July 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
May 10, 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

July 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Living History - Meet the Lindberghs
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Learn what life was like for Charles Lindbergh growing up on a farm during World War I. Costumed characters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors will provide insights into young Charles' interests in aviation, technology and nature. Hear inside stories about the Lindbergh family and have the chance to try some of the chores Charles did around the farm. Experience the life of this ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things. Tours leave every 30 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 4 pm.
Sat., Jul 2, 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
Also July 16

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. 
Sat., Jul 2, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Get Tickets Online
Also July 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

Kid Crafts: Shoulder Bag Activity
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag to take home. This activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. Allow an hour to make the craft. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Sat., Jul 2, 2016, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$7 per kit, does not include museum admission

Time Capsule for Families: New House, 1872
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1872 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family as they moved into their new mansion home in St. Paul. Discover what other events made 1872 so important for the Ramseys. Learn about the new foods and inventions which made life easier. 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 begins at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., Jul 2, 2016, Noon - 1:00 pm; 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis. The tour will explore stories of the people who have worked and lived in the area and how it has changed over the years.
Sat., Jul 2, 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
Get Tickets Online
Also July 30

Make an Arrowhead Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Explore how early American Indians used projectile points for survival. Observe a flintknapper demonstrating how to create stone projectile points (arrowheads) and then make one to take home.
Sat., Jul 2, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 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

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Upper Post Murder Mystery Walking Tour
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Discover the history behind the old brick buildings of the Upper Post and hear a true 1940 murder mystery. Take a guided tour with a costumed interpreter who will share tales of army life from 100 years ago, the state of the buildings today and current restoration efforts. Plus, hear the details of a true mystery at the post. 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., Jul 3, 2016, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Independence Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate Independence Day at the Harkin Store, where a piece of 19th century history remains preserved. The New Ulm Battery will fire their 1862 cannon every half hour, and visitors can explore the general store, play checkers and relax on the front porch. 
Sun., Jul 3, 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

Railroad History Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production and warehousing took off. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces.
Sun., Jul 3, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members. Tour ticket includes museum admission
Get Tickets Online
Also July 31

Monday, July 4, 2016

Farmer's Fourth of July
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate a Farmer's Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn and watch the spring lambs and calves prance about. Visitors can also join in 19th-century games such as town ball, the precursor to modern baseball, and participate in an oratory and debate from the front porch. Enjoy the company of family and friends along with the farm's costumed staff and celebrate the most important holiday in America in the 19th century.
Mon., Jul 4, 2016, 10:00 am - 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

Skid Row Minneapolis” Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
The photo exhibit "Skid Row Minneapolis," features the faces and places of downtown's Gateway District in its final years, as photographed by the city of Minneapolis and John "Johnny Rex" Bacich. Bacich owned a bar, a liquor store and a cage hotel, and documented the gritty neighborhood’s last days through photographs and film of his clientele. The exhibit is a companion to the book “The King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis” by James Eli Schiffer. The exhibit will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours April 7-July 4, 2016.
Mon., Jul 4, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

America's Flags
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Learn about the history of Old Glory and how the current flag came to be the symbol of the United States. View nine flags from the past and join a presentation at 2 pm about the changes the flag has gone through since the Revolutionary War.
Mon., Jul 4, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required

Independence Day Celebration
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Celebrate our nation's independence with activities that showcase what life was like in the early 1800s. Witness a "mock battle" recreating Colonel Snelling's victory at the Battle of Oak Woods during the War of 1812. "Mock battles" were a common activity during Independence Day celebrations in the 1800s. Hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, enjoy patriotic and military fife and drum music, and try your hand at historic games like "egg races." Visit the Dred Scott quarters to explore the history of slavery in Minnesota and the part Fort Snelling played in the great debate over freedom.
Mon., Jul 4, 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

1899 Independence Day Celebration
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Experience Independence Day as it was celebrated in Historic Forestville in 1899. Take part in a grand ceremony, listen to a local glee club and political speeches, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and watch an old-time 1860s baseball game featuring the Rochester Roosters and the Lanesboro Excelsiors. Guests can also enjoy pie- and watermelon-eating contests and sack and three-legged races for the kids. There will be a cash-only concession stand.
Mon., Jul 4, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Fourth of July Fireworks
*Sold Out*
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407|
Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom Fourth of July fireworks from the museum's Koch Observation Deck! Entrance to the Observation Deck begins at 9:30 pm; fireworks begin at 10 pm. Tickets also include museum admission on July 4 during museum hours of 10 am to 5 pm. 
Mon., Jul 4, 2016, 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$35/$30 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp I
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Experience the life described in the first four books of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series: Little House in the Big Woods; Little House on the Prairie; Farmer Boy; and On the Banks of Plum Creek. Campers will sing songs, play games, hear stories, experience a one-room schoolhouse, and make food and crafts that Laura learned while growing up on the western frontier in the 19th century. Space is limited to 16. This camp is for ages 7-11.
Tue., Jul 5, 2016, 8:30 am - Fri., Jul 8, 2016, 4:30 pm
$250/$230 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Tours for People with Memory Loss
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. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House and is followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month and are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation.
Tue., Jul 5, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free, reservations required
Get Tickets Online

Nooks & Crannies Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gatehouse overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today. Tours run 90 minutes and leave at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 pm. The 6 and 7:30 pm tours are led by a costumed interpreter portraying a construction worker or house servant.
Tue., Jul 5, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm; 6:30 – 8:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm; 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students, $14 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
Get Tickets Online
Also July 12, 19, 26

9 Nights of Music: Divas Through the Decades
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The History Center's popular outdoor music series kicks off with a DJ night with Divalicious Ballads, featuring Adele-inspired covers, and a Dancing Queen contest! Feather boas optional. 9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 pm. 9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by MPR and Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Tue., Jul 5, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Grants Office Open House
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The MN Heritage Preservation Grants Office hosts an open house at the Minnesota History Center on the first Thursday of each month. Non-profits, tribes, educational institutions and local/state governments interested in apply for any grant programs are welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to meet grants office staff to discuss how to apply for a grant, project ideas and grant requirements. Individuals are ineligible to apply for grant programs.
Thu., Jul 7, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Friday, July 8, 2016

Lindbergh and the World at War
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
What makes a person a good American? What makes someone a hero? Does someone stop being a hero? These questions and more will be explored at the Charles Lindbergh historic site in a new experience aimed at exploring Charles Lindbergh leading up to World War II. Lindbergh meant many things to many people. To some he was the "golden boy" who could do no wrong: a young, handsome, brave pilot who was forced to experience the kidnapping of his first child. To others he was un-American, a traitor in support of Hitler. Guests will interact with the gallery of exhibits to explore the different sides of Lindbergh. Then staff will host a discussion on these topics, and visitors can gain a greater awareness of Lindbergh’s legacy through exploring his involvement with Nazi Germany, his anti-Semitic comments and viewpoints and isolationist stance against the United States’ entry into World War II. This program is limited to 20 participants.
Fri., Jul 8, 2016, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, college students and children ages 5-7, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members
Get Tickets Online
Also July 22

Mendota After Hours
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Have a drink with your friends while learning about Minnesota's past. This series offers fascinating stories of historic people, places, and events offered in a unique and intimate setting. Guest speakers or musicians explore a new topic each month. Two drink tickets are included with the ticket price.
Fri., Jul 8, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 for MNHS and DCHS members

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control were all a part of Victorian life, but were rarely spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals that provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their friends and neighbors. Learn about the issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jul 8, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm; 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Little Mekong
Asian Economic Development Association
823 University Ave. St. Paul, MN 55103
Calling all urban adventurers! On this tour, you'll explore the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape a neighborhood along the Green Line with an expert resident guide. The Little Mekong neighborhood offers small businesses, artists and an Asian community in St. Paul. On this tour, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the memories, flavors and artistic vision that have shaped this neighborhood in recent years. Led by resident artists and youth from the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, you'll explore the neighborhood, including the Little Mekong Market Space and Thai Cafe. Presented in partnership with Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA) and Twin Cities LISC.
Tours begin at 10 am and 2 pm and last 2 hours. Generous support for Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The tour departs from AEDA's offices at 377 University Ave. W., St. Paul, and involves some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jul 9, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Family Art Day
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Get creative by making different kinds of art inspired by history and nature. Visit art stations around the site, take a peek inside the historic buildings, have a picnic, play old-fashioned games on the lawn and stay for the Mendota Day parade.
Sat., Jul 9, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Storytelling on the Porch
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Take a guided tour of the Meighen store then relax with others on the front porch while enjoying readings of 19th century children's stories. The selected stories will evoke vivid imagery while sharing life's lessons and morals.
Sat., Jul 9, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 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. State Park vehicle permit required

The Great Minnesota Pie Extravaganza
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
There is more to pie than meets the eye. A good cook and plenty of food held a logging camp together. While meat, potatoes and beans were the cook shack staples, it was the pies the men loved most. Cooks worked with ingredients they had on hand to make delicious and wholesome pies. This event allows visitors to compare and contrast pies served in the logging camps with modern-day creations. Live folk music and hand-cranked ice cream make this a fun, old-fashioned social for the whole family. Visitors are encouraged to bring a recipe to share.
Sat., Jul 9, 2016, Noon - 3:00 pm
$15 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $11 ages 5-17, $5 MNHS members, includes regular site admission

Soldier One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Attention all recruits! Enlist in the 5th Regiment for an afternoon of fun at Historic Fort Snelling. "New recruits" will learn about the lives of soldiers at the fort during the 1820s. Campers will march, drill, watch musket and cannon firings, and much more. Space is limited to 14. This camp is for ages 8-12.
Sat., Jul 9, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
$50/$45 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

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., Jul 9, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online
Also July 23

Queer St. Paul Walking Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover St. Paul's often-overlooked lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer past with Stewart Van Cleve, author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota. On this tour, attendees will walk in the footsteps of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and Oscar Wilde; stand on the site of the city's earliest known gay bar; find out where two transgender pioneers made history simply by seeing a movie; and which building has housed seven queer bars and a bathhouse annex since 1977. The tour meets at the NW corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Wabasha and involves moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. This tour is for ages 21 and up; beer and snacks are included.
Sat., Jul 9, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

A New Look at the Carvings
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Explore the rock face in bare feet to see some of the newly uncovered petroglyphs that are located away from the regular path. Visitors can explore on their own, but an interpreter will be available to answer questions and direct visitors to carvings. Over the past several years, an extensive conservation project identified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently have been covered in lichen. Visitors should be prepared for walking on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Jul 9, 2016, 5:00 pm - 7:00 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
Also July 23

Sunday, July 10, 2016

“Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
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.
Sun., Jul 10, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members

Mission Sunday
Lac qui Parle Mission
Junction of Chippewa County Hwy. 13 and County Rd. 32 Montevideo, MN 56265
Join missionary and Dakota descendants for worship and to celebrate the Lac qui Parle Mission during this annual event held the second Sunday in July. Worship service begins at 10:30 am with a guest pastor. The Dakota Ascension Choir will sing several hymns from the Dakota Odowan, and the entire congregation will sing the Dakota hymn "Lac qui Parle," written by Joseph Renville. A potluck picnic will follow at noon near the Lac qui Parle dam. Bring a dish to share, serving spoon and your own plate and utensils. Coffee and juice will be provided. At 1 pm, speakers will lead a program of reflection.
Sun., Jul 10, 2016, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Free

Indian Textiles Pop-Up Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
India has been a giant in the textiles industry for as long as people have worn clothes. From elegant saris to preppy madras and homey calico printed on high-quality cottons and silks, India's impact on clothing and fashion has been significant. Researched and produced by Dr. Anupama Pasricha of St. Catherine's University, this pop-up exhibit highlights Indian textiles and the unique connections between Indian producers and designers and American consumers. The exhibit will be on display in Cafe Minnesota April 30-July 10.
Sun., Jul 10, 2016, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Christmas in July
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate a Scottish "Christmas in July" in honor of Alexander Harkin's native country. Visitors can sample Scottish goodies and admire the decorations, including a trimmed tree set up in the gift shop. 
Sun., Jul 10, 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

Engineering the Falls Tour with History Player William de la Barre
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis riverfront, the west-side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls have changed over the years.
Sun., Jul 10, 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
Get Tickets Online

Xasuuso (Remember) 1960 Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take in an exhibit and spoken word performance offered as part of Somali Week 2016. The program features a photography exhibit displaying pictures from Somalia during the 1960 independence celebration, spoken word performances to highlight memories from Somalia and stories of the diaspora, and a brief lecture on the history of Somali Independence Day. This program is part of Somali Week, a series of events hosted in locations throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul July 8-15.
Sun., Jul 10, 2016, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$10/$5 students and Somali Week volunteers, museum admission not included
Get Tickets Online

Monday, July 11, 2016

Finishing School for Young Ladies Day Camp
*Sold Out*

Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In this one-of-a-kind day camp, young ladies will dress up in Victorian-inspired costume, enjoy a tea party on the porch and learn popular dances of the 1870s. Each day features a historical theme, and participants learn about Victorian fashion, music, art and etiquette through hands-on activities and games. For girls ages 9-12.
Mon., Jul 11, 2016, 8:30 am - Wed., Jul 13, 2016, 4:00 pm
$220/$200 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Outdoor Explorers Day Camp
*Sold Out*

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Calling all adventurers! Bring your sense of discovery and experience outdoor skills and life in the early 1800s. Campers will try their hand at using flint and steel, tracking animals, fishing, hiking, cooking over an open fire, canoeing and much more, all within the vicinity of Historic Fort Snelling. Space is limited to 14. This camp is for ages 9-12.
Tue., Jul 12, 2016, 8:30 am - Fri., Jul 15, 2016, 4:30 pm
$250/$230 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online
Also July 26

Tuesday Talks: The History of Animation
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Phil Anderson, professor emeritus at the Minnesota College of Art and Design will share a brief overview of the history of animation, including the major studios and animators that brought the art form into the modern age. This talk is offered in conjunction with the current History Center exhibit What's Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones. Tuesday Talks is formerly known as Seniors in Mind.
Tue., Jul 12, 2016, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$2, does not include admission to the History Center
Get Tickets Online

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., Jul 12, 2016, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free, reservations recommended
Get Tickets Online

9 Nights of Music: Rondo Night with Bruce A. Henry and Friends
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy an evening of R&B and soul standards with Bruce A. Henry and friends! This event is presented in partnership with Rondo Ave. Inc. and Saint Paul Welcome Hat, an initiative that introduces newcomers to the businesses, music and culture that make Saint Paul great. 9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 pm. 9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by MPR and Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Tue., Jul 12, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Old St. Anthony
Community Keg House
34 13th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
Discover the city’s oldest neighborhoods in this bus tour of the east bank of the Mississippi River, including historic Main Street, the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, Nicollet Island, parts of Northeast Minneapolis and the historic Grain Belt brewery complex. The town of St. Anthony began in 1849, several years before its neighbor Minneapolis across the river. Although annexed by Minneapolis in 1872, the area's unique character and history remained distinct. Hear about the people who lived and worked there and about the flour mills, churches, red light districts, Victorian homes, pubs, immigrant enclaves, commercial centers, breweries and more. The tour will stop at several significant historic places, including two watering holes in historic buildings. This tour is for ages 21 and up, and the price includes a pint and sampling at Community Keg House. The tour includes three blocks of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces. 
Tue., Jul 12, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$30/$25 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online
Also July 26

History Film Series: The Past Is Alive Within Us: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
From TPT: "'The Past Is Alive Within Us: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict' examines one of the most difficult chapters of Minnesota’s history: the state’s involvement in the Dakota War as the Civil War was simultaneously raging. It’s a mix of historical information & contemporary stories & is designed to build a better understanding of historical interpretation & encourage critical thinking. It will look at the subject through the lens of public memory."
The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Tue., Jul 12, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Historic Summit Hill Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Climb Summit Hill to discover its rise from rural retreat to elite Victorian enclave, its fall into notoriety, and its fight to regain its status as St. Paul's most fashionable historical address. The tour will follow old streetcar lines past beautifully restored Victorian homes and luxury hotels where F. Scott Fitzgerald first made his mark as the scandalous voice of the Jazz Age. Round out your evening with a drink at a former Fitzgerald watering hole, W.A. Frost & Company. This tour is for ages 21 and up; drinks purchased separately. This tour includes stairs and up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Wed., Jul 13, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy partner on a series of walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the water power from St. Anthony Falls. Today just one is left: Xcel Energy's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy's green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront.
Tour departs from 125 Main Street SE (at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Cafe). The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour is presented by Xcel Energy.
Thu., Jul 14, 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
Get Tickets Online
Also July 28

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mill City Summer Opera: Sweeney Todd
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Summer Opera brings another summer of performance and music to the museum's dramatic Ruin Courtyard with "Sweeney Todd." After 15 years of unjust imprisonment in a penal colony, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to the gas-lit streets of Victorian London to claim vengeance on those who wronged him. Sondheim’s stunningly inventive score contains intense drama, macabre humor, lyrical purity and an unforgettable final scene. Don’t miss this thrilling American masterpiece!
 Fri., Jul 15, 2016, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
$35-200/MNHS member discount
Get Tickets Online
Also July 17, 19, 21, 22, 24

Saturday, July 16, 2016

High Bridge Station Riverfront Tour
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
A street level tour of Minnesota's capital city highlighting the natural and human forces that shaped it long ago and today. Tours meet at the Alexander Ramsey House and walk along the Mississippi River, tracing the city’s origins as a shipping hub that is still powered by the river. Visitors will experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Xcel Energy High Bridge Generating Station. Participants will return to the Ramsey House by bus with stops at Schmidt Brewery and the historic Stone Saloon, an 1857 watering hole currently being restored to its Civil War condition. Presented in partnership with Xcel Energy.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 9:00 am – Noon
$40/$35 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Frontier Fun Kids Activities
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
Bring the kids for some frontier fun at the W.W. Mayo House. Through games and activities, families will be introduced firsthand to daily life 150 years ago. Tours will focus on the life of frontier children, their chores, toys and games. In the parlor, challenge a family member to a game of nine pins or various other games from the 1800s and make a whizzing whirligig to take home. In the kitchen, try your hand at household chores. In the family room, practice your letters and numbers assigned as schoolwork.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
Also July 23

Be a Naturalist Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join naturalists for an exploration of plants and animals surrounding the Forest History Center. Get an up-close look with exciting live animal presentations and encounters all day. Learn about the roles of various wildlife species within forest and wetland ecosystems. Expect creeping, crawling, slithering, climbing, screeching, chirping, hissing and other wild behaviors throughout the day.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 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

Bread Making Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Bread is the staff of life and is the most widely consumed food in the world. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of bread making. Nineteenth-century techniques of bread making will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation. The bread-making process is an all-day event with the mixing beginning at 10 a.m. and the finished product coming out of the oven around 3 pm.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Archaeology for Kids One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Grab a trowel and get ready for an archeological dig! Campers will spend the day with archeologists and historians who will help them do archaeological work including research, digging and sifting at a recreated dig site and working with scientific equipment in a lab. Space is limited to 10 per camp and is for ages 10-14.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$65/$60 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online
Also July 30

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Rondo
American Lung Association
823 University Ave. St. Paul, MN 55103
Calling all urban adventurers! On this tour, you'll explore the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape a neighborhood along the Green Line with an expert resident guide. St. Paul’s African-American community centered around Rondo Avenue, until it was destroyed in the 1960s to make way for the construction of Interstate 94. This tour will reveal some of Rondo’s notable residents and landmarks, including the one-time home of activist and lawyer Frederick McGhee and the Ebony Lounge, a prominent night spot and music venue. The tour also includes a close look at neighborhood memorials and tastes from Big Daddy’s barbecue, a thriving business that helped to revive commerce around University and Dale. This tour coincides with St. Paul’s annual Rondo Days celebration and is presented in partnership with the Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation and Twin Cities LISC.
Tours begin at 1 pm and 2 pm and last 2 hours. Generous support for Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This tour departs from the American Lung Association, 490 Concordia Ave, St. Paul, and includes some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Civilian Conservation Corps Tour
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
As a work relief program of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) employed young men to work on projects that benefited conservation and natural resources. Projects included constructing beautiful stone buildings in many of Minnesota's state parks, including Fort Ridgely State Park. Take a walking tour of the grounds to learn about the history of the CCC and what life was like for these young men. The tour starts at the commissary. There are a few hills on this hike, and strollers are not recommended.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$3 per person, State Park vehicle permit required

Archaeology Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Discover firsthand how archaeologists study artifacts from the past. Observe original projectile points (arrowheads) and go through the archaeological process to find out how old they are, what type of stone they are made from, where they came from and how they were used.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 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

Riverfront Quest Family Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Explore the Minneapolis riverfront with a family treasure hunt! Participants will make a quest journal and then solve rhyming riddles and search for hidden boxes throughout the tour. The tour is designed for ages 6-11.
Sat., Jul 16, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors, college students, and ages 5-17. $7 MNHS members ages 5-17, free for adult members accompanying a child. Includes museum admission.
Get Tickets Online

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Disasters of the Riverfront Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses and other calamities. Visitors will stop along the riverfront and learn about the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities.
Sun., Jul 17, 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
Get Tickets Online

Shopping with Laura Ingalls
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
On your way to visit the banks of Plum Creek in Walnut Grove, stop at the Harkin Store to see what items Laura Ingalls and her family would have purchased at Oleson Mercantile. The Harkin Store, which was open in the 1870s when Laura lived in Walnut Grove, has 40 percent of its original merchandise still on the shelves. Visitors can tour the store with a costumed interpreter and enjoy old-fashioned egg coffee, lemonade and samples of "store goods."
Sun., Jul 17, 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, July 18, 2016

History Detective Day Camp
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Search for clues, sift through evidence and solve mysteries of the past in this three-day camp. Young sleuths will solve real and fictional mysteries (and even create their own) by exploring the historic Ramsey House and its unique collection of original artifacts. Activities include a mock investigation, historic games and exploration of Victorian-era forensics. For ages 11-13.
Mon., Jul 18, 2016, 8:30 am - Wed., Jul 20, 2016, 4:00 pm
$220/$200 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp II
*Sold Out*

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Experience the life described in the first four books of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series: Little House in the Big Woods; Little House on the Prairie; Farmer Boy; and On the Banks of Plum Creek. Campers will sing songs, play games, hear stories, experience a one-room schoolhouse, and make food and crafts that Laura learned while growing up on the western frontier in the 19th century. Space is limited to 16. This camp is for ages 7-11.
Tue., Jul 19, 2016, 8:30 am - Fri., Jul 22, 2016, 4:30 pm
$250/$230 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Tuesday Talks: The History of Animation Broadcast
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Enjoy a broadcast from the Minnesota History Center of the July Tuesday Talks program, The History of Animation, in the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site theater. Phil Anderson, professor emeritus at the Minnesota College of Art and Design will share a brief overview of the history of animation, including the major studios and animators that brought the art form into the modern age. This talk is offered in conjunction with the current History Center exhibit What's Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones.
Tue., Jul 19, 2016, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

9 Nights of Music: Lush Country with Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson and the New Shoes
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy country hits of the hi-fi era from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette with an all-star group, including past members of the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. 9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 pm. 9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by MPR and Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Tue., Jul 19, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

River Kids Day Camp
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Before he was a famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh spent summers as a boy on the banks of the Mississippi River. All of this time outdoors shaped a young Charles into the environmentalist he became. Kids can explore Charles' lifelong passion for the river and the environment through activities such as a scavenger hunt, composting projects, artwork and more. For ages 8-12. Space is limited to 15. Campers should bring a bag lunch. A minimum of seven campers is required.
Wed., Jul 20, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$30/$25 MNHS members. Get tickets online
Get Tickets Online

Historic Downtown Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Unearth the secrets behind downtown St. Paul's transformation from wild prairie to modern power center. On this tour, find out how downtown grew from a rough river port where soap was scarce to a Gilded Age gem built by robber barons, impresarios and crime bosses to rival Chicago and New York. Explore the revitalized Union Depot and round out your evening with a drink at the St. Paul Hotel's legendary bar. This tour is for ages 21 and up and includes up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Wed., Jul 20, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fort Snelling Conversations: World War II and the Japanese American Experience
Normandale Community College
9700 France Avenue S. Bloomington, MN 55431
Engage in the diverse stories of Fort Snelling in this informal lecture series. Share your thoughts and delve deeper into the history and what it means for us today. Where is the line between civil rights and national security? Can there be a balance? Explore these and other questions as guest presenter Sally Sudo tells the story of her family, their incarceration during WWII for being of Japanese descent, and the role Fort Snelling played in their lives. Following the talk, lend your voice to a dialogue about the struggle between individual liberties and national security. Light refreshments provided. Dialogues are facilitated by Historic Fort Snelling staff members trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Thu., Jul 21, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free, reservations recommended
Get Tickets Online

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Underground St. Paul Hiking Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Unearth St. Paul's deepest history with geologist and urban cave historian Greg Brick, author of Subterranean Twin Cities. Brick will guide you to the paths of hidden rivers, the exteriors of brewing caves, ancient sacred sites on the East Side, and will regale you with tales of nightclubs, landslides, cheese caves and bomb shelters on a scenic drive through Mushroom Valley. The tour meets at the Minnesota History Center and includes stairs and a 1/2 mile of vigorous hiking on uneven terrain. A box lunch is included in price. Note: Due to city regulations, guests will remain outside all caves.
Sat., Jul 23, 2016, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$55/$50 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Fur Trade Weekend
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Step back into the 1830s and experience the fur trade through hands-on demonstrations, presentations by reenactors, speakers and musicians. Learn about Mendota's importance as a trading post and gathering place for the Dakota.
Sat., Jul 23, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under, MNHS and DCHS members
Also July 24

Games from Times Past
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Take a guided tour of the Meighen store, then play games popular in the 1800s, including graces, battledore, shuttlecock, croquet, string games and races. Staff will be available to help with instructions and join in the play.
Sat., Jul 23, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 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. State Park vehicle permit required

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.
Sat., Jul 23, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Afternoon of Leisure
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
German immigrants to the Minnesota River Valley contributed a new cultural concept on the frontier: taking Sunday afternoon for quieter work and socializing. Women would come together to knit, tat, crochet and do other handiwork. Take a break, bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as you learn about these frontier hobbies and what a Sunday afternoon was like in the 1870s. Refreshments will be served.
Sun., Jul 24, 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

Historic Main Street Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Stroll through Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood on a guided tour and learn about the rich past and exciting future of historic Main Street. Hear about life in the village of St. Anthony, founded in 1848, and the changes along Main Street over the years. Landmarks include the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.
This tour begins and ends at 125 Main Street SE (the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Cafe) and includes about one mile of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces. 
Sun., Jul 24, 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.
Get Tickets Online

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

9 Nights of Music: ADA Night with Tamarak
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In honor of the 26th anniversary of the American Disability Act, enjoy an evening celebrating diversity in the disability community, presented in partnership with the Minnesota ADA Celebration Committee. 

• 3-5 pm: "Celebrating Diversity in Our Community" talk with keynote speaker Ken Rodgers and a panel discussion by members of the disability community
• 6:30-7 pm: dance lesson and movement games with Angelique Lele, Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2015, and performance by the Young Dance Company, All-Abilities program
• 7-8:30 pm: music and dancing with Tamarak, featuring pure driving, no-holds-barred, classic rock-n-roll with band leader, Curt Jones, a 1993 Eleven Who Care honoree and drummer who is blind

9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 pm. 9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by MPR and Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Tue., Jul 26, 2016, 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

“Up and Down: The H.H. Metrodome Portfolio” Exhibit Opening
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
A public reception will open a new exhibit of photographs by Mark E. Jensen depicting the rise and demise of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. From 1980-1982, Jensen photographed the construction of the Metrodome using a large format field camera patented in 1898. In 2014, he was awarded an Artists Initiative Grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board to photograph the stadium's demolition. The resulting pairs of black and white photographs present the rise and demise of the Metrodome, and more than 30 years of change in downtown Minneapolis. Jensen will give remarks at 7 pm. A cash bar and food from D'Amico will be available for purchase. The exhibit of framed prints will be located in the museum's central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours through November 6, 2016. Mark E. Jensen is a fine art photographer and master printer. He is the director of the Knife River Photography Workshops and has taught photography, drawing and the history of photography at various colleges and universities. The exhibit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 
Tue., Jul 26, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Grandparent's Day
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to spend the day together engaged in 19th-century farming. Share stories with each other and the farm hands while experiencing the garden, meeting animals and helping with the cooking.
 Thu., Jul 28, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $5 grandparents, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members

History Happy Hour: Martinis
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House and discover the story behind a cocktail classic: the martini. Join Jesse Held, bar manager at Parlour and Coup d' Etat in Minneapolis and founder of the North Star Bartenders Guild, as he prepares handcrafted martinis. Learn about the cocktail's history, the resurgence it's had in recent years, and the art of creating this elegant classic. This program is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 pm and is for ages 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Jul 28, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm; 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
Get Tickets Online

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday Morning Cartoons with the Chuck Jones Family
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Start your Saturday morning watching Looney Tunes cartoons and other Chuck Jones animation creations with two of Jones’ grandchildren, Valerie and Craig Kausen, who will share stories of their grandfather’s work. Many members of Jones’ family work in the animation business; Valerie Kausen is a producer of the bio-pic “The Magical World of Chuck Jones” and Craig Kausen is the board chairman for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, California. This program is offered in conjunction with the current History Center exhibit What's Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones.
Sat., Jul 30, 2016, 10:30 am – Noon
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Butter Making Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Butter has been used for more than 4,000 years. For many years, butter was only produced in the home. During the 19th century, many farm wives supplemented farm income by selling butter. They churned every day or so, or whenever enough cream had accumulated. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of butter churning. Nineteenth-century traditional techniques of churning will be showcased with opportunities for hands-on participation.
Sat., Jul 30, 2016, 10:30 am - 4:00 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.

Porcupine Quill Jewelry Two-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn to make jewelry out of porcupine quills, including dying, stringing and cutting off the barbed tips. 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 July 27. Discount hotel rooms available on Saturday night for workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Sat., Jul 30, 2016, Noon - Sun., Jul 31, 2016, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632

Make a Spearthrower Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn about the atlatl, or spearthrower, considered by many anthropologists to be one of the world's greatest inventions. Make an atlatl and try throwing spears at a wooden bison target. A collection of atlatls from around the world will be on display.
Sat., Jul 30, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 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

ACME Inventions: a Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Workshop|
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Led by Chuck Jones’ grandchildren, Valerie and Craig Kausen, participants will explore their creativity by using recycled materials to create a wide variety of “ACME Inventions,” as seen in numerous cartoons created by animator Chuck Jones. This workshop is designed with the idea that everyone possesses an innate creative genius and should feel “free to think, explore and experiment.” Open to ages 8+. This program is offered in conjunction with the current History Center exhibit What's Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones.
Sat., Jul 30, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members, does not include admission to the History Center

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Day in the Life of a Pioneer Woman
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Pioneer women worked alongside men and were an important part of the development of the territory, and eventually state, of Minnesota. Through various displays, visitors can learn about the lives of women on the prairie in the 1870s from housekeeping to entertainment. 
Sun., Jul 31, 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


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.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Through Oct. 30, 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.

Opening July 26, 2016 

Up and Down: the H.H. Metrodome Portfolio
A new exhibit of photographs by Mark E. Jensen depicts the rise and demise of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. From 1980-1982, Jensen photographed the construction of the Metrodome using a large format field camera patented in 1898. In 2014, he was awarded an Artists Initiative Grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board to photograph the stadium's demolition. The resulting pairs of black and white photographs present the rise and demise of the Metrodome, and more than 30 years of change in downtown Minneapolis.