Meet the Animals, Celebrate Father's Day and Children's Day at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in June

For immediate release

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

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 • bob.quist@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelley.farm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Meet the Animals, Celebrate Father's Day and Children's Day at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in June

One of the Society's network of 26 historic sites and museums, the Oliver H. Kelley Farm is a working 1860s farm that was once home to Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange.

Activities follow the farming cycle and change with the season, making each visit unique.

What: Farm Animal Weekend
When: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

OxenSummer is fast approaching at the Oliver H. Kelley farm and with spring planting just about completed, the Kelley farmers now turn their attention to the Farm's livestock. June is time to shear sheep, and guests are welcome to try their hand at the challenging task of freeing the sheep from their "winter coats."

Toby and Colter, the farm's oxen, will be finishing up field work. Visitors are encouraged to walk the Farm's nature trails, meet the spring newborns and learn about how farm animals were used in the past and different ways they are used today.

What: Father's Day Weekend
When: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MHS members and fathers accompanied by a child.

Celebrate Father's day weekend at the Oliver Kelley Farm. Children, parents and grandparents are welcome to join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th-century "fancy chores" like building feed boxes, repairing equipment and fences and caring for the animals.

Make sure to visit with spring newborns and walk the nature trails. Fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.

What: Children's Day
When: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age five and under and MHS members.

FamilyChildren and families are invited to Children's Day at the Oliver H. Kelley farm. Children are encouraged to join in the chores that young people did on farms more than 100 years ago, like helping with the laundry, gardening, animal care and field work.

After chores it's all fun and games as guests take part in 19th century games such as Townball, Grandmother's Footsteps and Hoops and Sticks.

About the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.

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.

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