August History Center Programs Feature Pub and Food Crawls, a Cass Gilbert Tour and a Civil War Lecture about Gettysburg Seminary

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Release dated: 
July 3, 2013
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

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

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 •

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Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773

August History Center Programs Feature Pub and Food Crawls, a Cass Gilbert Tour and a Civil War Lecture about Gettysburg Seminary

August programs at the Minnesota History Center include a special lecture about the ramifications of the Civil War and history tours of St. Paul neighborhoods. "Faith and Freedom in the Civil War" kicks off the month, followed by a pub crawl of Summit Avenue, a food crawl of University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo, and a bus tour highlighting the architecture of Cass Gilbert, focusing on Gilbert's residential and church buildings.

What: Faith and Freedom in the Civil War
When: Saturday, Aug. 3
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Reservations: Recommended, register online

In July of 1863, the Union and Confederate armies met on the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. Overnight, the fighting transformed nearby Lutheran Theological Seminary into a field hospital for both sides. War came to a place of peaceful study, making Gettysburg Seminary a historic crossroads of duty and devotion, conflict and compassion.

Join Barbara Franco, Founding Executive Director of the newly-opened Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, as she explores how religious foment, innovation and change influenced people's thinking about moral issues of war and slavery. Learn about the Americans who met at Gettysburg and grappled not only with life and death, but with divergent ideas of faith and freedom.

This program is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

What: History Pub Crawl: Summit Hill Special
When: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25/$20 for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-259-3015 or register online

trolleyBask in the Victorian grace of St. Paul’s Summit Hill and discover the stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again, of one of the city’s most fashionable historical address. Follow the path of the old streetcars past 19th-century homes, luxury hotels and the former haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and enjoy stops at two of the best hilltop bar spots along the way.

Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price.

What: History Food Crawls: University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo
When: Saturday, Aug. 10 and 24
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $35/$30 for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-259-3015 or register online

Ride through the history, culture and cuisine of one of St. Paul’s most changeable districts, University Avenue. From a country road, streetcar line and urban highway, the Avenue is now a light rail route that both divides and defines the district. Investigate Frogtown and the Hmongtown Marketplace and discover what was lost in Rondo, the city's historic African-American neighborhood. Experience the beauty of St. Agnes Catholic Church, one of St. Paul’s architectural gems, and get to know the story of Pilgrim Baptist, home of Minnesota’s oldest black congregation.

Along the way, experts from Gastro Non Grata will provide hearty samples from the neighborhood’s best purveyors. The bus for the 2.5-hour tour leaves from the Minnesota History Center; some walking is involved. Food samples are included in ticket price.

What: Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour
When: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $35/$30 for MHS members and Cass Gilbert Society members
Reservations: Required, register online

cas GilbertFrom his first St. Paul apprenticeship through his 1934 design of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C., Cass Gilbert built a national reputation as one of the most prolific and stylistically versatile architects of his generation. Gilbert's Minnesota legacy includes his design for the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul and many homes and churches on and around Summit Avenue.

This bus tour offers offers unprecedented access to several Cass Gilbert works. Stops include St. Clement’s Episcopal Church built in the Romanesque variant of English Gothic style in 1895, the Richardsonian-Romanesque style Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church and several privately owned homes in the Summit Hill neighborhood. The Tour bus will pick up and drop off guests at the Minnesota History Center. Presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

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.