May 2015 Events, Classes And Exhibits

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March 25, 2015
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

May 2015 Events, Classes And Exhibits

Saturday, May 2

Seeing the Unseen Ojibwe X-Ray Paintings
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Learn about Ojibwe star knowledge, observe the sun and moon through telescopes, and make an Ojibwe X-ray painting with artist and instructor William Wilson.
Sponsored by Native Skywatchers and funded by an Arts Learning Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Phone: 320-532-3632
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee:
Free

Time Capsule for Families: Moving to Minnesota Territory, 1849
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
In May of 1849, Alexander Ramsey and his wife Anna moved to St. Paul. In this family program learn how the Ramsey's traveled to their new home and what life was like for them when they arrived. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect time capsule tokens along the way. Learn about life in St. Paul in 1849 and taste a popular food of the time period. Children can create their own time capsule to take home.
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 MHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Summit Avenue Walking Tours
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Take a 90-minute tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The walking tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood.The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways, and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. The popular tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday, May through September. Call for group tour information.
Phone:651-297-2555
Time:11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Fee:$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-259-3015or register online
AlsoSaturdays and Sundays in May

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.

Kids Crafts: Bead a Ring
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Children will learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. The 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 age 8 and up.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:$3 per kit (museum admission not included).

The Rose Ensemble: Singing for Freedom, an Antislavery Campaign
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Commemorate the end of the Civil War 150 years ago 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 staged and costumed production features guest artists Dan Chouinard, T. Mychael Rambo, Maria Jette 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; 651-259-3000 or register online
AlsoMay 3

Spring on the Farm
Oliver H. Kelley Farm15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River
Spring is on the way and the Oliver Kelley Farm is starting to come alive. Visit the first weekend in May to see this year’s baby animals, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce and explore the nature trails.
Phone:763-441-6896
Time:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Fee:$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
AlsoMay 3

Sunday, May 3

Egg Coffee and Newtons
Harkin StoreNicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Enjoy a cup of egg coffee made on the original stove and some fig newton cookies as the Harkin Store opens for the season. With 40 percent of its 1870s merchandise still on the shelves, the Harkin Store was part of the once thriving riverboat town of West Newton.
Phone:507-354-8666
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Monday, May 4

Hill House Chamber Concerts: Fandango
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Join guest pianist Mary Jo Gothmann 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

Tuesday, May 5

Tours for People with Memory Loss
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House and is followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month. Tours are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation.
Phone:651-297-2555
Time:10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee:Free
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

History Lounge: Degrees of Freedom
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Minnesota has set precedents in anti-discrimination laws and provided progressive black and white leadership despite having a relatively small black population. Join historian William D. Green as he presents stories of “ordinary” citizens like former slave and early settler Jim Thompson, as well as national figures, such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois, all of whom championed civil rights in Minnesota. Dr. Green will discuss how in a state where racial prejudice and oppression wore a liberal mask, black settlers, entrepreneurs, politicians and activists maneuvered within a restricted political arena to bring about real and lasting change. William D. Green, professor of history at Augsburg College, is the author of "A Peculiar Imbalance: The Rise and Fall of Racial Equality in Minnesota" and "Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865–1912."
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:7 p.m.
Fee:Free

Wednesday, May 6

Kids Day: Wozupi
Lower Sioux AgencyMorton
Children will learn about Wozupi, a Dakota word for planting, and what kinds of foods the Dakota planted in late spring. Then they can pot their own plant to take home.
Phone:507-697-6321
Time:5 to 7 p.m.
Fee:$5 supply fee.

Thursday, May 7

The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912 with historian William Green
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Join historian William D. Green for an illustrated presentation and book signing of his new book“Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865–1912.” Spanning the half-century after the Civil War, Dr. Green draws a rare picture of black experience in a northern state and of the nature of black discontent and action within a predominantly white, ostensibly progressive society. William D. Green, professor of history at Augsburg College, is the author of“A Peculiar Imbalance: The Rise and Fall of Racial Equality in Minnesota.” After his talk Dr. Green will sign copies of the book which can be purchased in the Mill City Museum store.
Phone:612-341-7555
Time:7 to 8 p.m.
Fee:Free

Friday, May 8

Ramsey After Dark: Madness and the Victorian Mind
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. Families had to make difficult decisions about how to handle their loved ones' illness in an era where health issues were not discussed in public and treatment options were limited or experimental. Both Alexander Ramsey's brother, Justus and his son-in-law, Charles, suffered from mental illness, which impacted the entire family. This 75 minute program shares the stories of the two men through excerpts from newspaper accounts and family letters and journals. Discover how an influential family handled a very human reality.
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

Mendota After Hours
Sibley Historic Site1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota
Have a drink with your friends at the Sibley House while learning about Minnesota's past. This new series offers fascinating stories of historic people, places, and events in a unique setting. Guest speakers will present different historical topics each month. Cash bar provided by Lucky’s 13 Pub in Mendota. This program is for guests aged 21 years and older.
Phone:651-452-1596
Time:5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee:$15/$12 MNHS members.

Saturday, May 9

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
AlsoMay 23

Woodland Pottery Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
During the first class participants will learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct a clay vessel. Then the pots will dry for a week. During the second class participants will finish the surface details and temper the clay vessel in a firing pit. 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 by May 6.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:Noon to 4 p.m. both days
Fee:$60/$55 MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 320-532-3632
AlsoMay 16

Book Talk with Brenda Child Author of My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Join historian Brenda Child as she discusses her book, "My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks," which explores the innovative ways Ojibwe men and women on reservations around the Great Lakes sustained both their families and their cultural identity in the face of extreme prejudice and hardship. Book signing to follow discussion. Child will also sign copies of the book which will be for sale in the museum gift shop. Brenda J. Child is professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and author of "Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940" and "Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community."
Phone: 320-532-3632
Time: 1-3 pm
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members

Topics on Family History: Researching Urban Ancestors
Minnesota Historical Society Library345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Genealogists face unique challenges when researching urban ancestors. Working class families were less likely to own land than their rural counterparts, and often moved frequently. This class will focus on directories, fraternal organization records, newspapers and other unique urban records to teach ways to trace family history. 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 Minnesota Genealogical Society (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

Mother's Day Weekend
Oliver H. Kelley Farm15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River
Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother's Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the garden, harvest the first greens and meet the new baby animals as they try out their young legs. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child. Parents, children and grandparents are encouraged to enjoy this event together.
Phone:763-441-6896
Time:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Fee:$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and under, mothers, and MNHS members.
AlsoMay 10

Sunday, May 10

Mother's Day Aprons
Harkin StoreNicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Women in the 1870s had many chores to do but they still took time for creative work, including making decorative aprons. Visitors will see a display of old and new aprons at this Mother's Day event, including some made by Harkin granddaughter Janet Massopust. The gift shop features books, unique handcrafted items and popular 10-cent candy.
Phone:507-354-8666
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Free Admission to History Center for Museums May
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
May is Museums Month in Minnesota. To celebrate, the History Center will be offering free admission all day. Guests can explore hands-on exhibits including "Then Now Wow," "Grainland," "Open House," "Weather Permitting," "Minnesota's Greatest Generation" and "We Are Hmong Minnesota." Families can also shop in the gift store and have lunch in the History Center Café.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:Noon to 5 p.m.
Fee:Free

Tuesday, May 12

History Film Series: Gracious Spaces: Clarence H. Johnston, Minnesota Architect
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls
View a Twin Cities Public Television documentary about Clarence H. Johnston, who some consider to be Minnesota’s most unknown and yet well-known architect. Using never before seen archival letters, family photos and original blueprints, viewers are immersed in Minnesota’s own Gilded Age. This film takes viewers inside the places that built an architectural career for one man and designed a way of living for others. 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

Thursday, May 14

World War II History Roundtable: Retrospective Look at Goals of Eight World War II Leaders
Historic Fort Snelling200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, author of "A World at Arms" and "Visions of Victory," will review the territorial and other aims of eight World War II leaders, in recognition of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. 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.

Saturday, May 16

Writing Lindbergh: Conversations with Melanie Benjamin, Author of The Aviator’s Wife
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls
Meet Melanie Benjamin, author of "The Aviator's Wife," during a book signing at the Lindbergh Historic Site at 11 a.m. and an author lecture held at the Great River Arts Center at 7 p.m. Benjamin will be at the historic site to sign copies of her book from 11 a.m. to noon in the visitor center. Admission to the visitor center exhibits will be free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. House tours will be available at regular admission prices. At 7 p.m. join Benjamin for a free author presentation at the Great River Arts Center. Visitors are encouraged to read the New York Times Bestselling novel prior to the event, join a book discussion, and explore the Lindbergh Historic Site to learn more about the family. The Lindbergh Historic Site is open Saturdays in May. This program is presented in partnership with the Great River Arts Association.
Phone:320-616-5421
Time:11 a.m. to noon for book signing, 7 to 9 p.m. for presentation
Fee:Free

Cornerstone Academy: Old Windows Workshop
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Would you spend $50 to save $1000? In this hands-on workshop, historic window specialist Paul Schmidt of Restoration Window Systems shows how repairing original windows can save money, improve window operation, boost energy efficiency and maintain architectural integrity. Get a thorough overview on how to repair drafts, deal with glazing and sashes, fix broken glass and much more.Cornerstone Academy offers a series of classes on ways to preserve historic buildings, produced by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Tickets are availableonlineand must be purchased a week before the event.
Phone:612-341-7555
Time:11:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee:$50 per person.
Reservations:required; call 612-726-1171 or register online

St. Paul’s Brewing History Tour
Summit Brewing910 Montreal Circle, St Paul
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today’s fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul’s first brewery dates back to 1849. Today, remnants of St. Paul’s historic brewing past include the imposing old Hamm’s and Schmidt breweries. This meandering three hour bus tour 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:
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$35/$30 MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Sunday, May 17

Minnesota River and Riverboats
Harkin StoreNicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon program about the riverboats that went up and down the Minnesota River, where the town of West Newton thrived in the 1870s. Find out why the town dock was the last one that riverboats could come to regularly and why the riverboat trade gradually stopped.
Phone:507-354-8666
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Baking Memories: The Rise of Convenience Foods
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
The postwar years of the late 1940s and 1950s ushered in a new era of kitchen conveniences. Did housewives want these easy-to-use products and appliances or were food companies creating a market for their goods by exaggerating the drudgery of home cooking? Using the example of the cake mix, this demonstration will answer this question, highlighting the dramatic changes in cooking habits during this era and how those innovations affect our lives today. Visitors will learn about food history, sample cakes made from scratch and from mix and take home a 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.

Tuesday, May 19

Seniors in Mind: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Find out how a world-renowned traveling fashion show, with designs from icons of the fashion world, became a vehicle for African American empowerment, pride and achievement. Joy Bivens from the Chicago History Museum will discuss the new exhibit "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair" on view at the History Center, May 23 - Aug. 16. Bivens will talk about the legacy of Eunice Johnson, the architect behind the Fashion Fair, while local television personality and businesswoman Robyne Robinson will share personal memories of growing up in Chicago, how the Fashion Fair influenced her and her friends, and what it was like to attend a show.
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

Thursday, May 21

Inspiring Beauty Fashion Show and Preview Party
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
"Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair" opens with a gala soiree and original fashion show inspired by Ebony’s legacy. Produced by Richard Moody and featuring work by Brandon Atherly, Sharon Cox-Cole, Christiana Kippels, Eli Nyamal, Enna Le'Uqar by Raquel and Samantha Rei, this gala event re-imagines icons of African American beauty incorporating original fabric by Shalom Fashions. Robyne Robinson will emcee the evening and attendees will enjoy photo opps, shopping and of course a sneak peek at the 40 original ensembles pulled from the five decades of the Ebony Fashion Fair collection. Inspiring Beauty opening night sponsored by Target.
Phone:651-259-3000
Time:8 to 11 p.m.
Fee:$25/$20 for MNHS members.
Reservations:required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Geology of the Minnesota River
Traverse des Sioux Historic SiteSt. Peter
How was the Minnesota River Valley formed? The story features glaciers, the formation of a glacial lake and a wall of water pushing across what is now southern Minnesota. To get a better view of what happened in the area thousands of years ago join a hike around the Traverse des Sioux trail system and see the Minnesota River up close.
Phone:via MHS historic sites, 507-697-6321
Time:7 p.m.
Fee:Free. Treaty Site History Center: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children ages 6-17; Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Friday, May 22

Uncovering the History of Your House
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Wondering what's under that old wallpaper? Spend a Friday evening at the Ramsey House for a unique setting to learn about house history research. Join Jackie Beckey, reference librarian with the Minnesota Historical Society's Gale Family Library, as she shares tips on how to conduct research. Learn how to unravel the the history of your home using maps, city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals, and state archive records.
Phone:651-296-8760
Time:7 to 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, May 23

Spring Phenology
Forest History Center2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids
John Latimer describes phenology as the study of rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate. Meet up with John in the field and learn how to identify and record the first signs of spring. Watch for migratory birds to return and the leafing of plants. This is a family friendly program.
Phone:218-327-4482
Time:11 a.m. to 2 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.

Causes of the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862 and Battlefield Tour
Fort Ridgely72404 County Road 30, Fairfax
At 1 p.m. independent historian John LaBatte will examine the causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, drawing on personal stories from his Dakota and settler ancestors. At 2:30 p.m. LaBatte will lead a tour of the parade grounds.
Phone:507-934-2160
Time:1 p.m. program, 2:30 p.m. tour
Fee:$6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required.

Family Picnic Day
Fort Ridgely72404 County Road 30, Fairfax
Experience the rich history at Fort Ridgely and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. Families can also take part in lawn games including baseball, hoops and sticks, and more. Plus, the wide open grounds are perfect for flying kites, families are encouraged to bring their own.
Phone:507-934-2160
Time:Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee:$6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required.

They Built This Town
Historic Forestville21899 County Road #118, Preston
Explore the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters present a look back at the lives of some of the people who built the town of Forestville more than 150 years ago. Meet at the historic site for shuttle transport to the Zumbro Hill Cemetery trail head. The cemetery is another 20-minute hike up a moderate grade hill. Wear weather appropriate attire and footwear.
Phone:507-765-2785
Time:10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee:$7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State park vehicle permit required.

Opening Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Gather friends and family for the summer season opening at Historic Fort Snelling. Explore the historic buildings, visit with costumed interpreters and learn about life in early Minnesota. Children can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt, earn a special Fort Kid’s button and play games that were popular in the 1800s. Other activities include cannon and musket firings, hearth cooking demonstrations and much more. On Memorial Day,guests can travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring America’s soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See military demonstrations throughout the day, play children’s games and explore Minnesota’s oldest military fort. Veterans receive FREE admission on Memorial Day.
Phone:612-726-1171
Time:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 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.
AlsoMay 24 and 25

Death of the Empire Builder
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
James J. Hill, known as the “Empire Builder” for his work building a network of rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77. Hill left behind a personal fortune of $63 million. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures of America’s Gilded Age, Hill embodied the era of Manifest Destiny. Tours will emphasize Hill’s career and the public’s reaction to his death. Guests can view displays of photographs and newspaper articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one given to the family by the Great Northern Railway, created by Tiffany and Company. Guest organists will play music used at the Hill funeral.
Phone:651-297-2555
Time:10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Fee:$9 for adults; $7 for seniors and college students; $6 for children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.
Reservations:recommended; call 651-297-2555
AlsoMay 24

An Encyclopedia of the American Indian
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site27160 County Road 2, Comfrey
Jeffers Petroglyphs is pleased to offer a new daily guided tour following a multi-year effort to uncover thousands of previously hidden carvings. A guide will provide indepth information about the symbols and how they communicate ideas and concepts, while sharing American Indian stories along the way. Visitors will be able to see more than twenty new carvings and they will learn how to identify carvings on their own. The tours are being offered for the first time during Memorial Day Weekend and will continue to be available throughout the summer. Tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Phone:507-628-5591
Time:10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Fee:$7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
AlsoMay 24 and 25

Adventures in Nature: Atlatl
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site27160 County Road 2, Comfrey
Learn about the atlatl, or spear thrower, an ancient hunting device used by people of this area before the bow and arrow. A symbol of power, it was used for thousands of years and there are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite rock at the site. During this program learn how to use an atlatl while trying to “hunt” a life size buffalo target. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Phone:507-628-5591
Time:2 p.m.
Fee:$7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Also May 24 and 25

Sunday, May 24

American Indian Art Market
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Visit on Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend to meet American Indian artists as they discuss and demonstrate their art. Learn about the various materials used and the meaning of their pieces. Six artists will set up inside the Trading Post over the two day event. The American Indian Art Market is sponsored by the Joseph and Josephine Ruttger Descendant Fund.
Phone: 320-532-3632
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Free
Also May 25

Music at the Harkin Store
Harkin StoreNicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Bob Bovee has been playing his music since 1971. It’s a combination of dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs and blues interspersed with stories, history and folklore. Join Bob as he sings and yodels while playing guitar, harmonica, banjo and autoharp.
Phone:507-354-8666
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day: Military History Living Timeline
Historic Fort Snelling200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring America’s soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See military demonstrations throughout the day, play children’s games and explore Minnesota’s oldest military fort. Veterans receive free admission on Memorial Day.
Phone:612-726-1171
Time: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, MNHS members and Veterans.

Memorial Day Powwow
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Join museum staff and community members at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum's annual Memorial Day Powwow. Bring the family to participate in a social gathering honoring American Indian veterans past and present and experience firsthand the excitement of a contemporary powwow. Visitors can also stop by the Trading Post to meet American Indian artists who will be discussing and demonstrating their work. This outdoor event is free and open to the public, but regular admission prices apply to visit the museum.
Phone:320-532-3632
Time:Noon to 5 p.m.
Fee:Free

Wednesday, May 27

Adventures in Nature: Winter Count
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site27160 County Road 2, Comfrey
Learn how American Indians kept track of history by recording symbols that represented memorable events in their lives on hides called winter counts. Create a winter count symbol to take home. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Phone:507-628-5591
Time:2 p.m.
Fee:$7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
AlsoMay 28- 31

Thursday, May 28

History Happy Hour: The Wright-Prendergast House
Alexander Ramsey House265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about a local effort to save a piece of old St. Paul. Join Elyse and Heath Jensen, owners of the Wright-Prendergast House in Irvine Park, as they share the story behind their unique house, how they came to own it and the rewards and adventures of restoring a piece of St. Paul history. 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, May 30

Cracked Walnut Literary Festival: Urbanization
Mill City Museum704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Cracked Walnut presents "Urbanization," a literary reading in the museum's Ruin Courtyard. Hear from local writers as they read or perform their own creative work that reflects the theme of urbanization and Minneapolis. This reading is part of the 2015 Cracked Walnut Literary Festival, a series of 25 almost daily readings happening in the metro area. Each reading will feature a different cadre of writers in a different locale in the metro area.Weather permitting, bring a picnic lunch to eat before the program in the Ruin Courtyard or purchase food at the museum's D’Amico and Sons Café.
Phone:612-341-7555
Time:12:30 to 2 p.m.
Fee:Free

Sunday, May 31

Cake and Coffee Day
Harkin StoreNicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Visit the 145 year old Harkin Store and enjoy coffee and cake. With 40 percent of its 1870s merchandise still on the shelves, the Harkin Store was part of the once thriving riverboat town of West Newton.
Phone:507-354-8666
Time:1 to 4 p.m.
Fee:$6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 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

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.

Closing 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.

Opening May 23, 2015

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion FairView 40 garments from the Ebony Fashion Fair including pieces from Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Patrick Kelly, Bob Mackie and others. “Inspiring Beauty” explores how a world-renowned traveling fashion show, with works from the icons of the fashion world, became a vehicle for African American empowerment, pride and achievement. This exhibit was organized by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company.

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.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Opens May 23, 2015

Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During WWII This unique photo exhibit shares the stories of Japanese Americans who became "secret weapons" for the U.S. military during WWII by training to be intelligence workers at Fort Snelling. View a set of 30 photographs on display at the Historic Fort Snelling visitor center. A new set of 30 photographs will go on display when the exhibit returns in August.


Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul

Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During WWII This unique photo exhibit shares the stories of Japanese Americans who became "secret weapons" for the U.S. military during WWII by training to be intelligence workers at Fort Snelling. View a set of 30 photographs on display at the Historic Fort Snelling visitor center. A new set of 30 photographs will go on display when the exhibit returns in August.

Kept secret to most Americans until the 1970s, nearly 6000 Japanese American soldiers received intensive training in the Japanese language at the clandestine Military Intelligence Language School (MISLS) in Savage and at Fort Snelling. These MISLS graduates served in every major campaign in the Pacific while their families were confined in one of 10 American concentration camps.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at events.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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.