Civil War, Art and Artists and Architecture Tours at the Minnesota State Capitol in January and February

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Brian Pease • Minnesota State Capitol • 651-296-1735 • brian.pease@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota State Capitol
Address: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul MN 55155
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.

Reservations: required, register online

Phone: 651-296-2881
Email: statecapitol@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/statecapitol

Civil War, Art and Artists and Architecture Tours at the Minnesota State Capitol in January and February

Take a guided tour of the Minnesota State Capitol. The Capitol Civil War Tour provides a history of Minnesota's pivotal role in the Civil War and explains how the Capitol memorializes Minnesota's Civil War veterans. The Capitol Art and Artists Tour focuses on how the art, artists and design plan combined to make the Capitol a premier public building. The Architecture tour gives visitors insight into Cass Gilbert's Beaux-Arts style building.

Event: Capitol Civil War Tour
Date: Saturday, Jan. 18
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 senior and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

civil warMinnesota was the newest state in the union and the first to volunteer troops when the Civil War began. Minnesotans played a key role in decisive battles of the Civil War. Learn more about the part Minnesota played in the American Civil War and how the Capitol serves as a memorial to the veterans of the war through stories, artwork and newly conserved battle flags. Visitors will be able to see a replica of the cavalry shell jacket worn by Knute Nelson, 12th governor of Minnesota and one of six state governors to see action during the Civil War. One visitor in each tour will be outfitted as a new recruit in reproduction accoutrements that were typical of a Union soldier.

Event: Capitol Art and Artists Tour
Date: Saturday, Feb. 1
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost:$9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

Minnesota State Capitol architect Cass Gilbert lobbied to see the work of taarttourlented muralists displayed within the capitol, believing that the murals would add distinction to the building as well as to Minnesota's cultural reputation. See the grand murals, powerful sculptures, exquisite decorations and restored Rathskeller Café and view works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Garnsey and others. Hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America (1890s-1910s), which used allegory and symbolism in public building artwork, and see how the art, architecture and overall decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.

Event: Architecture Tour of the State Capitol
Date: Saturday, Feb. 15
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost:$9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

ArchitectureTake a 90-minute guided tour of one of the grandest and most architecturally significant public buildings in the United States. Along the way, learn about the Capitol's renowned architect, Cass Gilbert, and the building's Beaux-Arts style. The tour will include stops in the legislative chambers, rotunda and a special rooftop visit to see stunning views of the city and a close-up look at the Quadriga (golden horses) weather permitting. Visitors can also see a cut-away drawing of the unique dome and photographs documenting the 1905 construction of the building. Books on the life and career of Cass Gilbert will be available for purchase at the Information Desk.

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.

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.