MEDIA ALERT: ALL MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUMS AND HISTORIC SITES OPEN FOR SUMMER SEASON

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Release dated: 
June 30, 2009
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Marjorie Nugent
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651-259-3145
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MEDIA ALERT: ALL MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUMS AND HISTORIC SITES OPEN FOR SUMMER SEASON

In May the Minnesota State Legislature passed and the Governor signed an 8.6-percent reduction in the state’s funding for the Minnesota Historical Society’s operating budget. Due to this cut, along with a decrease in revenues, the Society will reduce hours at some historic sites and museums statewide beginning July 1, but all will remain open to the public. Hours are effective through Labor Day 2009.

"After recent budget uncertainty, it is wonderful to announce that all of our historic sites will be open through the summer season," says John Crippen, the Society’s director for historic sites and museums. "Even with reduced hours, this action helps us keep our promise of providing nearby locations of affordable family fun throughout the state."

Sites with new hours of operation are:

  • Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays noon-3 p.m.
  • Charles A. Lindbergh House Historic Site, Little Falls: Thursdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Forest History Center, Grand Rapids: Thursdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Historic Forestville, Preston: Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Jeffers Petroglyphs, Comfrey: Thursdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Mill City Museum, Minneapolis: Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia: Wednesdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • North West Company Fur Post, Pine City: Thursdays-Saturdays and Mondays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota: First and Third Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Society museums and historic sites whose hours remain unchanged are:

  • Birch Coulee Battlefield, Morton: daily dawn-dusk
  • Comstock House, Moorhead: Saturdays and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m.; Thursdays 5-8 p.m.
  • Folsom House, Taylors Falls: Wednesdays-Mondays 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Fort Ridgely, Fairfax: Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Harkin Store, New Ulm: Tuesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • James J. Hill House, St. Paul: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sundays 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Lac Qui Parle, Montevideo: daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Lower Sioux Agency, Morton: Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
  • Marine Mill, Marine on St. Croix: daily dawn-dusk.
  • Minnehaha Depot, Minneapolis: Sundays 2-6 p.m.
  • Minnesota History Center, St. Paul: Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m. (Library hours: Tuesdays noon-8 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul: Mondays-Fridays 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m.
  • Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors: daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Traverse Des Sioux, St. Peter: daily dawn-dusk.
  • W.W. Mayo House, LeSueur: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Historic sites and museums are also available at other times for group tours by appointment. Call individual sites for more information. For up-to-date information about all of the Society’s museums and historic sites, visit www.mnhs.org/sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. 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. For more information, visit www.mnhs.org