The Alexander Ramsey House Offers a Glimpse at the Year 1876, Valentine's Day Themed Programs and History Happy Hour in February

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January 9, 2013
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Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul, MN
Phone: 651-296-8760

Email: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/places/sites/arh/visit.htm

The Alexander Ramsey House Offers a Glimpse at the Year 1876, Valentine's Day Themed Programs and History Happy Hour in February

The Alexander Ramsey House offers something for everyone in February. Families can learn about life in 1876 though games, foods and a tour of the historic home. Celebrate Valentine's Day with a baking activity for children and a program with a Valentine's Day theme. Adults can enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks while learning about mapping in the Age of Exploration.

Ramsey Time Capsule: 1876
Feb. 2, 2013
Tours at noon, 1, and 2 p.m.
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-296-8760

Travel back in time with the new Ramsey Time Capsule specialty tours. The first program "1876" will be held Saturday, Feb. 2. This one hour, family-friendly program (children six and up) will explore the food, fanfare and fun of 1876. Using a timeline map to navigate the historic house, guests will sample popular foods of the era, learn about 19th century inventions and technologies and play an 1876 parlor game. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home. Tours begin at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

This is the first in a series of Ramsey Time Capsule events. March will focus on the year 1849 and April will focus on 1861.

Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love
Feb. 8, 2013
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 Discount for MHS members.
Reservations: recommended, register online

Throughout the Victorian era, love letters, floral bouquets and small gifts were used to indicate a suitor's intention of marriage. In this one hour Valentine's Day themed program, learn what secret romantic messages could be conveyed by these gifts. Enjoy freshly baked Valentine's Day treats, listen to excerpts from Ramsey family love letters and play Victorian courtship games in the parlor. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

History Chef!: Kids Valentine's Day Cookies
Feb. 9, 2013
10 a.m. to noon
$13/$11 MHS members
Reservations: required, call 651-296-8760

In this two hour program, children ages 8-12 will use one of Mrs. Ramsey's favorite sugar cookie recipes to mix, bake and decorate Valentine's Day cookies. While the cookies bake in the wood-burning stove, the young chefs will take a tour of the house and discover how the Ramsey grandchildren celebrated Valentine's Day. After the tour, there will be time to enjoy the freshly baked treats. Children will be able to take home their cookies.

History Happy Hour: Mapping in the Age of Exploration
Feb. 28, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
$25/$16 MHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

Enjoy a cocktail at the Alexander Ramsey House. Socialize, sip and snack in the Ramsey mansion while learning about mapping in the Age of Exploration. Patrick Coleman and Lori Williamson from the Society's Collections Department will bring some of the oldest and most intriguing maps in the collection to showcase and discuss. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres and presentation.

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The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

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