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Time Capsule for Kids, History Happy Hour and Ramsey After Dark this May at the Alexander Ramsey House
Spring has arrived at the Alexander Ramsey House with programs designed for visitors of all ages this May.
Time Capsule for Kids: 1868
Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: Tours at noon and 1 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children 6-17; free for children under 5 and MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760orregister online.
1868 was an exciting year for Alexander and Anna Ramsey. Children ages 6 and up and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover what other events happened in 1868. Discover why the Ramseys' new house was so special and taste a popular food item of the era. Before and after the event, children can create their own time capsule to take home.
Ramsey After Dark: Politics, Scandal and Intrigue
Date: Friday, May 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760 or register online.
As Minnesota approached statehood, Alexander Ramsey and Henry Sibley, political rivals and good friends, were locked in a heated campaign for state governor. This one-hour program explores the gubernatorial race of 1857 where allegations of voter fraud and intimidation were rampant.
History Happy Hour: St. Paul's Underground Railroad
Date: Thursday, May 29
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 / $16 for MNHS members
Reservations: recommended; call 651-296-8760 or register online.
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learn about the history of the Underground Railroad in St. Paul. MNHS museum educator Dwight Scott will tell the story of "station agent" Joseph Farr, who was instrumental in guiding enslaved people through St. Paul to freedom. Snacks and two drink tickets included in price of admission. Visitors age 21 and older only.
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 and for special events throughout the year. 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.