Learn About 1857, Alexander Ramsey: Secretary of War, Vintage Bicycles and Summer Camps Offered in June

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Release dated: 
May 1, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

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

Jayne Becker • Alexander Ramsey House • 651-296-8760 • jayne.becker@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

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

Learn About 1857, Alexander Ramsey: Secretary of War, Vintage Bicycles and Summer Camps Offered in June

Explore one of the many new programs offered at the Alexander Ramsey House each month. Programs are designed for families and adults. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling 651-296-8760. Also, its not too late to sign up for a unique summer camp experience at the Ramsey House.

What: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1857
When: Saturday, June 1
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: Recommended; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

Time CapsuleFamilies are invited to go back in time to the year 1857 in this chapter of the Ramsey Time Capsule. The Alexander Ramsey House opens its doors and welcomes visitors to experience the sights and sounds that made 1857 so special.

Guests will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House while learning about the history, inventions, songs and important events that came to define 1857. Popular foods of the era will also be available. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.

What: Ramsey After Dark: Secretary of War
When: Friday, June 14
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; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

Alexander RamseyThis episode of Ramsey After Dark is all about Alexander Ramsey's time as Secretary of War. When President Rutherford appointed Ramsey to Secretary of War in 1879, it brought the former Minnesota Governor both national prominence and problems. This 75 minute program delves into this fascinating portion of Ramsey's political career.

Guests are invited to view rarely displayed artifacts from Ramsey's Secretary tenure, including his official ceremonial uniform. Excerpts from Ramsey's personal letters and official correspondence will also be presented. Discover what trials and turbulent moments colored Alexander Ramsey's time as United States Secretary of War.

What: History Happy Hour: Vintage Bicycles
When: Thursday, June 27
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $25/$16 MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

Big Wheel BicycleThis month, History Happy Hour welcomes the Wheelmen, a local vintage cycling club, as they return for a follow-up to their sellout 2011 program. After giving short presentations on topics in Minnesota's cycling history, the Wheelmen will display their own vintage bicycles and offer riding demonstrations including how to mount and dismount a high-wheel bicycle.

This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres and presentation.

Summer Camps
Reservations: Required; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

What: Finishing School for Young Ladies
When: Monday, June 17-19 and July 15-17
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $220; $200 for MHS members.

In today's increasingly digitized and fast-paced world, the arts of social niceties and grace often get lost along the way. Victorian girls, like the Ramsey Finishing Schoolgranddaughters Anita and Laura Furness, were expected to attend finishing school, where they learned to master the skills of personal interaction and good manners.

This one-of-a-kind day camp is designed to teach young ladies the elegant behaviors of the Victorian age. Girls ages 9-12 will dress up in Victorian outfits and learn about Victorian fashion, etiquette, dancing and poise. The three-day camp ends with tea on the porch and a dance recital for the families.

What: Ramsey House History Detectives Camp
When: June 24-26 and July 22-24
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $210/$190 MHS members.

This unique day camp welcomes boys and girls, ages 11-13, to put their detective skills to the test.

Kids will explore primary source material like the Ramsey House itself, artifacts inside the home, letters, journals and recipes to reveal a hidden mystery. A new mystery will be presented each day. At the end of the camp, each child will be certified as a Ramsey House History Detective.

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.