History for Kids, Victorian Secrets and Transportation Maps this July at the Alexander Ramsey House

For immediate release

Release dated: 
June 11, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@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 MN 55102
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-296-8760
Email: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/ramseyhouse

History for Kids, Victorian Secrets and Transportation Maps this July at the Alexander Ramsey House

The Alexander Ramsey House offers a special hands-on program for kids and engaging programs for adults. Topics include the year of 1872, Victorian "secrets" and transportation maps.

Event: Time Capsule for Kids: 1872
Date: July 5
Time: Tours at noon and 1 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-296-8760

Children at a Time Capsule event

1872 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family as they moved into their new mansion home in St. Paul. Discover what other exciting events made 1872 so important for the Ramseys in this children's program. Children and their parents can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and learn about the new foods and inventions which were making life easier. Children can create their own time capsule to take home.

Event: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Date: July 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-296-8760 or register online

Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control all were a part of Victorian life, but were rarely spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this 90 minute adult-themed program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals that provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors and friends. Learn about the issues they faced, what cures they used, and what was really discussed behind closed doors. This program is intended for ages 18 and over.

Event: History Happy Hour: Transportation Maps
Date: July 31
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $25/$16 for MNHS members.
Reservations: recommended, call 651-296-8760 or register online

Tour at the Alexander Ramsey House

Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learn about Minnesota's history of transportation through maps. Minnesota Historical Society acquisitions staff (and lovers of old maps) Patrick Coleman and Lori Williamson will share some of the oldest and most interesting transportation maps from the MNHS collections. Snacks and two drink tickets included in price of admission. This program is for people 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.