October 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
August 14, 2019
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October 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

First Tuesdays/First Avenue: Prince Panel Discussion with Dez Dickerson & Kevin Cole
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join Prince photographer Allen Beaulieu, The Revolution guitarist Dez Dickerson, and veteran First Ave DJ Kevin Cole for a panel discussion about Prince's early career. Moderated by The Current's Andrea Swensson, the panel will discuss the emerging R&B, punk, and new wave sounds that emanated from Prince's hometown in the early days of his career. Cole will also DJ in the gallery from 6:30-7 pm.
This is the opening program for the new photography exhibit featuring Beaulieu's work, "Prince: Before the Rain." Beaulieu worked with Prince from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, charting the musician's path from rising star to superstardom. Always at Prince's side with camera in hand, Beaulieu helped Prince carry out his vision with legendary album cover images and promotional photos during the groundbreaking "Dirty Mind," "Controversy," and "1999" era, while also capturing live performances and intimate off-stage moments.
"Prince: Before the Rain" is sponsored by Xcel Energy and by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
The first Tuesday of each month during the First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom exhibit, celebrate with DJs, dance nights, microshows, trivia games, and insider conversations with the musicians who played and the staff that made it all possible.
Tue., Oct 1, 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Saturday, October 5, 2019

"Lies My Teacher Told Me" with Author James Loewen
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
When James Loewen first wrote Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong in 1995, he offered a powerful critique of the "blind patriotism, mindless optimism, [and] sheer misinformation" that he felt characterized much of history education in the United States. Lies went on to become one of the most successful and influential history books in a generation, changing the way the subject is taught in thousands of schools across the country. Twenty-four years later, Loewen has released a third edition of Lies with a new preface written for the current moment. Join him for an exploration of the importance of embracing historical facts and the benefits of facing together the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama of our nation’s past.
James Loewen is an award-winning author and professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont. He lives in Washington, DC.
This program is supported by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sat., Oct 5, 2019, 10:00 am-11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Prairie Sugar Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Prairie sugar, also known as sorghum, was grown and used as a sweetener by farmers and their families over 150 years ago. It was especially coveted during times when other sweeteners were scarce. Visitors can learn about the history of sorghum and about the many types of sugar and sugar substitutes that exist today. On the historic farmstead, visitors can help process sorghum into sweet, syrupy molasses, then see how the syrup can be used in desserts, such as gingerbread. Then, head to the Learning Kitchen to watch sugar beets become granulated sugar, plus sample other sweeteners and baked goods made with them.
Sat., Oct 5, 2019 and Sun., October 6, 2019, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
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Minneapolis Brewery Bus Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Explore the past and present of the brewing industry in Minneapolis on a guided bus tour. The bus will stop at three local breweries featuring a variety of beers: Surly, Indeed (housed in a historic industrial building in Northeast), and Freehouse (located in a rehabbed building in the city's Warehouse district). Samples are included.
Sat., Oct 5, 2019 and Sat., Oct 19, 2019, 11:30 am-4:00 pm
$40/MNHS members save 20%
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Puzzle Pouch 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn leatherworking techniques to create an Ojibwe puzzle pouch to hide your treasures in and amuse your friends. 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 workshop.
Sat., Oct 5, 2019, Noon-Sun., Oct 6, 2019, 2:00 pm
$75/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee
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Pumpkin Carving Party & Halloween Costume Swap
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Get ready for Halloween with pumpkin carving on the Comstock House lawn, a costume swap, and a tour of the house. Those interested in the swap should bring clean, gently used costumes to the event. Pumpkins and carving tools will be provided.
Sat., Oct 5, 2019, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Free

Scandal on the Waterfront!
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
2522 Marshall St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55418-3329
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 understanding of complex ideas and issues by unpacking them through smart conversation and improvisational comedy.
On October 5, enjoy a program on the Clean Water Act in Minneapolis. Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm.
This series is hosted by the Mississippi Watershed Organization, Mississippi Park Connection, Mill City Museum, and the National Park Service at St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center. This series is made possible in part by the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board with sponsorship in part by Pryes Brewing.
Sat., Oct 5, 2019, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
Free, reservations required
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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Preparing for Winter Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
In the 1800s, Minnesotans spent many months of the year preparing for winter. This process included canning, drying, candle-making, soap-making, putting up gardens, cutting firewood, and stocking food for themselves and their animals. Learn more about this undertaking by viewing historic equipment and photographs depicting life on Minnesota farms.
Sun., Oct 6, 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 nonpublic spaces.
Tour highlights include:

  • The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and other dangers 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, which was originally paved with retired millstones and served as 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, which 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., Oct 6, 2019, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Flashlight Tours
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Explore the Comstock House by flashlight after dark. With all the lights turned off, guides will bring guests through the house and use flashlights to illuminate artifacts and architectural features along the way. Guests will also have access to areas usually not open on tours, including the attic and basement. Tours are limited to 10 people. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Oct 10 & 17
 7:00 pm-8:30 pm and 9:00 pm-10:30 pm
$10/$5 MNHS and HCSCC members

Friday, October 11, 2019

Mendota After Hours: Brewing in Minnesota
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 October, join historian David Sandager for a presentation on brewing in Minnesota. Sandager will explore Minnesota's three golden eras of brewing history and talk about the industry today.
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., Oct 11, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$20/$15 for MNHS, DCHS and Friends of the Sibley Historic Site members
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Mystery at the Fur Post: The Snake River Soap Opera
Snake River Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Betrayal, passion and ... zombies? Who is targeting the actors on the set of the Snake River's favorite fur trade soap opera? Uncover the plot and find the motive in this interactive drama.
This program is appropriate for all ages.
Oct. 11 & 12 
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

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. Using newspaper accounts and court records, guests can explore the secrets of the capital city’s underworld. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives as well as the city’s own soul? This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Oct 11, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm-9:45 pm
$12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Cooking Class: Winter Squash
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
From pies and soups to roasted and stewed squash, participants will sample a variety of winter squashes and try recipes that employ different cooking techniques.
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., Oct 12, 2019, 9:00 am-11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Fall in Forestville: Make Apple Pie Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Fall at Historic Forestville, when the leaves are changing and the air is crisp, is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit.
Along with a guided tour, each Saturday visitors can participate in a different hands-on demonstration:

  • October 12 - Bake apple pies on the wood-burning stove
  • October 19 - Create apple cider with an 1800s-era cider press
  • October 26 - Craft apple butter using 19th-century methods

Sat., Oct 12, 2019, Sat., Oct 19, 2019, and Sat., Oct 26, 2019, 10:00 am    - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Family Day by the Water
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Spend the day on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs and enjoy family-friendly games and programs around the theme of water, including coloring, puzzles, beading, story time, and outdoor activities (weather permitting).
Guests are encouraged to explore the new interactive exhibit We Are Water MN, on view in the visitor center.
We Are Water MN is led by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. We Are Water MN is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Sat., Oct 12, 2019, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 museum admission/MNHS members free

Kid Crafts: Birch Bark Canoe
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Make a miniature Ojibwe birch bark canoe, an original mode of transportation for Minnesota's vast rivers and lakes. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Craft supplies provided by the Minnesota Humanities Center. Guests are encouraged to explore the new interactive exhibit We Are Water MN, on view in the visitor center.
We Are Water MN is led by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. We Are Water MN is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Sat., Oct 12, 2019, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Sunday, October 13, 2019

West Newton Post Office Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
When the village of West Newton was a thriving riverboat town in the 1870s, the Harkin Store was home to the local post office. Visitors can learn about the historic post office, how the postal service worked in the 19th century, and more.
Sun., Oct 13, 2019, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Pillsbury A Mill Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Pillsbury A Mill, constructed in 1881, was once the largest and most advanced flour mill in the world. Go on a guided tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and basement waterpower facilities, and discover the story of this National Historic Landmark, now home to the A-Mill Artist Lofts. Highlights include the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis, with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor. Guests will discover how the building functioned during the flour-milling era, see the architectural highlights of the recently completed A-Mill Artist Lofts built within the historic mill buildings, and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.
This tour is presented in partnership with A-Mill Artist Lofts. The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Oct. 13 & 27, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee" with Author David Treuer
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Native American history has often been perceived as essentially ending with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. The sense was that Native civilization perished alongside the 150 Lakota people who died there at the hands of the US cavalry. But Native Americans did not disappear, and because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, traditions, families, and very existence, their stories from the end of the 19th century to today are ones of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.
Join author David Treuer as he examines how the depredations of the past century have spawned new modes of survival: devastating land seizures gave rise to sophisticated legal and political strategies; forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity; military conscription and the pull of urban life brought Native Americans into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance.
David Treuer is Ojibwe, from the Leech Lake Reservation, and author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.
This program is supported by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sun., Oct 13, 2019, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Crossing the Color Line: A Discussion with Minnesota's Black Architects
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota and LSE Architects for a panel discussion on the unique experience of being a black architect in Minnesota past and present.
This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibit "The Builders: Shaping Minnesota's Architectural Landscape on the Color Line," which 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 is located in the museum's central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours, through Oct. 27, 2019.
Mon., Oct 14, 2019, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

History Lounge: Slaveholders in the North Star State
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Although slavery was primarily a Southern institution, dozens of slaveholders purchased land in Minnesota and invested in local businesses. This provided a financial foundation for growing new communities with profits flowing back to the South. In this History Lounge, join MNHS Press Christopher Lehman, author of Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State, to explore the lesser-known history of how Southern slaveholder wealth intertwined with Minnesota's early development and helped build the North Star State.
Tue., Oct 15, 2019, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Harvest Days
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, farmers need to get the last of their crops harvested, processed, and stored for the winter. Experience the last days of harvest in a festive work atmosphere on the historic Kelley Farm. At the historic farmstead, visitors can help finish up field work, husk corn, and store produce in the root cellar. Then, help finish the last batches of pickles, make corn husk dolls, or join a quilting bee.
In the Farm Lab, help harvest the last of the garden produce and mix feed for the livestock. Plus, see demonstrations of modern preservation techniques, such as canning, freezing and dehydrating, in the Learning Kitchen and make a decorative harvest arrangement to take home.
Oct. 17-20, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
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The Future of Water: A Panel Discussion
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a panel discussion about what environmental stewardship can mean for our lives today and in the future. Twin Cities community members will discuss their work caring for Minnesota's rivers, lakes, and lands and share resources and knowledge on ways to sustain a healthy and vibrant community.
The 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.
Thu., Oct 17, 2019, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Free

Friday, October 18, 2019

Spooky Timbers
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
A truly mysterious event with creepy logging camp experiences, music, storytelling, and zany trolley rides into the inky shadows of the forest where mythical creatures lurk. If you dare, walk into the mist by the light of lanterns and be prepared for the unexpected.
Oct. 18-19 & 25-26, 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Shadows & Spirits of the Capitol Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Join a one-hour guided tour of the restored Capitol through the shadowy rotunda, hallways, and chambers, lit with original early 1900s lighting. Visitors will encounter historical "spirits," including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, and more, who will tell stories of the Capitol's early history. This tour is appropriate for age 7 and up.
Oct. 18-19 & Oct. 24-26
6:30 pm-7:30 pm, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm, 7:30 pm-8:30 pm & 8:00 pm- 9:00 pm
$15 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Flashlight Cemetery Tour
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Take a nighttime guided hike to Zumbro Hill Cemetery and learn about the lives of Forestville's earliest residents.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own flashlight; staff will have a limited number of flashlights available. Please dress for the weather.
Note: In case of strong rain, the tour will be rescheduled for Oct. 25.
Fri., Oct 18, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 for adults, $8 for seniors and ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Wayward Theatre Company Presents Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Macbeth, considered by many to be Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, brings us deep into the minds of an ambitious Scottish family whose dreams of the throne ultimately end in a living nightmare.
Set in the 1940s, this version of the play by Wayward Theatre Company will be staged throughout the James J. Hill House, with the audience moving from room to room and participating in the scenes.
Note: This production has staggered start times with 7 and 7:30 pm options each performance night.
Oct. 18-Nov 17, 2019, 7 pm & 7:30 pm
$35/$32 MNHS members
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Saturday, October 19, 2019

History Forum: “America First”? A History of US Isolationism & Global Engagement with Christopher McKnight Nichols
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
What are the key ideas of "America First" ideology, which initially arose in the early 1940s? And why is it significant? Get insight into the origins, development, and central tenets of American isolationism, and how this history has implications that shape present policies and debates with Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols. Christopher McKnight Nichols is a history professor at Oregon State University and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
The History Forum series unpacks the history behind today’s headlines. Join six national scholars of American history as they explore the history that helps us understand and unravel the issues we face right now. Attend, engage, and draw your own conclusions.
Sat., Oct 19, 2019, 10:00 am-11:00 am and 2:00 pm-3:00 pm.
$16 for individual tickets, $84 for series tickets, MNHS members save 20%
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Fall in Forestville: Make Apple Cider Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Fall at Historic Forestville, when the leaves are changing and the air is crisp, is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit.
Along with a guided tour, each Saturday visitors can participate in a different hands-on demonstration:

  • October 12 - Bake apple pies on the wood-burning stove
  • October 19 - Create apple cider with an 1800s-era cider press
  • October 26 - Craft apple butter using 19th-century methods

Sat., Oct 19, 2019, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Live Music with Lonesome Ron
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The Harkin Store and musician Lonesome Ron say "happy trails" to the season with folk, country, and bluegrass music. Plus, stop in the historic store for an end-of-season sale.
Sun., Oct 20, 2019, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

SPARK! Baking Workshop for People with Memory Loss
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Whip up a delicious treat in this baking experience, tailored to all ability levels, for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Mill City Museum is a member of SPARK!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss.
Sun., Oct 20, 2019, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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Monday, October 21, 2019

The Inspiration of Youth
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Hill House Chamber Players return for the 2019-2020 season with concert selections around the theme "The Inspiration of Youth." Enjoy extraordinary compositions from remarkable teenagers, including Mahler, Beethoven, Suk, and Mendelssohn while also marking Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020.
On Oct. 21 & 22, attendees can enjoy the following repertoire:

  • Hummel Piano Trio, Op 12
  • Suk Piano Quartet, No. 1, age 16, dedicated to his teacher, Antonin Dvorak
  • R. Clarke Lullaby and Grotesque for viola and cello
  • Dvorak piano quartet, op. 23, in D major

The Hill House Chamber Players are Julie Ayer, violin; Tanya Remenikova, cello; Thomas Turner, viola; and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano. This program is co-sponsored by the Schubert Club.
Admission includes a 6:45 pm pre-concert conversation with musicians, refreshments during intermission, and a post-performance tour of the Hill House. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Valet parking is available.
Oct. 21 & 22  7:30 pm-9:00 pm
$23 adults, $12 students, MNHS members save 20%
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

"Jay's Longhorn" Film Screening & Panel Discussion with Local Musicians
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Before First Avenue, Jay's Longhorn was the epicenter of the late-1970s Minneapolis punk and indie rock scene. At a time when music was dominated by Top 40 cover bands, a group of punk rock visionaries—led by Andy Schwartz, former publisher of the New York Rocker—scoured the city in search of a place that would welcome the New Wave. The Suicide Commandos, Flamingo, Curtiss A, and The Suburbs found a home at Jay's Longhorn, which also served as the launchpad for Hüsker Dü and The Replacements and the preferred venue for touring acts like Elvis Costello, The B-52s, and The Police.
Join Sound Unseen for the St. Paul premiere of the film Jay's Longhorn. A Q&A will follow the screening with director Mark Engebretson and special guests Curtiss A, Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland, Bill Batson of Hypstrz, and Robert Wilkinson of Flamingo and the Flamin' Oh's. Local music journalist Jim Walsh will moderate.
Tue., Oct 22, 2019, 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
$12/MNHS members save 20%
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Victorian Spiritualism Dinner
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Enjoy an exclusive dinner, created by a local chef, featuring Victorian-inspired food and wine. After dinner, hear a presentation about 19th-century spiritualism in the Red River Valley, including the Victorian fascination with contacting spirits, the origins of the movement, and the popularity of séances. Guests can also join a self-guided tour of the house.
Seats are limited to 14. Registration begins on October 3 at 9 am.
Thu., Oct 24, 2019, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
$100

Victorian Séance: Fact or Fiction?
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
As the Spiritualist movement gained popularity in the mid-19th century, an increasing number of Victorians began attending séances. It was believed that séances, conducted by mediums, were the best way to connect with the spirit world. Some mediums were sincere, but others were frauds and developed elaborate ways of tricking their audiences.
Explore elements of a Victorian séance in this one-of-a-kind event with artist and performer Michael Callahan, who portrays a Victorian medium, and discover some of the tools and tricks used at a 19th-century séance.
The program is suitable for ages 16 and up.
Oct. 24-26, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm & 11:00 pm
$24 adults, $22 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, October 26, 2019


Family Food Frolic Workshop: Pumpkins-a-Plenty
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Join a workshop to learn how to use pumpkins in a variety of ways, including in muffins, cookies, soups, puddings, and pies. And jack-o-lanterns, of course!
Fee includes one pumpkin. Additional pumpkins will be available for purchase. This class is designed for families with children ages 6-14. One adult per child under age 10 must attend.
Sat., Oct 26, 2019, 9:00 am- 11:00 am
$15/MNHS members save 20%
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Fall in Forestville: Make Apple Butter Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Fall at Historic Forestville, when the leaves are changing and the air is crisp, is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit.
Along with a guided tour, each Saturday visitors can participate in a different hands-on demonstration:

  • October 12 - Bake apple pies on the wood-burning stove
  • October 19 - Create apple cider with an 1800s-era cider press
  • October 26 - Craft apple butter using 19th-century methods

Sat., Oct 26, 2019, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

A Sibley Site Haunting
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Explore the Sibley House after dark with a flashlight tour. Guides will bring guests through areas not usually open to the public, including the basement of the Faribault House. Along the way, visitors will meet "ghosts" from the past and hear about different eras of the Sibley Historic Site and the area's rich history. After the tour, enjoy s'mores outside by the fire.
Sat., Oct 26, 2019, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
$10/$8 MNHS, DCHS and Friends of Sibley members, and students

Sunday, October 27, 2019

"The Builders: Shaping Minnesota's Architectural Landscape on the Color Line" Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Created by the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota, this exhibit showcases the 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.
Cap Wigington's designs for the Winter Carnival Ice Castles and the Highland Park Water Tower made him a force in Minnesota architectural circles. His contemporary, Casiville Bullard, left Tennessee for Minnesota in the late 1890s to complete stonework on the State Capitol.  As a stoneworker, Bullard contributed his skill to a variety of structures in the state including Pilgrim Baptist Church, the St. Paul Cathedral, and the Foshay Tower.
William Hazel was a well-known architect and sought-after stained glass artist, and his move to Minnesota grabbed locals’ attention when The Appeal newspaper announced his arrival. He worked as one of the few African American designer-salesmen for Tiffany & Company and went on to teach at the Tuskegee Institute and Howard University.
The exhibit will also create 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.
The exhibit is located in the museum's central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours Aug. 8-Oct. 27, 2019.
Sun., Oct 27, 2019, Noon- 5:00 pm
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.
Closes May 3, 2020 Prince: Before the Rain
Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu helped shape the icon we know today as Prince. As Prince’s personal photographer and friend from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, he worked closely with the artist, helping to transform Prince from rising star to super stardom. Through it all, Beaulieu had access to the musician that few photographers have had, before or since.
Based on the new MNHS Press photography book, Prince: Before the Rain by Allen Beaulieu, visitors to this exhibit can view 50 digital prints, including the album covers of Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999, promotional photos of Prince and The Revolution, Morris Day and The Time, and other artists, as well as rare behind-the-scenes candids. 

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.

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 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.
The exhibit 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.

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

Closes Nov. 2, 2019 "We Are Water MN"
"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.
"We Are Water MN" is led by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources.
"We Are Water MN" is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Closes Oct. 31, 2020

One Hundred Years of Healing: The Ojibwe Jingle Dress Dance Tradition
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.