March Events for Families and Adults at Alexander Ramsey House

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 29, 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

Quick facts: 

Place: Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: varies by program
Phone: 651-296-8760
Email: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/ramseyhouse

March Events for Families and Adults at Alexander Ramsey House

Explore the Alexander Ramsey House this March for unique programs about the Civil War, Victorian secrets, St. Paul's labor history and a lavish 1875 wedding.

Ramsey Time Capsule: 1861
Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: Noon and 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members
Reservations required: call 651-296-8760or purchase tickets online

Discover why 1861 was an important year for both the United States and the Ramsey family in this hands-on program for visitors of all ages. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House, learn about the Civil War and new inventions of the era, help make hardtack, a cracker issued to soldiers during the war, and sample gingerbread cake. Children can create their own time capsule to take home.

Alexander Ramsey House Time CapsuleRamsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Date: Friday, March 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members
Reservations required: call 651-296-8760 or purchase tickets online

Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control all were a part of Victorian life, but were never spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this 90 minute adult-themed program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals which provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors and friends. Discover what issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors.

History Happy Hour: Labor History
Date: Thursday, March 27
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 for MNHS members
Reservations required: call 651-296-8760 or purchase tickets online

Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House. Join Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman for a conversation about Saint Paul's labor history. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets (white wine and beer only) and snacks.

Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
Date: Saturday, March 29
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $9 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members
Reservations required: call 651-296-8760

The wedding of Marion Ramsey to Charles Furness on March 29, 1875 was one of St. Paul's most prestigious events. This 75 minute program explores the behind-the-scenes drama of the event: from the lavish gifts the couple received to the wedding dress fiasco which almost ruined the big day. Learn about Victorian wedding traditions, enjoy wedding cake and take a peek at some of the wedding gifts the couple received.

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.

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.