May Events at the History Center Explore the History of Work and Play for Children.

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Release dated: 
March 26, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773

May Events at the History Center Explore the History of Work and Play for Children.

Special events in May explore the history of work and play for children.

History Lounge: Toy StoriesCooties
Date: Tuesday, May 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Pet Rocks, Barbies, Daisy Air Riffles, Rotate-O-Matic Super Astronauts, Cootie and Weebles. Whether well-known or obscure, the toys and games of the 1950s, 60s and 70s spark childhood memories. They also reflect a history of changing times and evolving ideas about being a kid in 20th-century America. Join Senior Exhibit Developer Kate Roberts for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at some of the best toy stories from the History Center's newest exhibit, "Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s," opening May 24.

Seniors in Mind: Behind-the-Scenes with Working Boys Band, Featuring History Theatre Cast
Date: Tuesday, May 13
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $2, does not include $9 senior admission to the History Center
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3015.

In a world before child labor laws, many young people worked in factories to help their families get by. One visionary educator, Prof. C.C. Heintzman, saw music as a way to bring structure and meaning into the lives of those rough-and-tumble children. In 1918 he formed the Working Boys Band. Learn how the band became a Twin Cities institution with playwright Dominic Orlando and cast members from St. Paul’s History Theatre as they share this fascinating true story illustrated with samples of the original music from the show. For more information visit

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 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.