Take a Civil War Tour and See the Golden Horses by Starlight in September at the Minnesota State Capitol

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Release dated: 
August 14, 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

Brian Pease • Minnesota State Capitol • 651-296-1735 • brian.pease@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota State Capitol
Address: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul MN 55155
Cost: Hourly guided tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
Phone: 651-296-2881
Email: statecapitol@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/statecapitol

Take a Civil War Tour and See the Golden Horses by Starlight in September at the Minnesota State Capitol

Visit the Minnesota State Capitol this September for two special themed tours. An evening tour of the Capitol lets visitors see the Quadriga, the famous golden horses, in a whole new light, starlight. A Civil War Tour highlights the Capitol's collection of Civil War artifacts including Civil War battle flags on display in the rotunda.

What: Quadriga Starlight Tour
When: Thursday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 13
Time: 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations required, call 651-296-2881

quadringa at nightGuides will lead visitors on a tour where they will meet historical characters Channing and Elizabeth Seabury, who will tell stories about the Capitol’s construction, decoration and history. Channing Seabury led the 1893 board of commissioners, the panel that oversaw the construction of the new Capitol. In the Governor's Reception Room guests will view Civil War paintings and see equipment and a uniform worn by Union soldiers. Following the tour, the group will climb to the rooftop to view the Quadriga – the four golden horses – set against the backdrop of the lighted skylines of the Twin Cities. Tours are 90-minutes long and leave every half-hour from 7 to 8 p.m.

What: Capitol Civil War Tour
When: Saturday, Sept. 28 (also Nov. 30)
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations required, call 651-296-2881

civil war paintingDiscover the role Minnesota had in the Civil War and why the Capitol is decorated and memorialized with Civil War artifacts, paintings and building elements. In each tour, the group will learn about the current efforts to conserve Civil War battle flags in the Minnesota Historical Society's collections and see statues of famous officers from the state. A reproduction cavalry shell jacket worn by Gov. Knute Nelson as a young soldier will be on display. Nelson was one of six state governors who saw action in the Civil War.

About the Minnesota State Capitol

The Capitol is north of downtown St. Paul at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., accessible from I-94 and I-35E. It is open for free guided tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. The last tour leaves one hour before closing. Reservations are recommended for special events. Call 651-296-2881 for more information.

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.