Architecture, Food and Pub Crawls Plus Kids Activities at the History Center in June

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Release dated: 
May 1, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773

Architecture, Food and Pub Crawls Plus Kids Activities at the History Center in June

What: History Architecture Crawls: Mid-Century Modern
When: Saturdays, June 1, 15, 29 and July 6
Where: Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Ave. S, Mpls.
Time 9 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $25/$20 MHS members
Reservations: Required: register online.

CCLExplore hallmarks of mid-century modern design in Minneapolis and Saint Paul on a guided bus tour. Stops include the University Grove neighborhood, an architectural "time capsule" of houses designed by Minnesota architects including Elizabeth and Winston Close, and Ralph Rapson; the interior of the Saarinen-designed Christ Church Lutheran or the Ralph Rapson-designed Hope Lutheran; and a rare cluster of prefabricated, colorful, all-steel Lustron houses along Nicollet Avenue. The tour also includes a stop at Forage ModernWorkshop, a retail store which focuses on modern interior décor.

Note: On street parking is available at Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Ave. S, Minneapolis. A charter bus will provide transportation between tour stops. The tour will include up to two blocks of walking and stairs. Please advise ticketing staff of physical challenges.

What: An Evening on Cathedral Hill - ASID MN Showcase Home Tour
When: Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $45/$40 MHS members.
Reservations: Required; register online.

TrolleyThis special program takes guests on a tour of St. Paul's historic Cathedral Hill and the former Frank and Anna Shepard House, this year's American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) MN Showcase Home.

The home's interior features 22 spaces and the work of 39 designers. Architectural highlights of the structure include a grand staircase, abundant woodwork and eight original fireplaces. After the tour, a trolley will guide guests around the surrounding neighborhood, one of the largest standing Victorian-era historic districts in the country.The evening will end with a drink at the area landmark W.A. Frost.

The tour begins and ends at the Minnesota History Center, and is intended for those ages 21 and up only. Home and neighborhood tour included in ticket price, with drinks sold separately. This program is made possible through a partnership with Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and the American Society of Interior Designers.

What: History Pub Crawls: Downtown Low-Down
When: Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26
Time: 7 to 9 p.m. (trolley departs at 7 p.m.)
Cost: $25, $20 MHS members
Reservations: Required; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

Pubbin'This edition of History Pub Crawls centers upon how Gilded Age robber barons, intrepid entrepreneurs, crime bosses, vaudeville impresarios and influential politicians transformed a down-and-dirty river port into the gleaming power center of St. Paul.

Enjoy bar stops in two of downtown's most storied buildings and get an exclusive peek behind the scenes at one of St. Paul's most celebrated landmarks. A trolley will take participants to the various watering holes. This event is for those 21 years of age and older. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price.

What: History Food Crawls: University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo
When: Saturdays, June 8 and 22
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $35, $30 MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

History CenterHistory buffs and foodies alike are welcome to come along on this ride through history, culture and cuisine on one of St. Paul's most storied and changeable districts, University Avenue.

From a country road, streetcars line and urban highway, the Avenue is now a light rail route that both divides and defines the district. Investigate Frogtown and the Hmongtown Marketplace while discovering what was lost in Rondo, St. Paul's historic African-American neighborhood. Take in the beauty of St. Agnes Catholic Church, one of the Twin Cities oldest architectural gems, and get to know the story of Pilgrim Baptist, home of Minnesota's oldest black congregation.

Along the way, experts from Gastro Non Grata will provide hearty samples from the University district's best purveyors. The bus for this 2.5-hour tour leaves from the Minnesota History Center and some walking is involved. Food samples are included in ticket price.

What: History HiJinx: Paul and Babe On-a-Stick Puppets
When: Tuesday, June 11
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays in June
Cost: Free with museum admission.

Young visitors to the Minnesota History Center are invited to cut, color and create their own Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox puppets. While at the workshop, participants will learn surprising trivia about the mythic Minnesotan folk heroes.

The Minnesota History Center offers this daily art activity for kids and adults free with museum admission.

What: History Quest: A Gaming Camp
When: June 17-21 and July 8-12
Cost: $180, $155 MHS members
Reservations: Required; register online.

Gamers GamingThis five day camp gives participants an opportunity to create an online game while building history skills in a fun, hands-on environment. This program is ideal for history-lovers who enjoy digging up clues from the past and want to learn about game design and development. Using ARIS, a location based gaming software, campers will work with one another to create an epic game with real content and characters from the past.

This camp is open to participants ages 12-15. Drop off is available up to an hour before camp begins. After care is also available up to an hour following each daily session. Lunch is offered with an additional fee of $10 per day.

Three sessions for History Quest: A Gaming Camp are offered:
Session I: June 17-21, 1 to 4 p.m. daily.
Session II: July 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon daily.
Session III: July 8-12, 1 to 4 p.m. daily.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

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

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.