Frightfully Delightful Programs this Halloween at Minnesota Historical Society Sites and Museums

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Release dated: 
September 11, 2013
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Frightfully Delightful Programs this Halloween at Minnesota Historical Society Sites and Museums

For a unique Halloween experience visit a Minnesota Historical Society's historic site and museum. In addition to offering programs for families and adults, visitors can immerse themselves in a setting like no other. Programs are fun, exciting, immersive and each one offers a unique learning opportunity.

New this year is an expanded Victorian Ghost Stories at the James J. Hill House with two weekends of spooky tales. Also new is a program at Historic Fort Snelling, called History Mystery: CSI Fort Snelling. This evening event allows guests to explore the historic fort and night and follow clues to solve a mystery. This program is offered twice, one evening devoted to adults (with complimentary beer) and another evening for families.

James J. Hill House, St. Paul

VICTORIAN GHOST STORIES

Date: Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2013
Time: 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $12/$10 for MHS members.
Reservations recommended: 651-297-2555

Exterior fog
(photo by Jil Hopland)

Costumed actors present dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly light parlor of the James J. Hill House. This year the program has been expanded with two weekends of suspense available with different readings each weekend:

  • Oct. 19 and 20 stories by Bram Stoker and others
  • Oct. 26 and 27 stories by Edgar Allan Poe and others

Both weekends will also include some "true" ghost stories. This program is not recommended for children under age 8. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Hill House (included in admission) and hot cider will be served.

Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

History Mystery: CSI Fort Snelling, for ages 21 and up

Date: Oct. 19, 2013
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $20, $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations required: register online

Just for adults, this special evening allows visitors to explore the fort at night during this "murder mystery" program. Guests will be led through the fort where they will visit the crime scene, talk with witnesses, examine medical evidence and decide for themselves whether the suspect is guilty or not. Enjoy complimentary beer (limit 2) before or after the program at the Sutler's Store (courtesy of Barley John's). Don’t miss this one-of-a kind evening at Historic Fort Snelling. Participants must be ages 21 and up.

Candlelight

History Mystery: CSI Fort Snelling, for families

Date: Oct. 26, 2013
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $15, $13 seniors and children 14-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations required: register online

Designed for families, this special evening allows visitor to explore the fort at night during this "murder mystery" program. Guests will be led through the fort and visit the crime scene, talk with witnesses, examine medical evidence and decide for themselves whether the suspect is guilty or not. Don’t miss this one-of-a kind evening at Historic Fort Snelling. This program is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Hippocrates CafE Presents "Bite Me!" a Halloween Show

Dates: Oct. 28, 2013
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $17/$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. Visit the Ramsey House parlor 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-accordion player Simone Perrin, and two members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Superstitions

History Happy Hour: Spirit Photography

Dates: Oct. 31, 2013
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 MHS members.
Reservations recommended: register online

Celebrate Halloween by having a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House 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, snacks and presentation at 6 p.m.

Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

SHADOWS AND SPIRITS OF THE STATE CAPITOL

Date: Oct. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 2013
Time: 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.
Cost: $12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $9 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations Required: 651-296-2881

Shadows cast

These popular annual tours allow visitors to see the Capitol in a historical setting with lighting similar to what existed when the building opened in 1905. The low-watt lights of the time period casts eerie shadows onto the limestone walls, rotunda and into the chambers. As tour groups move through the shadowy and eerily lit rotunda, hallways and chambers, they will meet historical "spirits" who tell stories of the Capitol's early history, including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, a dome foreman and an artist who decorated the Supreme Court chamber. Tours are 60 minutes and leave every half hour.

North West Company Fur Post, Pine City

MYSTERY AT THE FUR POST

Date: Oct. 18, 2013 - Night of the full moon
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children age 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations recommended: 320-629-6356

Mystery night

Strange things have been happening at the old post. Upon arrival visitors will be greeted by a ghost who needs help solving an old mystery on the Snake River. By lantern light visitors will explore the historic site and meet investigators from the present day who can share their scientific insights as well as other spirits from the past who remember the people involved. It is up to the public to ask questions, search for clues and solve the mystery. The spooky, but family-friendly, event begins at 7 p.m. Costumes encouraged.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. 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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