Celebrate the Birthday of James J. Hill Sept. 14 and 15

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Release dated: 
August 28, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Craig Johnson • James J. Hill House • 651-296-9396 • craig.johnson@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: Happy Birthday, James J. Hill

Place: James J. Hill House

Date: Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15

Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday
Address: 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: Tours: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 651-297-2555
Email: hillhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/hillhouse

Celebrate the Birthday of James J. Hill Sept. 14 and 15

September marks the 175th birthday of James J. Hill. Visit the Hill House on Sept. 14 and 15 to help celebrate the Empire Builder's birth with special tours and a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" on the historic pipe organ. Free birthday cake and lemonade will be served while supplies last. james j hill

James J. Hill made his mark in shipping and transportation when his Great Northern Railway spanned the Rocky Mountains to the west coast. Hill was also a powerful presence with Great Lakes and Pacific Ocean liners, and a 5' model of his ship "North West" will be on view along with photographs and quotations of the Empire Builder through the years.

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.

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