Bootleg Valentine' Takes Guests on Musical Journey of St. Paul's Illicit Past Feb. 13 at Minnesota History Center

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Release dated: 
January 15, 2014
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

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: NOTE NEW TITLE Bootleg Valentine: Romancing in the Prohibition Era
Date: Feb. 13, 2014
Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Reception, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Show
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: $50/$45 MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online
Phone: 651-259-3015, 800-657-3773
Website: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Bootleg Valentine' Takes Guests on Musical Journey of St. Paul's Illicit Past Feb. 13 at Minnesota History Center

On Valentine’s Day eve enjoy an evening of songs and lore about the places and faces that defined Twin Cities society during the dry days of Prohibition. "Bootleg Valentine: Romancing in the Prohibition Era" will be held Feb. 13, 2014 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $50 or $45 for MNHS members. Tickets are available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.

"Bootleg Valentine" is hosted by Dan Chouinard and featuring soprano Maria Jette with Jim ten Bensel and the Minnesota Showboat Ramblers. Through song and stories, the program will visit some of the great restaurants and venues of the day, from St. Paul gangster hangouts like the Castle Royal and the Green Lantern to elegant supper clubs. Guests are encouraged to sing along to the memorable tunes and revel in the glamour and (sometimes illicit) fun of a bygone era. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine with chocolate pairing during the pre-show reception from 7 to 8 p.m.

"American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

AND A REMINDER...

The final Speakeasy Saturday will be held the day after Valentine's Day, Feb. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center. New breweries and distilleries are opening in Minesota at a rate not seen since prior to Prohibition. Explore the new exhibit "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" then stop by and chat with local brewers/distillers. Sample their products and learn more about the recent boom in hand-crafted beer, soda and liquor. The final Speakeasy Saturday will feature Summit Brewing Co. Cost is $5 for 5 samples (including soda).

"American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

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.