State Capitol Tours Focus on Minnesota's First Ladies and the Civil War this November

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Release dated: 
October 16, 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

Quick facts: 

Event: November Tours
Place: Minnesota State Capitol
Address: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St Paul MN 55155
Cost: Hourly guided tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Special event tours are priced below.
Phone: 651-296-2881
Email: statecapitol@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/statecapitol

State Capitol Tours Focus on Minnesota's First Ladies and the Civil War this November

Discover Minnesota's rich history in two guided tours being offered by the Minnesota State Capitol in November. The First Ladies of Minnesota Tour focuses on the influence and achievements of 13 of Minnesota's first ladies. In the Civil War Tour, visitors will learn about Minnesota's role in the war and the efforts to conserve the state's Civil War artifacts.

What: First Ladies of Minnesota Tour
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children age 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
ssibleyReservations: required, register online

While their husbands served the state as governor, Minnesota's first ladies were busy with their own accomplishments. The achievements of 13 of Minnesota's first ladies are the focus of this 90-minute guided tour. Visitors will tour the locations within the Capitol where the first ladies influenced important events such as inaugurations, teas, military deployments, press conferences and State of the State addresses. A coffee-and-dessert reception will be served in the Capitol's restored Rathskeller restaurant following the program.

What: Civil War Tour
Date: Saturday, Nov. 30
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students,
$6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

knutenelsonGovernor Knute Nelson was the 12th governor of Minnesota and one of six state governors to see action during the Civil War. Visitors on the Civil War Tour will be able to see a replica of Nelson's cavalry shell jacket, and one visitor in each tour will be outfitted as a new recruit in reproduction accoutrements that were typical of a Union soldier. Guides will explain Minnesota's role in the Civil War and why the war is memorialized in the artifacts, painting, statues, and memorials. Learn about the current efforts to conserve Civil War battle flags in the Minnesota Historical Society's collections.

Knute Nelson, 1893-1895


About the Minnesota State Capitol

The Capitol is north of downtown St. Paul at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., accessible from I-94 and I-35E. It is open for free guided tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. The last tour leaves one hour before closing. Reservations are recommended for special events. Call 651-296-2881 for more information.

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.

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