Spend June at the Kelley Farm with Baby Animals and a Father's Day Celebration

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Release dated: 
May 7, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 • bob.quist@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelley.farm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Spend June at the Kelley Farm with Baby Animals and a Father's Day Celebration

June events at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm show what life was like on a farm in the 1860s. Families can explore the living-history program and discover mid-summer chores, such as shearing the sheep, fixing farm fences, and loading hay into the wagon.

Event: Farm Animal Weekend
Dates: Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Fee:$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under and MNHS members.

Spring Lambs

June is the time when the sheep need to be sheared, so come encourage the Kelley farmers as they hand-sheer the sheep to help them get out of their "winter coats." Toby and Coulter, the farm's oxen, will be finishing up the field work. Meet the spring newborn animals, and discover how farm animals have been used in the past. While here, take time to explore the nature trails.

Event: Father's Day Weekend
Dates: Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Fee: Fathers are admitted FREE when accompanied by a child; $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and under and MNHS members.

This Father's Day, join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th-century "fancy chores" such as building feed boxes, repairing equipment and fences, and caring for the livestock. Guests can also bake treats in the farm house and help water and weed in the garden. Fathers are admitted FREE when accompanied by a child.

Event: Working on the Farm
Date: Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, Aug. 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under and MNHS members.

Young oxen

This June, children of all ages can join in the chores that kids did on farms more than 100 years ago. Visitors can help load hay into a wagon pulled by Coulter and Toby, the farm's oxen, and then help unload it into the barn; try to get the laundry clean using a scrub board while keeping the calves from eating the soap; haul baskets of weeds out of the garden; and play Cat's Cradle or Grandmother's Footsteps and other 19th-century games.

About the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

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.

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