July History Crawls Feature Mid-Century Modern Architecture, St. Paul's West End and More

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Release dated: 
June 12, 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

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: History Crawls
Place: Tours depart from the Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Phone: 651-259-3015
Website: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/historycrawls

July History Crawls Feature Mid-Century Modern Architecture, St. Paul's West End and More

The Twin Cities is known for its rich architecture, lively neighborhoods and diverse food scene. Learn more about this history on a History Crawl this July.

All tours depart from the Minnesota History Center. Programs are popular and sell out fast. For reservations call 651-259-3015 or register online.

What: History Architecture Crawls: Mid-Century Modern
When: Saturday, July 6
Time: 9 a.m. to noon (Bus departs at 9 a.m.)
Cost: $25/$20 MHS members.
Phone: Required; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

Mid Century ModernismExplore 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.

What: History Pub Crawls: Working the West End
When: Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24 and 31
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.

Take a tour of St. Paul’s oldest neighborhood and hear vibrant tales of the Yankees, Czechs, Germans and Italians who gave it life. Roll from beautiful Irvine Park to the German Brewery District and on to the lost world of the Upper Levee, enjoying bar stops at two great neighborhood joints along the way. A trolley will take participants to historic stops and watering holes.

Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations.

What: History Food Crawls: University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo
When: Saturdays July 13 and 27
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m. (Trolley departs at 1:30 p.m.)
Cost: $35/$30 MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

FrogtownRide through the history, culture and cuisine of one of St. Paul’s most changeable districts, University Avenue. From a country road, streetcar 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 and discover what was lost in Rondo, the city's historic African-American neighborhood. Experience the beauty of St. Agnes Catholic Church, one of St. Paul’s 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 neighborhood’s best purveyors. The bus for the 2.5-hour tour leaves from the Minnesota History Center; some walking is involved. Food samples are included in ticket price.

What: History Architecture Crawls: University Grove Home Tour
When: Saturday, July 20 (Bus departs at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
Time: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $35/$30 MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

A unique neighborhood set aside for University of Minnesota faculty and staff, University Grove is a collection of early and mid-20th century architect-designed homes that has been recognized by the New York Times as an "architectural time capsule" of modern America. Enjoy a tour of the exteriors and a rare glimpse at the interiors of selected homes representing the work of regional architectural giants Close Architects. The bus tour begins and ends at the History Center and includes refreshments and a brief architectural lecture by Minnesota Historical Society staff. This tour is presented in partnership with the University Grove Neighborhood Association.

Note: tour participants must sign a liability waiver. The tour includes some walking and stair climbing, please contact the ticketing office to request special accommodations.

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.

Minnesota Museums App

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.

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.