January 2016, Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
November 10, 2015
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

January 2016, Events, Programs and Exhibits


Friday, January 1, 2016

A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family's Steinway piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Shop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items.
The 60-minute guided tours start every half hour with the last tour starting at 3:30 pm. A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House runs Wednesdays through Sundays Nov. 27, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, except Dec. 25.
Fri., Jan 1, 2016, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Also Jan. 2, 3

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide 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 nonpublic spaces.
Sat., Jan 2, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission
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Also Jan. 16

Sunday, January 3, 2016

“We Are Hmong Minnesota” Exhibit Closes
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
The Hmong began to settle in Minnesota in 1975 in the aftermath of the brutal and tragic wars in Southeast Asia. Today, the Twin Cities metro area is home to the largest urban concentration of Hmong in the United States. For decades, the Hmong have had a profound impact on their adopted home of Minnesota. “We Are Hmong Minnesota” is their story, told in their voices. This exhibit was developed by the Hmong community in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sun., Jan 3, 2016, Noon - 5:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

“Paj Ntaub: Hmong Textiles from the Permanent Collection” Exhibit Closes
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
This is your last chance to view 60 highly colorful and intensely intricate pieces of Hmong textile art created by Hmong women who settled in St. Paul. The exhibit showcases appliqué, reverse appliqué, embroidery and cross stitch in traditional art forms, called Paj Ntaub or flower cloth, as well as commercial tourism items including pillowcases, tablecloths, coin purses and clothing. 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. This exhibit runs April 10-Jan. 3, 2016. Exhibits may be viewed as part of regular tours or with gallery-only admission of $2.
Sun., Jan 3, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Saint Paul Welcome Hat
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
New to Minnesota or know someone who is? Welcome Hat is a monthly celebration that jumpstarts newcomer and returnee inclusion to the local Saint Paul community through receiving a warm faux-fur lined hat and showcasing the city's resources. Each month the program showcases valuable community resources, provides light local samples and cash bar, and features live music. Presented in partnership with Jun-Li Wang, Curious Incident, Pollen, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater MSP and the Hamline Midway Coalition with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Learn more at stphello.com and #stphello.
Tue., Jan 5, 2016, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Handcrafted Snowshoe 3-Day Workshop
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Join a master woodworker to learn to make a pair of traditional Ojibwe-style snowshoes. Learn the processes of bending ash frames, mortising cross pieces, lacing webs using hollow nylon and creating bindings using lamp wick materials. Pointed at both ends, this design is well suited for travel in wooded areas and on frozen lakes. Materials and tools are provided. The workshop runs Jan. 6 from 6-9 p.m., Jan. 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Jan. 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wed., Jan 6, 2016, 6:00 pm - Sun., Jan 10, 2016, 5:00 pm
$225/$175 MNHS members

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota were covering the murder trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of murdering her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. This tour focuses on those involved with the case, from Bilansky and her lawyers to politicians and newspaper reporters. Hear excerpts from records detailing court testimony, see newspaper articles chronicling the timeline of events, and discover the role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan 8, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Topics on Family History: Federal and MN Census Records 1790-1940
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3300
Contact
Census records can provide many clues for family history researchers. Learn how to search for census records in online databases, what information each census contains, and how to use census information to find additional records for furthering research. This class is taught by Jennifer Moline, a member of the Swedish Genealogical Society and the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Her research focus is the Upper Midwest and Sweden.
Sat., Jan 9, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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Kids Crafts: Storybook Time and Corn Husk Doll
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 p.m., then from 1 to 3 p.m. children can learn how to make a cornhusk doll to take home. Cornhusk dolls were traditionally made during the fall out of the outer covering of an ear of corn. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Sat., Jan 9, 2016, Noon - 3:00 pm
$6/kit, does not include museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under MNHS members

Sunday, January 10, 2016

"My Realm is the World: Stories from the Archives" Mini-Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
"My Realm Is the World: Stories from the Archives" is a presentation of new works by Christopher Saint Christopher, a Minneapolis-based artist known for his ornate and fragile hand-cut, hand-dyed paper images. Inspired by the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections of immigrant oral histories and images, Christopher explores the history of immigration in Minnesota in his new works. Through his study of personal mythology and storytelling, Christopher has created a series of portraits woven together by anecdotes and short stories selected from the oral history archives. This mini-exhibit will be on display in the lobby to the "Open House" exhibit Dec. 22, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016.
Sun., Jan 10, 2016, Noon - 5:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

History of Hip: Video Games
Vieux Carre
408 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
Video games have become as integral to our culture as TV or movies, offering complex narratives and immersive experiences, a potent starting point for exploring and understanding history. Join Andrew Williams and Dave Beck of the School of Art & Design at University of Wisconsin-Stout to explore the past and future of video games. They will discuss key moments in video game design, the use of history in video game narrative, and Beck's development of Tombeaux, a first-person exploration game set in a historically accurate 3D environment.
History of Hip takes place at Vieux Carre in the lower level of the historic Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter St., Saint Paul, MN 55102. Ticket price includes one drink. This is a 21 plus event.
Tue., Jan 12, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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History Film Series: Minnesota: A History of the Land: The Northern Forest
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345
Map
320-616-5421
lindbergh@mnhs.org
In the final episode of Minnesota: A History of the Land, learn about the northern forest. With its majestic pines, glittering lakes and rich human history, the region is central to many Minnesotan's sense of place. But at the turn of the 20th century, the landscape lay in ruins; decades of unchecked logging had been followed by catastrophic fires. Hear about today's efforts to understand and restore this important landscape just as a new threat looms. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Tue., Jan 12, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, January 14, 2016

World War II Roundtable: Struggle on the Eastern Theater of Operations
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Map
612-726-1171
ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Dr. Samuel Mitcham, author of The German Defeat in the East, and Russian World War II veterans will discuss the untold struggle on the Eastern Front. 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. Find more information online.
Thu., Jan 14, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, January 22, 2016

Winter Moonrise Photography 3-Day Workshop
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Map
218-226-6372
splitrock@mnhs.org
Master the skills of twilight and landscape photography with this 3-day workshop held during the January full moon. Using a digital SLR camera, John Gregor of ColdSnap Photography will provide personalized instruction on camera technique and exposure control for landscape imagery; using line, shape and juxtaposition for dynamic compositions; and processing images for clarity and impact.
Classroom instruction will be in the visitor center and field shoots will be near the lighthouse. Participants must bring a DSLR camera, tripod and laptop with image editing software. Local nature photographer Paul Sundberg will discuss his work during a public program on Saturday and will be on hand for workshop participants throughout the weekend. The workshop will run: Jan. 22: 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Jan. 23: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Jan. 24: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fri., Jan 22, 2016, 1:00 pm - Sun., Jan 24, 2016, 2:00 pm
$299
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Winter Adventure Family Day & Moonlight Jamboree
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Make the most of winter by heading outdoors to snowshoe, ice skate, cross-country ski, ride bullet sleds down Logger's Mountain and launch snowballs with a giant slingshot. Guests can also enjoy music, dancing, a vintage ski exhibit, chili feed, carnival games and vintage winter costume contest. Visitors can also take sleigh rides to see the logging camp under winter conditions.
Sat., Jan 23, 2016, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Winter on the Hill
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
Celebrate winter in Minnesota with special displays of St. Paul Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes and a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket. Tours of the James J. Hill House will focus on the Hill family’s involvement with the St. Paul Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and even celebrated, Minnesota’s most famous season. Guests can also put together old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles, play games made from household items and work on knitting, crocheting or small quilting projects in the art gallery and drawing room.
Sat., Jan 23, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free 4 and under and MNHS members
Also Jan. 24, 30, 31

History Forum: The U.S. Occupation of the Philippines
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul , MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
Professor Susan K. Harris will discuss the situation after the U.S. liberated the Philippines from Spanish rule in 1898. She argues that at home, the exploit was hailed as a great moral victory, but the next move was hotly contested: Should the U.S. annex the land it had freed? She will discuss how antagonists on either side of the Philippines argument did agree on one point: that the United States was divinely appointed to bring democracy—and white Protestant culture—to the rest of the world. She will discuss how the decision that America should act as "God's arbiters" in a globalizing world gave rise to current debates on topics ranging from evangelical politics and American exceptionalism. Lectures will occur at 10 am and 2 pm. Susan K. Harris is the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the Univerversity of Kansas. 
Sat., Jan 23, 2016, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Individual Lectures: $15/$11 MNHS members. Series Tickets: $82/$60 MNHS members
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Winter Frolic
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN 55063
Map
320-629-6356
nwcfurpost@mnhs.org
Shake off the winter blues by heading outdoors at the Fur Post. Visitors can learn about winter travel during the fur trade and join in activities like tossing a curling stone, playing a round of Ojibwe snow snake, or snowshoeing along two miles of trails. Guests can also relax indoors, enjoy a cup of cocoa before a blazing fire and watch the outdoors festivities from the visitor center.
Sat., Jan 23, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members

Winter Moonrise Photography Program
Split Rock Lighthouse|
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd
Two Harbors , MN 55616
Map
218-226-6372
splitrock@mnhs.org
Professional nature photographer Paul Sundberg will share his experiences during an illustrated presentation and afternoon shoot. Sundberg has been taking photos since the early 1970s when he was manager of Cascade River State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park. This event coincides with the annual rising of the full moon over Split Rock Lighthouse. 
Sat., Jan 23, 2016, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$25
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

History Lounge: Life Among the Dakota
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
Jane Williamson moved to Minnesota in the 1840s to do missionary work with her brother, Thomas. For 50 years, she lived among the Dakota working as a school teacher. Historian Lois Glewwe recently uncovered candid letters from Williamson describing what life was like on the Dakota reservation before the war of 1862. Join Glewwe for a presentation drawn from Williamson's firsthand accounts.
Tue., Jan 26, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Free

Thursday, January 28, 2016

History Happy Hour: Minnesota Breweries
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Have a beer with your friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the history of Minnesota breweries. Join Andrew Gieske, a certified beer judge and craft beer enthusiast, for a look at the past, present and future of brewing in Minnesota. From the earliest breweries in the 1850s to the microbreweries of the 21st century, discover how brewing culture has changed over time and explore its impact upon the state. This program is for those 21 years and older. Ticket price includes 2 drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion. Program begins at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 
Thu., Jan 28, 2016, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$25/$20 for MNHS members
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ojibwe Mitten 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Learn techniques of leatherworking to make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. The workshop is 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 10 am to 2 pm Sunday. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of five participants required to host the workshop.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Sat., Jan 30, 2016, 10:00 am - Sun., Jan 31, 2016, 2:00 pm
$65, $60 MNHS members, $25 supply fee

Northwoods Photography Day
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map 
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Spend the day with local nature photographers and learn how to create great winter photographs and videos. The day will include a number of different workshops and is designed for beginning and advanced photographers.
Sat., Jan 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Ongoing Exhibits

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

Through March 20, 2016

Suburbia
From the rapid growth of the 1950s to today, the suburbs are a complex and diverse part of the American cultural landscape. More than half of all Americans live in suburbs. And while residents are creating walkable neighborhoods, addressing urban sprawl and supporting environmental stewardship, the area is still largely segregated, aging and not connected to the greater metropolis. Suburbia explores Twin Cities suburbs through themes, including conformity and exclusion, consumerism and the evolution of gender roles and domestic arrangements. Find out more.

Through Jan. 3, 2016

We Are Hmong Minnesota
November 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 commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the significant political, social and economic contributions the Hmong have made to Minnesota and the nation. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

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 multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. Find out more.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Through Jan. 3, 2016

 

Paj Ntaub: Hmong Textiles from the Permanent Collection
View 60 highly colorful and intensely intricate pieces of Hmong textile art created by Hmong women who settled in St. Paul. The exhibit showcases appliqué, reverse appliqué, embroidery and cross stitch in traditional art forms, called Paj Ntaub or flower cloth, as well as commercial tourism items including pillowcases, tablecloths, coin purses and clothing. The exhibit draws on the collection of Corrine Pearson who operated the Hmong Handwork consignment store in St. Paul from 1981 to 1999. Labels are in both Hmong and English. Find out more.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis

Through April 3, 2016 

Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s 
In the 1970s, Dayton's was in its prime, the new Nicollet Mall was full of people, the Foshay Tower was still king and the IDS Center was beginning its rise. The skyway system was not yet born so bustling sidewalks teamed with shoppers and businessmen. Mike Evangelist, a 17-year-old from the suburbs, turned his lens to the scenes around him, capturing a vibrant and rapidly changing city. Forty years later, he unearthed this trove of images.