May 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
March 8, 2016
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

May 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

 

Sunday, May 1, 2016
 

Spring on the Farm
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Spring is on the way, and the Oliver Kelley Farm is starting to come alive. Visit this weekend 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.
Sun., May 1, 2016, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Egg Coffee and Newtons
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate the Harkin Store opening for the season by enjoying a hot cup of egg coffee made on the original stove and fig newton cookies. Then explore the 1870s general store, full of original merchandise, which was once part of the bustling riverboat town of West Newton. 
Sun., May 1, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Many Stories: A New Vision for Historic Fort Snelling: Community Listening Session
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411
Learn about MNHS' plans to revitalize Historic Fort Snelling through upgraded facilities and interpretation. This will be a space for open community dialogue and collaboration. Representatives from MNHS will be in attendance to listen. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. 
 Sun., May 1, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Spicy Masala Chai Dance Show
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
"Spicy Masala Chai," the top-selling, family-friendly show in the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival, returns to the stage at the History Center. Bollywood Dance Scene brings the high-energy cast, joyful choreography, beautiful costumes and endearing characters to this performance. After the show, meet the cast and crew and hear from the production team of Divya Maiya, Madhu Bangalore and Sara Erdman.
Sun., May 1, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$20 adults, $16 with Fringe button (use online code: FRINGE), $10 ages 5-17, $4 discount for MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Summit Avenue Walking Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The 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. Call for group tour information.
Tours begin at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. 
Sun., May 1, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Also May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29

Monday, May 2, 2016

Hill House Chambers Players Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Hill House Chamber Players present their 30th season with concerts performed in the restored art gallery of the James J. Hill House. Complimentary refreshments are served during intermission, and house tours are available following each program. This program is co-sponsored by the Schubert Club. Concert program, including guest artists Mary Jo Gothmann, piano; Timothy Zavadil, clarinet; and Craig Johnson, narrator: 

  • Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale 
  • Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34 
  • Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

Mon., May 2, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$22 adults, $18 MNHS and Schubert Club members, $12 college students. Season tickets $55/$50 MNHS and Schubert Club members. Call 651-297-2555 to reserve tickets.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tours for People with Memory Loss: A Wedding at the Hill House
*Sold Out*

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. This themed tour highlights three rooms examining family weddings at James J. Hill House, followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation.
Tue., May 3, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free
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Saint Paul Welcome Hat
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
New to Minnesota or know someone who is? Welcome Hat is a bimonthly 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 night 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., May 3, 2016, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Documentary Film Series: The Trouble with Bread
Traverse des Sioux
1851 N. Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN 56082
Filmmaker Maggie Beidelman's exploration of gluten intolerance and bread today. Beidelman states, “As a self-deprecating, gluten-intolerant filmmaker, I journey from farm to mill to table on a hunt for the perfect loaf—one I can eat without getting sick—and a quest for answers about gluten intolerance. Along the way, I learn that the way we grow and mill wheat and ferment bread has changed significantly in the past couple of generations, and that these changes could be making me sick. Let's just say that bread as you know it, is not what you think.”
Thu., May 5, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Pillsbury Hall and the Legacy of Architect Harvey Ellis
Mill City Museum|
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join architectural historian John C. Guenther for a discussion about how architect Harvey Ellis came to be described as the link between the great romantic H. H. Richardson and the masters of the Prairie School. Ellis was an accomplished architect who journeyed from his home state of New York through the Midwest and back. While in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Ellis produced competition entries, renderings and numerous architectural designs, some of which were realized. Ellis' most noteworthy contribution from this time was Pillsbury Hall (1887-1888) for the University of Minnesota.
John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, is president of the Society of Architectural Historians, St. Louis Chapter and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. This program is sponsored by the Cass Gilbert Society.
Thu., May 5, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
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. 
Sat., May 7, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for mothers accompanied by a child, age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 8

Flowers and Birds of Forestville Walking Tour
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Go on a one-mile guided walking tour along old Sand Bank Road to spot spring wildflowers and birds. Gary Erickson, a long-time resident of the area and retired science teacher, will help guests identify flowers and birds. A site interpreter will share historical accounts of the flora and fauna drawn from diaries, personal letters and Meighan store inventory seeds. Tours leave from the visitor center at 10:30 am and 1 pm and are 90 minutes.
Sat., May 7, 2016, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Free

Kid Crafts: Dream Catchers
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., May 7, 2016, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$5 per kit, does not include museum admission

Time Capsule for Families: Philadelphia World's Fair, 1876
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1876 was a year of new inventions, foods and fashions, many on display at the Philadelphia World's Fair. Discover why 1876 was so special for the Ramsey family in this children's program. Taste a popular food of the era, discover what new inventions were making life easier, and play an 1876 parlor game. Children and their parents can create their own time capsule, using a timeline map to explore the Ramsey mansion and collecting "time capsule" tokens along the way. This one-hour program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., May 7, 2016, Noon - 2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Bars, Bootleggers and Booze Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Cocktail rooms and high-end mixology are trends matched only by a current thirst for microbrews. On this tour, meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and get some background on our state's complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11 Wells distillery, the newly reopened Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Samples included. This tour is for ages 21 and up and includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., May 7, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
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., May 7, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
Also May 21 and 29

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Women in the 1870s had many chores, 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 Janet Massopust, Alexander Harkin's granddaughter, who ran the store as her private museum from 1928 to 1973. The Harkin Store gift shop will also be open if visitors are looking for the perfect gift for mom! Aprons, books, candy, handcrafted items, toys and more will be available for purchase.  
Sun., May 8, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday Talks: Giving Voice Chorus Simulcast
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
A broadcast from the Minnesota History Center of the May Tuesday Talks program in the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site theater. Enjoy a performance by Giving Voice Chorus, which creates an opportunity for people living with Alzheimer's disease to join together with their care partners and connect through the power of music. Come ready to sing and dance along.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

Tuesday Talks: Giving Voice Chorus
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a performance by Giving Voice Chorus, which creates an opportunity for people living with Alzheimer's disease to join together with their care partners and connect through the power of music. Come ready to sing and dance along. Tuesday Talks is formerly known as Seniors in Mind.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$2, does not include admission to the History Center
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History Flirt: Bollywood
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Frolic with history at History Flirt, a free Tuesday happy hour for adults 21 and up. In May, History Flirt celebrates the History Center's new exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, which explores the Indian American experience and contributions to American and Minnesotan life and history.
Enjoy the great tastes of Hot Indian Foods and Gray Duck Chai; a mini-show of original fashion with Indian textiles by Briana Turnbull and Dr. Anupama Pasricha of St. Catherine's University; sari-tying demonstrations by members of the South Asian Student Association of Hamline University and henna body art. Attendees can also enjoy Bollywood dance tutorials by Bollywood Dance Scene and a bouncing Bollywood soundtrack courtesy of DJ Sharabi. A cash bar and additional food will be available for purchase.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

History Film Series: Flyers in Search of a Dream
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Most Americans are familiar with Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, but few know the stories of America's pioneering black aviators, who overcame social pressures to gain the right to fly. Flyers in Search of a Dream documents the lives and adventures of early black aviators, from Bessie Coleman, the first black female pilot, to James Herman Banning, the first black person to complete a transcontinental flight. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Local History Workshop
Moose Lake Depot and Fires of 1918 Museum
900 Folz Blvd Moose Lake, MN 55767
Writing threads its way through nearly every aspect of history. From the way we share and interpret it, to the way record and preserve it. This year’s Local History Workshops focus on sharpening writing skills for those looking to share and preserve their history, from technical writing for better grant applications and National Register nominations to better interpretive writing for exhibits and web content. There will also be time to network with history colleagues from across the state and learn tips and techniques. The price includes materials, lunch and refreshments. 
Thu., May 12, 2016, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
$30

World War II Roundtable: Potsdam: Agreement to Settle Allied Victory in World War II
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Dr. Michael Neiberg, author of Potsdam, will discuss the conference that was meant to correct the mistakes of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, but ultimately laid the groundwork for the Cold War. 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., May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, May 13, 2016

Local History Workshop
Freeborn County History Museum
1031 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea, MN 56007
Writing threads its way through nearly every aspect of history. From the way we share and interpret it, to the way record and preserve it. This year’s Local History Workshops focus on sharpening writing skills for those looking to share and preserve their history, from technical writing for better grant applications and National Register nominations to better interpretive writing for exhibits and web content. There will also be time to network with history colleagues from across the state and learn tips and techniques. The price includes materials, lunch and refreshments. 
Fri., May 13, 2016, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
$30

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs, to séances and spirit writing. Explore the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions in this 75-minute program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family journals and play Victorian fortune telling games in the parlor. Discover how and why superstitions captured the Victorian imagination. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., May 13, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Topics on Family History: Church & Cemetery Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Before civil governments kept records of births, marriages, and deaths, these life events were recorded in churches and cemeteries. Learn about these records, how to locate them, and how they can help solve family history problems. This class is taught by professional genealogists Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D, expert on American and English research and methodology, and Shirleen Hoffman, an expert on Minnesota and Wisconsin research.
Sat., May 14, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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Bugs Bunny & Beyond Bollywood Mash-Up Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate the History Center's newest exhibits What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones and Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. In this mash-up family day, make a flip book, do some yoga, learn to draw cartoons and enjoy Indian American music, dancing and more! Both exhibits are on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service.
Sat., May 14, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

“British Isles” with Pavia Wind Quintet
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy tea and scones and listen to music with a British theme from Pavia Wind Quintet. This program features Malcolm Arnold's "Three Shanties," Gustav Holst's "Quintet," and Percy Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posy."
Sat., May 14, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15/$13 MNHS members. Call 651-297-2555 for reservations.

Sunday, May 15, 2016
 

“Power Couples: Selections from the Permanent Collection” Exhibit Closing
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
"Power Couples: Selections from the Permanent Collection" features more than 20 portraits from the Minnesota Historical Society’s fine art collection that span the history of art in Minnesota. Focusing on portraits of couples, the exhibit includes portraits of husbands and wives, fathers and sons, sisters and even an aunt and uncle. Viewers will see portraits of several notable Minnesotans like James J. and Mary T. Hill and Lawrence and Elizabeth Taliaferro. Visitors can also explore the changing styles of portraiture throughout history through the work of local artists like Elof Wedin, Clara Mairs and Melvin Smith.
Sun., May 15, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$2 art gallery admission; or included with house tour admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Heirloom Gardening
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
In the 1870s, the Harkin Store was the place for locals to get seeds for their gardens. Visitors can enjoy an afternoon learning about heirloom gardening and purchase seeds from the store. 
Sun., May 15, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

State Review Board Meeting on NRHP Nominations
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The MNHS State Review Board meets four times a year to consider nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation Office staff will present briefly on the history of the nominated property, and the board will hear comments from attendees. Following discussion, the board will act on the nomination, rendering an opinion of whether the property meets National Register Criteria. Nominations and photographs of the properties to be considered are placed online here a few weeks before the meeting.
Tue., May 17, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Crucial Conversations: Immigration and Identity in America
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join a small group dialogue to process and discuss the themes of immigration, identity and equity in America as featured in the exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. These dialogues are a safe place to be brave and discuss today's issues and the history that sheds light on them. Dialogues are facilitated by staff members trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Tue., May 17, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Also May 24

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sacred St. Paul Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Churches, both the humble and the grand, demonstrate St. Paul's rich religious and ethnic history. Explore the art, architecture and unique stories of some of the capital city's most fascinating sacred spaces with professional photographer Doug Ohman, whose work is featured in the MNHS Press book Churches of Minnesota. This bus tour meets at the Minnesota History Center and includes stairs and no more than 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Price includes a box lunch.
Wed., May 18, 2016, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$55/$50 MNHS members

Friday, May 20, 2016

Uncovering the History of Your House
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Spend an evening with Jackie Beckey, a MNHS reference librarian for the Gale Family Library, as she shares tips on how to conduct research and  unravel the history of your home using maps, city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals and state archive records. Brief tours of the Ramsey mansion will be available after the program.  
Fri., May 20, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Spring Phenology Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn from naturalists and phenologists, who study rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate, to observe springtime at the Forest History Center. Learn what to look for and keep records of findings while watching migratory birds return and plants begin to grow. Kids can also join in nature and ecology activities and take a wildlife walk to experience spring in the Northwoods. 
Sat., May 21, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Woodland Pottery 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
On Saturday, learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct a clay vessel then let the pots dry overnight. On Sunday, finish the surface details and temper the clay vessel in a firing pit. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: noon-4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-2 pm

A minimum of five participants is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by May 18. Discount hotel rooms available on Saturday night for workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Sat., May 21, 2016, Noon - Sun., May 22, 2016, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS members. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632

St. Paul Brewing History Bus Tour
Summit Brewing
910 Montreal Circle St. Paul, MN 55102
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about St. 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 Hamm's and Schmidt breweries. This meandering three-hour bus tour features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way.
Tour stops include Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit breweries. The tour starts and ends at Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, and is for ages 21 and up. It includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain.
Thu., May 21, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Minnesota Riverboats
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon learning about the riverboats that traveled the Minnesota River when the town of West Newton thrived in the 1870s. Learn how steamboats arrived in the Minnesota River valley as early as 1853, West Newton's time as a bustling riverboat town, and why riverboats and the town of West Newton eventually disappeared. 
Sun., May 22, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Thursday, May 26, 2016

History Happy Hour: Victorian Magic
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink with friends at the Ramsey House and learn about magic tricks of the Victorian era. Join magician and comedian Michael Callahan for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the best tricks and illusions of the 19th century. From card tricks to sleight of hand, discover the history behind some of the most popular illusions and learn why they still work today. This program is for 21 and older and begins at 5:30 or 8:30 pm. Admission includes 2 drink tickets, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.  
Thu., May 26, 2016, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$25, $20 MNHS members

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Death of the Empire Builder Weekend
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
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 Hill's funeral.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 29

Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Gather friends and family for a visit to Historic Fort Snelling this Memorial Day Weekend. Explore the historic buildings, visit with costumed interpreters, and learn about life in early Minnesota. Watch cannon and musket firings, hearth cooking, learn about American Indian history, and join in historic games on the parade ground. Kids can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt and earn a Fort Kids button.
Different eras of U.S. military history will be presented throughout the weekend. On Saturday, costumed staff will share stories about U.S. expansion in the 1800s. On Sunday, they will focus on the 1900s and America's growth into a global power. On Memorial Day, guests can travel through the past with a living timeline of military life that honors America’s soldiers. This is a unique blend of family fun and hands-on learning. Plus, view the new exhibit "A Cure for Everything: The Archaeology of Military Medicine at Fort Snelling," on view through Oct. 30.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 29

Make American Indian Pottery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn about the traditions of American Indian pottery by making a pinch or coil clay pot, see demonstrations throughout the day of how clay pots are fired, and hear about the tradition of American Indian pottery.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Opening Day
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Visit the exhibits inside the restored commissary, explore the parade grounds and wander through the ruins of this once-thriving outpost. Learn about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, a major event in Minnesota's early history. Refreshments will be provided or pack a picnic to enjoy on the parade grounds.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required

A Cure for Everything: The Archaeology of Military Medicine at Fort Snelling” Exhibit Opening
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
For the people living in the Fort Snelling area more than a century ago, there were many ways to treat an illness, including over-the-counter "patent" medicines and remedies. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of these unique medicines at the fort. View a display of artifacts and learn about the stories they have to tell. This exhibit is on view through Oct 30, 2016.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

They Built This Town
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Explore the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters take on the persona of some of the earliest residents of Forestville, those who were instrumental in settling the village over 150 years ago. Hear the stories of the trials and tribulations of early settlement. Meet at the historic site for shuttle from 10:15-10:25 am for transport to the Zumbro Hill Cemetery trail head. The cemetery is a 20-minute hike up a moderate-grade hill. 
Sat., May 28, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Included with site admission $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Open House
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Help celebrate the beginning of the summer tour season at the Sibley Historic Site. Now managed by Dakota County Historical Society new programs include guided tours on weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Stop by during the open house and explore the site, enjoy refreshments, take a guided tour and participate in a special raffle.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Upper Post Walking Tour
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Discover the history behind the old brick buildings of the Upper Post on a guided walking tour. A costumed interpreter will share tales of army life from a hundred years ago, the state of the buildings today and current restoration efforts. The tour will include the officers' row, the barracks, administrative buildings and drill fields along Taylor Avenue. This tour will last two hours and will cover rough terrain. Meet at the headquarters building (clock tower) across from the ball fields on the corner of Taylor Avenue and Colville Avenue. The headquarters building is a quarter mile from the Fort Snelling light rail station. This tour is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Snelling.
Sun., May 29, 2016, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Music at the Harkin Store
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Enjoy an afternoon with musician Bill Cagley, who plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica, at the Harkin Store. Come and listen to him from the store porch or bring along a lawn chair.
Sun., May 29, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Monday, May 30, 2016

Military History Living Timeline
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Experience a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring America's soldiers. Interact with costumed reenactors as they interpret different eras of American military history, from the colonial era to the 20th century, with uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See large-scale military demonstrations, play children's games and explore Minnesota's oldest military post.  Plus, view the new exhibit "A Cure for Everything: The Archaeology of Military Medicine at Fort Snelling," on view through Oct. 30. Veterans receive FREE admission on Memorial Day.
Mon., May 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Memorial Day Powwow
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Bring the family and join museum staff and community members to participate in this social gathering honoring our veterans' past and present. Experience firsthand the excitement and joy of a contemporary powwow. Sponsored by AMVets Post 53 & Ladies Auxillary.
Mon., May 30, 2016, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free, does not include museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under, MNHS members and Mille Lacs Band members w/ID

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pine City Memory Cafe
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Individuals with memory loss and their caregivers and families are invited to come and enjoy fellowship and support with peers in a historic setting. Coffee, treats, and enjoyable activities are provided at no charge. 
Tue., May 31, 2016, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, reservations required


Ongoing Exhibits

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

Through July 10, 2016

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
One out of every 100 Americans, from Silicon Valley to Smalltown, USA, traces his or her roots to India. In Minnesota, Indian immigrants and their families number just under 40,000. Breakthroughs in business, the arts, medicine, science, and technology, and the flavorful food, flamboyant fashion and yoga of India have become a central part of our culture. "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation" explores the Indian American experience and the community's vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American and Minnesotan life and history.
A dynamic panel exhibit created by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center will be augmented with artifacts, oral histories and personal reflections developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in collaboration with members of Minnesota’s Indian American community. Find out more.

Through Aug. 14, 2016 

What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones 
"What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time, including the characters of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd. Wall-projected animated films, original sketches, storyboards, animation cels, photographs, audio-visuals, and interactive experiences offer insight into how Jones and his collaborators created cinematic magic.
The exhibition is organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Museum of the Moving Image. 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 May 15, 2016

 

Power Couples: Selections from the Permanent Collection
This exhibit features more than 20 portraits from the Minnesota Historical Society’s fine art collection that span the history of art in Minnesota. Focusing on portraits of couples, the exhibit includes portraits of husbands and wives, fathers and sons, sisters and even an aunt and uncle. Viewers will see portraits of several notable Minnesotans like James J. and Mary T. Hill and Lawrence and Elizabeth Taliaferro. Find out more.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Opens May 28, 2016 

A Cure for Everything: The Archaeology of Military Medicine at Fort Snelling
For the people living in the Fort Snelling area more than a century ago, there were many ways to treat an illness, including over-the-counter "patent" medicines and remedies. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of these unique medicines at the fort. View a display of artifacts and learn about the stories they have to tell.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis

Through July 4, 2016 

Skid Row Minneapolis 
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.