Holiday Programs Offered Statewide at MNHS Sites and Museums

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Release dated: 
October 8, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

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

Holiday Programs Offered Statewide at MNHS Sites and Museums

Have a historic holiday season with events and programs at MNHS sites and museums across the state. This year, in conjunction with the History Center exhibit Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s, we're holding a holiday toy drive.

Bring the joy of the holidays to a child with the Holiday Toy Drive. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the History Center or any of six metro-area Creative Kidstuff locations between Nov. 7-Dec. 21 and get free admission to the Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s exhibit and a voucher for 25 percent off one item at Creative Kidstuff. Limit 2 admissions or vouchers per household. This program is offered in partnership with Creative Kidstuff, KARE 11 and the Star Tribune.

Plus, plan your holiday shopping at an MNHS historic site or museum. Members can participate in Double Discount Days on Nov. 28, 29 and 30, and also Dec. 4, 5, 6 and 7. At the Minnesota History Center stores, visitors can meet with MNHS Press authors. The stores offer a unique selection of Minnesota made items, books, jewelry, baking supplies and of course toys!

New this year, visitors can combine their visit to the exhibits and shopping with Sample Saturdays. Offered on Saturdays, and throughout Thanksgiving weekend, visitors can meet with local brewers and distillers to learn about the fresh ingredients and rich traditions used to make tasty beers and beverages for the modern Minnesotan palate. Visitors can sample an adult beverage or a tasty locally made soda and chat with an artisan. Samples are offered on Nov. 15, 22, 28-30, and Dec, 6, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Other holiday programs include:

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Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

  • SAMPLE SATURDAYS
    Dates: Nov. 15, 22, 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 6, 2014
    Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
    Fee: $5. Does not include museum admission.

    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 and chat with an artisan including Tin Whiskers Brewing Company; Indeed Brewing Company; Du Nord Craft Spirits; Bang Brewing; and Summit. Samples will also be offered on Friday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

  • HISTORY HIJINX: ROBOT MANIA!
    Dates: Nov. 28 and 30, 2014
    Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Robot
    Visit the History Center over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to view vintage robots in the new exhibit, "Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s" and then cut, color and add a dash of flash, to create your own paper and wire contraption.

  • FAMILY PLAYDATE!
    Dates: Nov. 29, 2014
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Visit the History Center over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for a playdate with a History HiJinx craft activity, a live musical show by Choo Choo Bob and demonstrations with local toy makers. Plus, visit the new exhibit Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s."

  • TEEN TOY TAKEOVER! TOYS PAST AND TOYS FUTURE
    Dates: Dec. 13, 2014
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    The Teen Advisory Council presents a day of retro and futuristic fun. Enjoy toys from the past in our new exhibit and demonstrations of toys of the future created by kids and adults. Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next toy innovator? Try your hand at a toy design challenge.

  • KWANZAA FAMILY DAY
    Date: Dec. 27, 2014
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Kwanzaa
    Join family and friends in this annual African-American celebration. Kwanzaa follows seven core principles: Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The family day program includes music, dancing, demonstrations, storytelling and a History HiJinx craft activity.

  • HISTORY HIJINX: ROBOT MANIA!
    Date: Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015
    Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday; noon to 4 p.m. during the Kwanzaa Family Day, Saturday, Dec. 27.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    History HiJinx is back for the holidays. Stop by the craft tables for a free take home activity. Kids can use paper and cardboard to create a robot contraption modeled after vintage toys. Families can explore the History Center's exhibit "Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s" and visit other exhibits including"Then Now Wow," "Minnesota's Greatest Generation," "Weather Permitting," and "Open House." From noon to 4 p.m. visitors can take in a live short play in the Toys exhibit. The History HiJinx craft activity is offered from noon to 4 p.m. during the Kwanzaa Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 27.

  • EXTENDED HOURS
    The History Center will be open for special Monday hours, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The stores and Cafe Minnesota will also be open. In addition, due to popular demand for the exhibit "Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s" the History Center will be open on New Years Day, Jan. 1 as well as extended hours on Jan. 1, 2, 3 and 4. Hours are listed below:

Mon., Dec. 29

10-5

Tues., Dec. 30

10-8

Wed., Dec. 31

10-5

Thurs., Jan. 1

10-7

Fri., Jan. 2

10-7

Sat., Jan. 3

10-7

Sun., Jan. 4

Noon-7


Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

  • A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT THE RAMSEY HOUSE
    Dates: Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
    (Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)
    Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday
    Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17; $3 discount for MNHS members.
    Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online

    Victorian Christmas
    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.

James J. Hill House, St. Paul

  • HILL HOUSE HOLIDAYS
    Dates: Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2014
    Time: 1 to 3:30, tours begin every 30 minutes
    Fee: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, $8 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
    Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online.

    The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as costumed actors portray servants preparing the James J. Hill House for the holidays. The one-hour program moves through the elegant first floor spaces and then to the basement servant work areas. The script is based on letters and oral histories of people who worked for the Hill family during the first decade of the 20th century.

  • THE WORLD WAR ONE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914
    Dates: Dec. 8, 2014
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
    Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online.

    During the first Christmas of World War I, a spontaneous truce broke out along the front lines among the German, English and French troops. Soldiers crossed battle lines, raised their glasses in a holiday toast and sang songs together. Considered by many a Christmas miracle, this night was never repeated. Popular historian James Neagbour returns to the James J. Hill House to recount this extraordinary event through photos and testimony. Refreshments and house tours follow the program.

  • VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS STORIES
    Date: Dec. 14, 2014
    Time: 6 and 7:30 p.m.
    Fee: $12 adult, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6 to 17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
    Reservations: recommended, call 651-297-2555

    Holiday stories
    Costumed actors bring warmth and humor into their readings of 19th century Christmas literature, including works by Mark Twain, Willa Cather, O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" and selections from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." The performers will discuss the development of popular Christmas traditions and literature during the 19th century. Refreshments and house tours follow the program.

  • VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CAROLS
    Dates: Dec. 20 and 21, 2014
    Time: 6 and 7:30 p.m.
    Fee: $12 adult, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6 to 17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
    Reservations: recommended, call 651-297-2555

    Enjoy an hour-long concert tracing the rise and popularity of holiday songs in the 19th and early 20th century, as well as Hill family Christmas traditions. Costumed singers, a pianist and narrator present a broad selection of period tunes in the art gallery of the James J. Hill House. Narration will draw on excerpts from Mrs. Hill's diaries, servant letters and grandchildren's memoirs. Refreshments and house tours follow the program.

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

  • PIE SCHOOL WITH AUTHOR KATE LEBO
    Dates: Nov. 15, 2014
    Time: 12:30 and 2 p.m.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

    Just in time for the holidays, visit the Baking Lab for a series of demonstrations on the delightful art of all things pie by Seattle's "Pie Poet" Kate Lebo, author of the brand new book "Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter."

  • BAKING MEMORIES: TUNNEL OF FUDGE CAKE
    Dates: Nov. 23, 2014
    Time: 2 p.m.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

    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.

  • STAR TRIBUNE HOLIDAY COOKIE CONTEST WINNERS
    Date: Dec. 6, 2014
    Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

    Cookie contest
    Get inspired for holiday baking when the finalists in the Star Tribune’s annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest bake their winning recipes in the Mill City Museum Baking Lab. Meet the finalists as they bake their award-winning cookies, learn about the history of the recipes and why they are so good and get baking tips for the holiday season. Visitors will also be able to sample each of the winning cookies. Look for the winner and runners-up announced in the Star Tribune's early December Taste section.

  • AN "EVENTUALLY" CHRISTMAS: HOLIDAYS AT THE MILL
    Dates: Dec. 18, 19 and 20, 2014
    Time: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday
    Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 for children ages 6-17 and MNHS members; $2 off adult admission with Fringe Festival button.
    Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online.

    Performed in the museum's Flour Tower elevator ride, this unique play features "The Ghost of Mill City Past" guiding an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party and the origin of the marketing slogan, "Eventually-Why Not Now?" Recommended for children age 8 and older. Ticket includes a voucher for museum admission and post-performance refreshments. The museum store will be open for holiday shopping.

Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

  • HISTORY IN SESSION: MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR
    Date: Nov. 29, 2014
    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.

    Visit the beautiful Minnesota State Capitol over Thanksgiving Weekend for a unique musical program. Enjoy a mix of storytelling and songs of the Civil War from the Hillgrove Ensemble featuring Diane and Erik Pearson. This program will be followed by refreshments in the Capitol's historic Rathskeller Cafe.

Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River

  • A YANKEE THANKSGIVING
    Dates: Nov. 23, 2014
    Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
    Fee: $10/$8 for MNHS members.
    Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

    Winter on the farm
    Oliver H. Kelley originally hailed from Boston, 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. Guides will lead visitors to the farm to meet the animals then 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.

  • TOY MAKING WORKSHOP
    Date: Dec. 6, 2014
    Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
    Fee: $5
    Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

    Visit the Kelley Farm just in time to make homemade toys to give as gifts for the holidays. In the visitor center, guests will choose between making several 19th-century toys, including a ball-and-cup game, buzz saws, pick-up sticks and corn husk dolls. All tools and materials will be provided. This workshop does not include a tour of the farm.

  • CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM
    Date: Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, 2014
    Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
    Fee: $10/$8 for MNHS members; free for children age 5 and under.
    Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

    Take a guided 75-minute tour of the Kelley Farm including a hike along the nature trail, a stop inside the historic farmhouse and a visit to the livestock pens. Discover how farm families and their animals coped with shorter days, colder temperatures and the upcoming holidays 150 years ago. Enjoy a horse or oxen-drawn bobsled or wagon ride. Dress for outdoor weather. Warm refreshments follow in the visitor’s center.

GREATER MINNESOTA

Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls

  • CHRISTMAS WITH THE LINDBERGHS: 1918
    Date: Nov. 29, 2014
    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.

    Christmas
    Step back in time as costumed characters portray family members and hired workers getting ready for the Lindbergh family's first Christmas in their Little Falls home in 1918. 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.

  • CANDLELIGHT SNOWSHOE AND HIKE
    Date: Dec. 31, 2014
    Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
    Fee: Free

    Spend New Year's Eve exploring trails by candelight. The second annual Charles A. Lindbergh State Park's annual Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike will include the trails connecting the park with the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum. The trails will be lit with luminaries and guests can drop in at any time during the event and go whatever distance is comfortable. Both museums will be open with free admission for guests to warm up and grab a refreshment.

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids

  • LUMBERJACK COOKING FOR KIDS
    Date: Nov. 15, 2014
    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.

    Kids become "cookies" and experience the challenge of cooking in a 1900 logging camp. Just in time for Thanksgiving, 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.

  • HOLIDAY LIGHTS & FIREWORKS
    Date: Dec. 5, 2014
    Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
    Fee: $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors and college students, $3 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Spend a holiday evening at the Forest History Center and take in the music of choral singers and meet Santa. Watch as Santa throws the switch to illuminate the fire tower as his beacon in the Northwoods. Then enjoy a spectacular winter fireworks show.

  • CHRISTMAS IN THE LOGGING CAMP
    Date: Dec. 6, 2015
    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.

    Santa
    North Woods No. 1, the Forest History Center’s historically re-created logging camp, comes to life under a blanket of snow during this yearly event. Join the camp crew as they get ready to celebrate Christmas in the logging camp. The program includes choral singers, storytellers, sleigh rides, hot chocolate and cider, and Santa. Bring your camera to get your picture taken with Santa.

  • NORTHWOODS HOLIDAY FEST
    Date: Dec. 27 and 28, 2014
    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.

    Revel in a winter wonderland with dog sledding, sleigh rides, skiing, ice skating, sledding, snow sculptures, snowball launching, music and food. This daylong program includes tours of the logging camp under winter conditions.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia

  • BLACK FRIDAY STOREWIDE SALE
    Date: Nov. 28, 2014
    Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Mix things up this holiday shopping season with a visit to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. On Black Friday, everything in the Trading Post will be marked down 25 percent. The Post has a wide range of authentic, handmade American Indian arts and crafts products, as well as a large collection of books, arts and crafts supplies, and unique one-of-a-kind items.

  • KIDS CRAFTS: STORY BOOK TIME AND BEAD A RING
    Date: Dec. 6, 2014
    Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
    Fee: $3 per kit. Does not include museum admission.

    From noon to 1 p.m. children can join in as museum staff read storybooks while enjoying a light snack and refreshments. Then from 1 to 3 p.m. they can learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Storybook time is free. The cost for the beaded ring kit is $3 and includes materials for the ring and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the ring. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

  • BIRCH BARK ORNAMENT WORKSHOP
    Date: Dec. 13, 2014
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
    Fee: $25/$20 MNHS members; additional supply fee of $15.
    Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632

    Ornaments
    Create miniature ornaments from birch bark that can be used to decorate for the holidays or to give as gifts. 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.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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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