Minnesota Historical Society Sites and Museums Offer Up Special Programs for Memorial Day Weekend

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April 17, 2013
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

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Minnesota Historical Society Sites and Museums Offer Up Special Programs for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer travel season and a time to honor veterans and remember Minnesota's military past. Use the new 2013 Travel Map and free Minnesota Museums app, available May 1, to help navigate museums of every type across the state and the Minnesota Historical Society’s 26 historic sites and museums. Special events and activities include:

What: Opening Weekend and Memorial Day: Military History Timeline
Where: Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul MN
When: Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday, Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 612-726-1171

Fort SnellingFamily and friends are invited to explore the historic fort, visit with costumed interpreters and learn about early life in Minnesota.

Children can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt, earn a special Fort Kid's button and learn and play popular games from the 1800s. Other activities include cannon and musket firings, hearth cooking demonstrations and American Indian history presentations.

On Memorial Day, guests can travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring America's soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. Guests can witness large-scale military demonstrations throughout the day, play games and explore Minnesota's oldest military fort.

Historic Fort Snelling is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What: Death of the Empire Builder
Where: James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul MN
When: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday May 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MHS members,
Reservations: Recommended; call 651-297-2555

James J. Hill HouseJames J. Hill, one of the most powerful figures of America's Gilded Age, was known as the "Empire Builder" for his work constructing a network of rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean. Hill died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77, leaving behind a personal fortune of $63 million.

This two-day event features tours emphasizing Hill's career, public image and the public's reaction to his death. On display will be photographs and news articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one given to the family by the Great Northern Railway, created by Tiffany and Company. Guest organists will play music used at the Hill funeral, which was held at the house in 1916.

The James J. Hill House is closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

What: Capitol Civil War Tour
Where: Minnesota State Capitol. 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul MN
When: Saturday, May 25
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651-296-2881 or register online.

State CapitolThis tour highlights the pivotal role Minnesota soldiers had in the Civil War. Guests are invited to discover why the Minnesota State Capitol is decorated and memorialized with Civil War artifacts, paintings and memorials. A visitor dressed and outfitted as a new recruit with reproduction accoutrements typically worn by Union soldiers will be present at the beginning of the tour.

During the tour, the group will learn about the current efforts to conserve Civil War battle flags in the Minnesota Historical Society's collections, and see statues of famous officers from the state. A reproduction cavalry shell jacket worn by Gov. Knute Nelson, one of six state governors who participated in the Civil War, will be on display.

The Minnesota State Capitol is closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

What: Memorial Day Powwow
Where: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia MN
When: Monday, May 27
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

powwow

Guests are invited to join museum staff and community members at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum's annual Memorial Day Powwow. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in a social gathering honoring American Indian veterans past and present and to experience firsthand the excitement of a contemporary powwow. This outdoor event is free and open to the public, but regular admission prices apply to visit the museum.

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: Minnesota and the Civil War exhibit
Place: Minnesota History Center
Date: Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000

Civil War exhibitVisit the Minnesota History Center over Memorial Day Weekend to view the new exhibit Minnesota and the Civil War.

The Civil War divided the United States in two, left more than 750,000 dead and resulted in the release of four million people from bondage. Through nearly 200 artifacts as well as firsthand accounts drawn from letters, diaries, memoirs and reminiscences, learn about the everyday lives and the often extraordinary witness of individual Minnesotans during the war.

Exhibit is on view through Sept. 8, 2013.

Guests can also explore the exhibits "Minnesota’s Greatest Generation," "Open House," "Grainland," and "Weather Permitting," plus they can shop at the History Center Stores and have lunch at Cafe Minnesota.

The Minnesota History Center is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: Memorial Day Special Monday Hours
Place: Mill City Museum
Date: Monday, May 27, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

MCMVisit Mill City Museum for special Monday hours with a wide array of activities. Explore the architecturally stunning museum built into the ruins of the Washburn A Mill and now a National Historic Landmark; ride the 8-story Flour Tower elevator show; get wet in the Water Lab; take in the smells and tastes in the Baking Lab; watch the award winning film "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat" by Kevin Kling; and enjoy the rooftop views of the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls and Stone Arch Bridge.

Mill City Museum is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May is Minnesota Museums Month

Minnesota Museums Month is a statewide celebration of museums, their stories, and their communities. This May, visit a new museum in your community, take a road trip, or return to one of your favorites that you haven’t seen in a while. Museums of every type—art, historical, science, arboretums, zoos and more—are participating. For more information visit www.museumsmonth.org.

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.