November 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
September 12, 2018
Media contacts: 

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

November 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Thursday, November 1, 2018

"Wild and Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest" Author Event
Wood Lake Nature Center Book Club
6710 Lake Shore Dr. S Richfield, MN 55423
The Wood Lake Nature Book Club will discuss Wild and Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest by Adam Regn Arvidson, who will be in attendance to participate in the discussion. Refreshments will be provided. 
Thu., Nov 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$5, free for Wood Lake Nature Center members
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First Thursdays @ the Capri: "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Story" Film Screening
Capri Theater
2027 W. Broadway Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota 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 November, view a documentary about the North Carolina string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the banjo's African origins, and the history of how blacks and whites collaborated to create the earliest forms of American popular music. The film will be followed by a conversation with director John Whitehead. 
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., Nov 1, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5
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Friday, November 2, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Gothic novel captivated Victorian readers. Combining elements of horror and romance, Gothic authors created short stories or "penny dreadfuls" and novels that influence writers today. This guided tour explores the origins of the Gothic novel, from the motivations behind stories to why certain language was used. View some of the Gothic novels owned by the Ramsey family and discover why the genre captured the Victorian imagination.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Nov 2, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 7 & 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 3, 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

History Forum: The KKK & the American Political Tradition
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join historian Linda Gordon for a presentation on the history of the Ku Klux Klan. A new KKK arose in the early 1920s, a less violent but equally virulent descendant of the small, terrorist Klan of the 1870s. This second Klan flourished above the Mason-Dixon Line with an army of 4-6 million members who spanned the continent.
Comprised of native-born white Protestant businesspeople, farmers, craftsmen, professionals, and about 1.5 million women, the second Klan used its newfound middle class respectability to terrorize Catholics, Jews, and African Americans. It also worked to elect thousands to state offices and more than 100 people to national offices, while successfully lobbying for national anti-immigration laws and leaving a deep and permanent mark on American politics.
Linda Gordon is professor of history at New York University and author of The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition.
Sat., Nov 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 2:00 pm -3:30 pm
$16 individual ticket, $84 series subscription, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 10 am & 2 pm

Moorhead WWI Home Front Tour
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
When World War I came to Moorhead, community leaders were expected to lead the fight on the home front. This special tour of Moorhead’s historic Comstock House will focus on how the war affected the Comstock family, their friends, and their city. Tours leave at 1, 2:30, and 4 pm and will be limited to 10 people each.
Sat., Nov 3, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free, reservation recommended
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Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Tour highlights include:

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

The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Nov 3, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also Nov. 24

Monday, November 5, 2018

"Chinese-ness" Author Event with Wing Young Huie
Milkweed Books/Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55415
Wing Young Huie will share his newest book, Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging. How does Chinese-ness collide with American-ness? And who gets to define those hyphenated abstract nouns? Part meta-memoir and part actual memoir, Chinese-ness reframes today’s conversations about race and identity.
Mon., Nov 5, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Growing Up at 240 Summit Avenue
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., Nov 6, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Thursday, November 8, 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., Nov 8, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members and students free
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World War II Round Table: The Plots to Assassinate Hitler
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Danny Orbach, author of The Plots Against Hitler, will build on the interviews and research of Dr. Harold C. Deutsch to reveal the discord among Nazi leaders and their failed attempts to kill Hitler.
The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table brings together authors, historians, and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. 
Thu., Nov 8, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Build a Bird Feeder Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Birds are a valuable resource for gardeners and farmers, aiding in insect control and pollination of plants. Oliver Kelley Farm has hundreds of bird species that pass through on migration or that live here year-round, including woodpeckers, orioles, and bluebirds. In this workshop, visitors will build a bird feeder to take home, complete with mounting directions and feed suggestions. All materials and tools are supplied. Children will need an adult helper to assist them.
Workshops are offered every half hour between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. 
Sat., Nov 10, 2018, 9:30 am – Noon
$12/MNHS members save 20%, reservations required
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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).
Sat., Nov 10, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also Nov. 17

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
This annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building, and visitor center will be open. Costumed interpreters will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center.
At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship's bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.
Sat., Nov 10, 2018, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Lumberjack Cooking for Kids
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Kids take on the challenge of cooking at a logging camp in the 1900s. They'll learn how to prepare foods like "cold shuts" (donuts), "sweat pads" (pancakes) and pies using recipes and ingredients that would have been used in a historic cook shack.
Sat., Nov 10, 2018, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, November 11, 2018

"Chinese-ness: Photographs by Wing Young Huie" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Part documentary, part meta-memoir, and part actual memoir, this Irvine Gallery exhibit from renowned photographer Wing Young Huie explores the cultural riddle of his identity as a Minnesotan of Chinese descent. It 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.
Sun., Nov 11, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

History Lounge: Birth of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join Stewart Van Cleve, author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota, as he explores the most radical days of Minnesota's LGBTQ+ struggle in the 1960s. In 1968, the Coffeehouse Extempore, an epicenter of Twin Cities' hippiedom, moved to Minneapolis' West Bank. A year later, Koreen Phelps and Steven Ihrig met at the "Extemp" and subsequently founded Fight Repression of Erotic Expression (F.R.E.E.), Minnesota's first LGBTQ+ rights organization in the state. For five years after F.R.E.E.'s start, LGBTQ+ countercultures emerged from communes, basements, storefronts, parks, the streets, and even the State Capitol, coming out with enough force to propel the state's LGBTQ+ rights movement for half a century.
This program is offered in conjunction with The 1968 Exhibit.
Tue., Nov 13, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"Thank You for Shopping" Author Event & Exhibit Opening
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join an opening reception to celebrate the new MNHS Press book Thank You for Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores by Kristal Leebrick and the companion photography exhibit at Mill City Museum. Hear from Leebrick, view a small display of Minnesota department store artifacts from the MNHS collections, and enjoy a cash bar. Doors open at 6 pm; remarks begin at 7 pm.
The exhibit of framed photographs and a slideshow, including many unpublished photos, is located in the museum's central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours, Nov 15, 2018-Feb 24, 2019.
Thu., Nov 15, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series: Early Moorhead Architect W.H. Merritt
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Hear from historian and NDSU doctoral candidate Robert Foresman as he discusses early Moorhead architect W.H. Merritt. While Merritt was active throughout the United States during his lifetime, he is best-known around Moorhead for designing the Kassenborg Block and Moorhead's Carnegie Library. Foresman will discuss Merritt's work and his impact on the development of architecture in the Red River Valley as well as the Pacific Northwest. After the lecture guests are welcome to enjoy refreshments, mingle, and explore one of Moorhead's most historic homes.
Thu., Nov 15, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members and students free
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"How to Have Fun in a Civil War" Performance & Discussion
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In this autobiographical multimedia piece, Ifrah Mansour explores Somalia's civil war through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl. Layering poetry, puppetry, video, and interviews, Mansour confronts violent history with humor, offering all Minnesotans a chance to reach across differences for hope and healing.
Performances will be followed by a talk-back session with the artist. Ifrah Mansour is a Somali multimedia artist, performer, and teacher in Minneapolis, who uses art to bridge cultures and generations. Her work has been seen at the State Fair and Northern Spark festival. "How to Have Fun in a Civil War" was previously mounted at the Guthrie Theater and the Children's Theatre Company.
This performance is best enjoyed by ages 6 and up. Performances made possible by a 2018 Knight Challenge Grant.
Thu., Nov 15, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Sat., Nov 17, 2018, 3:00 pm-4:15 pm
Sun. Nov 18, 2018, 3:00 pm- 4:15 pm
$14 adults, $9 students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Exploring Ancestry.com
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the major features of Ancestry.com, including searching records, navigating public trees, using DNA resources, communicating with users, and how to get help when needed.
Instructor bio: Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research and methodology and a past officer of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
Sat., Nov 17, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$32/MNHS members save 20%
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"The Mukluk Ball" Book Launch Celebration
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105
Bring your dancing boots! Author Katharine Johnson and illustrator Alicia Schwab share their new book, The Mukluk Ball. With help from his friends, Karhu dances his way to Finn Town's liveliest winter event, the Mukluk Ball, featuring the tango, the conga, and even the Bear Hug Twist.
Sat., Nov 17, 2018, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

Capitol Civil War Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Learn about the battle flags, art, memorials, and remembrances of Minnesota's role in the Civil War on a guided tour. Visit the Governor's Reception Room where renowned paintings depict Minnesota regiments in battle. Stop in the rotunda to view recently conserved battle flags, including a flagstaff that survived the Battle of Gettysburg. See statues of prominent state officers who served in the war and learn about the governors who as young men participated in some of the pivotal events of the war.
Sat., Nov 17, 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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Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Make a pair of Ojibwe-style leather moccasins in this two-day workshop. A light lunch will be provided on Sunday only.

The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: Noon-4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-3 pm

A minimum of five participants is required. This workshop is recommended for ages 14 and up. 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., Nov 17, 2018, Noon - Sun., Nov 18, 2018, 3:00 pm
$75/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $40 supply fee
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Examining Injustice Series: Resilience During Tough Times
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
270 North Kent St St. Paul, MN 55102
Join a multigenerational conversation about lessons from resiliency during tough times. Examine a video, community photos, and artifacts that reflect experiences of facing injustice during the 1960s and today.
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., Nov 17, 2018, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Free, registration recommended
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A Yankee Thanksgiving Tour
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. At the Oliver Kelley Farm, experience what preparations for a Thanksgiving celebration were like 150 years ago. On a 90-minute guided tour, visitors will hike along the wooded trails to the historic Kelley Farm to meet farm animals and visit the historic house filled with the sights and smells of a harvest celebration. Following the tour, pie and refreshments will be served in the visitor center.
Sat., Nov 17, 2018, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sun., Nov 18, 2018, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
$15/MNHS members save 20%, age 4 and under free
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Sunday, November 18, 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., Nov 18, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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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., Nov 18, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"States of Incarceration" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Created by over 500 people in 17 states, States of Incarceration is a national traveling exhibit explores the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities to open a national dialogue on what should happen next. The exhibit includes local content developed by University of Minnesota students examining settler colonialism and the high rates of incarceration for Native Americans in Minnesota.
Tue., Nov 20, 2018, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join a guided tour to learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants. Guides bring visitors through the basement and first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill's lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today.
Tours run 60 minutes with the last tour time at 3:30 pm.
Wed.-Fri. & Sun. Nov. 21- Dec. 30, except Thanksgiving
Wed.-Fri. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun. 1-4:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, age 4 and under free, MNHS
members save 20%
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Friday, November 23, 2018

A Victorian Christmas
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During this guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood-burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family's 1875 Steinway grand piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family, friends, neighbors, and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Be sure to stop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items.
The 60-minute guided tour starts every 15 minutes.
Thurs.-Sun. Nov. 23-Dec. 30
Thurs.-Sat. 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sun. Noon-4:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $8 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under, MNHS members save 20%
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A WWI Christmas
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Experience what Christmas was like for the Lindberghs during World War I. Meet costumed interpreters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors as they provide insights into early 20th-century holiday traditions and the challenges wartime presented.
Learn about the impact of food rationing, create a Christmas decoration to take home, and write a note or draw a picture for a soldier as Charles Lindbergh might have done. Notes will be distributed to current Minnesota service members at Camp Ripley in time for the holidays.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the gallery exhibits in the visitor center and shop for holiday items in the gift store.
Fri., Nov 23, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Also Nov. 24, 25, 30, Dec. 1, 2
$10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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History Hound Hijinx: Thanksgiving Break
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
During Thanksgiving break, enjoy art activities and performances related to the Somalis + Minnesota exhibit, including a chance to step inside a traditional Aqal Soomaali hut.
Fri., Nov 23, 2018, Noon - 3:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free
Also Nov. 24 & 25

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Christmas Saturdays
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Go at your own pace and explore the James J. Hill House on a self-guided tour. See how the Hill family and their servants prepared for the holidays. Visit the first, second, and third floors of the mansion and engage with staff who will share the history of the home. This program includes a hands-on activity for children.
Please allow 1.5 hours for this visit. The last admission is at 3:30 pm.
Saturdays, Nov. 24-Dec. 29 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, 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 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.

Opens Nov. 20, 2018 States of Incarceration 
Created by over 500 people in 17 states, States of Incarceration is a national traveling exhibit explores the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities to open a national dialogue on what should happen next. The exhibit includes local content developed by University of Minnesota students examining settler colonialism and the high rates of incarceration for Native Americans in Minnesota.

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.

Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis

Opens Nov. 15, 2018

Thank You For Shopping
Explore the history of Minnesota department stories in this new photography exhibit, a companion to the new MNHS Press book "Thank You for Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores" by Kristal Leebrick.
Throughout the 20th century, department stores ruled the retail landscapes of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. More than just shopping centers, stores like Dayton's, Powers, Donaldson's, Young-Quinlan, the Emporium, and the Golden Rule were centers of social life. The exhibit features framed photographs and a slideshow, including many unpublished photos.