Fourth of July Programs Offered at Historic Sites and Museums Statewide

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Release dated: 
June 5, 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

Fourth of July Programs Offered at Historic Sites and Museums Statewide

Independence Day was one of the most celebrated holidays throughout the United States in the 19th century. This Fourth of July, visit a Minnesota Historical Society museum or historic site and experience the holiday in a whole new way.

Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

soldiersEvent: Independence Day Celebration
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

Enjoy Independence Day as it might have been in the 1800s. Hear the roar of cannon salutes, listen to rousing patriotic speeches, watch a play by the fort’s soldiers, witness a military dress parade, hear patriotic and military fife and drum music, and try your hand at historic games.

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Event: Gettysburg/Vicksburg Anniversary Family Day
Time:
Noon to 4 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.

Come out for a salute to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg. Celebrate July 4 with an afternoon of activities: meet General Ulysses S. Grant, dance to the music of the New Pearl Buttons, make a Union photo case to take home, muster with the First Minnesota, plus watch an 1860s fashion showcase and hear about the legacy of Gettysburg/Vicksburg with a talk by MHS curator Adam Scher. Also, enjoy an ice cream social. Bring your own picnic or purchase food at Café Minnesota’s terrace grill.

Inside the museum, explore current exhibits including Minnesota and the Civil War, the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 and Then Now Wow.

This program is part of a four-day salute to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg. Activities will take place at the Minnesota History Center, Minnesota State Capitol and the James J. Hill House. In addition to the Family Day, programs include costumed re-enactors, a tribute to fallen soldiers, a special Civil War themed 9 Nights of Music, lectures and tours.

Event: History HiJinx: Paul and Babe On-a-Stick Puppets
Time:
11 a.m. to 3 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.

Stop by the History HiJinx table to create your own Paul and Babe On-a-Stick Puppets. Cut, color and create your own mythic Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox puppets and learn surprising trivia about these Minnesota folk heroes. Free with admission. This program continues Tuesdays through Fridays during the summer.

Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Event: Capitol Civil War Tour
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Plus, special holiday hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17, $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations are required and can be made online

Zogbaum paintingDiscover Minnesota's role in the Civil War and commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a Capitol Civil War Tour. Explore Civil War artifacts, paintings and memorials, including recently conserved Civil War battle flags and statues of famous officers from the state. In each tour, a visitor will be dressed and outfitted as a new recruit with reproduction accoutrements typically worn by Union soldiers. A reproduction cavalry shell jacket worn by Gov. Knute Nelson as a young soldier will be on display. Nelson was one of six state governors who saw action in the Civil War. (Pictured at right, "Battle of Gettysburg" oil painting by Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum, this painting hangs in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Minnesota State Capitol.)

This tour is also offered on Sept. 28 and Nov. 30, 2013 at 11 a.m.

The State Capitol is open this July 4 with special holiday hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hourly tours are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Event: Mill City Fourth of July
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; fireworks at 10 p.m.

Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17, free for MHS members. $35/$30 MHS members for fireworks tickets package.
Reservations are required for the fireworks ticket page, call 612-341-7555

Visit Mill City Museum on July 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., then head outside for family fun and entertainment with the Minneapolis Riverfront 2013 Red White and Boom celebration. A limited number of tickets will be available to view the fireworks display from the museum’s Observation Deck. Tickets cost $35/$30 for MHS members and include museum admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance to the Observation Deck begins at 9:30 p.m. fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River

horse trolleyEvent: Farmer's Fourth of July
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members

Celebrate the Farmer's Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, watch the spring lambs prance about and take a horse-drawn trolley ride along the nature trail. Visitors can also join in 19th-century games and contests including townball, the precursor to modern baseball. Enjoy the company of family and friends along with the farm's costumed staff and celebrate the most important holiday in America in the 19th century.

Historic Forestville, Preston

Event: 1899 Independence Day Celebration
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children age 6 to 17; $1 discount for MHS members. State park vehicle permit required.

At Historic Forestville experience an 1899 Independence Day Celebration. Take part in a grand ceremony, listen to political speeches including a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. and watch an old time 1860s baseball game. Guests can enjoy pie and watermelon eating contests with three-legged races for the kids.

Baseball fans can also enjoy a game of townball, the precursor to modern baseball, at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm. The Farmer's Fourth of July includes other popular 19th-century games and horse-drawn trolley rides. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy Independence Day on the lawn.

Other Minnesota Historical Society Sites Open on July 4

Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

This summer explore more than 500 museums statewide with the free Minnesota Museums app, brought to you by the Minnesota Association of Museums and the Minnesota Historical Society. Browse Minnesota museums by name, category or location; create an itinerary, check off museums you've visited and upload favorite museum photos; plus the app will also suggest museums based on geographic location. The Minnesota Museums app is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

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.

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