July 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
May 8, 2019
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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July 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Monday, July 1, 2019

Yoga on the Lawn
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Every Monday evening from June-August join an evening yoga class on the Comstock House lawn. Classes are taught by certified instructor Amanda Nordic and designed for all levels of ability. Bring a yoga mat, water, and a towel or blanket.
Class will be cancelled due to rain or temperatures below 60 degrees. Updates will be posted on the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Comstock House Facebook pages.
Mon., Jul 1, 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members free
Also July 8, 15, 22 & 29

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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., Jul 2, 2019, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Offered Tuesdays in June, July and August
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students, $14 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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First Tuesdays/First Avenue: July
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The first Tuesday of each month during the run of the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom celebrate with DJs, dance nights, micro shows, trivia games, and insider conversations from the musicians who played and the staff that made it all possible. Summer programs will feature hip-hop, rock, and disco nights. The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird. Media partnership provided by Star Tribune and The Current.
Tue., Jul 2, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Bands on the Boulevard: Porcupine
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This summer Bands on the Boulevard features local acts from the First Avenue scene. On July 2, take in the power rock sounds of Porcupine. Porcupine started in 2006 in La Crosse, WI, where singer/guitarist Casey Virock had previously launched another indie rock trio, Space Bike. Now based in Minneapolis, the band has evolved to full maturity, a potent force propelled by drummer Ian Prince and the most recent addition to the band, bassist Greg Norton, formerly of Hüsker Dü.
During Bands on the Boulevard, enjoy a free outdoor concert every Tuesday night in July in the History Center courtyard. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from Market House by D'Amico. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom from 3 to 8 pm.
Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy and The Current. The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird.
Tue., Jul 2, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independence Day Celebration
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Spend the United States' birthday at Historic Fort Snelling and explore the history of freedom in 19th-century America. Discover how many Americans celebrated the holiday nearly two centuries ago, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, fife and drum music, and much more.
But not all Americans viewed Independence Day this way 200 years ago. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, Native Americans, and women—while exploring the question, "What does freedom mean today?"
Thu., Jul 4, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free

Farmer's Fourth of July
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate the most important 19th-century holiday, the Fourth of July, with the Kelley Farm staff. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn while listening to rousing speeches and play 19th-century games, such as town ball. Then enjoy ice cream samples in the Learning Kitchen and make your own kite to fly and take home.
Thu., Jul 4, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Be a Naturalist Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join naturalists for an exploration of plants and animals surrounding the Forest History Center. Get an up-close look with live animal presentations and encounters throughout the day. Learn about the roles of various wildlife species within forest and wetland ecosystems. Expect creeping, crawling, slithering, climbing, screeching, chirping, hissing, and other wild behaviors.
Sat., Jul 6, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

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, except no tour at noon.
Sat., Jul 6, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also July 20

Women's Work Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a walking tour led by a costumed interpreter portraying labor writer Eva Valesh, who exposed working conditions along the Minneapolis riverfront in a series of articles in 1888 and 1889.
Learn about jobs that were available to women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 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.
Valesh was a labor writer and orator who was also known by her pen name Eva Gay. Valesh served as labor editor for the Saint Paul Globe, a skilled orator for the National Farmer's Alliance, and labor editor for the Minneapolis Tribune. She went on to national acclaim, working as assistant editor of the American Federationist.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jul 6, 2019, 10:30 am – Noon
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Vintage Baseball Family Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Join the Rochester Roosters vintage baseball team for a day of summer fun on the Saturday after July 4. The Roosters follow the 1860s rulebook, play in historic uniforms, and use era-appropriate bats and balls in their games.
In addition to cheering on the team, guests can join a pie-eating contest, take part in kids' games, listen to music from an eight-piece brass band, and hear a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Schedule:

  • 11 am and 3 pm: Kids' activities
  • 12:30 pm: Declaration of Independence recitation
  • 1 pm: Baseball game
  • 3 pm: Pie-eating contest

Sat., Jul 6, 2019, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 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." The tour highlights 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. The tour starts at the James J. Hill House and covers 1.5 miles. All areas are accessible for those with mobility concerns, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Tours do not include home interiors.
Tours offered May-September: Saturdays 10 am and 2 pm, Sundays 2 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Capitol Civil War Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
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. In the rotunda, 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 hear stories about the governors who as young men participated in some of the pivotal events of the war.
Sat., Jul 6, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $8 age 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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America's Flags
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Learn about the history of Old Glory and how the current flag came to be the symbol of the United States. View nine flags from the past and join a presentation at 2 pm about the changes the flag has gone through since the Revolutionary War.
Sat., Jul 6, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

An Evening Look at the Carvings
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Take off your shoes and explore the rock face in the evening when the lighting is best to view them. During this special access, visitors will be able to do a self-guided exploration of the petroglyphs and see carvings not visible from the regular path. An extensive conservation project identified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently were covered in lichen.
Visitors can explore the rock face any time between 5 and 7 pm and should be prepared to walk barefoot or in socks on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Jul 6, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
Also July 13, 20 & 27

Sunday, July 7, 2019

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.
Offered Sundays in May-September, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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1870s Fashion Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Explore the clothing of Elizabeth Harkin Russell, the daughter of Alexander Harkin, made and worn in the 1870s and 1880s, including her 1888 wedding dress made of purple wool crepe and velveteen.
Sun., Jul 7, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

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, flour milling, lumber production, and warehousing as a rail network extended throughout the Upper Midwest. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot, and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail.
The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jul 7, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Bands on the Boulevard: Heiruspecs
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This summer Bands on the Boulevard features local acts from the First Avenue scene. On July 9, the St. Paul hip-hop band, Heiruspecs, performs. Heiruspecs was formed in 1997 by Chris "Felix" Wilbourn and Sean "Twinkie Jiggles" McPherson, students at St. Paul Central High School. For more than 20 years, the band has been an instrumental part of the underground hip-hop world and the Twin Cities music scene.
During Bands on the Boulevard, enjoy a free outdoor concert every Tuesday night in July in the History Center courtyard. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from Market House by D'Amico. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom from 3 to 8 pm.
Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy and The Current. The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird. 
Tue., Jul 9, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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 grounds of the power plant. Along the way, 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 and is for ages 10 and up. Children age 10 and up must be accompanied by an adult. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces, as well as climbing up and down several flights of stairs. Some historic locations on this tour are not wheelchair accessible. Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).
Thu., Jul 11, 2019, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also July 25

Comstock Concert & Lawn Game Series
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Spend an evening at the Comstock House and enjoy an evening of local music, lawn games, local craft beer, a food truck, and house tours. The event is free, but there is a charge for food and beer.
Thu., Jul 11, 2019, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Friday, July 12, 2019

Mendota After Hours: "Hudson Bay Bound" with Author Natalie Warren
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Have a drink with friends while learning about Minnesota history in the intimate setting of the Sibley Historic Site. A new topic will be offered the second Friday of each month, May-November.In July, hear from Natalie Warren who, in 2011, became one of the first women (along with Ann Raiho) to paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, recreating the journey documented by Eric Sevareid in his classic book Canoeing with the Cree.
Warren will discuss her new book Hudson Bay Bound, which will be released in spring 2020 by the University of Minnesota Press. Hear about her journey to Hudson Bay through environmental and social speculations, challenges on the trail, animal encounters, and heart-warming stories.
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.
Fri., Jul 12, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$20/$15 for MNHS, DCHS, and Friends of the Sibley Historic Site members
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Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. Explore the mysterious 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.
Fri., Jul 12, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

West End Walking Tour
St. Stanislaus Church
398 Superior St., St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover the hidden history of West 7th Street, St. Paul's first neighborhood. The tour features gems of St. Paul architecture along the twisting side streets and the stories of the immigrants, veterans, entrepreneurs and opportunists who lived and worked there.
The tour includes 2 hours of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Jul 13, 2019, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Engineers & Grenadiers One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
There is more to history than meets the eye at Historic Fort Snelling; this army post was home to engineers as well as soldiers. Bring your critical thinking skills as you learn how the fort was designed, how the Army worked, how it kept time, stayed healthy and maintained equipment. This camp is for kids who want to 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 for ages 8-11. 
Sat., Jul 13, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$75/MNHS members save 20%
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Also July 27

Art in the River Valley Painting Activity
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Before the Mendota Day Parade, stop by the DuPuis House at the Sibley Historic Site for a lesson in painting landscapes. Working with an art teacher, children ages 7-15 can learn the basics of painting and get a sense of what it was like when the site housed the St. Paul School of Fine Arts in the late 1890s. After the parade, take a tour of the site while the artwork dries. An easel and paints will be provided.
Sat., Jul 13, 2019, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Included with $5-7 site admission/MNHS members free

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. One of the many things the Ojibwe have been known for throughout history is their elegant beadwork. Learn how to get started working with beads through this simple craft. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Jul 13, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$3/kit, museum admission not included

Prairie Animal Discovery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Discover the variety of animals that live on the prairie by examining the clues that they leave behind. Examine skulls and bones, touch animal furs, make plaster animal tracks, and go on a hike looking for signs of animals.
Sat., Jul 13, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

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, view photographs showing how the area has changed through time, and learn about Minneapolis riverfront renaissance over the last 40 years through 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.
Tour highlights include:

  • the Pillsbury A Mill, a National Historic Landmark
  • the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark
  • the Stone Arch Bridge, a National Historic Engineering Landmark
  • St. Anthony Falls, the only significant waterfall on the Mississippi River

This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jul 13, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mission Sunday
Lac qui Parle Mission
Junction of Chippewa County Hwy. 13 and County Rd. 32 Montevideo, MN 56265
Join missionary and Dakota descendants for worship to celebrate the Lac qui Parle Mission during this annual event. Worship service begins at 10:30 am with a guest Lakota pastor. The Sisseton Dakota Choir, accompanied by the mission's pump organ, will sing several hymns, including "Lac qui Parle," which was written at the site in 1846. Explore the site and learn about Joseph Renville, an explorer and fur trader who invited missionaries to establish the mission here in 1835.
A potluck meal will follow at noon in the park across the river from the mission. At 1:30 pm, speakers will lead a program of reflection.
Sun., Jul 14, 2019, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Free

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 hobbies and what a Sunday afternoon was like in the 1870s. Refreshments will be served.
Sun., Jul 14, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

West Bank Walking Tour
University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455
For more than 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.
Please meet outside the main entrance to the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave S, Minneapolis. 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.
Sun., Jul 14, 2019, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Birch Bark Basket Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to work with birch bark in this one-day workshop. Participants will make a large basket to take home. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sun., Jul 14, 2019, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$40/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee
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Lindbergh's Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
What makes a person a good American? What makes someone a hero? Can someone stop being a hero? These questions and more will be explored in this program that examines Charles Lindbergh leading up to World War II.
Lindbergh meant many things to many people. To some, he was the "golden boy" who could do no wrong: a young, handsome, brave pilot who suffered the kidnapping and death of his first child. To others, he was un-American, a traitor in support of Hitler, and an isolationist against the United States' entry into World War II.
The program will include a staff presentation followed by a discussion session to gain a greater understanding of Lindbergh's complex legacy.
Sun., Jul 14, 2019, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members save 20%
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Also July 28

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Back to the Past 4-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Campers explore what Minnesotan children's lives were like during different historical periods. Participants will decorate an Ojibwe shoulder bag, build a model log cabin, crack a secret code, send Morse code messages, and more. Plus, each day they will bake a treat!  
This camp is for ages 7-11 and runs 8:30 am-4:30 pm each day.
Tue., Jul 16, 2019, 8:30 am - Fri., Jul 19, 2019, 4:30 pm
$275/MNHS members save 20%
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Also July 30-Aug. 2

Bands on the Boulevard: Monica LaPlante
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This summer Bands on the Boulevard features local acts from the First Avenue scene. On July 16, Monica LaPlante brings garage punk to the stage. From Minneapolis, LaPlante plays a style of garage rock/garage pop that is loaded with class and charm.
During Bands on the Boulevard, enjoy a free outdoor concert every Tuesday night in July in the History Center courtyard. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from Market House by D'Amico. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom from 3 to 8 pm.
Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy and The Current. The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird.
Tue., Jul 16, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Children's Day
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Spend the day playing old-fashioned games and making crafts to take home. Games include baseball, stilts, and sticks and hoops. Inside, kids can keep their hands busy with craft projects.
Sat., Jul 20, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Poultry Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
From eggs to chickens to a little egg money to Minnesota's turkey industry, poultry have played an important role in Minnesota's agriculture history. Meet chickens, help care for them, and discover how they were used at the historic farm. In the Farm Lab barn, meet today's broilers, layers, and turkeys, help prepare feed rations, and explore biosecurity measures. Then sample poultry-based dishes in the Learning Kitchen and listen to some favorite children's stories featuring chicks and chickens in the visitor center.
Sat., Jul 20, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also July 21

Downtown Walking Tour
NW corner of Kellogg Blvd and Wabasha St
St. Paul, MN 55101
Unearth the secrets behind downtown St. Paul's transformation from wild prairie to modern power center. Find out how downtown grew from hardscrabble river port where soap was scarce to become a Gilded Age bustling hub of business and culture built by robber barons, impresarios and crime bosses to rival Chicago and New York.
Sat., Jul 20, 2019, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Fur Trade Weekend
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Experience the Sibley Historic Site in the 1830s when Mendota was the center of the fur trade. Throughout the day, visitors can walk the grounds and interact with fur trade reenactors, take tours of the historic site, and enjoy live music and presentations on topics related to the fur trade.
Sat., Jul 20, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$9 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, $7 for ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under and MNHS, DCHS, and Friends of Sibley members
Also July 21

Riverfront Stories Family Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Explore the Washburn A Mill and the Minneapolis riverfront while completing a treasure hunt on this family-friendly walking tour. First, make a mini-journal and then discover treasure boxes and the stories of Minneapolis’s history along the tour route. Ticket price also includes admission to explore Mill City Museum after the tour.
The tour is designed for ages 6-11, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The 90-minute tour includes no more than one mile of moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. 
Sat., Jul 20, 2019, 10:30 am – Noon
$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 ages 5-17, includes museum admission
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Shopping With Laura Ingalls
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
On your way back from Walnut Grove, stop at the Harkin Store to see what Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family might have purchased at Oleson Mercantile. The Harkin Store—which was open in the 1870s when Laura lived in Walnut Grove—has 40 percent of the original merchandise still on the shelves. Explore the store and meet interpreters who will share a unique bit of history. Old-fashioned egg coffee, lemonade, and samples of store goods will be available.
Sun., Jul 21, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

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. Learn about the Eastman tunnel collapse in 1869, the great conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires, and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jul 21, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Outdoor Explorers Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Calling all adventurers! Bring a sense of discovery and experience outdoor skills and life in the early 1800s. Campers will try their hand at using flint and steel, fishing, hiking, cooking over an open fire, canoeing, and much more, all within the vicinity of Historic Fort Snelling. This camp is for ages 9-12 and runs 8:30 am-4:30 pm each day.
Tue., Jul 23, 2019, 8:30 am - Fri., Jul 26, 2019, 4:30 pm
$275/MNHS members save 20%
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Bands on the Boulevard: Lena Elizabeth
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This summer Bands on the Boulevard features local acts from the First Avenue scene. On July 23, Lena Elizabeth takes to the stage. Based in Minneapolis, Lena Elizabeth writes songs influenced by folk storytelling with a voice rooted in the blues. The youngest in a household full of musicians, she succeeds in blending old and new influences to create a pop/roots sound that is approachable across generations. Lena Elizabeth released her first full-length album, "Get It Right," in November 2018.
During Bands on the Boulevard, enjoy a free outdoor concert every Tuesday night in July in the History Center courtyard. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from Market House by D'Amico. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom from 3 to 8 pm.
Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy and The Current. The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird.
Tue., Jul 23, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhood Bike Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Go on a guided bicycle tour of the historic Minneapolis riverfront. Learn about St. Anthony Falls, the only waterfall on the Mississippi, and its surroundings, known as Owamni Yomni in Dakota; explore the historic St. Anthony district; see beautiful residential architecture on Nicollet Island; uncover the history of the sawmilling industry at Boom Island Park; and pedal through the Warehouse District.
This tour covers 5 miles and goes at a leisurely pace. It is suitable for novice bike riders, age 12 and up. Those without a bike can rent one at a nearby Nice Ride station.
Thu., Jul 25, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$20/MNHS members save 20%
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Friday, July 26, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Angels & Madams
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike.
This program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city?
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jul 26, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & , 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Cooking Class: Corn - Beyond the Cob
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover the foolproof way to boil corn, then experiment with different cooking methods, recipes and ingredient combinations - from soup to salsa, fritters to muffins.
Cooking Classes explore various cooking techniques and the flexibility of seasonally available ingredients. Participants will cook and sample a variety of dishes from sweet to savory, to appetizer to dessert, and take home printed recipes. Classes are held in the visitor center's Learning Kitchen. A minimum of six participants is required to host the cooking class.
Sat., Jul 27, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Outdoor Game Day
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join in a day of outdoor historic games, including baseball using a wooden bat, rag ball and straw-stuffed bases, plus try a hand at sticks and hoops or bring a kite to fly on the parade grounds.
Sat., Jul 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Hill District Walking Tour
NW corner of Virginia St and Marshall Ave
St. Paul, MN 55101
Explore the rise of St. Paul's historic Hill District from rural retreat to elite Victorian enclave, its fall into notoriety, and its fight to regain its status as St. Paul's most fashionable historical address. Follow old streetcar lines past beautifully restored Victorian homes and luxury hotels where F. Scott Fitzgerald first made his mark as the scandalous voice of the Jazz Age.
Sat., Jul 27, 2019, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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“Con los Ojos del Corazón / With the Eyes of the Heart" Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
The exhibit explores memory loss through objects from the local Latine community as well as photos taken by acclaimed photographer Xavier Tavera. The exhibit is part of a larger Centro Tyrone Guzman two-year project addressing Latine elders experiencing Alzheimer's and memory loss and their caregivers, including working with MNHS to develop a House of Memories toolkit for the Latine community, which aims to use museum resources to help those with dementia live well.
Tavera’s work highlights the face of each elder as a way to begin breaking down stigmas related to dementia. Each person is unique and has a distinct story, with strengths, abilities, and much love to share. The photos show the elders’ families supporting them to have a better quality of life, seeing the elders with “eyes of the heart,” as they embrace their loved one’s humanity and unique identity.
The exhibit was developed by Centro Tyrone Guzman and will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons during regular museum hours through July 27, 2019. This exhibit was supported, in part, by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services
Sat., Jul 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour
Commodore Bar & Restaurant
79 Western Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the childhood haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a 90-minute walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth, led by a James J. Hill House guide. 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. All areas of the tour are accessible for those with limited mobility, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs.
Sat., Jun 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Noon-1:30 pm, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Sun. Jun 28, 2019, Noon-1:30 pm, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Guest Speakers and Book Signings
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Hear from several local guest speakers and authors, including Nora Murphy, Ron Bluestone and Steve Pacheco, and have your books signed.
Sat., Jul 27, 2019, Noon - 3:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Nature at the Confluence Author Event & Panel Discussion
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Join Mary Lahr Schier, author of The Northern Gardener, Mary Hockenberry Meyer, author of Ten Plants That Changed Minnesota, and Adam Regn Arvidson, author of Wild and Rare, for a discussion on the intersection of nature, climate, landscape, and ecosystem at Bdote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The authors will sign books after the program, with books available for purchase in the museum store. Before or after the program, take the 30-minute Landscape of Bdote tour to learn more about the importance of the site's location in the Dakota worldview, culture, and communities. Tours are offered throughout the day.
Site admission is required to visit the fort and for the tour.
Sat., Jul 27, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free, site admission not included

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., Jul 27, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Flintknapping Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn how early hunters created arrowheads for their spears or arrows by observing a flintknapper demonstrate the process of creating stone projectile points.
Sat., Jul 27, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Aquatennial Fireworks
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Enjoy the chance to view the 2019 Target Aquatennial Fireworks from the museum's Koch Observation Deck. Entrance to the Observation Deck begins at 9:30 pm; fireworks begin at 10 pm. Tickets also include same-day museum admission between 10 am-5 pm.
Sat., Jul 27, 2019, 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$35/MNHS members save 20%
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Christmas In July
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate a Scottish "Christmas in July" in honor of Alexander Harkin's native country. Visitors can sample Scottish goodies and admire the decorations, including a trimmed tree set up in the gift shop.
Sun., Jul 28, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bands on the Boulevard: Nooky Jones
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This summer Bands on the Boulevard features local acts from the First Avenue scene. On July 30, the band Nooky Jones brings sophisticated soul to the stage. Described by NPR's Heavy Rotation as "equal parts Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo and Prince," Nooky Jones combines different styles of music with intimate vocals, intricate horn arrangements, and tight rhythms.
During Bands on the Boulevard, enjoy a free outdoor concert every Tuesday night in July in the History Center courtyard. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from Market House by D'Amico. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom from 3 to 8 pm. Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy and The Current. The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird.
Tue., Jul 30, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Ongoing Exhibits

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

Closes June 2020 First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom
Since 1970, the club now known as First Avenue and 7th Street Entry has been at the heart of the Minnesota music scene. The First Avenue exhibit takes you inside the sights, sounds, and stories of this landmark venue that put Minnesota music on the map. Meet the musicians, the staff, and the regulars—and look back at how the scene has evolved over five decades. The exhibit draws from the MNHS Press book "First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom” by Chris Riemenschneider. Find out more.

This exhibit is made possible in part by our presenting sponsor, Baird. Media sponsorship provided by Star Tribune and The Current.

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.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Closes Sept. 8, 2019

Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer

This exhibit highlights artist Nicholas Brewer’s remarkable career with more than 30 paintings drawn from the MNHS permanent collection and several private collections.
Nicholas R. Brewer (1857-1949) was born in Olmsted County in what was then Minnesota Territory and came to maturity during the Gilded Age. With only scant formal training, Brewer quickly earned recognition in Minnesota, New York, and Chicago and became one of Minnesota’s most celebrated portrait and landscape painters.
A personal friend of James J. Hill, Brewer often brought students to Hill’s home on Summit Avenue to view his art collection. His later career took him across the country, from California to Florida, exhibiting his work and delivering public lectures.

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

Closes July 27, 2019

Con Los Ojos del Corazon / With the Eyes of the Heart
The exhibit explores memory loss through objects from the local Latine community as well as photos taken by acclaimed photographer Xavier Tavera. The exhibit is part of a larger Centro Tyrone Guzman two-year project addressing Latine elders experiencing Alzheimer's and memory loss and their caregivers.
Tavera’s work highlights the face of each elder as a way to begin breaking down stigmas related to dementia. Each person is unique and has a distinct story, with strengths, abilities, and much love to share. The photos show the elders’ families supporting them to have a better quality of life, seeing the elders with “eyes of the heart,” as they embrace their loved one’s humanity and unique identity.
The exhibit was developed by Centro Tyrone Guzman. 

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 

Closes Oct. 31, 2020

Ziibaaska' iganagoodday: The Jingle Dress at 100
The global influenza epidemic that killed millions of people worldwide in 1918-19, including thousands of North American Indians and Alaska Natives, was the tragic inspiration behind a revolutionary new tradition of healing that emerged in Ojibwe communities of the United States and Canada, the jingle dress dance. Through photographs, oral tradition, and a display of jingle dresses from the MNHS collections, visitors will learn about the jingle dress dance and how its origin can be traced to the Mille Lacs Ojibwe.
The exhibit commemorates the epidemic and the 100th anniversary of the jingle dress dance. It is being developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota Department of American Studies and the Mille Lacs Ojibwe community.