Build a Birdhouse, Learn to Drive Oxen at Kelley Farm in April

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Release dated: 
March 5, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 763-441-6896

Build a Birdhouse, Learn to Drive Oxen at Kelley Farm in April

The Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River offers interactive workshops which allow families, schoolchildren and tourists alike to get involved with the history of agriculture in Minnesota.

BirdhouseBuild a Birdhouse Workshop
Saturday, April 5
1 to 3 p.m.
$10 materials fee
required, call 763-441-6896.

Birds are a valuable resource for gardeners and farmers because they help control insects and pollinate plants. Participants in this workshop, held in the visitor center at the Kelley Farm, will build a birdhouse to take home.

This event is perfect for families, grandparents and grandchildren and other groups such as Scouts. There is a $10 materials fee, and all tools will be provided.

Shorthorn Oxen TeamThe Mighty Ox Team Driving Workshop
Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$50 / $45 for MNHS members.
required, call 763-441-6896.

Oxen have provided farm power for thousands of years. In this workshop, visitors will learn the basics of ox team driving and care by working with Toby and Colter, the farm's experienced team of shorthorns.

Visitors will learn to yoke, properly command and drive the team. Participants must be 16 years or older, wear sturdy shoes, clothing for variable weather and bring a bag lunch. The cost is $50 or $45 for MNHS members.

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 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.