2-For-1 Admission + Food, Fashion and Family Fun Add Up to Legacy Weekend Celebration at Minnesota History Center April 2-3

For immediate release

Release dated: 
March 23, 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

Quick facts: 

Event: Legacy Destination Weekend at the Minnesota History Center
Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3

Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: 2-for-1 admission; $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

2-For-1 Admission + Food, Fashion and Family Fun Add Up to Legacy Weekend Celebration at Minnesota History Center April 2-3

The Minnesota History Center invites everybody to celebrate the Legacy Amendment on April 2 and 3 with a host of special events including 2-for-1 admission, Asian-Pacific Heritage Day food, music, dance and art activities and also behind the scenes access to a major new Legacy-funded exhibit now in development.

Highlights include:

2-for-1 Admission
April 2 and 3
All activities are included with a special 2-for-1 admission of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Legacy Information Fair
April 2 and 3
Learn about Legacy-funded projects and programs.

Meet and Greet with Meteorologist Paul Douglas
April 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
Meteorologist Paul Douglas will meet, greet and talk weather with History Center visitors in the "Weather Permitting Exhibit".

For the Love of Lakes with Professor Darby Nelson
April 2, 1-2 p.m.
Avid outdoorsman, former biology professor and former Minnesota legislator Darby Nelson shares insights from his latest book, For the Love of Lakes, and talks about the glacial origins of lakes, their ecology, and their future.

A Thousand Journeys, One Home: Asian Pacific Heritage Day
April 3, Noon-4:00 p.m.
Twin Cities Asian Pacific communities gather to highlight Chinese, Cambodian, East Indian, Hmong, Japanese, Laotian, Thai and Vietnamese traditions. The family day features:

  • a fashion show sponsored by the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent,
  • an Arts and Culture Showcase sponsored by the Asian Pacific Youth Council,
  • performances by Sansei Yonsei Kai, Wattmunisotaram Dance Troupe, India to Your Door and the Hung Vuong Association of Minnesota,
  • music by the Qaib Dib Qeej group,
  • demonstrations and mini-classes in yoga, Chinese and East Indian cooking, henna painting ($1 per person), calligraphy, Thai fruit carving, Japanese Kimono styles and dress and paper crafts,
  • a language exchange in which visitors can learn key words to start a conversation.

Behind the Scenes Access to “Our Minnesota
April 3, Noon-4 p.m.
See and test elements of a major Legacy-funded exhibit about our state now in development called "Our Minnesota."

About the Legacy Amendment:
Minnesota voters passed the Legacy Amendment in November 2008. It mandates that a portion of the funds be used to “preserve Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.”

For the 2010-2011 biennium, the legislature appropriated $22 million in Legacy funds to the Minnesota Historical Society for new statewide programs and projects. With those funds, the Society has developed statewide programs and projects centered on education and preservation. The Society also awarded 474 grants to 343 history organizations across Minnesota. More information is available at this web site: www.mnhs.org/legacy.

About the History Center:
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

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 supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.

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.