Explore Summit Avenue and the James J. Hill House in August

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 3, 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

Craig Johnson • James J. Hill House • 651-296-9396 • craig.johnson@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: James J. Hill House
Address: 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul 55102
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-297-2555
Email: hillhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/hillhouse

Explore Summit Avenue and the James J. Hill House in August

A rugged landmark of a bygone era, the James J. Hill House recalls the Gilded Age in Minnesota. This August you can take a tour of the surrounding Summit Avenue and learn about the history and future of this iconic St. Paul neighborhood, or delve into the hidden nooks of the James J. Hill House itself.

What: Summit Avenue Walking Tours
When: Saturdays and Sundays
Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6 - 17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: recommended, call 651-297-2555

summit street signTake a 90-minute tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The walking tours highlight the Gilded Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood.

All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs.

What: Nooks and Crannies Tour
When: Tuesdays
Time: 6, 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: recommended, call 651-297-2555

nooks and cranniesGet a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this 90-minute tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gate house overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today.

Group size is limited on these 90-minute tours, reservations are recommended.

About the James J. Hill House

Completed in 1891, the Gilded Age mansion was the residence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, and his family. The home is located one-half block west of the Cathedral of St. Paul at 240 Summit Avenue. It is open for regular tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 651-297-2555

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 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.

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