Independence Day Celebrations and Grandparents Day at the Kelley Farm in July

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Release dated: 
June 11, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@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 MN 55330
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

Independence Day Celebrations and Grandparents Day at the Kelley Farm in July

Celebrate Independence Day at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm with fun activities for the whole family. On July 24 and Aug. 13, grandparents and grandchildren are encouraged to spend the day together participating in farm activities. Discounted admission will be available these days for grandparents.

Farmer's Fourth of JulyEvent: Farmer's Fourth of July
Date: July 4
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Celebrate the Farmer's Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn and watch the spring lambs and calves prance about. Visitors can join in 19th-century games such as town ball, the precursor to modern baseball, and participate in an oratory and debate from the front porch. Enjoy the company of family and friends along with the farm's costumed staff and celebrate the most important holiday in America in the 19th century.

OliverKelleyFarmEvent: Grandparent's Day
Dates: July 24 and Aug. 13
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17, $5 grandparents; free for ages 5 and under and MNHS members.

Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to spend the day together engaged in 19th-century farming. Share stories with each other and the farm hands while experiencing the garden, meeting animals and helping with the cooking.

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.

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