Learn About Gothic Novels, Brewing History and the Year 1868 at the Alexander Ramsey House in October

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Release dated: 
September 3, 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

Learn About Gothic Novels, Brewing History and the Year 1868 at the Alexander Ramsey House in October

This October, the Alexander Ramsey House presents programs for adults and kids. Adults can learn about Victorian gothic novels and the history of St. Paul's brewing industry. Children and their families can learn about life in 1868 during an interactive Time Capsule program.

Time CapsuleTime Capsule for Kids: 1868
Date: Saturday, Oct. 4
Time: Tours at noon and 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

For the Ramsey Family, 1868 was a particularly noteworthy year. They planned an elaborate trip to Europe and oversaw the construction of their new home. In this interactive family program, participants can gain an understanding of these and other events from 1868 by using a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collecting "time capsule tokens" along the way. Guests can also play a fun parlor game from 1868, taste popular cuisine of that era and help pack a suitcase for the Ramsey family.

Ramsey After DarkRamsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels
Date: Friday, Oct. 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Throughout the Victorian era, the gothic novel was a popular source of entertainment rich in both romance and horror. Even today, many short stories, "penny dreadfuls" and novels of this period influence renowned authors. In this program, visitors will explore the origins of the Victorian novel and unearth the motivations behind these stories and their skill at capturing the imaginations of readers. This program contains adult content.

History Happy HourHistory Happy Hour: Brewing in St. Paul
Date: Thursday, Oct. 30
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 for MNHS members

Today, St. Paul's brewing industry is one of the most vibrant and popular in the nation. In this program, guests can enjoy craft beers with their friends while learning about the history and tradition of brewing in St. Paul. Summit Brewing founder Mark Stutrud will deliver an exclusive talk on the growth of the industry, the effects of prohibition and the current state of beer and brewing in Minnesota's capital. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, snacks, presentation with Q&A and time to mix and mingle in the mansion.

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.

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