Dakota and Ojibwe Family Day and Seniors Program Focus on Toys at Minnesota History Center in September

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Release dated: 
August 6, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

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

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Dakota and Ojibwe Family Day and Seniors Program Focus on Toys at Minnesota History Center in September

Toys take center stage in September as the Minnesota History Center offers programs for seniors and families.

Seniors in MindSeniors in Mind: Toys Are Us - Memories and History with Exhibit Developer Kate Roberts
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 9
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $2. Does not include $9 senior admission to the History Center.

MNHS's newest national traveling exhibit, Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s, offers guests a trip down memory lane. Visitors with fond memories of Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Hot Wheels and Atari will appreciate this special presentation by exhibit developer and author Kate Roberts. Roberts will place these memorable toys in their historical context while examining their impact on both children and society as a whole. She will also share firsthand accounts from the adults who loved these toys as kids and personal insights from toy experts and collectors. Guests are welcome to bring along a favorite childhood toy and share a story at the conclusion of the program.

Dakota/Ojibwe Family Day: Toys and Games
Date: Saturday, Sept. 27
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Toy canoeIn conjunction with the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live! the Minnesota History Center is pleased to offer free admission on Saturday, Sept. 27. Guests are invited to explore the exhibits, plus from noon to 4 p.m. they can participate in the Dakota/Ojibwe Family Day.

The family day focuses on time-honored Dakota and Ojibwe toys and games. Play often teaches sportsmanship, risk-taking, patience, cooperation and endurance at a young age. During the afternoon, guests can learn these timeless lessons with Dakota and Ojibwe games that test hand-eye coordination, math skills and more. Visitors can learn how to handle a lacrosse stick or create a toy birch bark canoe all while meeting the Dakota and Ojibwe artists, athletes and youth who keep these tribal traditions thriving. An exhibit of handmade Dakota and Ojibwe games and toys from the MNHS collection will be on display.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

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.