Children's Day, Grandparent's Day, Pickling and Threshing at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in August

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Release dated: 
July 10, 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

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
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelley.farm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Children's Day, Grandparent's Day, Pickling and Threshing at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in August

The Oliver H. Kelley Farm invites families to discover historic farm life this August. The bonds of family are celebrated with Children's Day and Grandparent's Day. Visitors can also discover life on a working farm with two special weekend events, The Useful Art of Pickling and Threshing Weekend.

What: Children's Day
When: Thursday, August 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Join in the chores that children did on farms more than 100 years ago like helping with the laundry, gardening, animal care and field work. Then take part in 19th century games, such as Town ball, Grandmother's Footsteps and Hoops and Sticks.

What: The Useful Art of Pickling
When: Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

During the long winters, the useful art of pickling provided families with a variety of foods. Useful 150 years ago and still useful today, visitors will discover sweet and sour pickles and other varieties that were popular with the Kelley's and families like them.

What: Grandparent's Day
When: Wednesday, August 14
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under, grandparents free when accompanied by a grandchild.

grandparents dayGrandparents and grandchildren are invited to spend the day together engaged in 19th-century farming. They can share stories with each other and the farm hands while experiencing the garden, meeting the animals and helping with the cooking.

Grandparents are admitted free when accompanied by a grandchild.

What: Threshing Weekend
When: Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

oxenCelebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Kelley Farm.

Threshing the grain harvest was the culmination of an entire growing season’s toil. Join the Kelley Farm hands as they bring grain bundles in from the field with the oxen, Toby and Colter. Help haul bundles and bag up grain at the 1856 horse-powered Cox and Roberts threshing machine and help stack the straw.

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.

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