August 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
June 7, 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

August 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

 

Tuesday, August 2, 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., Aug 2, 2016, 8:30 am - Fri., Aug 5, 2016, 4:30 pm
$250/$230 MNHS members
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Tour 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., Aug 2, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free, reservations required
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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., Aug 2, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm; 6:30 pm - 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
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Also August 9, 16, 23, 30

9 Nights of Music: Itchy Fingers
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a night of southeast Asian rock and pop with Hmong band Itchy Fingers and Master of Ceremonies Tou Ger Xiong. 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., Aug 2, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mill City Live: Black Market Brass
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live kicks off with Black Market Brass, a 12-piece funk and Afrobeat band from Minneapolis. 
Set in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.
Wed., Aug 3, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm
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Yoga on the Lawn
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Every Wednesday night in the summer join a Hatha yoga class on the Comstock House south lawn! Offered in partnership with the Spirit Room of Fargo. Students must bring their own mat and water bottles. Class will be cancelled in cases of wet weather or temperatures below 60 degrees. Updates will be posted on the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County's Facebook page.
Wed., Aug 3, 2016, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$5
Also August 10, 17, 24, 31

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Children's Day
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Children of all ages can help with the chores and play the games kids did on farms more than 150 years ago. Help load hay into a wagon pulled by the farm's oxen, try to get the laundry clean using a scrub board without the calves eating the soap, haul baskets of weeds out of the garden, and enjoy 19th-century games like Cat's Cradle or Grandmother's Footsteps.
Thu., Aug 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 ages 4 and under and MNHS members

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., Aug 4, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Le Sueur Giant Celebration
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
Help celebrate Le Sueur’s Green Giant heritage at the historic W. W. Mayo House. Tours will focus on more than 40 years of Green Giant history as told through three generations of the Cosgrove family who were born and raised in the home. Green Giant artifacts and memorabilia will be on display. Tours are held in conjunction with the Le Sueur Giant Celebration.
Sat., Aug 6, 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.

Dakota Games and Agency Chores
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Play and create traditional Dakota games, including double ball, moccasin game, awl game and the ring & pin game, and learn how contemporary games have evolved from them. Children will also learn the symbolism behind winter-count and be able to color and create their own winter count hides. Visitors can also learn about family life and technologies throughout history, the traditional structure of a Dakota family unit, and responsibilities, interactions and daily life at Lower Sioux Agency.
Sat., Aug 6, 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
Also August 13, 20, 27

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 interpreters 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., Aug 6, 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 August 20

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., Aug 6, 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
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Also August 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

Kid Crafts: Bead a Ring
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Aug 6, 2016, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$3 per kit, does not include museum admission

56th Birthday Celebration
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Help celebrate the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's 56th birthday! Refreshments will be provided. Explore the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas, then head next door to shop for American Indian arts and crafts at the Trading Post. As part of the celebration, there will be 10 percent off purchases for the day.
Sat., Aug 6, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

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., Aug 6, 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

Time Capsule for Families: Civil War, 1861
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover why 1861 was such an important year for the United States and for the Ramsey family in this children's program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect time capsule tokens along the way. Learn about the Civil War and the new inventions of the era. Help make hardtack in the kitchen and sample gingerbread cake, a popular food of the 1860s. 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., Aug 6, 2016, Noon - 1:00 pm; 12:30 – 1 :30 pm; 1:00 – 2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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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., Aug 6, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
$50/$45 MNHS members
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Women's Work Tour with History Player Eva Valesh
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a costumed interpreter portraying labor writer Eva Valesh for a walking tour that highlights working conditions along the Minneapolis riverfront in the late 1880s. Learn about jobs that were available to women in the late 19th and early 20th century, key events in women's labor history in Minneapolis, and the factories that Valesh exposed, including the North Star Woolen Mill which still stands two blocks from Mill City Museum. Valesh served as labor editor for the Saint Paul Globe and the Minneapolis Tribune before going on to national acclaim working for Samuel Gompers as assistant editor of the American Federationist.
Sat., Aug 6, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 6-17 and MNHS members, includes museum admission. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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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., Aug 6, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members
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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., Aug 6, 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

Wonders of the Night Sky
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join meteorologist Mike Lynch and astronomers to view the wonders of the night sky. Lynch will have his large reflecting telescopes set up for viewing, including two giant 20-inch reflector telescopes that are among the largest mobile telescopes in Minnesota. Learn about celestial photography, as Lynch takes amazing photos that will be made available to participants at no additional charge.
Sat., Aug 6, 2016, 9:00 pm - 11:45 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

Sunday, August 7, 2016

37th Annual West Newton Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Come celebrate the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton, which existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901, at this annual event.  Visitors can view historical photographs and learn about the history of Alexander Harkin and his family, the founders of the 1870s Harkin Store. Descendants of West Newton's earliest settlers are invited to share their stories and any old photographs. Historic site staff will copy information and photos.
Sun., Aug 7, 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., Aug 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
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Also August 27

Tuesday, August 9, 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., Aug 9, 2016, 8:30 am - Fri., Aug 12, 2016, 4:30 pm
$250/$230 MNHS members
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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., Aug 9, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$30/$25 MNHS members
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9 Nights of Music: Tim Patrick and his Blue Eyes Band
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy dynamic, swinging Sinatra-style tunes from the Great American Songbook and learn a few waltz and ballroom steps. 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., Aug 9, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

History Film Series: Iron Range: Minnesota Building America
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
From the Minnesota Humanities Center, which co-produced the documentary with TPT: "Minnesota's Iron Range supplied late 19th and 20th century America with the iron needed to fuel industrialization, economic expansion and military might. The history of the Iron Range tells the history of America; it is the story of immigrants, of conflict and assimilation, of people creating lives for themselves, their families, and for others. It is a story about industrial America and U.S. military build-ups in the first and second world wars."
The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening. 
Tue., Aug 9, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mill City Live: Dan Israel
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Enjoy a concert of the rock/folk stylings of Twin Cities singer-songwriter Dan Israel, who has been recording and performing for over two decades. Set in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.
Wed., Aug 10, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm
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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., Aug 10, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Thursday, August 11, 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 and is for visitors ages 18 and up.
Thu., Aug 11, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Also August 25

Friday, August 12, 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.
Fri., Aug 12, 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
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Also August 26

Mendota After Hours: History of Civil Rights in Minnesota
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. On July 12, explore the complicated history of civil rights in the state of Minnesota with historian William D. Green, author of "Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912." Two drink tickets are included with the ticket price.
Fri., Aug 12, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 for MNHS and DCHS members

Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota were covering the murder trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of murdering her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. This tour focuses on those involved with the case, from Bilansky and her lawyers to politicians and newspaper reporters. Hear excerpts from records detailing court testimony, see newspaper articles chronicling the timeline of events, and discover the role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Aug 12, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm; 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Underground St. Paul Hiking Tour
*Sold Out*

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., Aug 13, 2016, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$55/$50 MNHS members
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Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Little Africa
Little Africa Plaza
555 Snelling Ave. N St. Paul, MN 55104
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. On this tour of Little Africa, you'll get a glimpse into the vibrant African cultures that have shaped the Midway. Tour participants will encounter dynamic public art, participate in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and meet with local artists and business owners as they reflect on the intersections of coffee, culture, and community. This tour coincides with the neighborhood's annual Little Africa festival and is presented in partnership with African Economic Development Solutions 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. This tour includes some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.
Sat., Aug 13, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members
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The Useful Art of Pickling
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
The useful art of pickling provided families with a variety of foods throughout the long winter months 150 years ago. Visitors will help make pickles while learning about sweet and sour pickles and other varieties that were popular with the Kelleys and families like them.
Sat., Aug 13, 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
Also August 14

“Water/Ways Exhibit” Opening
Traverse des Sioux
1851 N. Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN 56082
The exhibit "Water/Ways" is a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the Minnesota Humanities Center using the humanities to explore and understand water and the community surrounding Minnesota's waters. "Water/Ways" reveals the central nature of water on our lives by exploring how Americans use water, how water unites communities, how water affects every element of life, and how Americans care for our water and protect this valuable resource for the future. The exhibit runs Aug. 13-Sept. 25.
Sat., Aug 13, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 ages 6-17, free MNHS members

Real Horse Power Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Draft horses and oxen provided the power for Minnesota's logging industry long before mechanized equipment was invented. This program features horses at work demonstrating traditional tasks such as skidding, cross hauling and jammer loading. Visitors can also enjoy live country music, food, games for kids and wagon rides.
Sat., Aug 13, 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

First Harvest on the Prairie
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
One thousand years ago the people of Minnesota, Iowa and the Northern Plains were farmers as well as hunters, growing crops such as sweet corn. The ripening of the first sweet corn was a time of plenty that was celebrated with the green corn festival. Taste fire roasted sweet corn, bean soup and other seasonal foods while learning about the people of the Great Plains Village period. Guests will also learn how New World farmers developed crops that changed the world.
Sat., Aug 13, 2016, 1:00 pm - 5:00 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

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., Aug 13, 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.
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Sunday, August 14, 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., Aug 14, 2016, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
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 exhibit 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.
Sun., Aug 14, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members

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.
Sun., Aug 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
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Old Games Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Visit the Harkin Store for an afternoon of games from the "old days," such as pick-up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces and rolling hoops. Many of the games can be purchased at the gift shop, along with toys, books, 10-cent candy and handcrafted items.
Sun., Aug 14, 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, August 16, 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., Aug 16, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

9 Nights of Music: Mariachi Mi Tierra
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Rosalio Castro, vocalist Sylvia Rendon and a powerhouse ensemble of musicians will present authentic mariachi music. 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., Aug 16, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

North Shore Summer Getaway
North Shore, MN
Join a three-day getaway to Minnesota's North Shore! Timed to coincide with the 2016 Tall Ships Duluth festival, enjoy an up-close look of these ships as well as exclusive programming at Split Rock Lighthouse and Glensheen Mansion. The tour will also make a stop at MNHS historic site Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River while en route to the North Shore. Local storytellers will bring the lakeshore to life, and attendees will also get the chance to explore on their own. Round trip transportation from St. Paul, accommodations, museum admission and meals are included in the ticket price. Click here for the full trip itinerary
Wed., Aug 17, 2016, 12:00 am - Fri., Aug 19, 2016, 12:00 am
$1040 (double occupancy)/$950 MNHS members. Reservations required
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Mill City Live: Salsabrosa
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Enjoy a summer concert of Afro-Cuban and Latin music with Salsabrosa, led by vocalist Zusel Balbín and pianist Yazmín Bowers. Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. 
Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.
Wed., Aug 17, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm
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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., Aug 17, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Thursday, August 18, 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., Aug 18, 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

Tapped” Film Screening
Traverse des Sioux
1851 N. Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN 56082
In partnership with the Ney Nature Center, the Nicollet County Historical Society presents a screening and discussion of the documentary film "Tapped." This documentary scrutinizes the bottled water industry and its effects on our precious resources and health.
Thu., Aug 18, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Saturday, August 20, 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. Note: This tour is for adults and children age 10 and up accompanied by an adult.
Sat., Aug 20, 2016, 9:00 am – Noon
$40/$35 MNHS members
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Le Sueur Tigers Tour
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
Visit for a special program about the Le Sueur Tigers, a volunteer militia that formed to help New Ulm residents during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Tours will include a visit to the marker honoring the Le Sueur Tigers placed in Louise Park, adjacent to the Mayo home. The marker was dedicated on August 19, 2012, 150 years after the militia organized. Hear how the volunteers left their families to assist their fellow citizens in New Ulm on August 19 and 20, 1862. Learn about Dr. W.W. Mayo’s involvement with the Tigers and what his family did while he was gone to help with those displaced by the war. 
Sat., Aug 20, 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.

World War I Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918) at Historic Fort Snelling. The "Great War" raged for three years before the U.S. entered the conflict in 1917. America's participation tipped the balance in favor of the Allied powers, and helped bring the war to an end on Nov. 11, 1918. The war shaped the course of world history, and as a result of its participation, the U.S. emerged as a world power. Explore the ways this conflict shaped the world we know today and learn about Minnesota's role in the war. Visit with costumed reenactors, watch military demonstrations, stand in a recreated WWI-style trench, and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.
Sat., Aug 20, 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 August 21

Pickling, Drying and Sugaring Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Throughout the growing season, there are periods of shortage and abundance of foods, making preservation an essential part of life. Assist the gardeners in picking the freshest and plumpest garden vegetables including peppers, cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage and other heirloom varieties, all traditionally found in Thomas Meighen's garden. Then head inside the kitchen as interpreters demonstrate various 19th-century food preservation techniques, including ways to preserve meats, vegetables and fruits, and employing sugar, vinegar, salt and alcohol as preservatives. Preserving demonstrations will depend on available produce.
Sat., Aug 20, 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

Harvest Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Museum and the Oliver H. Kelley Grange present Mill City Harvest Day, a series of family activities about harvest time in 19th century. Families can make seed art, help thresh grain as farmers did in the 1860s and check out the Science of Butter demonstrations in the Baking Lab. History Player Mary Dodge Woodward will share stories about harvest time on a bonanza farm. There will be story time with a book-making project and fresh bread to taste in the baking lab. Come early to enjoy entertainment and other late summer activities at the Mill City Farmers Market.
Sat., Aug 20, 2016, Noon - 3:00 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

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., Aug 20, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members
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The New Ulm Battery and the Battles of Fort Ridgely
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join author and independent historian John Labatte for a talk about the battles at Fort Ridgely, which happened within days of each other, August 20 and 22, 1862. The New Ulm Battery will fire the cannon.
Sat., Aug 20, 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. State Park vehicle permit required

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. 
Sat., Aug 20, 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.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fun Run
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Take a short walk around the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe powwow grounds and earn a free gift courtesy of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Registration for the walk is located at the pavilion on the powwow grounds. Please note: this event does not take place at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum.
Sun., Aug 21, 2016, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Free

Open House
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Explore the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post during the annual open house when the historic site is open for special Sunday hours and offers free admission. Visit the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas then head next door to shop for American Indian arts and crafts at the Trading Post.
Sun., Aug 21, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Bees and Honey
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
In the 1870s, pioneers would search for and harvest honey on the prairie. Visitors can view a display on bees and honey created by Crystal Bock and hear her speak about the ins and outs of beekeeping. 
Sun., Aug 21, 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

Dakota Scouts in Eastern Dakota Territory
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Independent historian Curtis Dahlin will talk about Dakota scouts and their camps in Eastern Dakota Territory in the years following the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.
Sun., Aug 21, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 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

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., Aug 21, 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
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

9 Nights of Music: Tjärnblom
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a night of traditional and contemporary Scandinavian dance music! 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., Aug 23, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mill City Live: Jelloslave
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Enjoy an evening with Jelloslave, a quartet with cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, drummer Greg Schutte and Gary Waryan on tablas. The group's repertoire ranges from jazz to Middle Eastern to Afro-Caribbean to pop, and they are known for their improvisational compositions. Set in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.
Wed., Aug 24, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

History-On-A-Schtick!
Minnesota State Fair, Schilling Amphitheater
1265 Snelling Avenue North St. Paul, MN 55108
Experience a lighthearted, vaudevillian romp through Minnesota's past at the Minnesota State Fair's Schilling Amphitheater in the West End Market. What happens when Paul Bunyan, the Pillsbury Dough Boy and Snoopy face-off in a quiz show hosted by Betty Crocker? Or, when a scholarly voyageur wearies his fellow travelers with his overenthusiasm for Minnesota history? For the second year, MNHS presents a daily show made up of 30 minutes of wacky fun, with sing-alongs, trivia, prizes and astonishing historical tidbits. 
Performances will be at 9:30 am and 10:30 am every day of the fair.  
Thu., Aug 25, 2016, 9:30 am - 11:15 am
Free with State Fair admission
Also August 26-September 5

History Happy Hour: Tourism and Travel
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the history of tourism and travel in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society acquisitions staff Patrick Coleman and Lori Williamson will share collections items from early pamphlets promoting local destinations like White Bear Lake to railroad campaigns encouraging trips to Glacier Park. This program begins at 5:30 and 8:30 pm and is for ages 21 and older. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Aug 25, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm; 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Children's Weekend
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Visitors can enjoy toys, games and tests of skill to celebrate the last days of summer. Costumed interpreters and hands-on activities will teach children about the values of trade goods and pelts, the canoe routes used by traders and the roles of the different groups who came together in the fur trade.
Sat., Aug 27, 2016, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
Also August 28

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., Aug 27, 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

Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of working with leather at this two-day workshop. Participants will make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home. . A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs: Saturday: noon to 4 pm and Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm. A minimum of five participants required to host workshop, and registration is required three days prior to workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. 
Sat., Aug 27, 2016, Noon - Sun., Aug 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632

Animals of the Night
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Take a guided tour of the carvings when they are best seen, as the sun begins to set at 6 pm. After the tour, head to the visitor center for a 7:15 pm. presentation about nocturnal animals and how they survive at night. The presentation will include a variety of hands-on activities. Following the presentation, guests can go on a twilight hike of the prairie (bring a flashlight!).
Sat., Aug 27, 2016, 5:30 pm - 9:00 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

Sunday, August 28, 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., Aug 28, 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
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Old Schools Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Explore the history of old schoolhouses in Nicollet County, including the Robinson school in West Newton, with historic photos and textbooks.
Sun., Aug 28, 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, August 30, 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. 
Tue., Aug 30, 2016, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

9 Nights of Music: Wild Colonial Bhoys
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Come for a night of Celtic rock featuring traditional Irish folk songs and original tunes. 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., Aug 30, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mill City Live: Maurice Jacox
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Enjoy an evening of jazz, soul, R&B, gospel and standards with Maurice Jacox, a member of the Twin Cities music scene for over 45 years. Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.
Wed., Aug 31, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm
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Ongoing Exhibits

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

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 Nov. 6, 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.