April Events, Classes and Exhibits

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April Events, Classes and Exhibits

April 2015
Events, Classes and Exhibits

Wednesday, April 1

Spring Break Family Days
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Spend Spring Break at the History Center. Come see the "We Are Hmong Minnesota" exhibit, do a daily kids’ craft and enjoy a History Player performance.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 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.
AlsoApril 2 and 3

Saturday, April 4

Time Capsule for Families: Philadelphia World's Fair, 1876
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
1876 was a year of new inventions, foods, and fashions. Discover why 1876 was so special for the Ramsey family in this one hour children's program. Children and their parents can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste a popular food of the era, discover what new inventions were making life easier, and play an 1876 parlor game. Children can make their own time capsule.
Phone:651-296-8760
Time:Noon, 12:30 and 1 p.m.
Fee:$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 orregister online

Northwoods Paddle Workshop
Forest History Center2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids
Join master woodworker, John Beltman, to create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. In this workshop, you learn about wood selection, wood grain considerations, paddle sizing, and the theory of shape as applied to handles, shafts and blades. You will leave the course with a paddle constructed with simple hand tools, including a traditional spokeshave and blockplane.
Phone:218-327-4482
Time:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:$175/$150 for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 218-327-4482
AlsoApril 5

Easter Egg Hunt
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Celebrate spring at the James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt on the lawn. The hunt is for children ages 2-7. Participants can win prizes, enjoy a small snack, hear stories and look around the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. When the Hill children enjoyed their own egg hunt in 1898, Mrs. Hill noted in her diary, "a large gray and stray rabbit joined them most unexpectedly." Reservations are strongly encouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Please bring a basket for the eggs.
Phone:651-297-2555
Time:10 to 11 a.m.
Fee:$6 (for all ages); $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 orregister online

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 612-341-7555orregister online
AlsoApril 25

Kids' Crafts: Shoulder Bag Activity
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Children will learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag. This activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. The price includes supplies needed to decorate the bag. Please allow an hour for the activity. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:$7 per kit (museum admission not included).

Saturday Brunch at the History Center
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Get your weekend off to a great start with Saturday brunch at the Minnesota History Center. Using sustainable ingredients from local farmers and artisans, Executive Chef Christian Pieper features the best that Minnesota has to offer while highlighting the seasonal activities and exhibits at the History Center. Saturday Brunch includes a detailed menu with gourmet coffees, teas and juices. Mimosas and bloody mary's are available as an addition to brunch. Tickets include brunch and access to the museum galleries.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Fee:$25/$20 for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 orregister online

Thursday, April 9

World War II History Roundtable: Air War in the Mediterranean: British and American Operations
Historic Fort Snelling200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Col. Robert Ehlers, author of the upcoming book, "The Mediterranean Air War," along with combat veterans of air units in the southern theater, will show the importance of the Southern Front of operations. 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, April 10

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control all were a part of Victorian life, but were rarely spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this 90 minute adult-themed program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals that provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their friends and neighbors. Learn about the issues they faced, what cures they used, and what was really discussed behind closed doors. 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 orregister online

Saturday, April 11

2015 Annual Minnesota Civil War Symposium
Historic Fort Snelling200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
The 2015 Annual Minnesota Civil War Symposium will offer presentations by noted historians and authors about important events of 1865, highlighting the end of the Civil War and its impact on Minnesotans. The symposium is free, but advanced registration is strongly recommended. A buffet lunch will be available for $15 for the first 100 paid reservations. For more information and to register download the registration form from theTwin Cities Civil War Roundtable website. The annual Minnesota Civil War Symposium is sponsored by the Twin Cities, Rochester, Cannon Valley, St. Croix Valley, Central Minnesota, and Hiawatha Valley Civil War Roundtables in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force.
Phone:612-726-1171
Time:8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., welcome starts at 9:15 a.m.
Fee:Free, plus optional $15 buffet lunch.

Latin American Guitar Legends: Concert by Jim Falbo
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Acclaimed Minnesota classical guitarist Jim Falbo will be playing another intimate recital in the restored art gallery of the James J. Hill House. The program will feature works from a wide range of popular South American, Spanish, folk, and contemporary composers, including pieces from Jim's newest album "Latin American Guitar Legends." Falbo will have CDs available for sale, complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission and tours of the Hill House (included with ticket) will follow the performance. Payment is by cash or check only.
Phone:651-297-2555
Time:Doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Fee:$15/$12 for MNHS members. Cash or check only.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-297-2555

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.The featured brewer on April 11 is Summit Brewing Company.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:2 to 5 p.m.
Fee:$5
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 orregister online

Tuesday, April 14

History Film Series: Minnesota: A History of the Land: Changes in the Land
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls
In this episode of "Minnesota: A History of the Land" hear voices from the past and see stunning nature videography as the natural world Euro-Americans first encountered is recreated. Find out what happens to North American's most abundant species as commercial hunters and the railroad arrive in Minnesota. 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

Saturday, April 18

"Nature's Paint" Artist Reception
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Come to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and meet Pat Kruse the artist of "Nature's Paint," a 3-dimensional mosaic birch bark exhibit on view April 1 through April 30. Refreshments will be provided.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:Free

Friends of the Sibley Historic Site Annual Meeting
Mendakota Country Club2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights
History professor Gary Brueggemann, author of "Minnesota’s Oldest Murder Mystery: The Case of Edward Phalen: St. Paul’s Unsaintly Pioneer," will speak at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site held at the Mendakota Country Club. Members and the public are invited to attend the luncheon.
Phone:651-454-2822
Time:11:30 a.m.
Fee:$25
Reservations:Required, visit www.Sibley-Friends.org.

Topics on Family History: Inheritance, Estate Settlements and Wills
Minnesota Historical Society Library345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
The records created around inheritance and the settlement of an estate can be a treasure trove of information for the family historian. The laws of inheritance are unique to each time and place. In this class, students will learn how to interpret legal records like wills and estate settlements, to understand how and why an estate was settled and the family structure. This class is taught by Tom Rice, a board-certified genealogist, professional genealogy researcher and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is a current director of the Irish Genealogy Society International.
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 orregister online

Bars, Bootleggers and Booze: Distilling in the Twin Cities
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
*This event is SOLD OUT*
Cocktail rooms and high end mixology are trends matched only by our current thirst for microbrews. Booze and hooch have a rich history in the Twin Cities, including legacy brands like Phillips, founded in 1912; and Minnesota 13, a high quality distilled spirit beloved throughout the Midwest during Prohibition. Today’s micro-distilleries are growing quickly, with local upstarts 11Wells and Du Nord opening cocktail rooms this year. Hop on the bus and bring your ID for a tour of the Twin Cities’ boozy past and future, samples included!
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$35/$30 for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015

Tuesday, April 21

History Lounge: Norwegian Journey
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
In the years before and during the American Civil War, Norwegians immigrated to Minnesota's safer neighbor to the north. Canadian recruitment brought thousands of Norwegians to Quebec Province where they established distinctive immigrant colonies. Peace in the U.S. and the immigrants own changing fortunes eventually led many to leave Canada and make their way back to Minnesota. Join Odd Lovoll, author of "Across the Deep Blue Sea: The Saga of Early Norwegian Immigrants" (MNHS Press, 2015) for a discussion on the Norwegian-American experience.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:7 p.m.
Fee:Free

Thursday, April 23

The Jingle Dress Film Screening
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Join the filmmakers for a screening of "Jingle Dress," a narrative feature film by William Eigen. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with music, then at 7 p.m. hear remarks from the filmmakers followed by the screening. "Jingle Dress" tells the story of John Red Elk who hears from his relatives in Minneapolis that his Uncle Norton is dead and vows to go to the big city to find out what really happened to him. The film stars Chaske Spencer and Stacey Thunder, and introduce Mauricimo and S'Nya Sanchez-Hohenstein.
Phone:612-341-7555
Time:6 p.m. music, 7 p.m. remarks and screening
Fee:Free

Saturday, April 25

Loom Beading Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Participants will learn the art of loom beading through hands-on experience. Create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth when it is finished. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host workshop.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:$30/$25 for MNHS members; Additional supply fee $15.
Reservations:required; call 320-532-3632

A Thousand Journeys, One Home: Asian-Pacific Heritage Day
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Friendship, diversity and unity are celebrated as artists from the Twin Cities Asian Pacific communities gather to highlight traditions that help us make connections not only to each other, but to the broader communities in which we live, work and play. Enjoy music, dance, food demonstrations, cultural displays and art activities.This program is offered in partnership with the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
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.

From Pig’s Eye to Summit—St. Paul’s Brewing History Tour
Summit Brewing910 Montreal Circle, St Paul
*This event is SOLD OUT*
Seek out a new go-to brew with this tour based on original research by Doug Hoverson, author of "Land of Amber Waters." This meandering three hour exploration of Saint Paul’s hoppy past and present features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way.The tour starts and ends at Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul. It takes place on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to two blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Ages 21 and up only.
Phone:651-259-3015
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$35/$30 MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015

Sunday, April 26

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.

Monday, April 27

Hill House Chamber Concerts: Fandango
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Join guest artist Mary Jo Gothmann on piano for an evening featuring Fandango. The concert includes Turina: Piano Quartet in A minor, Opus 67; Boccherini: Quintet in D, Fandango; and works of de Falla, Van, Granados/Kreisler, and Albeniz. Complimentary coffee and mineral water are served at concerts, and house tours are available following each program. This program is co-sponsored by the Schubert Club.
Phone:651-297-2555
Time:7:30 p.m.
Fee:$22 adults, $12 college students, $18 MNHS/Schubert Club members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-297-2555

Wednesday, April 29

The Rose Ensemble: Singing for Freedom, an Antislavery Campaign
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Commemorate the Civil War through a musical story about the antislavery efforts of The Hutchinson Family Singers (founders of Hutchinson, Minn.) The family would take up social causes, singing about abolition and performing to interracial audiences. They were as famous in their time as P.T. Barnum, but they were also decried. Using antislavery music uncovered during research, the Rose Ensemble will provide insight into the 19th-century campaign trail with such figures as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. This fully staged and costumed production features guest musician Dan Chouinard and stage director Jeff Raz of Cirque du Soleil.

This program is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
Fee:$25 in advance; $27 at the door; $10 student (with ID); $5 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online
AlsoApril 30

Thursday, April 30

History Happy Hour: American Humor
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while you learn about humor in 19th century America. Join local comedy writer and producer Levi Weinhagen for a review of early American comedy and humorists, from Mark Twain into the 20th 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 orregister online


Ongoing Exhibits

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

Opening March 7, 2015

We Are Hmong MinnesotaNovember 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to Minnesota following the war in Southeast Asia. Today, the Twin Cities metro area is home to 66,000 Hmong, the largest urban Hmong population in the United States. Developed in partnership with the Hmong community, the new exhibit "We Are Hmong Minnesota," will debut March 7-Nov. 29, 2015 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The exhibit will commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the significant political, social and economic contributions the Hmong have made to Minnesota and the nation. For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits.

Through April 26, 2015

Modern Spirit: The Art of George MorrisonThe first comprehensive retrospective of a key Native American modernist, Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection in the mind and eye of this important 20th-century artist. Half of the 80 works in the exhibition issue from the largest and most important collection of Morrison’s artwork in the country, the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. The other 40 stem from important public and private collections from across the country including four pieces from the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society. The exhibition is curated by W. Jackson Rushing III, Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art at the University of Oklahoma. Rushing’s teaching and scholarship explore the interstitial zone between (Native) American studies, anthropology, and art history. For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits.

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

Opens April 10, 2015

Paj Ntaub: Hmong Textiles from the Permanent Collection View 50 highly colorful and intensely intricate pieces of Hmong textile art created by Hmong women who settled in St. Paul. The exhibit showcases embroidery, appliqué and batik in traditional art forms, called Paj Ntaub or flower cloth, as well as commercial tourism items. The exhibit draws on the collection of Corrine Pearson who operated the Hmong Handwork consignment store in St. Paul from 1981 to 1999. After Pearson closed her store in 1999 she donated the remaining inventory of 350 items to the Minnesota Historical Society. Labels will be in both Hmong and English.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia

April 1 through April 30, 2015

Nature's Paint Pat Kruse, a birch bark artist who lives in the Mille Lacs community in Minnesota, has been working with birch bark for more than 30 years. View some of Kruse's 3-dimensional mosaic birch bark art in this free museum exhibit. Kruse says he creates art "to honor the old ways and the ancestors that practiced these ways." Kruse is one of three artists selected for a three month artist-in-residence program at MNHS. During this time, he has researched the birch bark collection in an effort to further build an apprentice relationship with his son, so he can pass on this traditional knowledge.