Visit Minnesota Historical Society Sites and Museums this Memorial Day Weekend

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Release dated: 
April 16, 2014
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

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

Visit Minnesota Historical Society Sites and Museums this Memorial Day Weekend

The Minnesota Historical Society offers programs for all ages and interests on Memorial Day Weekend. Many of the programs honor veterans and Minnesota's military past.

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Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

Event: Opening Weekend and Memorial Day: Military History Timeline
Date: Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday, Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 612-726-1171.

Fort SnellingGather friends and family for the opening weekend of the season at Historic Fort Snelling. Explore the buildings, visit with costumed interpreters and learn about life in early Minnesota. Children can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt, earn a special Fort Kids button and play games that were popular in the 1800s. Other activities include cannon and musket firings, hearth cooking demonstrations and American Indian history presentations. Special tours will be given focusing on African American history in Minnesota.

On Memorial Day, guests can travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring America's soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. Guests can also play games and explore Minnesota's oldest military fort.

Opening Memorial Day Weekend, "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas," is a new exhibit that explores the dynamics of race, community and creativity through the lens of African and Native peoples who came together in the Americas. The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The panel exhibit is on display in the visitor center through July 20.

Historic Fort Snelling is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Event: Death of the Empire Builder
Date: Saturday, May 24 and Sunday May 25
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members,
Reservations: Recommended; call 651-297-2555.

James J. Hill HouseTake a tour of the James J. Hill House and learn about the man known as the "Empire Builder" for his work expanding the railroads. A guide will talk about Hill's career and public reaction to his death on May 29, 1916. Guests can view displays of photographs and news articles from the day, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one given to the family by the Great Northern Railway, created by Tiffany and Company. Guest organists will play music used at the Hill funeral, which was held at the house in 1916.

Memorial Day Weekend is also a great time to go on a Summit Avenue Walking Tour. The tours are available Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. each weekend through Sept. 28.

The James J. Hill House is closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Event: Memorial Day Weekend at Mill City Museum
Date: Monday, May 26, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

EntranceVisit Mill City Museum over Memorial Day Weekend to explore Minneapolis' milling past and future.

Visitors can explore the architecturally stunning museum built into the ruins of the Washburn A Mill and now a National Historic Landmark; ride the eight-story Flour Tower elevator show; get wet in the Water Lab; take in the smells and tastes in the Baking Lab; watch the award-winning film "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat" by Kevin Kling; and enjoy the rooftop views of the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls and Stone Arch Bridge.

Mill City Museum is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Event: Memorial Day Weekend at the Minnesota History Center
Date: Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000.

Visit the Minnesota History Center over Memorial Day Weekend to take in the newest exhibit Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s, opening Saturday, May 24. Explore popular toys from the era and revisit the craziness, joy and sheer fun of being a kid. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms and a garage setting that bring the decades back to life. Three interactive play zones and a quiz show will capture your imagination. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4, 2015.

Another popular exhibit during Memorial Day Weekend is "Minnesota's Greatest Generation." Explore the artifacts, interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and who went on to create the phenomenal postwar boom.

Also on view are "Then Now Wow," "Open House," "Grainland," and "Weather Permitting," plus visitors can stop by the History Center stores and have lunch at Cafe Minnesota.

The Minnesota History Center is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Event: Capitol Civil War Tour
Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651-296-2881 or register online.

CapitolThis tour highlights the pivotal role Minnesota soldiers played in the Civil War. A guide will show how the Minnesota State Capitol serves as a memorial to the veterans of the war through stories, artwork and newly conserved battle flags. Guests will also see statues of famous officers from the state and a reproduction cavalry shell jacket worn by Gov. Knute Nelson, one of six state governors who participated in the Civil War. A visitor will have the opportunity to dress as a new recruit with reproduction accoutrements typically worn by Union soldiers.

The Minnesota State Capitol is closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

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Fort Ridgely, Fairfax

Event: Causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and Battlefield Tour
Dates: Saturday, May 24
Time: 1 p.m. program, 2:30 p.m. tour
Fee: $5 adults, $3 seniors, college students and children 6-17. Free for children ages 5 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required.

At 1 p.m. independent historian John LaBatte will examine the causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, drawing on personal stories from his Dakota and settler ancestors. At 2:30 p.m. LaBatte will lead a tour of the parade grounds, where visitors will meet up with the New Ulm Battery as they demonstrate canon fire. The Battery will demonstrate the use of black powder and talk about life for the soldiers during the war. Dan Cochran will demonstrate and sell his handmade leather work. For more information visit www.usdakotawar.org/.

Fort Ridgely is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harkin Store, New Ulm

Event: Music for All Ages
Dates: Sunday, May 25
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, $3 seniors, college students and children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Visit on Memorial Day Weekend to hear musician Bill Cagley as he plays "music for all ages" on the porch. Cagley sings and plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. Come sit on the porch or bring a lawn chair for an afternoon of enjoyable music.

Harkin Store is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic Forestville, Preston

Event: They Built This Town
Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members,
Reservations: Recommended; call 651-297-2555

Explore the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters present a look back at the lives of some of the people who built the town of Forestville more than 150 years ago. This program is free with the price of a regular tour. Meet at historic site for shuttle transport to the Zumbro Hill Cemetery trail head. The cemetery is another 20 minute hike up a moderate grade hill. Wear weather appropriate attire and footwear.

Historic Forestville is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey

Event: Home Building in Ancient America
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost
: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Help construct a house out of willow saplings just as it would have been done 2000 years ago. The house will remain on display at the site throughout the summer.

Event: Adventures in Nature: Atlatl
Dates: Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost
: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Learn about the atlatl, or spearthrower, an ancient hunting device used by people of this area before the bow and arrow. A symbol of power, it was used for thousands of years and there are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite rock. During this program learn how to use an atlatl while trying to “hunt” a life size buffalo target. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Jeffers Petroglyphs is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia

Event: Memorial Day Powwow
Date: Monday, May 26
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

powwowJoin museum staff and community members at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum's annual Memorial Day Powwow. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in a social gathering honoring American Indian veterans past and present and to experience firsthand the excitement of a contemporary powwow. This outdoor event is free and open to the public, but regular admission prices apply to visit the museum.

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.