March Events at the Alexander Ramsey House Target Adult and Youth

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 30, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: Victorian Christmas prices apply.
Phone: 651-296-8760

March Events at the Alexander Ramsey House Target Adult and Youth

What: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1849
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: Tours at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for MHS members.
Reservations: Recommended; call 651-296-8760

Ramsey House Parlor The Ramsey Time Capsule series continues in March with a celebration of 1849. During this one-hour program, guests will use a timeline map to explore the Alexander Ramsey House and the events that defined 1849. Popular foods, inventions and technologies of the era will be featured, and visitors will learn and play a 1800s parlor game. Before and after the program, children, 6 years of age and older, will be able to create and take home their own 1849 time capsule.

What: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: Recommended; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

Irvine Park 1888 Victorian era society has been defined, in part, by its rigid separation of the private and the public. The heavily curtained interiors of the Victorian home ensured that the secrets and "unmentionable" business of the private sphere were protected from the intrusions of the public.

This new episode in the ongoing Ramsey After Dark series will explore the "Victorian Secrets" of the Ramsey family. Excerpts from family letters and journals, discussing addiction, mental illness, sexuality and birth control, will provide a glimpse into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their friends and neighbors. Discover what issues they faced, the "cures" they used and what was actually revealed behind closed doors. This is an 18 an older event.

What: History Chef!: Kids Make Dinner
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $14/$12 MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651-296-8760

Ramsey House Kitchen In this upcoming History Chef! event, children ages 8-12 will develop into culinary conquistadors, learning what it was like to cook in an 1870s kitchen. Using Mrs. Ramsey's recipes, the young chefs will help Ramsey servants John and Ellen prepare a Victorian Dinner. Children will knead bread, prepare chicken noodle soup and mix ingredients for one of Mrs. Ramsey's prized cakes. At the end of the day, participants will be able to taste the fruits of their labors and take home treats to share.

What: History Happy Hour: Victorian Facial Hair and Grooming
Date: Thursday, March 28
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 MHS members.
Reservations:Required; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

Cocktails and the Ramsey House Join celebrity barber and menswear purveyor "Mustache Mike" Ader as he shares vintage grooming tools and discusses Victorian grooming traditions. Socialize, sip and snack in the Ramsey Mansion at this 21 plus program. Price of admission includes two drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres and presentation.

About the Alexander Ramsey House

The Alexander Ramsey House is located at 265 S. Exchange St. one block south of West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul. One of the nation’s best preserved Victorian-era houses, the home offers a glimpse into the 1870s life of Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor, and his family. The rebuilt carriage house contains a gift shop. The home is open during the holiday season for regular tours. For more information, call 651-296-8760

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at 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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.