Day of Pickling, Defining State Lines and Historic Forestville at Dusk in August

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Release dated: 
July 24, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.or

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.orgg

Sandy Scheevel • Historic Forestville • 507-765-2785 • sandy.scheevel@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Historic Forestville
Address: 21899 County Road #118, Preston MN 55965
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. State park vehicle permit required.
Phone: 507-765-2785
Email: forestville@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/forestville

Day of Pickling, Defining State Lines and Historic Forestville at Dusk in August

Discover life before modern electronics with three events at Historic Forestville this August. Put away that food dehydrator, "Pickle It Day" explores 19th-century food preservation, "Defining State Lines" reveals how people lived without GPS and "By The Light of The Lantern" shows dusk in the village before television.

picklingWhat: Pickle It Day
When: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students. $5 children ages 6-17, free children under 5 and MHS members

Assist the gardener in picking the fattest and plumpest garden vegetables including peppers, cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage and other heirloom varieties, all traditionally found in Thomas Meighen’s garden. Then head inside the kitchen to see how the vegetables are cleaned and processed using 19th-century pickling methods for food preservation.

What: Defining State Lines in the1850s
When: Saturday, Aug. 24
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students. $5 children ages 6-17, free children under 5 and MHS members

With 19th century settlement came boundary lines, surveys and mapping of new territories. Learn about this process as engineer Don Borcherding takes on the role of Andrew Talcott, a surveyor who in the early 1800s helped establish the boundaries of Ohio, Michigan and the state line between Iowa and Minnesota. Borcherding will talk about the early practice of surveying and explain the "Talcott Method" for determining latitude by observing stars near their zenith.

What: By The Light of Lantern
When: Saturday. Aug. 31
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students. $5 children ages 6-17, free children under 5 and MHS members

evening gamesExperience Historic Forestville at dusk when the residents are in evening business and repose. Visitors can explore the site as farm laborers interact and unwind in the barn, ladies of the house discuss such important topics as voting rights, medicines are compounded in the general store, and Thomas Meighen finishes points of business in his office at the end of the day. Live music will be played throughout the evening.

About Historic Forestville

At Historic Forestville, visitors can see 19th-century merchandise in the Meighen family store, discover what’s cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hand with chores in the garden and farm buildings. The historic village is located inside Forestville State Park, between Preston and Spring Valley, approximately 40 miles from Rochester or Austin. A State Park vehicle permit is required. For more information call 507-765-2785.

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