Washburn A. Mill Tours, a Brownie Bake Off and White vs. Whole Wheat Flour this October at Mill City Museum

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Release dated: 
September 4, 2013
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

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

David Stevens • Mill City Museum • 612-341-7524 • david.stevens@mnhs.org

Laura Salveson • Mill City Museum • 612-341-7499 • laura.salveson@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Mill City Museum
Address: 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis MN 55401
Phone: 612-341-7555
Email: mcm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.millcitymuseum.org

Washburn A. Mill Tours, a Brownie Bake Off and White vs. Whole Wheat Flour this October at Mill City Museum

See how history is revealed through food with programs at the Mill City Museum Baking Lab this October and take an inside look at the nooks and crannies of the Washburn A Mill tour.

What: Scratch vs. Mix: Which Brownie is Better?
When: Saturday, Oct. 12
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Program included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MHS members

girls in baking labMuseum staff demonstrate making brownies from scratch versus a mix and share the history of the development of baking mixes. Visitors will be able to taste the results and vote on their favorite, learn home baking tips and take home a copy of the recipe.

What: White vs. Whole Wheat: A Tale of Two Flours
When: Sunday, Oct. 27
Time: 2p.m.
Cost: Programs included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MHS members

Discover how Minneapolis millers perfected a way to make white flour on an industrial scale, hear about the popularity of white flour in the 19th century, what effects this had on nutrition and why flour today is frequently enriched. Visitors will also learn why Sylvester Graham developed a whole wheat cracker "to improve health and morality," hear the pros and cons of each type of flour, sample baked goods and take home the recipes.

What: Washburn A Mill Tour
When: Saturday, Oct. 5, Oct. 19 and Nov. 2
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission
Reservations required, call 612-341-7555 or register online

Washburn A MillExplore the nooks and crannies of the Washburn A Mill, led by a Mill City Museum guide. The tour highlights the lives of men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, how it changed over time, and how the mill ruin was converted to a museum and office building.

About the Mill City Museum

Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.

The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The site is also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. For more information, call 612-341-7555 or visit www.millcitymuseum.org.

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