Sweet and Sultry with a Side of Spirits at the Ramsey House this August

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 2, 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

Sweet and Sultry with a Side of Spirits at the Ramsey House this August

This August, the Alexander Ramsey House presents programs for adults offering lively cocktails and conversation. Also featured will be a special time capsule tour for kids.

Time CapsuleTime Capsule for Kids: 1861
Date: Saturday, Aug. 2
Time: Noon and 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

Trace the year 1861 in American History through the hallways of the Ramsey House. Children and their parents can use a timeline map while learning about the Civil War and making staples like gingerbread cake and military-issue hardtack.

Irvine Park, St. PaulRamsey After Dark: Angels and Madams
Date: Friday, Aug. 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members.

Adults can spend their Friday evening venturing into the hushed secrets of St. Paul's onetime red-light district, Irvine Park. Learn about mysterious madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse in this 90-minute program. Features include firsthand accounts from 1881 detailing attempts to purify this seedy underbelly of the Twin Cities.

History Happy Hour: Daguerreotype PhotographyHistory Happy Hour: Daguerreotype Photography
Date: Thursday, Aug. 28
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 for MNHS members.

Enjoy a "spirited" journey into the world of Daguerreotype photography. Librarian and photographer Lacey Prpic shares with guests the process behind the birth of the first photographs. On display will be various historical uses of these photos, including post-mortem mementos and photo hair jewelry. Snacks and two drink tickets are complimentary.

Advanced tickets can be purchased for all programs by calling 651-296-8760 or registering online.

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.