filmmakers: Professor Ka Wong, associate professor of Asian studies at St. Olaf College, and St. Olaf students Hikari Sugisaki and Paul Sullivan. 
Sat., Aug 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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., Aug 12, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Afternoon of Leisure
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
German immigrants to the Minnesota River Valley contributed a new cultural concept on the frontier: taking Sunday afternoon for quieter work and socializing. Women would come together to knit, tat, crochet, and do other handiwork. Men would gather to work with wood or play music. Take a break, bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as you learn about these frontier hobbies and what a Sunday afternoon was like in the 1870s. Refreshments will be served.
Sun., Aug 12, 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., Aug 12, 2018, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also Aug. 26

Monday, August 13, 2018

Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: Story-Gathering Workshop
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
In conjunction with the fall 2017 broadcast of The Vietnam War, the 18-hour documentary series by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novik, Minnesota's PBS stations launched Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, an initiative to inspire Minnesotans to share stores, recognize bravery, express dissent, and foster understanding round the lasting impact of war. Minnesotans can submit their Vietnam stories to the project, which will become part of the online Minnesota Remember Vietnam Story Wall. 
Join an open house story-gathering workshop at the Charles Lindbergh House and Museum where staff and volunteers will help Central Minnesota residents organize and prepare their stories for submission to the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Story Wall. Staff and volunteers can assist participants in creating oral histories (written, audio, or video), scanning photographs, or photographing personal artifacts. All Vietnam stories are welcome, whether they are stories of military service, civilian life, families, immigrants, refugees, or activism.
Light refreshments will be served. If participants wish to take copies of their digital creations home, they should bring a memory stick.
This program is part of the series Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, a partnership between the Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, and the Minnesota Military Museum. This series is made possible through a Minnesota Humanities Center grant from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Mon., Aug 13, 2018, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mill City Live: Mary Bue
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 15th season with five great evenings of outdoor music every Wednesday in August. Held in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features music by some of the Twin Cities' best local artists in a unique happy hour setting. On Aug. 15, enjoy music from rock singer/songwriter Mary Bue. Music takes place from 6-8 pm with food and drink available for purchase. Ticket price includes museum admission from 4-9 pm.
Wed., Aug 15, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$6/MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kitchen Capers: Tomatoes
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
From fresh to roasted to sauced, the versatility of fresh tomatoes will be explored in this hands-on workshop. Participants will taste and cook with a variety of fresh tomatoes, make flavor and texture comparisons, discover which tomatoes to use for various purposes, and how to manipulate them to several dishes. Then take home some recipes to make again.
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., Aug 18, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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World War I Centennial Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 2018. The "Great War," as WWI was then called, raged for three years before the US entered the conflict in 1917. America's participation tipped the balance in favor of the Allied powers and helped end the war in November 1918. During World War I Weekend, explore the ways this conflict shaped the world we know today and learn about Minnesota's role in the war. Visit with costumed interpreters and reenactors, watch military demonstrations, stand in a recreated WWI-style trench, and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.
Sat., Aug 18, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under, Native Americans, and MNHS members free
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Also Aug. 19

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., Aug 18, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Pickling Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In the 19th century, pickles provided families with a variety of foods and flavors to help them survive the long winter months. Today, pickles are less of a necessity, but still a flavorful addition to meals. Explore and sample historic and modern pickles in the historic Kelley Farm kitchen and the visitor center’s Learning Kitchen. Visitors can make a jar of refrigerator pickles to take home for $4 per jar.
Sat., Aug 18, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also Aug. 19

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., Aug 18, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Japanese American Resettlement to St. Paul During WWII
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Learn from historian Krista Hanson about Japanese American resettlement in St. Paul during World War II with a talk entitled "Japanese American Resettlement to St. Paul: The International Institute, the War Relocation Authority, and Ruth and Earl Tanbara." This illustrated presentation will detail the story of the resettlement of Japanese Americans to St. Paul during and after World War II from the American concentration camps put in place after President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066.
Key players in this resettlement were the International Institute in St. Paul, the War Relocation Authority, which set up a branch office in Minneapolis in 1942, and Ruth and Earl Tanbara, the first "resettled" Japanese Americans to St. Paul. In the 1940 US Census, Minnesota had 51 people of Japanese descent living in the state. By the 1950 census, that number had grown to 1500. This presentation will explain a piece of the story that explains that increase.
Sat., Aug 18, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Open House
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Explore the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post during the annual open house when the historic site is open for special Sunday hours and offers free admission. Visit the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas then head next door to shop for American Indian arts and crafts at the Trading Post.
Sun., Aug 19, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 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., Aug 19, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%
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Bees & Honey
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
In the 1870s, people would search for and harvest honey on the prairie to use instead of sugar. Visitors can view a display on bees and honey created by Crystal Bock and hear her speak about the ins and outs of beekeeping. Bock's honey will also be for sale. 
Sun., Aug 19, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mill City Live: Little Fevers
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 15th season with five great evenings of outdoor music every Wednesday in August. Held in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features music by some of the Twin Cities' best local artists in a unique happy hour setting. On Aug. 22, enjoy pop rock from Little Fevers. 
Music takes place from 6-8 pm with food and drink available for purchase. Ticket price includes museum admission from 4-9 pm.
Wed., Aug 22, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$6/MNHS members save 20%
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

History-on-a-Schtick!
Minnesota State Fair, Schell's Stage
1265 Snelling Ave N St. Paul, MN 55108
Experience a lighthearted romp through Minnesota's past every day of the Minnesota State Fair at 9:30 and 10:30 am. What happens when Paul Bunyan, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and Snoopy face off in a quiz show hosted by Betty Crocker? Or when a scholarly voyageur wearies his fellow travelers with his overenthusiasm for Minnesota history? Join MNHS for a 30-minute show of wacky fun, with trivia, prizes, and astonishing historical tidbits.
This program is presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. It is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Thu., Aug 23, 2018, 9:30 am - 10:00 am & 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Included with State Fair admission
Offered twice daily throughout the fair Aug. 23-Sept. 3

Friday, August 24, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. Families had to make difficult decisions about how to handle their loved one's illness in an era where health issues were not discussed in public and treatment options were limited or experimental. Both Alexander Ramsey's brother, Justus, and son-in-law, Charles, suffered from mental illness, which impacted the entire family. In this guided tour, hear excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters and journals, and discover how an influential family handled a very human reality.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Aug 24, 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, August 25, 2018

Prairie Photography, a Natural View
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn the art of photographing prairie plants with local photographer Shelley Olson. Explore landscape, close-up lighting techniques and learn about camera equipment. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera and enjoy the beauty of one of Minnesota's most unique prairies.
Sat., Aug 25, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Farm to Fair Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover how farm animals are raised, prepared, and judged at state and county fairs. Test your judging skills to determine the perfect sheep, an award-winning Hubbard squash, and a blue-ribbon pickle. Then sample some "snacks-on-a-stick" in the Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Aug 25, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also Aug. 26

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., Aug. 25, 2018, 10 am - 11:15 am, Noon-1:15 pm, & 2-3:15 pm
Sun., Aug. 26, 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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Real Horse Power Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
In 1900, teams of draft horses provided the power to move timber in Northern Minnesota logging camps. Meet the horses and see numerous teams of draft horses perform historic tasks such as log skidding, cross-hauling logs onto a bobsled, and powering the A-frame jammer to lift logs onto sleds.
Sat., Aug 25, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Children's Weekend
Snake River Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Visitors can enjoy toys, games, and tests of skill to celebrate the last days of summer. Costumed interpreters and hands-on activities will teach children about the values of trade goods and pelts, the canoe routes used by traders, and the roles of different groups who came together in the fur trade.
Sat., Aug 25, 2018, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
Also Aug. 26

Woodland Pottery 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
On Saturday, learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents, and construct a clay vessel. On Sunday, after allowing pots to dry overnight, finish the surface details and temper the clay vessel in a firing pit. A light lunch will be provided on Sunday only.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: Noon - 4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am - 2 pm

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. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs with 10 days' advance registration.
Sat., Aug 25, 2018, Noon - Sun., Aug 26, 2018, 2:00 pm
$75/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%

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., Aug 25, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Sunday, August 26, 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., Aug 26, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Old Schools Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Explore the history of old schoolhouses in Nicollet County, including the Robinson school in West Newton, through historic photos and textbooks.
Sun., Aug 26, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mill City Live: Salsa del Soul
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 15th season with five great evenings of outdoor music every Wednesday in August. Held in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features music by some of the Twin Cities' best local artists in a unique happy hour setting. On Aug. 29, enjoy a night of salsa from Salsa del Soul. Music takes place from 6-8 pm with food and drink available for purchase. Ticket price includes museum admission from 4-9 pm.
Wed., Aug 29, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$6/MNHS members save 20%
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Ongoing Exhibits

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

Closes June 9, 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.