Treasure Hunt, Pub Crawl and Hidden Spaces in August at Mill City Museum

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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

Laura Salveson • Mill City Museum • 612-341-7499 • laura.salveson@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Mill City Museum
Address: 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis MN 55401
Museum admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MHS members.
Phone: 612-341-7555
Email: mcm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.millcitymuseum.org

Treasure Hunt, Pub Crawl and Hidden Spaces in August at Mill City Museum

Summer is booming at Mill City Museum this August with a number of unique walking tours and outdoor programs. Ranging from the Riverfront Quest Family Tours to the Minneapolis History Pub Crawl, visitors of all ages and interests have a chance to discover key figures and places of early Minneapolis.

All tour prices include admission to Mill City Museum.

What: Women's Work: History Player Eva Valesh Tour
When: Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 31
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members
Reservations: recommended, call 612-341-7555 or register online

Eva ValeshA costumed actor portraying labor writer Eva Valesh will lead a walking tour highlighting the factories whose working conditions were exposed by Valesh in series of newspaper articles in 1888 and 1889. Jobs available to women and some of the key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis will be discussed.

Valesh was a labor writer and orator who was also known by the pen name Eva Gay. Among the riverfront factories singled out by "Eva Gay" was the North Star Woolen Mill, still standing two blocks from Mill City Museum. Valesh served as labor editor for the Saint Paul Globe and the Minneapolis Tribune and went on to national acclaim as Assistant Editor of the American Federationist.

What: Railroad History Tour
When: Sundays, Aug. 4 and 25
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members
Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online

Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota’s first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population. Flour milling, lumber production and warehousing took off as a rail network extended throughout the Upper Midwest. Take a guided tour to discover the impact of railroads on the Mill City, visiting railroad landmarks such as the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail.

What: Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Washington Avenue
When: Tuesday, Aug. 6
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$20 for MHS members
Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online

trolley tourDiscover Minneapolis' rich history and satisfy your thirst with a history pub crawl along Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy thoroughfare to see the importance of railroads, warehousing, flour milling, immigration, entertainment and vice to the story of Minneapolis. A trolley will take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington Ave. from 35W to Plymouth Ave. N, with stops at a number of historic sights, including two watering holes housed in historic buildings.

Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations.

What: Engineering the Falls: History Player William de la Barre Tour
When: Saturday, Aug. 10
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members
Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online

Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Participants will visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls has changed over the years. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum.

What: Washburn A Mill Tour
When: Sundays, Aug. 11 & Sept. 1
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members
Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online

Washburn MillTake an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. Visitors can see the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time.

This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces.

What: Riverfront Quest Family Tour
When: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 1 p.m. (Bookmaking 1 to 1:30 p.m., Tour 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.)
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17; $7 MHS members ages 6-17, free for adult and senior MHS members.
Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online

Try out questing with a family-focused tour of the Minneapolis riverfront outside Mill City Museum. A Quest is a community treasure hunt that guides people through a unique part of their community. This quest includes solving rhyming riddles and searching for hidden boxes with pictures to place in a quest journal that participants can make before the tour.

Journal materials and admission to Mill City Museum are included in the tour cost. The tour is designed for ages 6–11, but can be enjoyed by all ages. Adults and seniors must be accompanying a child.

What: Historic Main Street Tour
When: Saturday, Aug. 24
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online

historic main streetStroll through Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood with a Mill City Museum guide, and learn about the rich past and exciting future of historic Main Street. The tour will highlight the life in the village of St. Anthony, changes along Main Street throughout the years, and such landmarks as the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs. This tour will begin and end at Pracna Restaurant, 117 Main Street S.E.

About Mill City Museum

Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.

The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The site is also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. For more information, call 612-341-7555 or visit www.millcitymuseum.org.

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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.