Grandparent's Day and the National Grange Youth Event at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in July

For immediate release

Release dated: 
June 19, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 • bob.quist@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelley.farm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Grandparent's Day and the National Grange Youth Event at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in July

One of the Society's network of 26 historic sites and museums, the Oliver H. Kelley Farm is a working 1860s farm that was once home to Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange.

This July the Kelley Farm offers a historical re-enactment of an 1873 Grange meeting and a day dedicated to grandparents and grandchildren.

What: The National Grange Youth Event
When: Saturday, July 13
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $6 for performance in addition to regular admission; $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members

Youth members of the National Grange organization will perform a historical re-enactment of an 1873 Grange meeting. The performance will describe the first four degrees of Grange membership, similar to levels of achievement, and includes music and regalia. The performances begin at 10:30 a.m. in a tent set up in the farmstead prairie.

Admission to this special event is $6, in addition to regular site admission. The public may attend any or all of the performances.

What: Grandparent's Day
When: Thursday, July 25
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under, MHS members and grandparents accompanied by a child

family sittingGrandparents and grandchildren are invited to spend the day together engaged in 19th-century farming. Share stories with each other and the farm hands while experiencing the garden, meeting animals and helping with the cooking.

Grandparents are admitted free when accompanied by a grandchild.

About the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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