Family Events Provide Educational Fun During October School Release Days

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Release dated: 
September 18, 2013
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Family Events Provide Educational Fun During October School Release Days

Find some fun for the family during school release days, Oct. 17 and 18. Choose from several Minnesota Historical Society sites for a variety of family-friendly activities. Help prepare the Oliver H. Kelley Farm for the winter, visit a one-room schoolhouse at Historic Fort Snelling, learn to use an ancient spear thrower at Jeffers Petroglyphs or take a guided tour of the Minnesota State Capitol. Plus, stop by the Minnesota History Center for Then Now Wow, an exhibit designed just for kids.

OLIVER H. KELLEY FARM
Harvest Days
Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members
www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

grainNothing says autumn in Minnesota like a harvest on the farm. Visit the Oliver H. Kelley Farm and experience historic farm life as the farm staff prepares for winter. Visitors will help finish up the field work, put food away for the winter in the root cellar, make some corn husk dolls and play some 19th century games.

HISTORIC FORT SNELLING
Old School Minnesota Days
Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members
www.mnhs.org/fortsnelling

Spend this year's school release days at Historic Fort Snelling. Interact with costumed staff portraying what life was like on the frontier; watch demonstrations of hearth cooking, musket and cannon firings, and blacksmithing; and explore hands-on exhibits. Participate in the one-room schoolhouse program to see what life was like for students during the early 1800s.

Go on a History Hunt searching the fort looking for historic items and receive membership in the Fort Kids Club at the end of the hunt.

MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL
Hourly Guided Tours
Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free, $5 suggested donation
www.mnhs.org/statecapitol

Designed by Cass Gilbert, the Minnesota State Capitol is considered an architectural masterpiece. Visitors can explore the House, Senate and Supreme Court chambers, see the legislature in action, visit the gold-leafed Quadriga on the roof when weather allows, stop in the restored Rathskeller Café and walk the Capitol Mall. Hourly guided tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person.

MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER
Then Now Wow
Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Then Now WowSpend school release days exploring "Then Now Wow," a hands-on, interactive exhibit designed specifically for students and families. Visitors trace the journey of wheat and corn by climbing into a grain elevator and sliding through the chutes; hop aboard a Soo Line boxcar and “tour” southwest Minnesota; visit an 1870s pioneer family’s sod house; step inside a modern tipi and learn Dakota history and culture; “travel” on a Twin Cities streetcar through different eras and places; descend into an Iron Range mine and “dynamite” for ore; barter for goods inside a fur post; and discover Rondo, an African-American neighborhood torn apart by I-94 construction.

Other popular exhibits include Weather Permitting, Minnesota's Greatest Generation and Open House. Plus, stop by the History Center gift stores for unique items for all ages.

MILLE LACS INDIAN MUSEUM AND TRADING POST
We Are Still Here exhibit

Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under, MHS members and Mille Lacs Band members w/ID.
www.mnhs.org/millelacs

The current exhibit "We Are Still Here" features photographs by Dick Bancroft, the unofficial photographer of the American Indian Movement since 1970. The exhibit features photographs taken from the new book, "We Are Still Here: A History of the American Indian Movement in Photographs" (MHS Press, May 2013) as well as unpublished images. The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 2.

Also, stop by the trading post for the areas largest selection of traditional and contemporary handcrafted, authentic American Indian art and crafts.

JEFFERS PETROGLYPHS
Adventures in Nature: Atlatl
Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., program is at 2 p.m.
$7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members
www.mnhs.org/jefferspetroglyphs

atlatl Learn to use an atlatl, an ancient hunting device, at the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site. Considered a symbol of power, the atlatl was used before bow and arrow for thousands of years. Try to “hunt” a life-size buffalo target. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them.

Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology.

SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE
Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
www.mnhs.org/millelacs

Visit Split Rock Lighthouse during school-release days, and enjoy the beauty of fall color on the North Shore. The site is open for guided tours, or take a walk along the nature trails in the neighboring Split Rock State Park. The visitor center features an exhibit area that presents artifacts and information on the history of the light station, the history of the North Shore and facts about Lake Superior shipping.

The gift store features nautical, north woods and Split Rock merchandise.