Oliver H. Kelley Farm Hosts Toy Making Workshop and Christmas on the Farm in December

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Release dated: 
November 6, 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

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 • bob.quist@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: Varies by program
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelley.farm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Oliver H. Kelley Farm Hosts Toy Making Workshop and Christmas on the Farm in December

The Oliver H. Kelley farm brings the holidays to life with two special programs in December. Families can reserve a spot for the annual toy making workshop or explore the farm in winter and learning about life on a 19th century farm.

Event: Toy Making Workshop
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $5/$4 MNHS members
Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

Visit the Kelley Farm just in time to make homemade toys to give as gifts for the holidays. In the visitor center, guests will choose between making several 19th-century toys, including a ball-and-cup game, buzz saws, pick-up sticks and corn husk dolls. All tools and materials will be provided.

Denny and hayEvent: Christmas on the Farm
Date: Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 (rescheduled from Dec. 9)
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $8/$7 MNHS members; free for children age 5 and under
Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

Join a guide for a 75-minute tour of the Kelley Farm including a hike along the nature trail, a stop inside the historic farmhouse and a visit to the livestock pens. Discover how farm families and their animals coped with shorter days, colder temperatures and the upcoming holidays 150 years ago. Enjoy a horse or oxen-drawn bobsled or wagon ride. Dress for outdoor weather. Warm refreshments follow in the visitor center.

About Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

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.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.