October 2018 Events, Programs & Exhibits

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Release dated: 
August 8, 2018
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October 2018 Events, Programs & Exhibits

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: A Wedding at the Hill House
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., Oct 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Nooks & Crannies Flashlight Tour
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Explore the Comstock House after dark on a new flashlight tour. Guides will bring guests through the house and illuminate artifacts and architectural features in a new way. Guests will have access to areas usually not open on tours, including closets, the attic, and the basement.
Tours leave at 7 and 9 pm and are limited to 10 people.
Wed., Oct 3, 2018, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10/$5 MNHS members
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Also Oct. 24

Thursday, October 4, 2018

First Thursdays @ the Capri: "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar" Film Screening
Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Each month through March, watch a different thought-provoking film and engage in community discussion afterward around topics in history that resonate today.
In October, view the 2017 film Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, which follows the 50-year legacy of the filmmaker’s father, legendary Vikings wide receiver Gene Washington (College Football Hall of Fame, Big Ten Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame, 50 Greatest Vikings honoree) from the segregated South to Michigan State University. Washington, alongside highly decorated teammates Bubba Smith (defensive lineman), George Webster (rover back) and Clinton Jones (running back), became members of the first fully integrated football team in America, later making history as first round picks in the 1967 draft.
The film will be followed by a conversation with director Maya Washington.
This film series is a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, and the Capri Theater. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Thu., Oct 4, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5
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Saturday, October 6, 2018

I'm New Here
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Gale Family Library contains a wide array of sources for finding your family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of your house, business, organization, or neighborhood; or just finding out more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. Let library experts introduce you to this treasure trove of sources in a free class held each Saturday. Learn about the MNHS collections and get tips on how to use catalogs, request materials, and purchase copies of historic papers and photos.
Every Saturday, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free

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., Oct 6, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$6/kit, museum admission not included

Family Day
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy a day on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs with family-friendly games and programs, including coloring, puzzles, basic beading techniques, story time, and outdoor activities (weather permitting).
Sat., Oct 6, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members free

Minneapolis Brewery Bus Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided bus tour of the historic and present-day brewing industry in Minneapolis. A Mill City Museum guide will explore brewing history and introduce guests to three local breweries that use energy-efficient processes to craft a variety of beers. Samples are included.
This tour is offered in partnership with Xcel Energy and is for ages 21 and up.
Sat., Oct 6, 2018, Noon - 4:00 pm
$35/MNHS members save 20%
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Also Oct. 13, 20 & 27

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 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.
Sat., Oct 6, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission|
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Also Oct. 20 & 28

Islam 101 Talk with Jaylani Hussein
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The first Muslims arrived in Minnesota in the 1880s, and over 130 years later, Minnesota’s Muslim population continues to grow. It is one of the most diverse Muslim populations in the United States and includes immigrants, refugees, and native-born Americans hailing from Somalia, Bosnia, the Middle East, and East Africa.
Get to know Islam, the religion practiced by Minnesota Muslims. Test your knowledge of Islam and enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Muslim faith, the varied ways Muslims practice their beliefs, and the diversity and vibrancy of Muslim communities around the world, around the nation, and in Minnesota.
This program is led by Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. It is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Somalis + Minnesota.
Sat., Oct 6, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Sunday, October 7, 2018

"Maḱaċheġa (Pottery) by Lower Sioux Artists" Exhibit Closing
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
View an exhibit of maḱaċheġa, or pottery, made by Lower Sioux artists and apprentices, the first exhibit of its kind in nearly two decades. Visitors can view present-day pieces while learning about this traditional technique and its important role to the Lower Sioux community. On Sundays, master artists will be on site to discuss their pottery pieces and artistic journey, and guests of all ages can visit an activity station to create works of their own.
Sun., Oct 7, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members 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.
This 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., Oct 7, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also Oct. 27

Sheep, Wool, & Quilts
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Alexander Harkin first came to West Newton to raise sheep and produce wool, and visitors can spend an afternoon learning about the wool industry. The store will have displays of wool, a spinning wheel, carders, wool items, and quilts, both old and new. Plus, meet with Donna Dose who will show her sock machine and woolen items made from the fur of her angora rabbits.
Sun., Oct 7, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Artist Showcase & Pottery Activity
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
View a new exhibit of pottery made by Lower Sioux artists and apprentices and meet with them to hear about their work and artistic journey. Guests of all ages can visit an activity station to create works of their own.
Sun., Oct 7, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Monday, October 8, 2018

"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
Heritage Library
20085 Heritage Drive Lakeville, MN 55044
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Mon., Oct 8, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Hill House Chamber Players Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a concert by the Hill House Chamber Players performed in the intimate setting of the James J. Hill House art gallery. The 2018-2019 season's theme, "Trio Masterworks," is a celebration and exploration of the diverse repertoire for combinations of piano, violin, viola, cello, and clarinet. Repertoire for organ and strings will also be included to celebrate the restoration of the 1891 Hill House pipe organ.
In their 34th season, the Hill House Chamber Players have built each program around one major piano trio, including Beethoven "Ghost" Trio, op 70, Brahms Clarinet Trio, op 114, and Shostakovich Trio #2, op. 67, as well as works by Hummel, Boccherini, Mozart, Rebecca Clarke, JS Bach, and Schubert.
The Hill House Chamber Players include musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and the University of Minnesota faculty. They are Julie Ayer, violin; Tanya Remenikova, cello; and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano.
Admission includes a 6:45 pm pre-concert conversation with musicians and music blogger Emily Hogstad, intermission refreshments, and a post-performance tour of the Hill House. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm.
Mon., Oct 8, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 adults, $12 students, MNHS members save 20%
Also Oct. 15
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
Owatonna Public Library
105 N Elm Ave Owatonna, MN 55060
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Tue., Oct 9, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Reclaiming Basketry Lecture with Artist Martha Bird
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Listen to a presentation from Minneapolis basketry artist Martha Bird on the impact of social stigma on creative expression. Bird draws on her personal experiences and contemporary research to challenge everyday harmful references that are often dismissed but help perpetuate negative stereotypes. By working through social stigma, Bird will show how raising awareness of and naming problems can help us achieve our creative potential.
Martha Bird is a self-taught, Minneapolis-based, multidisciplinary artist who specializes in traditional and sculptural basketry. She has a master’s degree in holistic nursing and weaves together her basketry with healing in body, mind, and soul to invite wholeness in both the work and in herself. Bird has exhibited with the National Basketry Organization, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Textile Center, and Avivo ArtWorks.
Tue., Oct 9, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
Wentworth Library
199 East Wentworth Ave West St. Paul, MN 55118
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Wed., Oct 10, 2018, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Concerts in the Parlor
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
On the second Thursday of each month, students from the Concordia College music department will perform recitals in the Comstock House parlor. Doors open at 6 pm for light refreshments and house tours. Concerts start at 6:30 pm.
Thu., Oct 11, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members and students free
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"Minnesota 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lindbergh. Seating is limited to 50 people. Reservations are recommended.
Thu., Oct 11, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, reservation recommended
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Mendota After Hours: Minnesota Gophers Sports 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 October, with the football season in full swing, join historian Ryan Barland for an evening of sports history. This evening will feature Minnesota Gophers sports history as visitors hear some of the best stories from the last 140 years. You will also view rarely seen highlights and photographs from the Minnesota Historical Society collections.
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 offered by the Dakota County Historical Society.
Fri., Oct 12, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$20/$15 for MNHS, DCHS and Friends of the Sibley Historic Site members
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Mystery at the Fur Post: The Trial of Lizzie 13
Snake River Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery at the Fur Post? Lizzie 13 stands accused of a disturbing crime. For now, she’s locked away in her cell awaiting her trial unable to stop the secrets from seeping out. And everyone around her has a wild tale to tell. It seems all too certain she will hang.
But, what if you came and studied the evidence, searched for the clues? What if you spoke to the “innocent” bystanders? What would your verdict be? There are always other suspects and other theories to uncover. In the end what will be the fate of Lizzie 13?
This program is designed to be family-friendly.
Fri., Oct 12, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
Also Oct. 13

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 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., Oct 12, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30-9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Club Book
Northtown Public Library
711 County Rd. 10 NE Blaine, MN 55434
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Fri., Oct 12, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

"The Haunting of Hill House" Performance
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
TheatreX presents performances of "The Haunting of Hill House" by F. Andrew Leslie and directed by Joe Hendren, based on the classic gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson. The dark and foreboding Hill House has remained empty for many years due to its infamous reputation. A group of strangers, led by an investigator of paranormal phenomena, has gathered at the house to study its dark secrets. The evil they uncover will prove deadly.
This production is recommended for ages 13 and up.
Fri., Oct 12, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$35 adults, $29 seniors, students w/ID, and MNHS members
Also Oct. 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kitchen Capers: Root Vegetables
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Kitchen Capers is a workshop series for adults that explores the uses of seasonal common and not so common ingredients. Set in the visitor center's Learning Kitchen, participants will experiment with different cooking techniques, sample a variety of dishes, and take home printed recipes. This workshop focuses on the many root vegetables available all winter long and some surprising ways to use them in soups, salads, entrees, and snacks.
Sat., Oct 13, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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History Forum: A History of the Republican Party
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center in October. Join six national scholars as they explore the history that might help us understand and unravel the issues we face right now.
In October, historian Heather Cox Richardson will present on the history of the Republican Party. When Abraham Lincoln helped create the Republican Party on the eve of the Civil War, his goal was to promote economic opportunity for all Americans, not just the slaveholding Southern planters who steered national politics.
Yet while visionary Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower shared Lincoln's egalitarian dream, their attempts to use government to guard against the concentration of wealth have repeatedly been undone by the country's moneyed interests and members of their own party. Ronald Reagan's embrace of big business in the 1980s—and the ensuing financial crisis—is the latest example of this cycle, but it is by no means the first.
Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College and author of four books, including To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.
Lectures are offered at 10 am and 2 pm.
Sat., Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 2 pm-3:30 pm
$16 individual ticket, $84 series subscription, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 10 am & 2 pm
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"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
Moose Lake Area Historical Society and Fires of 1918 Museum
900 Folz Blvd Moose Lake, MN 55767
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Sat., Oct 13, 2018, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

A Sibley Site Haunting
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Explore the Sibley House after dark with a new flashlight tour. Guides will bring guests through areas not usually open to the public, including the basement of the Faribault house. Along the way, visitors will meet "ghosts" from the past and hear about different eras of the Sibley Historic Site and the area's history. After the tour, enjoy Victorian horror stories and s'mores outside by the fire.
Sat., Oct 13, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10/$8 MNHS and DCHS members

Sunday, October 14, 2018

"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
Carlton County Historical Society
406 Cloquet Avenue Cloquet, MN 55720
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Sun., Oct 14, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

West Newton Post Office
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
When the village of West Newton was a thriving riverboat town in the 1870s, the Harkin Store was home to the local post office. Visitors can learn about the historic post office, how the postal service worked in the 19th century and more.
Sun., Oct 14, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Monday, October 15, 2018

Examining Injustice Series: Social Justice, '68 to Today
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
2600 East 38th St Minneapolis, MN 55406
Join a multigenerational conversation about how people have faced injustices during challenging political times. Hear from those who grew up during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and those engaged in the challenges people face today. Listen to choir music and enjoy light food with community members.
This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Mon., Oct 15, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free, preregistration recommended
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"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
Zenith Bookstore
318 N Central Ave. Duluth, MN 55807
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Mon., Oct 15, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
North Market
4414 Humboldt Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55412
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Hosted by the Webber Park Library and sponsored by the Friends of Webber Park Library.
Tue., Oct 16, 2018, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

History Lounge: When Republicans Were Progressive
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Republican Party has dominated Minnesota politics for much of the state's history. However, today's party looks very different from the progressive Republican Party that had its heyday in the middle of the 20th century and faded into near-obscurity by the 1990s. Sen. Dave Durenberger grew up in and helped build that party. Join him and longtime political reporter and host Lori Sturdevant for an eyewitness conversation about how Minnesota's GOP shifted away from progressive principles toward the increasingly antigovernment, antitax ideas of the national party, how partisanship has damaged public trust in both parties, and how Minnesota's political past might remedy what ails our democracy today.
This program is being offered in conjunction with the publication of the MNHS Press book When Republicans Were Progressive by Sen. Durenberger and Lori Sturdevant. Dave Durenberger is a retired three-term US senator and the retired chair of the National Institute of Health Policy. Lori Sturdevant, an editorial writer and columnist for the Star Tribune, has written several books on Minnesota history.
Tue., Oct 16, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"Minnesota, 1918" by Curt Brown Author Event
Janesville Public Library
102 W 2nd St Janesville, MN 56048
Join Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State and writer of the Star Tribune's Minnesota history column, as he explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from across the state of Minnesota.
While 118,000 Minnesotans were serving in the war effort at home and abroad, and citizens on the home front were subjected to loyalty tests and new depths of government surveillance, thousands more were being struck down by the influenza pandemic. Then, in October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead. How did the state and its people face these challenges?
Wed., Oct 17, 2018, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Master of Illusion Live Performance
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
It had never been done before; London, December 1920: a small-time magician stood on the stage of St. George's Hall in front of a handful of influential booking agents. The magician, P. T. Selbit, carefully tied an assistant into a pine box, methodically sectioned the box with sheets of glass and steel, paused, and then picked up a lumbering saw and tore through the center of the box, sawing the woman in half and ensuring his fame in the process. For two nights only, the James J. Hill House will present, live, the ultimate of illusions: the Selbit Sawing. This program starts at 7, 8, and 9 pm and is suitable for ages 18 and up.
Wed., Oct 17, 2018
$20 adults, $18 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
Also Oct. 18
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Harvest Days
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, farmers need to get the last of the farm crops and garden produce harvested, processed, and stored for the winter. Experience the last days of harvest in a festive work atmosphere on the historic Kelley Farm.
Visitors can help finish up field work, harvest garden produce, and store it in the root cellar. Then finish up the last batches of pickles, make corn husk dolls, or join in a corn husking or quilting bee. Visitors at the Farm Lab can help harvest the last of the garden produce and see demonstrations of modern preservation techniques, such as canning, freezing and dehydrating, in the Learning Kitchen.
Thu., Oct 18, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also Oct. 19, 20 & 21

2018 Annual Meeting
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join MNHS's annual business meeting for members at 6:30 pm followed by a reception and speaker panel on the status and impact of digitization of the news at 7 pm. The panel will focus on the preservation of the news and its continued relevance in today's 24-hour news cycle.
The panelists are:

  • Nora Paul, author of the book, Future Proofing the News.
  • Jennifer Jones, senior director of Library and Collections at MNHS
  • Rene Sanchez, editor and senior vice president of the Star Tribune
  • Moderator: Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio

Thu., Oct 18, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free for MNHS members

Shadows & Spirits of the Capitol Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Join a one-hour guided tour of the restored Capitol through the shadowy rotunda, hallways, and chambers, lit with original early 1900s lighting. Visitors will encounter historical "spirits," including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, and more, who will tell stories of the Capitol's early history. This tour is appropriate for age 7 and up.
Thu., Oct 18, 2018, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, 7:30 pm-8:30 pm, 8:00-9:00 pm
$15 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
Also Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Family Food Frolic Workshop: Pumpkins
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Join a workshop to learn how to use pumpkins in a variety of ways, including muffins, cookies, roasted pumpkin seeds, soups, and puddings. And jack-o-lanterns, of course! Tickets include one pumpkin. Additional pumpkins will be available for purchase.
Sat., Oct 20, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$12 ages 4-17, MNHS members save 20%, ages 3 and under and adult helpers free
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Genealogy 101
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn the basics of family history research from a professional genealogist. This course will cover how to get started, what types of information to look for, where to search, and more. Students will be able to start their research during class.
Instructor bio: Mica Anders is a professional genealogist focusing on African American genealogy, Civil War records, and families from Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.
Sat., Oct 20, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$32/MNHS members save 20%
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Crucial Conversations: Refugees and Minnesota
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Refugees displaced by war, religious persecution, and genocide have resettled in Minnesota for more than a century. However, in recent years, fears around national security, limited resources, and the potential impact of newcomers on national identity have caused the US to accept fewer refugees. Join a small group conversation to explore the history of refugees in Minnesota and exchange ideas about these issues today.
Dialogues are led by staff trained in facilitation by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Sat., Oct 20, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Free

Apple Cider Pressing Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Minnesota is known for fruit crops, and farmers often had orchards, especially apple trees. Windfalls and culls were used to make cider, "the farmer's champagne." Assist the Meighens and their hired hands as the fruit of Johnny Appleseed fills the hopper of a small hand-operated cider press. Samples of cider and fresh baked apple pies complete the experience.
Sat., Oct 20, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Spark! Baking Workshop for People with Memory Loss
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Whip up a delicious treat in this baking experience tailored to all ability levels for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Mill City Museum is a member of Spark!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss.
Sun., Oct 21, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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Lonesome Ron's Round-Up
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The Harkin Store and musician Lonesome Ron bid farewell and "happy trails" to the season with folk, country and bluegrass music. Stop in the historic site's store for the end of season sale.
Sun., Oct 21, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
The story of Minneapolis comes alive in this program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of St. Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark and the home of Mill City Museum.
Sun., Oct 21, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

An Evening with Walter Mondale - Reflections on 1968 & 2018
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Walter Mondale has served in many roles during his storied career, including as an eyewitness to the tumult of 1968, the year he helped broker passage of the landmark Fair Housing Act and co-chaired Hubert Humphrey's presidential campaign.
Join the former vice president in conversation with Professor Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, as he reflects on our country 50 years later and shares his perspective on the current social and political upheaval facing our nation and the world today.
Mondale was born and raised in Ceylon, Minn. As a member of the Minnesota DFL and the national Democratic Party, he served as state attorney general, a U.S. senator, ambassador to Japan, and as vice president to Jimmy Carter. Mondale continues to pursue an active career as senior counsel at Dorsey & Whitney; as a director on several nonprofit and corporate boards; as chair of the Mansfield Foundation Board's International Advisory Board; and as a public affairs lecturer and educator, particularly through the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Larry Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the political science department at the University of Minnesota.
This program is offered in conjunction with The 1968 Exhibit.
Tue., Oct 23, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Victorian Séance: Fact or Fiction?
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
As the Spiritualist movement gained popularity in the mid-19th century, an increasing number of Victorians began attending séances. It was believed that séances, conducted by mediums, were the best way to connect with the spirit world. Some mediums were sincere in this intent, but others were frauds and developed elaborate ways of tricking their audiences.
Explore elements of a Victorian séance in this one-of-a-kind event with artist and performer Michael Callahan, as he portrays a Victorian medium, and discover some of the tools and tricks used at a 19th-century séance. The 60-minute program starts at 8, 9, 10, and 11 pm and is suitable for ages 16 and up.
Thu., Oct 25, 2018, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm, 11:00 pm – 12:00 am
$22 adults, $20 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, MNHS members save 20%
Also Oct. 26 & 27
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Folktales on the Farm Walking Theater
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Many of our classic folktales are often rooted in agricultural tradition. Rediscover these stories, including some disturbing ones, during a special walking theater production on the grounds of the Kelley Farm. Scenes will take place at several stops along your journey throughout the farm, fields, woods, and historic house. Meet actors and animals and then tell your own stories around an outdoor bonfire.
Ticket includes beer or wine tickets and light beverages and snacks. This program is for ages 21 and up. A kid-friendly production is offered Saturday. Oct. 27.
Fri., Oct 26, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

"Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project" Exhibit Closing
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
This photography exhibit, exploring the theme "Forward," showcases the work of young Native American artists who participated in a 12-week high school internship program. The teens worked with artist mentors to learn the process of digital photography and investigate historical and contemporary Native representation in a guided, supportive, and culturally sensitive environment.
This exhibit is a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society, Two Rivers Gallery, and the Hennepin County Library. 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., Oct 27, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Beading 101 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn basic beading styles and techniques by creating a project, like a necklace or bracelet, to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch will be provided on Sunday only.
The workshop runs:

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

 A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants with 10-days' advanced reservations.Sat., Oct 27, 2018, Noon - Sun., Oct 28, 2018, 2:00 pm
$75/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee
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Spooky Timbers
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
A family-friendly spooky event with logging camp tours, music, storytelling, trolley rides through an enchanted forest, hot cider, hot chocolate, and more. Plus, visitors can meet the historic residents of the logging camp and maybe even catch a glimpse of Sasquatch in the woods.
Sat., Oct 27, 2018, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
Also Oct. 28

Family Folktales on the Farm Walking Theater
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
From "Chicken Little" to "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," many classic stories are rooted in agricultural tradition. Rediscover these stories and more at a special, family-friendly walking theater production on the grounds of the Oliver Kelley Farm. Scenes will take place at several stops throughout the farm, fields, woods, and historic house. Meet a collection of actors and animals and tell your own stories around an outdoor bonfire. Refreshments will follow in the visitor center.
Sat., Oct 27, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$15, age 4 and under free, MNHS members save 20%
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"Chinese-ness" Book Launch with Wing Young Huie
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join a conversation with Wing Young Huie, author of Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging published by MNHS Press. Wing will share his exploration of issues around identity and his process and inspiration for the photos in the book. A companion exhibit will be on display in the Irvine Gallery, a new community space with free admission. Wing will sign books after the program
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., Oct 30, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

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 Nov. 11, 2018 

Chinese-ness: Photographs by Wing Young Huie
Part documentary, part meta-memoir, and part actual memoir, this exhibit from renowned photographer Wing Young Huie explores the cultural riddle of his identity as a Minnesotan of Chinese descent. This is a companion exhibit to the new MNHS Press book, Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging by Wing Young Huie.

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.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Drive, Onamia

Closes Oct. 27, 2018  

Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography 
This exhibit 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.