September 2019 Events, Programs, and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
July 10, 2019
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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September 2019 Events, Programs, and Exhibits

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Threshers & Combines Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend by participating in the culmination of the Minnesota grain-growing season at Oliver Kelley Farm.
On the historic farmstead, help the farmers haul grain bundles from the barn and field, thresh grain in an 1856 Cox and Roberts horse-powered threshing machine, or try your hand at flailing grain. Help bag up the grain, then enjoy a rest on the porch with a glass of lemonade or explore how wheat and flour are used in the historic house kitchen. Then head to the Farm Lab to discover how grain is harvested and processed today.
In the Learning Kitchen, experiment with different types of grains and flours, including sampling some baked goods.
Sat. Aug. 31-Monday, Sep. 2, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
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History-on-a-Schtick! Performance
Minnesota State Fair, Schell's Stage
1265 Snelling Ave N St. Paul, MN 55108
Experience a lighthearted romp through Minnesota's past every day of the Minnesota State Fair at 9:30 and 10:30 am. What happens when Paul Bunyan, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and Snoopy face off in a quiz show hosted by Betty Crocker? Or when a scholarly voyageur wearies his fellow travelers with his overenthusiasm for Minnesota history? Join MNHS for a 30-minute show of wacky fun, with trivia, prizes, and astonishing historical tidbits.
This program is presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. It is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Thus. Aug. 22- Mon., Sep 2, 2019, 9:30 am-10 am & 0:30 am -11:00 am
Free with State Fair admission

Self-Guided Sundays
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Visit the James J. Hill House as the Hill family and their servants would have: without a guide. Spend more time in your favorite rooms and go at your own pace to explore the first, second, and third floors of the mansion.
Last entry is at 3:30 pm.
Sundays through the end of September, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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The West Arrives in West Newton
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The West arrives in the town of West Newton as musician Lonesome Ron, the King of the Valley Yodelers, shares Western music like cowboy ballads, yodels, and stories through song.
Sun., Sep 1, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 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, highlighting the Gilded Age mansions lining the elite avenue and the people who owned and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history, and current preservation issues of this 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 begin at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays.
Sundays through the end of September
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Monday, September 2, 2019

"Minnesota's Secret Language School" Photo Display Closing
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Developed by the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League, visitors will see more than a dozen panels featuring photographs that share the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS), known as America's secret weapon against Japan during WWII. The display features narratives and photos ranging from famous images to personal family pictures. Photos show students at Camp Savage and Fort Snelling as well as graduates deployed to the Pacific. Nearly 6,000 Japanese American servicemen attended the MISLS, most as an alternative to incarceration in War Relocation Authority camps. 
Photos will be on display June 15-Sept. 2, 2019.
Mon., Sep 2, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

First Tuesdays/First Avenue: "The Minneapolis Sound" Film Screening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
From the Twin Cities Public Television vault, this special screening provides a rare opportunity to see and hear from the artists who were instrumental in creating the Minneapolis sound.
Support for this program has been provided by the Marney and Conley Brooks Fund.
On the first Tuesday of each month during the run of the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom, celebrate with DJs, dance nights, microshows, trivia games, and insider conversations with the musicians and staff who made it all possible.
Tue., Sep 3, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Saturday, September 7, 2019

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 poor 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 Minneapolis women's labor history, and the factories that Valesh exposed, including the North Star Woolen Mill, which still stands two blocks from Mill City Museum.
Valesh, also known by her pen name, Eva Gay, was a skilled writer and orator. She served as labor editor for the Saint Paul Globe and Minneapolis Tribune as well as an orator for the National Farmers' Alliance. Valesh 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., Sep 7, 2019, 10:30 am - Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Hide-Processing Demonstration
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Throughout the day, museum staff will work to transform a deer hide into buckskin, or leather, which was used by Ojibwe people in a variety of ways. Learn what tools and techniques are used in this age-old practice.
Sat., Sep 7, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members and Mille Lacs Band members free

"Votes for Minnesota Women" Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
In 1919, the US Congress passed the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Minnesota ratified the amendment in September, and by August of 1920, it had been adopted by all states. On the 100th anniversary, take a special tour that focuses on Minnesota women who played significant roles in securing the right to vote. Learn about the struggles and successes of Minnesota women who worked to persuade elected officials to grant women the vote. Plus, learn about the first women elected to office in Minnesota, the roles they played in state government, and how women participate in elected office today.
Sat., Sep 7, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 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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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 the carvings. 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.
Saturdays through the end of September, 5-7 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, September 8, 2019

"Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer" Exhibit Closing
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Eternal Beauty 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, becoming 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.
Sun., Sep 8, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free gallery-only admission or included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

"Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This photography exhibit, exploring the theme “Connection,” showcases the work of young Native American artists. These five teens came together over 12 weeks 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 the culmination of a partnership program between the Minnesota Historical Society and Two Rivers Gallery. The photography exhibit will be on display in the Irvine Gallery through September 8. 
Sun., Sep 8, 2019, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

Grandparents Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Grandparents and grandkids alike can enjoy playing games that were popular 150 years ago. Games include dominoes, tic-tac-toe, pick-up sticks, graces, checkers, and rolling hoops. Craft projects will also be offered.
Sun., Sep 8, 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 traces of 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., Sep 8 and Sun., Sep 29, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

History on the Go Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Bring a tour bus to Historic Fort Snelling and enjoy stories from Fort Snelling's past on a guided tour led by a site interpreter. The one-hour tour will explore the restored 19th-century stone fort as well as the Upper Post, where soldiers were stationed during the 20th century. Plus, hear about exciting changes happening with the ongoing revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling.
Please note the visitor center will be closed this September due to construction. Restrooms will be available.
The fort's gate accommodates buses up to 13 ft wide. The group minimum is eight people. Tours depart every 10 minutes with the last tour leaving at 3 pm.
Wed., Sep 11, Thu., Sep 12, Wed., Sep 18, and Thu. Sep 19, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$10/MNHS members save 20%. $80 deposit required. Make a reservation by calling 651-259-3015.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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., Sep 12, 2019, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Friday, September 13, 2019

Mendota After Hours: The Bongas in the Fur Trade
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 September, join historian Mattie Harper for a presentation about her research on the Bonga family and the fur trade. Harper will explore the roles members of this African-Ojibwe family played in the fur trade and what role race played in shaping their lives. Hear about George and Stephen Bonga and their lineage, including their African ancestry and Ojibwe family. Harper's research highlights the history of race and identity in Minnesota and how one family managed to elude definitive categorization.
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., Sep 13, 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 tour. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play Victorian fortune-telling games. Discover how and why superstitions captivated Victorian society.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Sep 13, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Quadriga Starlight Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Take a 90-minute guided tour of the restored State Capitol building and meet a range of historical characters who will share stories about the Capitol's construction and history. Explore historic chambers and public spaces and view world-renowned artwork. Following the tour, climb to the rooftop for a rare evening opportunity to view the gilded quadriga—the golden horses on the Capitol roof—against the backdrop of the Twin Cities skyline.
Note: Access to the quadriga requires climbing 63 steps.
Fri., Sep 13 and Sat., Sep 14, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm, and 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
$12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $10 age 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Pigs Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Farmers have been raising pigs in Minnesota since Oliver Kelley's time. Discover what it takes to raise pigs from farrow to finish. Meet pigs and explore the environments used to raise swine historically and today. Plus, read classic pig tales in the visitor center's book nook, sample BBQ pulled pork, and pick up recipes in the Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Sep 14, and Sun., Sep 15, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
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Kid Crafts:Corn Husk Doll
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made from the outer covering of an ear of corn and are typically made during the fall.
Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Sep 14, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$6/kit, museum admission not included

Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn the art of making a coiled sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. A light lunch will be provided on Sunday only.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: 12 pm- 4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-2 pm

 A minimum of five participants is required. Recommended for participants 14 and up. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to the workshop.
Sat., Sep 14, 2019, Noon - Sun., Sep 15, 2019, 2:00 pm
$75/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee
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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, see 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 the Minneapolis riverfront renaissance of 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., Sep 14 and Sat., Sep 28, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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The Leap Ensemble Presents: A Hapsburg House Party
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join The Leap Ensemble for an evening of musical playtime drawn from music composed for Viennese salons, with works by composers like Martines, Mozart, Scarlatti, Handel, and Pittonini.
Austria in the 1700s was the birthplace of the classical music we still love today, but it wasn't created in the aristocratic palaces of Vienna. It was brought to life in weekly jam sessions hosted by Marianna Martines, a student of Haydn, a friend to Mozart, and a composer herself. Every Sunday musicians and composers came to her salons to inspire and compete with one another, improvising new musical ideas and showing off their latest creations.
Sat., Sep 14, 2019, 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
$15-20
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Snakes of the Minnesota River Valley Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Snake expert Tom Jessen will bring a variety of snakes from the Minnesota River Valley for visitors to see, handle, and learn about.
Sun., Sep 15, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour-milling years, and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public 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 damaged the building in 1878, 1928, and 1991
  • The East Engine House, which was once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car-pulling machinery

The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Sep 15, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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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., Sep 15, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cooking ClassThe Best of Minnesota Apples
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Sample a variety of apples from Minnesota and beyond, and discover which apples work best for different recipes. Experiment with recipes and ingredients beyond pie-making!
The Cooking Class series explores various cooking techniques and the flexibility of seasonal ingredients. Participants will cook and sample a variety of dishes from sweet to savory, appetizer to dessert, and will 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., Sep 21, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Fall Phenology Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn from local naturalists and phenologists, who study rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate, at the Forest History Center. Explore plants, animals, and birds, and learn what to look for and how to record your findings.
Sat., Sep 21, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Festival of the Voyageur
Snake River Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Two hundred years ago, fur traders celebrated the success of the trading season with a giant party. Today visitors can explore the sights and sounds of 250 reenactors visiting the Snake River Fur Post in the fall.
Witness feats of strength and skill as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Shop for historic crafts and join children's activities. On Saturday evening, learn the steps of lively country dances with live music.
Sat., Sep 21, 2019, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
$12.50 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Historic Main Street Walking Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Stroll through Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood on a guided tour and learn about the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony and the immense changes along Main Street throughout the years. Founded in 1848, a few years before Minneapolis, St. Anthony has been a crossroads for many diverse peoples, including Dakota, Ojibwe, Yankees, German and Irish immigrants, Métis, free blacks, and Southern tourists accompanied by enslaved people.
Tour landmarks include the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill, and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.
This tour begins and ends at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Lofts' main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). It includes about one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Sep 21, 2019, 10:30 am - Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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"We Are Water MN" Exhibit Opening: Wild for Wild Rice
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Explore the new interactive exhibit "We Are Water MN" during an opening celebration highlighting wild rice and how it, and everything around us, is impacted by water.
Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice, including drying, parching, threshing, and winnowing the rice. See the entire process, from raw material to finished product, during 20-minute demonstrations offered on the hour. Sample wild rice dishes, learn more about the importance of water to wild rice, and enjoy a day at the lake.
"We Are Water MN" reveals the central nature of water in our lives by exploring how we relate to water—how we use water, how water unites communities, how water affects every element of life, and how we care for our water and protect it for the future. Visitors can reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms and share a vision for, and participate in, water stewardship.
The traveling "We Are Water MN" exhibit was developed by the Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Historical Society, and state Departments of Health, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.
Sat., Sep 21, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 museum admission/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members free

Two Worlds Historic Recreation
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Come learn about Dakota history from site staff and a performance by Native American comedy group The 1491s. Through a historic recreation of Lower Sioux Agency-era living, staff will provide background on the Dakota people’s sophisticated interaction with the prairie and deep interrelationship involving nature, sacredness, life, community, and family. This will include a traditional Dakota village site and historic activities, such as gardening and corn husk doll-making. 
Sat., Sep 21, 2019, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Theater of Public Policy - History!
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Issues and stories of the Mississippi River come to life through engaging conversations and improvisation on three nights with the Theater of Public Policy. The Theater of Public Policy advances the public’s understanding of complex ideas and issues by unpacking them through smart conversation and improvisational comedy.
On September 21, enjoy a program with expert guest Penny Peterson, author of Minneapolis Madams. Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm.
This series is hosted by the Mississippi Watershed Organization, Mill City Museum, and the National Parks St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center with the Parks Connection. This series is made possible in part by the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board with sponsorship in part by Pryes Brewing.
Sat., Sep 21, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$22/MNHS member save 20%
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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Horses & Transportation Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about different types of transportation and related supplies in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. In addition to the store, the town of West Newton had two blacksmiths, a wagon shop, a molasses press, hotel, private school, sawmill, flour mill, and boarding house.
Hear about the town's history and join leatherworker Dan Cochran who will have a display of his wares.
Sun., Sep 22, 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., Sep 22, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Friday, September 27, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Crime & Justice
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota covered the trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of murdering her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed, doubts remained as to whether she was truly guilty. This tour focuses on those involved with the case, from Bilansky and her lawyers to politicians and reporters. Hear court testimony, see newspaper articles chronicling the timeline of events, and discover the role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Sep 27, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, September 28, 2019

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 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 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., Sep 28, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Noon  - 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and Sun., Sep 29, 2019, Noon - 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Water Lab Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
In 2019, Mill City Museum's Water Lab has been reimagined for the first time in its 15 years. Celebrate the Water Lab's new hands-on activities with a variety of water-related programs during this family day.
Spark your creativity at an invention station, work together at two interactive tables about mechanical waterpower and hydroelectricity, participate in a "build-a-city" poster activity, and enjoy performances by History Player William de la Barre, the engineer who developed Minneapolis milling.
In the new Water Lab exhibit, visitors can build the Minneapolis riverfront as it looked in 1916, at the peak of the flour milling era, with more than 70 pieces to build railroads, bridges, mills, and more. A new interactive model of a flour mill demonstrates mechanical waterpower by allowing visitors to control the flow of water to turbines, which set in motion miniature moving machines. Plus, new graphics tell the story of St. Anthony Falls over time.
This program is part of the fall 2019 series "River, Water, Stories," which examines the relationship between people and the Mississippi River in the past and today.
This program is supported by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sat., Sep 28, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free
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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sheep & Wool Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Alexander Harkin first came to West Newton to raise sheep and produce wool. Visitors can spend an afternoon learning about the history of the wool industry in Minnesota. The store will have displays of wool, a spinning wheel, carders, woolen goods and quilts, both old and new. Plus, meet with Donna Dose who will show her 1903 sock machine and woolen goods made from the fur of her angora rabbits.
Sun., Sep 29, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Ongoing Exhibits

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

Closes May 3, 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

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 Oct. 27, 2019

The Builders: Shaping Minnesota's Architectural Landscape on the Color Line
Created by the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota, this exhibit showcases the social history of three black Minnesotans who impacted the architecture and design of Minneapolis and St. Paul: Clarence "Cap" W. Wigington, Casiville Bullard, and William Hazel.
The exhibit features maps and blueprints that will encourage visitors to appreciate familiar Twin Cities buildings in a new way. lt also creates a snapshot of the racial climate in which the builders performed their craft and illustrate what career development looked like for black people in Minnesota in the 19th- and 20th-centuries.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Closes Sept. 2, 2019

Minnesota's Secret Language School
Developed by the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League, visitors will see more than a dozen panels featuring photographs that share the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS), known as America's secret weapon against Japan during WWII. The display features narratives and photos—ranging from famous images to personal family pictures.
Photos show students at Camp Savage and Fort Snelling as well as graduates deployed to the Pacific. Nearly 6,000 Japanese American servicemen attended the MISLS, most as an alternative to incarceration in War Relocation Authority camps.

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.