Journey Back Through Time with Movies, Horses and the Civil War at Historic Forestville this July

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Release dated: 
June 19, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

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

Sandy Scheevel • Historic Forestville • 507-765-2785 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Historic Forestville
Address: 21899 County Road #118, Preston MN 55965
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. State park vehicle permit required.
Phone: 507-765-2785

Journey Back Through Time with Movies, Horses and the Civil War at Historic Forestville this July

Visit three different moments in history at Historic Forestville in July. Enjoy a movie as rural residents would have experienced it in the early 1900s, in the summer air with their neighbors; learn about the history of horsehoeing and see a demonstration of this art as it was practiced in 1899; and visit Historic Forestville to go inside a re-created 1863 Civil War camp.

What: Movies on the Barn
When: Friday, July 12
Time: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: Free, State Park Vehicle Permit required

barnOutside movie showings had a long tradition in 20th century America. Often the movie screen was the wall of the corner drug store or barber shop. Visit Historic Forestville as this tradition is brought back to life using the side of the old barn as a screen.

Popcorn, ice cream and soda pop will be available for purchase. The show is free, but a State Park Vehicle Permit is required.

What: New Shoes for Horses
When: Saturday, July 13
Time: Noon - 3p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children age 6 - 17; $1 discount for MHS members, State Park Vehicle Permit required

In the 1800s horse shoes were mass produced, but those shoes still needed to be shaped and fitted to each individual horse. In 1899, Forestville residents would do this fitting on the farm. Join farrier Jarred Lund for a demonstration and interpretation of the art of shoeing horses. Lund will describe historic methods as well as methods used today.

What: Civil War Encampment Days of '63
When: Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28
Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children age 6 - 17; $1 discount for MHS members, State Park Vehicle Permit required

Experience a Civil War encampment and explore Minnesota's role in the Civil War with special programming at Historic Forestville. The weekend will focus on the Battle of Gettysburg in honor of the 150th anniversary of the battle in which Minnesota soldiers played a significant role. Visitors can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of a re-created Civil War camp, by watching as soldiers drill, fire muskets, play music and cook. Plus, a costumed Abraham Lincoln interpreter will recite the Gettysburg Address. Many argue that the role of Minnesota soldiers at Gettysburg helped to turn the tide of the war.

About Historic Forestville

At Historic Forestville, visitors can see 19th-century merchandise in the Meighen family store, discover what’s cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hand with chores in the garden and farm buildings. The historic village is located inside Forestville State Park, between Preston and Spring Valley, approximately 40 miles from Rochester or Austin. A State Park vehicle permit is required. For more information call 507-765-2785.

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 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.