MEDIA ALERT: NEW CELL PHONE HISTORY TOUR IS FREE, FUN AND EASY TO USE

For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 22, 2011
Media contacts: 

Julianna Olsen
Marketing and Communications
651-259-3039
julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones
Minnesota History Center
651-259-3411
wendy.jones@mnhs.org

MEDIA ALERT: NEW CELL PHONE HISTORY TOUR IS FREE, FUN AND EASY TO USE

Minnesota State Fair history is now at your fingertips thanks to a new cell phone tour developed by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Fairgoers can use their own phones to dial up the voice of Tim Russell from “A Prairie Home Companion” and listen while he guides them to 12 historically significant spots at the fair.  

Find out how State Fair mascot Fairchild got his name, which famous folks appeared at the Grandstand and what Marjorie Johnson’s secret is to winning so many blue ribbons for baking!  Also hear fun facts, fair sounds and personal memories.

“The cell phone tour takes fairgoers to places they may have passed many times, but this time they’ll learn fascinating stories related to those places,” said Wendy Jones, Head of Minnesota History Center Museum and Education Programs.

Smart phone users can scan a QR code on the sign at each stop to connect to the tour.

Brochures for the cell phone tour are free and can be found at fair information booths, the J.V. Bailey House and at the Minnesota Historical Society Booth #79 in the lower level of the Grandstand.  Fairgoers who finish the walking tour get a free prize (while supplies last).

Fans of the Minnesota State Fair don’t have to be at the fair to enjoy the cell phone tour.  They can call 1-877-411-4123 or go to visitmnhistory.org/statefair/ to listen in.

Coming up Sept. 4:  Minnesota History Day at the Fair!  Details coming soon.

This program is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.

About the Minnesota State Fair Foundation:

The Minnesota State Fair Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that preserves and improves State Fair buildings, grounds and educational experiences.

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. Its essence is to illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. 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.

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