November Events, Classes and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
September 19, 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

November Events, Classes and Exhibits

Saturday, Nov. 1

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show.
Phone:612-341-7555
Time:1 p.m.
Fee:$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Tour includes museum admission.
Reservations:required; call 612-341-7555or register online
AlsoNov. 15

Kids Crafts: Story Book Time and Shoulder Bag
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 p.m., then from 1 to 3 p.m. children can decorate a shoulder bag while learning about the art and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. The cost for the shoulder bag is $7 and includes supplies. Museum admission is not included. Please allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee:$7 per kit (museum admission not included).

I’m New Here: Introducing the Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
The library contains an array of sources for finding family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of a house, business, organization or neighborhood; or just discovering more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. This free class held each Saturday year round, introduces these resources and offers tips on how to use catalogs, request materials and purchase photocopies.
Phone:651-259-3300
Time:9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Fee:Free
AlsoNov. 8, 15, 22 and 29

Thursday, Nov. 6

Toys and Tunes with Dan Chouinard and Friends
Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Take a break from your grown up responsibilities as Dan Chouinard and friends transport you back to a time of Saturday morning cartoons, footie PJs and endless daydreams about those carefully marketed toys of a certain era; the Easy-Bake Oven, LEGOs and more. Sing along to memorable jingles and revel in the simple joys of childhood.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:8 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee:$25/$20 for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Saturday, Nov. 8

Baking Memories: White vs. Whole Wheat
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
See how history is revealed in food through a baking demonstration focusing on the story behind white and whole wheat flour. Discover how Minneapolis millers perfected a way to make white flour on an industrial scale, hear about the popularity of white flour in the 19th century, what effects this had on nutrition and why flour today is frequently enriched. Visitors will also learn why Sylvester Graham developed a whole wheat cracker "to improve health and morality," hear the pros and cons of each type of flour, sample baked goods and take home the recipes.
Phone:612-341-7555
Time:2 p.m.
Fee:Programs included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

Porcupine Quill Jewelry Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Learn techniques of working with porcupine quills in this two-day workshop. Participants will make earrings, necklaces and hair ties out of quills. They will also learn how to dye, string and cut off the barbed tips. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of 5 participants is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms may be available on Saturday night for workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Fee:$60/$55 for MNHS members; Additional supply fee of $15.
Reservations:required; call 320-532-3632
Also Nov. 9

Topics on Family History: Finding Your Pre-1850 American Ancestors
Minnesota Historical Society Library345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Before 1850, census records only listed heads of households, while other records such as birth and death certificates, and obituaries, were less common. To fill this gap, researchers must make more use of land, court, probate and military records to reconstruct family histories. This class will focus on Midwestern research between 1800 and 1850. This class is taught by J. H. Fonkert, a board-certified genealogist and professional genealogy researcher focusing on Midwest, Scandinavian, Dutch and English family history. He is past president of MGS and a current faculty member of the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy.
Phone:651-259-3300
Time:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee:$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

History Forum: Founding Rivalry: Hamilton and Jefferson
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
In the 1790s, often called the "age of passion," rival factions battled over the course of the new republic. In this debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, men whose visions for the U.S. were diametrically opposed. Jefferson believed in individual liberty and a more egalitarian society. Hamilton feared chaos and social disorder. Join historian John Ferling, professor emeritus at the University of West Georgia, as he explores their rivalry and how their competing legacies continue to shape our country to this day. This program is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Additional support is provided by the Maurice Stans Fund and the Lindbergh Foundation.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fee:$15/$11 MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Sample Saturdays
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Today’s brewers and distillers draw on fresh ingredients and rich traditions to make tasty beers and beverages for the modern Minnesotan palate. Take a break in Cafe Minnesota and sample an adult beverage or a tasty locally made soda while chatting with an artisan. Samples will also be offered on Friday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:2 to 5 p.m.
Fee:$5
AlsoNov. 15, 22, 28, 29 and 30

Capitol Re-Construction Tour
Minnesota State Capitol75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul
The Minnesota State Capitol building, completed in 1905, is undergoing important repair and restoration work and needed improvements. Get an in-depth look at the history of its original construction and current information on the work being done to save this architectural treasure for generations to come. Guided tours run 60 to 90 minutes.
Phone:651-296-2881
Time:11 a.m.
Fee:$9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-296-2881 or register online

Build A Bird Feeder Workshop
Oliver H. Kelley Farm15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River
Birds are a valuable resource for farmers, aiding in insect control and pollination of plants. The Kelley Farm has hundreds of bird species that pass through on migration or that live at the farm year round, including woodpeckers, orioles, blue birds and more. Participants will make a bird feeder to take home complete with directions for mounting. All materials and tools will be provided. Workshop does not include a tour of the farm.
Phone:763-441-6896
Time:1 to 3 p.m.
Fee:$10 materials fee.
Reservations:required; call 763-441-6896

Sunday, Nov. 9

Dave Ray, A Legacy: CD Release Concert and Celebration
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Join in a musical celebration and tribute to the late Dave Ray, one of the great and unsung masters of the American blues revival. Musical artists include some who performed with Dave during his four-decade career and others who were influenced by him. The concert is also a celebration of the Red House Records release, "Dave Ray / Legacy," a 3-CD, 55-track box set that was produced, compiled and annotated by his career-long colleague, Tony Glover. Comprised of unreleased or long out-of-print recordings, the historic collection spans his early era to his most recent work. Presented in partnership with Red House Records.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:6 to 9 p.m.
Fee:$25/$20 for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Monday, Nov. 10

Edmund Fitzgerald Commemorative Beacon Lighting
Split Rock Lighthouse3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd., Two Harbors
This popular annual event commemorates the 1975 sinking of the freighter "Edmund Fitzgerald" and the loss of her 29 crew members. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open from noon to 6 p.m. A film about the Fitzgerald will be shown in the visitor center continuously throughout the afternoon. At 4:30 p.m. the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship's bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit and the tower once again opened for visitors to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb to the top of the tower after dark and see the beacon lit and revolving.
Phone:218-226-6372
Time:Noon to 6 p.m.
Fee:$7; free for MNHS members.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

History Film Series: Birth of Flight - Airport Development and Modern Aviation
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls
In this episode of "Birth of Flight," discover how the development of more sophisticated airplanes eventually made twin-engine, long-distance travel feasible. A new standard was introduced, known as Extended Range Twin-Engine Operation. The film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Phone:320-616-5421
Time:7 p.m.
Fee:Free

Seniors in Mind: 1864: An Election Like No Other
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
By 1864 the outcome of the Civil War hinged as much on the ballot box as the battlefield. Re-imagine the music, media and mayhem of this decisive national election as well as the long shadow cast by the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Special guests include Randal Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State; the New Pearl Buttons music ensemble and others.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:10:30 a.m.
Fee:$2. Does not include $9 senior admission to the History Center.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online

History Lounge: Kidnapping Mrs. Piper
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
True crime writer William Swanson, author of the new book, "Stolen from the Garden: the Kidnapping of Virginia Piper," will explore the sensational kidnapping of Virginia Piper, abducted from her lakeside home in Orono in 1972. After her husband paid a $1 million ransom, an anonymous caller led the FBI to a northern Minnesota state park where they found Ginny Piper chained to a tree, filthy and exhausted, but physically unharmed. What really happened on that July day in 1972?
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:7 p.m.
Fee:Free

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Split Rock Lighthouse Film and Discussion
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Join members of the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society for a viewing and discussion of the new film being shown at the Split Rock Lighthouse visitor center. For this special program, the film will be shown at the Minnesota History Center's 3M Auditorium. It’s a great way to head to the North Shore without leaving St. Paul. The film is being offered in celebration of the Women's Organizations 65th anniversary. The 13-minute film features first-person accounts, historic footage, and dramatic visual and sound effects. In addition, high-definition footage, including stunning aerial views, brings the lighthouse into the modern day. Lee Radzak, Split Rock Lighthouse historic site manager and Jesse Heinzen, filmmaker, will lead a discussion of the film and a question and answer session. This program is free, but does not include museum admission.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee:Free
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Saturday, Nov. 15

Lumberjack Cooking for Kids
Forest History Center2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids
Kids become "cookies" and experience the challenge of cooking in a 1900 logging camp. They learn how to prepare foods like "cold shuts" (donuts), "sweat pads" (pancakes) and pies using recipes and ingredients that would have been used in a historic cook shack. This program is fun for all ages.
Phone:218-327-4482
Time:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Sunday, Nov. 23

Baking Memories: Tunnel of Fudge Cake
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
See how history is revealed in food as Mill City Museum staff lead a demonstration in the Baking Lab. Learn about the history of the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off second-place winning recipe, the Tunnel of Fudge Cake. Explore its connection to local company Nordic Ware, makers of the Bundt Pan, and the fascination bakers today hold for this popular recipe. Visitors can learn about baking history, sample the cake, get baking tips and take home a copy of the recipe.
Phone:612-341-7555
Time:2 p.m.
Fee:Programs included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

A Yankee Thanksgiving
Oliver H. Kelley Farm15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River
Oliver H. Kelley was from Boston and like many others he migrated west as soon as he turned twenty-one, settling in Minnesota in 1849. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first day of Thanksgiving. Visit the Kelley Farm to explore what Thanksgiving was like on a "Yankee" farm in the 1860s. Guided tours will lead visitors on a hike along the wooded trails to the farm yard to meet the animals. Then guests can explore the farm house, filled with the aromas of a harvest celebration. Following the tour, pie and refreshments will be served in the visitor center. Be sure to dress for the weather.
Phone:763-441-6896
Time:2 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$10/$8 for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 763-441-6896

Friday, Nov. 28

A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the tour, visitors can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family’s Steinway piano and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Shop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Phone:651-296-8760
Time:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sundays
Fee:$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17; $3 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015or register online
AlsoNov. 29 and 30

History HiJinx: Robot Mania!
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
For centuries scientists and artists, such as Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci, made sketches and models of movable figures. In the years following World War II, space travel and technology drove the popularity of robots, with comic book and Television characters like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers hitting the scene. View toy robots in the new History Center exhibit,Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70sand then cut, color and add a dash of flash, to create your own paper and cardboard contraption.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Fee:$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
AlsoNov. 29 and 30

Saturday, Nov. 29

Christmas with the Lindberghs
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls
When C.A. Lindbergh did not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917, he, his wife Evangeline and teenage son Charles spent the winter in their Little Falls home for the first time. Step back in time and visit the Lindbergh home as costumed characters portray family members and hired workers readying the house for Christmas 1918. Tour the home and hear why C.A. didn’t seek re-election, then lost his bid for the U.S. Senate, see "improvements" made to the house at the time, learn about the recent end of World War I in Europe, and find out what everyone’s hopes are for the new year of 1919. The gallery exhibits in the Visitor Center will be open and visitors also can shop for holiday items at a special sale in the gift shop and receive a 10-percent discount on all merchandise.
Phone:320-616-5421
Time:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last tour leaves at 3 p.m.
Fee:$8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Family Playdate!
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Visit the History Center over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to view vintage robots in the new History Center exhibit,Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70sand then cut, color and add a dash of flash, to create your own paper and wire contraption. Plus, take in a live musical show by Choo Choo Bob and demonstrations with local toymakers.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee:$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

History in Session: Music of the Civil War
Minnesota State Capitol75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul
Enjoy a mix of storytelling and songs of the Civil War from the Hillgrove Ensemble featuring Diane and Erik Pearson. The themes of the music and stories are as relevant today as they were in the 1860s. This program will be followed by refreshments in the Capitol's historic Rathskeller Cafe.
Phone:651-296-2881
Time:1 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee:$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-296-2881 or register online

Afternoon Christmas Tours
W.W. Mayo House118 N. Main St., Le Sueur
Visit the W.W. Mayo House decorated for a turn of the century Christmas. Enjoy Christmas music in the parlor performed by local musicians. Children can create small gift and ornament crafts from the past. Cookies and cider will be served. Learn about holiday traditions from the 1850s that the Mayos and Cosgroves would have participated in while living in the Mayo House.
Phone:507-665-3250
Time:Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee:$6 adults, $5 seniors (65 ) and students w/ID, $5 children ages 6-17; Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Ongoing Exhibits

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

Through Jan. 4, 2015

Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s

Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, 60s and 70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms and a garage setting that bring the decades back to life. On view May 24, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015. www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/toys

Through Jan. 4, 2015

Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis

From family reunions to the nightclub scene, there is no one who documented the Twin Cities Black community like Charles Chamblis. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” he had a passion for photography and a knack for being everywhere at the right time. View more than 60 images, alongside artifacts including suits worn by Prince and Jellybean Johnson in the movie Purple Rain. On view April 26, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015. www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/chamblis.

Closing Nov. 2, 2014

Death has a Permit: Jose Guadalupe Posada

View a display of 38 reproduction prints by the Mexican artist, illustrator and engraver Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). Born of humble origins in the city of Aguascalientes, he completed an estimated 15,000 different ephemeral prints that documented just about every facet of Mexican life. Posada depicted outlaws, fugitives, demons, lovers, politicians, matadors, as well as the indelible images of his calaveras (animated and well dressed skulls or skeletons) which were meant to satirize the life of the upper classes. These now iconic images have become associated with the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. This display is presented courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ongoing

Then Now Wow

Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/thennowwow.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom

Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. For more information visit www.mngreatestgeneration.org.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk

This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/openhouse.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting

Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multi-media tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. For more information visit www.mnhs.org/weather.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Closing Nov. 9, 2014

Recent Acquisitions: Art Since 1985

View nearly 40 works of art created by Minnesotans over the last 30 years. Distinguished artists include Harriet Bart, Dan Bruggeman, Michael Kareken, Barbara Kreft, Mike Lynch, Melvin Smith and Francis Yellow. On view May 15 – Nov. 9, 2014.

Opening Nov. 22, 2014

Minnesota Modern: Four Artists of the Twentieth Century

As Minnesota approached the mid-century mark after World War II, the Twin Cities enjoyed a thriving community of talented and successful visual artists. Among them, four individuals stood out; Dewey Albinson (1898-1971), Cameron Booth (1892-1980), Clement Haupers (1900-1982) and Elof Wedin (1901-1983). These artists dominated the art scene in Minnesota for decades. Through their lengthy careers and enormous output, each artist contributed a great deal to bring modernism to the state. The artists are represented with paintings and prints drawn from the Minnesota Historical Society’s permanent collection. Minnesota Modern is presented in conjunction with the release of a publication of the same name by Afton Press.