March-ing Along: History at the Turf Club, Maple Syrup Clinic and Big Wow Variety Show at the Minnesota History Center

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Release dated: 
January 30, 2013
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

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

March-ing Along: History at the Turf Club, Maple Syrup Clinic and Big Wow Variety Show at the Minnesota History Center

What: History of Hip: Industry of Death
Where: The Turf Club, 1601 University Ave., St. Paul
When: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $5, free for MHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3015

Join photographer Lacey Prpic Hedtke and historian Elisabeth Connolly at the historic Turf Club, Tuesday March 5, for a discussion of the "Industry of Death."

The massive casualties of the Civil War sparked an array of commercial ventures related to death and mourning. Mourning clothing, hair accessories, modern embalming techniques and spirit photography all became popular aspects of a society constantly exposed to violence during the war. Lacey Prpic will discuss the 19th century practice of "spirit photography," while Elisabeth Connolly presents on mourning fashion and rituals.

The Lounge at the Turf Club is only accessible by stairs. Please call 651-259-3015 for alternate accommodations. This is a 21 plus event. For more information, please visit

What: Seniors in Mind: Modern Maple
Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
When: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE. Does not include $9 senior admission to the History Center.
Reservations: Recommended; call 651/259-3015 or register online.

Everyone likes it, but few know its history. Join cookbook author Teresa Marrone for a discussion about maple syrup, that delectable product of the north and learn about its history from the 1600s through present day. Teresa will share tips for working with maple syrup in the kitchen and will give a brief presentation showing how maple syrup can be made by hobbyists, even in an urban backyard.

This program includes a 10-percent discount at the History Center Museum Stores. Cafe Minnesota will be open for lunch following the demonstration, which is funded in memory of Marney Brooks.

What: The Big Wow Variety Show: with Host Tou Ger Xiong
Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
When: Saturday, March 30
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 adults and seniors, $10 children ages 6 to 17; $5 MHS members. Tickets include museum admission.
Reservations: Recommended, call 651-259-3015 or register online.

Join us at the History Center for an afternoon of just about everything! This wondrous, wallop of whimsy features a mash-up of multicultural performers from all over our state.

The show includes Dan Newton and the Cafe Accordion Orchestra, Global Pop Quiz with Beth Gilleland as Ethnologist Dr. Pangea Thunderblust, Hmong stories and comedy with Tou Ger Xiong, Javanese puppet show with Joko Sutrisno, magic with Brodini, vocals from French chanteuse Josette Antomarchi and West African drumming and dancing with Fatawu Sayibu.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 1:15 p.m. with a Javanese shadow puppet demonstration. Support for this program has been provided by the Charles A. Lindbergh fund.

About the Minnesota History Center

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.