April Programs at the Alexander Ramsey House Include A Walk Through the Year 1861, Victorian Superstitions and Minnesota's Liquor History

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Release dated: 
March 6, 2013
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Phone: 651-296-8760
Email: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/ramseyhouse

April Programs at the Alexander Ramsey House Include A Walk Through the Year 1861, Victorian Superstitions and Minnesota's Liquor History

What: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1861
When: Saturday, April 6
Time: Tours at Noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Cost: $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

Time CapsuleExperience the sights and sounds of 1861 in this one-hour, family-friendly program. Children (ages 6 and up) and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover the events that made 1861 so special.

Guests will sample popular foods of the era, learn about the new inventions and technology of the day and will also play a 19th century parlor game. Before the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.

What: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
When: Friday, April 12
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: Recommended; register online.

Explore the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions. From wedding cakes and dating customs to seances and spirit writing; all played a role in superstitions that were a part of Victorian life. Discover why and how superstitions captured the Victorian imagination and participate in fortune telling games.

This program is intended for adults and teens ages 14 and up.

What: History Happy Hour: Minnesota's Liquor History
When: Thursday, April 25
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 MHS members.
Reservations: Required; register online.

man, with drinkThis month's History Happy Hour is all about Minnesota's liquor history. Socialize, sip and snack in the Ramsey mansion with Dean Phillips, former CEO of Phillips Distilling Co., the fifth-generation, Minnesota-based distilled spirits producer. He will discuss the history of the liquor business in the Twin Cities and shares his collection of historical ephemera.

This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 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 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.

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