January Events, Classes and Exhibits

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November 26, 2014
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January Events, Classes and Exhibits

January 2015
Events, Classes and Exhibits

Thursday, Jan. 1

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 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 651-259-3015 or register online
AlsoJan. 2-4

History HiJinx: Robot Mania!
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
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 History Center exhibit,Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70sand then cut, color and add a dash of flash, to create your own paper robot.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 3 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.
AlsoJan. 2-4

New Year's Day at the History Center
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Due to popular demand, the History Center is opening its doors on New Year’s Day so visitors can exploreToys of the '50s, '60s and '70sbefore it closes on Jan. 4. Explore hundreds of toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms and a garage setting that celebrate the craziness, joy and sheer fun of being a kid. Plus, visit other exhibits including Then Now Wow, Minnesota's Greatest Generation, Open House and Weather Permitting. The History Center is extending hours until 7 p.m. on Jan. 2, 3, and 4.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:10 a.m. to 7 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.

Saturday, Jan. 3

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 612-341-7555 or register online
AlsoJan. 17

Kids' Crafts: Story Book Time and God's Eye activity
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 p.m. Then learn how to weave a "God’s Eye" to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Participants will receive an instructional handout and materials to make the craft item. Please allow an hour for the activity. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee:$4 per kit (museum admission not included).

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Hand-Crafted Snowshoe Workshop
Forest History Center2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids
Join master woodworker John Beltman for a five day workshop to make a pair of traditional Ojibwe-style snowshoes. Beltman will guide the processes of bending ash frames, mortising cross pieces, lacing webs using hollow nylon and creating bindings using lamp wick materials. Pointed at both ends, this design is well suited for travel in wooded areas and on frozen lakes. Materials and tools are provided.
Phone:218-327-4482
Time:6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Fee:$200/$170 for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 218-327-4482
AlsoJan. 10-11 and 24-25

Thursday, Jan. 8

World War II History Roundtable: The Myth of the German Offensive: Success That Led to Failure
Historic Fort Snelling200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
John Mosier, author of "The Blitzkrieg Myth," and combat veterans of the Eastern European Front will show the flaws in the German offensive tactics that eventually failed. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. The series is presented the second Thursday of each month from September through May (some exceptions may occur).
Phone:612-726-1171
Time:7 p.m.
Fee:$5, free for students.

Friday, Jan. 9

Ramsey After Dark: Angels and Madams
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden redlight district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This 75 minute program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the Capital City. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city? This program is intended for ages 18 and over.
Phone:651-296-8760
Time:7 and 8:30 p.m.
Fee:$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Saturday, Jan. 10

Baking Memories: Scratch vs. Mix Brownies
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
See how history is revealed in food in the Baking Lab. Museum staff demonstrate making brownies from scratch versus a mix and share the history of the development of baking mixes. Visitors will be able to taste the results and vote on their favorite, learn home 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.

Topics on Family History: Using DNA for Family History Research
Minnesota Historical Society Library345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
DNA testing can provide helpful support for traditional genealogical research, bolster weak paper trails and disprove hypotheses about relationships. Learn about the available tests—Y, mitochondrial, and autosomal—and the testing companies that offer them so you can determine the most effective way to spend your DNA dollars. The class is taught by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG. Eicholz is a professional genealogist, author and professor at Walden University.
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

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 Café Minnesota and sample an adult beverage or a tasty locally made soda and chat with an artisan. While supplies last.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$5

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

Tuesday, Jan. 13

History Film Series: Minnesota: A History of the Land: Ordering the Land
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls
In this episode of "Minnesota: A History of the Land" witness 16,000 years of Minnesota’s early history. Minnesota's unique place in North America is revealed through state-of-the-art animations and graphics, personal descriptions, historic re-creations and photographs. Find out how members of Minnesota's Native American community view their long relationship with the land, how Europeans brought a new way of looking at the land--one that changed the region forever, and discover what happened when early entrepreneurs failed to understand the geology of St. Anthony Falls.
Phone:320-616-5421
Time:7 p.m.
Fee:Free

Saturday, Jan. 17

Winter Adventure Family Day
Forest History Center2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids
Make the most of winter by heading outdoors to snowshoe (free use of snowshoes), ice skate, cross country ski, ride bullet sleds down Logger's Mountain and launch snowballs with a giant slingshot. Guests can also play indoor carnival games to win prizes. Visitors can also take sleigh rides to see the logging camp.
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.

Winter Frolic
North West Company Fur Post12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City
Shake off the winter blues and enjoy the outdoors by tossing a curling stone on the ice, playing a round of snow snake, snowshoeing along the nature trails and learning about the North West Company and winter travel during the fur trade. Guests can also relax indoors by the blazing fire, sip a cup of cocoa and watch the outdoor festivities from the sun-soaked visitor center.
Phone:320-629-6356
Time:Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee:$9 adults; $7 seniors and college students, $6 children; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Saturday, Jan. 24

Winter on the Hill
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Celebrate winter in Minnesota with special displays of Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes and a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket. Tours of the James J. Hill House will focus on the Hill family’s involvement with the Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and even celebrated, Minnesota’s most "famous" season. Guests can also put together old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles, play games made from household items, and work on knitting, crocheting or small quilting projects in the art gallery and drawing room.
Phone:651-297-2555
Time:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays
Fee:$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17, free for MNHS members. $1 discount with a Winter Carnival button.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-297-2555
AlsoJan. 25 and 31

Ojibwe Mitten Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Learn techniques of leather working at this two-day workshop. Participants will make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Fee:$65/$60 for MNHS members; additional supply fee of $15.
Reservations:required; call 320-532-3632
AlsoJan. 25

Sunday, Jan. 25

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.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

History Lounge: Who Built Our Capitol?
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Minnesotans may know that Cass Gilbert designed the State Capitol, but very little is known about the men and women who actually built it. Randy Croce, from the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service, will discuss how he and his team uncovered and recorded the lives of more than 620 previously anonymous statehouse builders and show clips from the resulting documentary, "Who Built Our Capitol?"
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:7 p.m.
Fee:Free

Thursday, Jan. 29

History Happy Hour: Victorian-Era Cocktails
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while you learn about cocktails in the Victorian Era. Join Jesse Held, bar manager at Parlour and Coup d'Etat in Minneapolis and founder of the North Star Bartenders Guild, as he prepares vintage-inspired cocktails and discusses the flavors and recipes that were popular in the 19th century. This program is for people 21 years and older. Admission includes 2 drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Phone:651-296-8760
Time:5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Fee:$25/$20 for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Saturday, Jan. 31

Photography and Videography Workshop: iPhone, Aerial, GoPro
Forest History Center2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids
Emily Rose, John Connelly and Trent Weston present three workshops in one day. Learn how to shoot photos with an iPhone, take great aerial photos using a remote-controlled hexacopter, or capture video of a dog sledding adventure using GoPro. This workshop is designed to be informative for all skill levels, from accomplished photographer or videographer to a beginner.
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.

Making History: 1950s Family Day
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Join Wendy Freshman and Kristin Jansson as they lead an apron-making craft and discuss their new book "Making History: Have a Blast with 15 Crafts." Guests can also learn how to make a "mock" apple pie, which tastes just like an apple pie but is made with Ritz crackers. Invented by pioneers, the mock apple pie had a revival during WWII and the 1950s. Other activities include a history player performance, brownie baking demonstration, and a display of 1950s inspired aprons and aprons made from flour sacks.
Phone:612-341-7555
Time:Noon to 3 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.

History Forum: The Cold Warrior
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
As leader of the U.S. fight against the global threat of Soviet Communism, President Dwight D. Eisenhower aimed to contain the Cold War without perverting democracy, either at home or abroad. He kept the United States out of any "hot" wars, but authorized covert actions that laid the foundations for future military entanglements in Vietnam, Iran and Iraq. He supported the nation through its greatest economic boom, but failed to address its civil rights crisis. Robert McMahon, professor of history at Ohio State University, explores the ramifications of Ike’s Cold War policies and their legacy for the United States. 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


Ongoing Exhibits

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

Through Jan. 4, 2015

Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70sGumby. 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 ChamblisFrom 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.

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

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.

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.

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