Horses and the Night Sky Featured this August at the Forest History Center

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 16, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jeff Johns • Forest History Center • 218-327-4482 • jeff.johns@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Forest History Center
Address: 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids MN 55744
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 218-327-4482
Email: foresthistory@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/foresthistory

Horses and the Night Sky Featured this August at the Forest History Center

Visit the Forest History Center this summer for hands-on experiences for all ages. In August guests can explore the night sky and get up close with Percheron draft horses.

Wonders of the Night Sky Festival
Date: Saturday, Aug. 2
Time: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.Camping and overnight RV parking is free.

In this special evening program, visitors can learn about the night sky and if they choose they can also camp overnight. Meteorologist Mike Lynch will join other astronomers to guide visitors through the night sky using large telescopes.

Real Horse PowerReal Horse Power:
Date: Saturday, Aug. 23
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

Learn about the 20th-century logging and lumbering industries and discover the power of the Percheron draft horse during this family program. Percheron's were used to move enormous pine logs from the forests to landings on the river. Watch as the horses perform many traditional tasks such as skidding, cross hauling and jammer loading. See them up close, talk to teamsters, and get to know this rich and vibrant Minnesota industry.

About the Forest History Center

The Minnesota Historical Society site is at 2609 County Road 76, near Hwys. 169 and 2 in Grand Rapids. It is filled with living-history characters who acquaint visitors with life in a recreated 1900 logging camp and a log-drive floating cook shack moored on the Mississippi river. A 1930s forest ranger's cabin, fire tower and self-guided trails are part of the site, along with exhibits and a renovated visitor center which opened in 2004. For more information, call 218-327-4482.

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.