History Center Pub, Food and Architecture Crawls Return this Summer

For immediate release

Release dated: 
April 30, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

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

Quick facts: 

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

Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or purchase tickets online.

History Center Pub, Food and Architecture Crawls Return this Summer

The History Center's popular summer crawls are back! Visitors can choose from pub, food and architecture crawls. All crawls are on air-conditioned mini buses. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 651-259-3015 or online at www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/pubcrawls.

History Pub Crawls: Working the West End
Dates: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 9 and 16
Time: 7 to 9 p.m. (Bus departs at 7 p.m.)
Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members.

History Center Pub CrawlTake a tour of St. Paul’s oldest neighborhood and hear vibrant tales of the Yankees, Czechs, Germans and Italians who gave it life. Roll from beautiful Irvine Park to the German Brewery District and on to the lost world of the Upper Levee, enjoying stops at two great neighborhood bars along the way.

An air-conditioned bus will take participants to historic stops and watering holes. The tour includes at least four blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price.

History Architecture Crawls: Mid-Century Modern
Dates: June 7, July 12 and Aug. 9
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members.

Explore hallmarks of mid-century modern design in Minneapolis and St. Paul on a guided bus tour. Stops include a walking tour of the University Grove neighborhood, an architectural "time capsule" of houses designed by Minnesota architects, including Elizabeth and Winston Close and Ralph Rapson; the interior of the Saarinen-designed Christ Church Lutheran; and a rare cluster of prefabricated, colorful, all-steel Lustron houses along Nicollet Avenue. The tour also includes a stop at Forage ModernWorkshop, a retail store which focuses on modern interior décor.

The tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to two blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The bus departs from the Minnesota History Center. Guests are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m.

History Food Crawls: University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo
Dates: June 14, 21, July 12, 19, Aug. 9 and 16
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $35/$30 for MNHS members.

Ride through the history, culture and cuisine of one of St. Paul’s most changeable districts, University Avenue. Once a country road, streetcar line and urban highway, the avenue is now a light rail route that both divides and defines the district. Investigate Frogtown and the Hmongtown Marketplace and discover what was lost in Rondo, the city's historic African American neighborhood. Experience the beauty of St. Agnes Catholic Church, one of St. Paul’s architectural gems, and get to know the story of Pilgrim Baptist, home of Minnesota’s oldest black congregation. Along the way enjoy hearty samples from the neighborhood’s best purveyors of food.

The two-and-a-half hour tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to three blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The bus leaves from the Minnesota History Center. Food samples are included in ticket price.

History Pub Crawls: Summit Hill Special
Dates: July 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27
Time: 7 to 9 p.m. (Bus departs at 7 p.m.)
Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members.

Bask in the Victorian grace of St. Paul’s Summit Hill and discover the stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again, of one of the city’s most fashionable historical address. Follow the path of the old streetcars past 19th-century homes, luxury hotels and the former haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and enjoy stops at two of the best hilltop bar spots along the way.

This tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes four blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price.

History Architecture Crawls: University Grove Home Tour
Dates: July 26
Time: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $35/$30 for MNHS members.

A unique neighborhood designed for University of Minnesota faculty and staff, University Grove is a collection of early and mid-20th century architect-designed homes that has been recognized by the New York Times as an "architectural time capsule" of modern America. Enjoy a tour of the exteriors and a rare glimpse at the interiors of selected homes representing the work of regional architectural giants Close Architects.

This tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes refreshments and a brief architectural lecture by Minnesota Historical Society staff. The tour departs from the Minnesota History Center and includes up to two blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. This tour is presented in partnership with the University Grove Neighborhood Association.

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 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.