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A 'Little Women' Christmas, A Swedish Christmas and A Victorian Christmas at Alexander Ramsey House
The Alexander Ramsey House was home to Minnesota's first territorial governor and is now one of the most beautifully preserved Victorian homes in the country. Choose from a variety of Christmas related programs this holiday season and enjoy the immersion into an authentic 1860s Christmas experience.
Event: A "Little Women" Christmas
Date: Thursday, Dec. 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $13 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $9 ages 6-17, $3 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: recommended; call 651-296-8760 or register online
Jump into the pages of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1860s novel, "Little Women" in this new program designed with the beloved March sisters in mind. The historic Alexander Ramsey House serves as an authentic Victorian setting for parlor games and a discussion of 1860s fashion. Gather around the Ramsey family's Steinway piano to sing Christmas carols just as Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Marmee might have done. Keep warm with fresh baked holiday treats, served with warm apple cider. Before the program, participants may visit the charming reconstructed Carriage House for a craft project. A "Little Women" Christmas is for ages 8 and up.
Event: A Swedish Christmas
Date: Thursday, Dec. 12
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $13 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $9 ages 6-17; $3 discount for MHS members.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, large waves of immigrants came to Minnesota in search of work. Many of the servant staff at the Ramsey House, as well as in other homes, were Swedish immigrants who played important roles in the households in which they worked. In this 60-minute program, learn how Swedish immigrants of the 19th and early 20th centuries helped to shape Minnesota's culture. Take this opportunity to learn about the Christmas traditions and foods the servants would have brought with them to Minnesota. Listen to traditional Swedish stories and sing a Swedish song about St. Lucia Day. Savor freshly baked Swedish treats. Before the program, participants may visit the Carriage House for a craft project. A Swedish Christmas is for ages 8 and up.
Event: A Victorian Christmas
Dates: Nov. 13, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014 (Wednesdays through Sundays)
Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17; $3 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-296-8760 or register online
Celebrate an 1875 Christmas as the Ramseys did in their authentic Victorian home. Learn how the Ramseys and their servants prepared for the holidays during this popular experience. Take a tour of the mansion and view original family ornaments and gifts while the era's popular holiday music plays on the family's own Steinway piano. Enjoy the aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house from the wood-burning stove. After the tour, visitors may shop in the Carriage House gift shop for replica Victorian ornaments and other unique Christmas items.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the house daily during open hours from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. These tours are very popular, so reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 651-296-8760 or by purchasing tickets online. The Ramsey House is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
About the Alexander Ramsey House
The Alexander Ramsey House is located at 265 S. Exchange St. one block south of West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul. One of the nation’s best preserved Victorian-era houses, the home offers a glimpse into the 1870s life of Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor, and his family. The rebuilt carriage house contains a gift shop. The home is open during the holiday season for regular tours. For more information, call 651-296-8760.
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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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