Ramsey Time Capsule, History Chef, Ramsey After Dark, History Happy Hour and a Halloween Show at the Alexander Ramsey House in October

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Release dated: 
September 4, 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, History Chef, Ramsey After Dark, History Happy Hour and a Halloween Show at the Alexander Ramsey House in October

October brings a full schedule of family friendly events to the Alexander Ramsey House as well as Ramsey After Dark and History Happy Hour for adults. Families are invited to explore 1879 during Ramsey Time Capsule, put on their aprons for this month's History Chef! and enjoy a Halloween themed edition of Hippocrates Cafe. Ramsey After Dark delves into Alexander Ramsey's career as Secretary of War and History Happy Hour illuminates the 19th century art of Spirit Photography.

What: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1879
When: Saturday, Oct. 5
Time: Noon
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members

Experience the sights and sounds of 1879 in this one-hour, family-friendly program. Children and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover the events that made 1879 so special. Along the way, guests will sample popular foods of the era, learn about the new inventions and technology of the day and play an 1879 dance.

This program is intended for children ages 6 and up.

What: Ramsey After Dark: Secretary of War
When: Friday, Oct. 11
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; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members
Reservations recommended, register online.

When Alexander Ramsey was appointed Secretary of War by President Rutherford Hayes in 1879, this Cabinet position brought both national prominence and problems. This 75 minute program explores this fascinating portion of Ramsey's political career. Discover what issues he and the administration faced, including addressing reform at West Point.

What: History Chef!: Fall Cooking for Kids
When: Saturday, Oct. 19
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Cost: $14 / $12 for MHS members
Reservations required, register online

children cookingIn this 2 hour program, children can roll up their sleeves and cook their way through history. Using Mrs. Ramsey's recipes, young chefs will measure ingredients, mix dough and make apple turnovers as well as other fall treats. While the treats are baking in the wood-burning stove, the chefs will take a tour of the house and discover how the Ramsey family lived.

This program is intended for children ages 8 - 12.

What: Hippocrates Café Presents "Bite Me!" a Halloween Show
When: Monday, Oct. 28
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $7 / $14 for MHS members
Reservations recommended, register online.

A family-friendly Halloween show that explores the things that bite and creep us out, from leeches to vampires, all in a medical context. Join us for an unforgettable evening as Dr. Jon Hallberg, medical director of the University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic and founder of Hippocrates Café, will be joined by local acting great Mark Nelson, actor-singer-accordionista Simone Perrin, and two members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

spirit photoWhat: History Happy Hour: Spirit Photography
When: Thursday, Oct. 31
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 / $16 MHS members
Reservations recommended, register online.

Celebrate Halloween by having a drink and learning about the art of 19th century spirit photography. Photographer and instructor Nathan Lewis will share some of the most famous Victorian Era spirit photos, discuss the process by which they were made and the Civil War context in which they became popular.

This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets.

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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