August Events at the Ramsey House Include Time Capsule Tour for Children and St. Paul Brewing History for Adults

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Release dated: 
July 3, 2013
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

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

Quick facts: 

Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-296-8760

August Events at the Ramsey House Include Time Capsule Tour for Children and St. Paul Brewing History for Adults

The Alexander Ramsey House is opening it's doors in August with programming for children and adults. The Ramsey Time Capsule brings families on a journey through the year 1849, Ramsey After Dark explores history in an intimate evening setting and this month's History Happy Hour focuses on the history, and current state, of brewing in Minnesota.

What: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1849
When: Saturday, August 3
Time: Tours at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Reservations recommended, register online.

Ramsey time capsuleExperience the sights and sounds of 1849 in this one-hour, family-friendly program. Children (ages 6 and up) and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover the events made 1849 so special.

Guests will sample popular foods of the era, learn about the inventions and technology of the day and learn a popular dance from 1849. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.

What: Ramsey After Dark: The Washington Connection
When: Friday, August 9
Time: 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 Discount for MHS members.
Reservations recommended, register online.

Alexander and Anna Ramsey befriended the most powerful people in Washington D.C., including presidents and Supreme Court justices. In this 75 minute program, hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals detailing the behind-the-scenes drama. From grand galas and private dinners at the White House to presidential inaugurations, the Ramseys had access to the best events that Washington could offer.

Ramsey After Dark explores specific historical themes and topics in new and creative ways, presented in an intimate evening setting.

What: History Happy Hour: Brewing in St. Paul
When: Thursday, August 29
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 for MHS members.
Reservations required, register online.

history happy hourSocialize and have a beer at the Ramsey House while learning about the history and tradition of brewing in Saint Paul. Mark Stutrud, founder of Summit Brewing, will talk about the growth of the industry, the effects of prohibition and the current state of beer and brewing in Minnesota's capital city. Governor Ramsey's collection of beer bottles from some of the city's oldest breweries will be on display for the occasion.

This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, snacks and presentation at 6 p.m.

About the Alexander Ramsey House

The Alexander Ramsey House is located at 265 S. Exchange St. one block south of West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul. One of the nation’s best preserved Victorian-era houses, the home offers a glimpse into the 1870s life of Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor, and his family. The rebuilt carriage house contains a gift shop. The home is open during the holiday season for regular tours. For more information, call 651-296-8760.

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.

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