Presidents Day Photo Opp: Paul and Babe and Civil War Soldiers Visit the State Capitol Monday to Show History Matters

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Release dated: 
February 15, 2013
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Event: 'History Matters Day' at the Minnesota State Capitol
Date: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul
Cost: Free
Call for more information 651-296-2881

Presidents Day Photo Opp: Paul and Babe and Civil War Soldiers Visit the State Capitol Monday to Show History Matters

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and Civil War soldiers will join history fans at the State Capitol this Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for History Matters Day. The soldiers, portrayed by Minnesota Historical Society staff, will mark the upcoming "Minnesota and the Civil War" exhibit opening at the Minnesota History Center March 2. The inflatable of Paul and Babe, which is 15 feet tall, will be on the south steps of the Capitol.

About History Matters Day
History fans of all ages are invited to show support for history at History Matters Day at the Capitol. History programs in Minnesota educate our children, boost local economies and preserve our state’s unique culture—all for less than the cost of a movie ticket, per citizen, per year.

Activities include:

  • Free Capitol tours
  • Free craft activity for kids
  • View items from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections, including the first cartoon drawn by Charles Schultz
  • Meet with Legislators to advocate for history
  • Minnesota Historical Society and Friends Information Fair

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. free parking will be available at the Minnesota History Center with a shuttle provided to the Capitol. Friends of history who can't attend can still show "History Matters" by sending a message to their Legislators at

The Minnesota History Center will also be open Presidents Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.