The James J. Hill House Gets Spooky In October with Victorian Ghost Stories

For immediate release

Release dated: 
September 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Craig Johnson • James J. Hill House • 651-296-9396 •

Quick facts: 

Event: Victorian Ghost Stories
Date: Oct. 19 and 20, and Oct. 26 and 27

Time: 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Place: James J. Hill House
Address: 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: $12 / $10 for MHS members (includes tour of the James J. Hill House)
Phone: 651-297-2555
Reservations recommended, call 651-297-2555


The James J. Hill House Gets Spooky In October with Victorian Ghost Stories

Step into the season while stepping back in time with dramatic readings of Victorian ghost stories at the James J. Hill House. This program has been expanded to include different offerings each weekend.

foggy hill houseCostumed actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson Eric Knutson, Jill Underwood and Ann Daly present dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly light parlor of the James J. Hill House.

On Oct. 19 and 20 the ghost stories include works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and others. The program on Oct. 26 and 27 includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton and others.

The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Hill House and hot cider.

This program is not recommended for children under age 8.

About the James J. Hill House

Completed in 1891, the Gilded Age mansion was the residence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, and his family. The home is located one-half block west of the Cathedral of St. Paul at 240 Summit Avenue. It is open for regular tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 651-297-2555.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.