Ramsey Time Capsule, Ramsey After Dark and History Happy Hour in September at the Alexander Ramsey House

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Release dated: 
August 7, 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

Quick facts: 

Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-296-8760
Email: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/ramseyhouse

Ramsey Time Capsule, Ramsey After Dark and History Happy Hour in September at the Alexander Ramsey House

This September, the Alexander Ramsey House has programming for children and adults. Ramsey Time Capsule, a child-friendly series which uses a map to explore both history and the Alexander Ramsey House, takes children back to 1861. Medical history is the focus for Ramsey After Dark and History Happy Hour, both are evening programs intended for adults.

child at Time CapsuleWhat: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1861
When: Saturday, Sept. 7
Time: Tours at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members
Reservations recommended, register online

Experience the sights and sounds of 1861 in this one-hour, family-friendly program. Children (ages 6 and up) and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover the events that made 1861 so special. Along the way, guests will sample popular foods of the era, learn about the new inventions and technology of the day and also learn about the Civil War. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.

What: Ramsey After Dark: Medical Confidential
When: Friday, Sept. 13
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and 8 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 Discount for MHS members
Reservations recommended, register online

Like many Victorian era families, the Ramsey's faced medical issues both big and small. This 75 minute program explores the Ramsey's medical history, from mumps and measles, to whooping cough and mental illness. Hear excerpts from letters and journals of family members and from the physicians who treated them. Learn about symptoms, discover the cures that were used and find out what it was like to be a patient in the Victorian era.

This tour features adult content and is not suitable for children under age 18.

What: History Happy Hour: Gesundheit! The Common Cold and Influenza
When: Thursday, Sept. 26
Cost: $25/$16 MHS members
Reservations required, register online

stethoscopeTake in a lively performance about the history of influenza and the common cold presented by Hippocrates Café. Dr. Jon Hallberg, medical director of the University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic and founder of Hippocrates Café, will be joined by local performers as they use stories and period music to explore this topic.

This program is for people 21 years and older.
Price of admission includes 2 glasses of wine, tickets, snacks and presentation at 6 p.m.

About the Alexander Ramsey House

The Alexander Ramsey House is located at 265 S. Exchange St. one block south of West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul. One of the nation’s best preserved Victorian-era houses, the home offers a glimpse into the 1870s life of Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor, and his family. The rebuilt carriage house contains a gift shop. The home is open during the holiday season for regular tours. For more information, call 651-296-8760.

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