Civil War Family Day and an Artist Tour at the Minnesota State Capitol in July

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Release dated: 
June 19, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

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

Brian Pease • Minnesota State Capitol • 651-296-1735 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota State Capitol
Address: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul MN 55155
Cost: Hourly guided tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
Phone: 651-296-2881

Civil War Family Day and an Artist Tour at the Minnesota State Capitol in July

Discover the art and history of the Minnesota State Capitol with programs designed for people of all ages this July. Beginning with special hours for the July 4 holiday, visitors can take a guided Civil War tour on July 4; Enjoy the Capitol's Civil War Family Day on July 6; join a guide for the Capitol's Arts and Artists Tour on July 27; and sign up for one-day summer camps for children, including a Civil War History Camp on July 11 and an Art History Camp on July 18.

What: Capitol Civil War Tour
When: Thursday, July 4
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6 - 17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-296-2881 or register online

Discover 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.

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.

What: Civil War Family Day
When: Saturday, July 6
Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5, $2 discount for MHS members

Minnesota was the first state to volunteer men to fight for the Union Army in the Civil War. On Saturday, July 6, visitors of all ages are invited to "join-up" at the Capitol and learn about the important role Minnesota played in the Civil War. Learn about the battles and the soldiers who fought in the Civil War through the huge paintings hanging in the Governor's Reception Room. See the newly conserved Civil War flags that were carried into battle and make your own miniature battle flag to take home.

Civil War Family Day begins at 10 a.m. when you can sample hardtack, a staple food of Civil War soldiers, try on the uniform frock coat and military equipment worn by Union Soldiers and test your skills in the Crack the Code scavenger hunt.

What: State Capitol Civil War History Camp
When: Thursday, July 11
Time: 9. a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee: $60, $50 for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-296-2881 or register online

Civil War CampDiscover the role Minnesota soldiers played in the Civil War during this one-day camp designed for children ages 9 - 12. Campers will create a newspaper front page, recording stories from the Minnesota home front and the role state regiments played in the Civil War. They will visit a costumed historical character, learn about Civil War flags and statues and go on a scavenger hunt in the Capitol.

Each camper should bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided.

What: State Capitol Art History Camp
When: Thursday, July 18
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee: $60, $50 for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-296-2881 or register online

art campChildren ages 9 - 12 will learn about the unique artwork in the State Capitol and on the Capitol Mall through tours and hands-on activities during this one-day camp. They will have an opportunity to create a new memorial for the Capitol Mall in clay and present their design ideas to the group. Campers will create a color wheel, pose for a Governor's portrait and design their very own Capitol-themed tee-shirt to take home.

This one-day camp on July 11 is limited to 20 campers.

What: Capital Arts and Artists Tour
When: Saturday, July 27
Time: 11 a.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6 - 17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-296-2881 or register online

Capitol interiorTour the artwork of the Minnesota State Capitol including the grand murals, powerful sculptures and exquisite decorations incorporated throughout the building. View the restored Rathskeller Cafe and works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, Elmer Garnsey and others. Hear stories about the artists and learn about the naturalist movement in America, which used allegory and symbolism in public building artwork. Discover how the art, architecture and decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.

Reservations are required, register online.

About the Minnesota State Capitol

The Capitol is north of downtown St. Paul at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., accessible from I-94 and I-35E. It is open for free guided tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. The last tour leaves one hour before closing. Reservations are recommended for special events. Call 651-296-2881 for more information.

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.