Alexander Ramsey House June Program Topics Include Clairvoyance, Superstitions, 19th-Century Facial Hair and More

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Release dated: 
May 7, 2014
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Jayne Becker • Alexander Ramsey House • 651-296-8760 • Jayne.becker@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-296-8760
Email: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/ramseyhouse

Alexander Ramsey House June Program Topics Include Clairvoyance, Superstitions, 19th-Century Facial Hair and More

June events at the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul explore unusual, supernatural and fashionable trends from the 19th century. Plus, kids can learn how to make a time capsule and explore the dynamic events of a year in the life of the Ramsey family. Visitors of all ages and interests will find a program that speaks to them.

Event: Time Capsule for Kids: 1857
Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: Tours at noon and 1 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under and MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760.

Time Capsule for Kids eventThe sights and sounds of 1857 will come to life in this children's program at the Alexander Ramsey House. Children and their parents will experience a year in the life of the Ramsey family as they use a timeline map to explore the historic mansion. Visitors can hunt for hidden pictures in the parlor, taste a popular dessert and learn a song from 1857. Children can create their own time capsule to take home.

Event: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Date: Friday, June 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760 or buy tickets online.

From wedding cakes and dating customs, to seances and spirit writing, superstitions were a part of Victorian society. In this one-hour program, explore the mysterious world of Victorian superstitions and discover how and why superstitions captured the Victorian imagination. Visitors will hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals, and play fortune-telling games in the parlor.

Event: The Clairvoyant Fox Sisters
Date: Friday, June 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members.

Ramsey house parlorKate and Maggie Fox became infamous in the spring of 1848 when reports surfaced that they were able to communicate with the spirit of a dead man. These young sisters from a remote town in New York soon shot to national fame, fortune and ultimately, ruin. Learn more about spiritualism in the 19th century with educator and photographer Nathan Lewis. Visitors will discover the story of America's most infamous clairvoyants, the Fox Sisters, and will learn how they influenced the nation.

Event: History Happy Hour: Grooming, Barbers and Beards
Date: Thursday, June 26
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 / $16 for MNHS members.
Reservations: recommended; call 651-296-8760 or buy tickets online.

Have a drink with friends and join master barber Moustache Jim from GENT Salon for a program on the history of gentlemen's grooming. During this History Happy Hour, Moustache Jim will discuss barbers and barbershops through history as well as grooming methods and facial hair trends through the years. Snacks and two drink tickets are included in the price of admission. Participants must be age 21 and older.

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.