New Architecture and Brewing History Tours Offered in September

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Release dated: 
August 14, 2013
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

New Architecture and Brewing History Tours Offered in September

Two special themed tours offered in September invite visitors to learn more about Minnesota's rich architectural and brewing history.

cass gilbertWhat: Cass Gilbert in Style: An Intimate Evening at the Tarbox Cottage
Where: Tarbox Cottage, White Bear Lake
When: Thursday, Sept. 12
Time: Two tours are available: 6 to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25 / $20 for MHS and Cass Gilbert Society members
Reservations required, call 651-259-3015 or register online

Head inside the Tarbox Cottage, a sprawling Shingle style house built in 1889 by Cass Gilbert as a summer retreat for the Tarbox family on Manitou Island in White Bear Lake.

The Tarbox Cottage still looks much like it did when it was built, giving architecture buffs a good look at what many consider to be Gilbert's most stylistically correct Shingle style cottage. The Shingle style was led by well-established eastern architects like McKim, Mead & White, Bruce Price and William Ralph Emerson.

This special evening program is presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society and includes a guided tour of the home and refreshments.

What: From Pig's Eye to Summit - Saint Paul's Brewing History by Bus
Where: Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
When: Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 21
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 / $30 MHS members
Reservations required, call 651-259-3015 or register online

Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past with this special tour hosted by Doug Hoverson, author of “Land of Amber Waters.” This meandering three hour bus tour features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today’s fascination with our brewing past. Minnesota's capitol city has a long and rich history with beer, St. Paul’s first brewery was opened in 1849 by German immigrant Anthony Yoerg and today, remnants of St. Paul’s historic brewing past include the imposing Hamm’s and Schmidt breweries.

For ages 21 and up only. This tour starts and ends at Summit Brewery, 910 Montreal Circle, St Paul. The tour includes up to four blocks of walking on uneven terrain.

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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.

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