Savor Age-Old Conversation and Cuisine this August at Historic Forestville

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 23, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

Sandy Scheevel • Historic Forestville • 507-765-2785 • sandy.scheevel@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Historic Forestville
Address: 21899 County Road #118, Preston MN 55965
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 507-765-2785
Email: forestville@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/forestville

Savor Age-Old Conversation and Cuisine this August at Historic Forestville

For three Saturdays this August, Historic Forestville is offering exclusive programs to bring guests authentic old-world experiences both social and culinary.

Pickling, Drying, SugaringPickling, Drying and Sugaring Day
Dates: Saturday, Aug. 16 and Aug. 23
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State park vehicle permit required.

Experience the work and payoff of 19th-century growing seasons firsthand with the Forestville gardeners. Help pick fresh, plump vegetables like peppers, cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage and much more. Afterwards, head to the kitchen and take part in the essential art of food preservation. Here, guests will learn how to preserve meats, vegetables and fruits using natural preservatives like sugar, vinegar, salt and alcohol. Preservation demonstrations will be contingent on available produce.

By The Light of The Lantern

By The Light of The Lantern
Date: Saturday, Aug. 30
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; $1 discount for MNHS members. State park vehicle permit required.

Immerse yourself in a bygone era at dusk when Forestville residents conduct evening business and relax. While visitors explore the site, they can interact with farm laborers in the barn or witness ladies of the house discuss hot-button topics of the era such as voting rights. Meanwhile, medicines are compounded in the general store and Thomas Meighen finishes points of business before closing his office for the evening. Live music will be played throughout the event.

At Historic Forestville, visitors can see 19th-century merchandise in the Meighen family store, discover what’s cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hand with chores in the garden and farm buildings. The historic village is located inside Forestville State Park, between Preston and Spring Valley, approximately 40 miles from Rochester or Austin. A State Park vehicle permit is required. For more information call 507-765-2785.

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.

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