September 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
July 13, 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

September 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

History-On-A-Schtick!
Minnesota State Fair, Schilling Amphitheater
1265 Snelling Avenue North St. Paul, MN 55108
Experience a lighthearted 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 trivia, prizes and astonishing historical tidbits. 
Performances will be at 9:30 am and 10:30 am every day of the fair.  
Thu., Sep 1, 2016, 9:30 am - 11:15 am
Free with State Fair admission
Also Sept. 2, 3, 4, 5

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. All tour attendees with be required to fill out a waiver for the tour. 
Thu., Sep 1, 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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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., Sep 1, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Saturday September 3, 2016

Mayo House Artwork
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
Take a tour of the Mayo House that focuses on the artwork on display. The collection includes portraits of Dr. Mayo and Louisa Mayo, Green Giant marketing art, the Mothers Statue and folk art from the mid-1800s.
Sat., Sep 3, 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 Sept. 10

Travois Program
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
In this hands-on program, visitors can explore the various parts of a travois pack, a traditional American Indian tool used to move belongings across the prairie. Learn about material culture and innovations that the Dakota developed to survive on the prairie. Learn about the movements of the precontact Dakota on the prairie, and the Dakota's deep interrelationship with the land involving nature, sacredness, life, community and family.
Sat., Sep 3, 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 Sept. 10, 17, 24

Threshing Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Kelley Farm! Threshing the grain harvest was the culmination of an entire growing season's toil. Join the Kelley farmhands as they bring grain bundles in from the fields, thresh the grain in an 1856 horse-powered Cox and Roberts threshing machine, help bag up the grain and rake away the straw.
Sat., Sep 3, 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 Sept. 4 and 5

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., Sep 3, 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

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. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. 
Tours begin at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. 
Sat., Sep 3, 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 Sept. 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Kid Crafts: God's Eye
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to weave a God's Eye to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Allow an hour for the craft. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Sat., Sep 3, 2016, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$4/kit, does not include museum admission

Time Capsule for Families: The President's Visit, 1878
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In September 1878, Alexander and Anna Ramsey entertained a very special guest: the president of the United States. Learn why President Rutherford B. Hayes visited the Ramsey family in St. Paul and discover more about what made 1878 so special. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste one of President Hayes' favorite foods and learn about the fashion of the era. Children can create their own time capsule to take home. This one-hour program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., Sep 3, 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
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Wild Rice Processing Demo
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice, including how to dry, parch, thresh and winnow the rice. See the entire process from raw to finished product during 20-minute demonstrations offered on the hour.
Demonstrations may be cancelled due to weather. The program begins at noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm.
Sat., Sep 3, 2016, Noon - 3:30 pm
Free, does not include museum admission
Also Sept. 10, 17, 24

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 that still stands two blocks from Mill City Museum.
Sat., Sep 3, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 6-17 and MNHS members, includes museum admission.
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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 can also learn about the recreated American Indian astronomical observatory at the site, which marks the solstices, equinoxes and more. 
Sat., Sep 3, 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 Sept. 17

By the Light of the Lantern
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Experience Historic Forestville at dusk when the residents are going about their evening business and repose. Visitors can explore the site as farm laborers interact and unwind in the barn, ladies of the house discuss such important topics as voting rights, medicines are compounded in the general store, and Thomas Meighen finishes points of business in his office at the end of the day. Live music will be played throughout the evening.
Sat., Sep 3, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $1 discount MNHS members

Sunday, September 4, 2016

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., Sep 4, 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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The West Arrives in West Newton
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The "west" arrives to the town of West Newton as musician Lonesome Ron, the King of the Valley Yodelers, shares Western music like cowboy ballads, yodels and stories through song.
Sun., Sep 4, 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, September 6, 2016

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., Sep 6, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free, reservations required
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Saint Paul Welcome Hat
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Over the past year, Saint Paul Hello has welcomed and connected newcomers to the city of Saint Paul and the metro area through Saint Paul Welcome Hat, a bimonthly celebration that highlights the best of the city. Help celebrate Welcome Hat's one year anniversary with music, cocktails, and a meet-and-greet with local businesses and organizations. Join the Grown-Up Club and other newbies to help discover your favorite aspects of Saint Paul living. Meet Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who will present each newcomer with a free faux fur hat. Past participants are invited to don their hat and join the celebration for a group photo.
Presented in partnership with Jun-Li Wang, Curious Incident, Pollen, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater MSP and Hamline Midway Coalition with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Learn more at stphello.com and #stphello.
Tue., Sep 6, 2016, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free, registration recommended
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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., Sep 7, 2016, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$5
Also Sept. 14, 21, 28

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Preserve Minnesota 36th Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference
Hastings Art Center
216 E. 4th St Hastings, MN
The largest annual gathering of the Minnesota preservation community is a two-day event that will be held in historic Hastings. Choose from a variety of traditional preservation sessions as well as a track geared for local history and museum enthusiasts. Attendees can share, learn, network and work to strengthen preservation efforts in the state. 
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.mnhs.org/shpo/conference/
Thu., Sep 8, 2016, 8:00 am - Fri., Sep 9, 2016, 5:00 pm
$100/full conference; $70/one day only, $70/student full conference, $50/student one day only

World War II Roundtable: Escaping the Holocaust
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Holocaust survivor Ernest Wertheim shares his story. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it.
Thu., Sep 8, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, September 9, 2016

Field Trip with the Experts: WWI America
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover Minnesota's connections to World War I as experienced by some the state's most notable families: Hill, Ramsey, Lindbergh and Fitzgerald. Join MNHS historians Patrick Coleman, Jayne Becker, Brian Horrigan and Annette Atkins for a day-long discussion and tour. This program is offered as a preview to a major exhibit, opening at the History Center in April 2017, to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI. Guests can also see artist David Geister begin work on a 30-foot long mural depicting those who made modern America. The mural will be completed in time for the exhibit opening.
Coffee, lunch and transportation to nearby historic sites will be provided.
Fri., Sep 9, 2016, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$150/$120 MNHS members
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Mendota After Hours: Black Baseball 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 Sept. 9, explore the history of African-American baseball history in Minnesota with author Frank White, author of the MNHS Press book "They Played For the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota." 
Two drink tickets are included with the ticket price.
Fri., Sep 9, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 for MNHS and DCHS members. Reservations required, please call or email Sibley Historic Site.

Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness and the Victorian Mind
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. Families had to make difficult decisions about how to handle their loved one's illness in an era where health issues were not discussed in public and treatment options were limited or experimental. Both Alexander Ramsey's brother, Justus, and son-in-law, Charles, suffered from mental illness, which impacted the entire family. In this theme tour, hear excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters and journals and discover how an influential family handled a very human reality.
This program is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Sep 9, 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, September 10, 2016

Fun Fall Trail Run
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join Fort Ridgely Historic Site and Nicollet County Historical Society for a 5K walk/run through the woods and prairie at Fort Ridgely State Park. Proceeds support the historic site and state park. Participants receive a t-shirt and other prizes.
Sat., Sep 10, 2016, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$25, registration required. Call 507-508-2848 or register on race day.

Topics on Family History: Using DNA
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover how to use DNA to enhance family history research. In the first half of the class, students will learn the basics of using DNA for genealogical research, including available tests and testing companies, what can be learned from testing and how to apply DNA to research. The second half of the class will help students dive deeper into the intricacies of DNA in family research. Learn to be a smart DNA user by defining your objective, making a plan, choosing tests, identifying test subjects and transferring test results to maximize investment. Learn how to understand and analyze test results using tools from testing companies and third-party sites and how you can integrate DNA evidence with "traditional" research.
This class is taught by Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D, a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research.
Sat., Sep 10, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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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., Sep 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
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Sunday, September 11, 2016 

"For the Love of Art: Paintings by Bettye Olson" Exhibit Closing
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
View more than 30 paintings spanning 70 years of Minnesota artist Bettye Olson’s career. Since the 1950s, Olson, now 93, has explored nature through her work: “Nature is full of energy. I transfer that energy into my brush strokes … and put it into painting,” she says. The exhibit features works from each decade of her 70-year career. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally and are part of the collections of museums in Minnesota, Finland and Sweden. 
Sun., Sep 11, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free with site admission or $2 art gallery-only admission. Site admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, $6 for ages 5-17 and free for age 4 and under and MNHS members

Re-Elect Grant Election Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
In 1872, Harkin Store was the polling place where locals cast their votes, including when President Ulysses S. Grant was running for reelection. Visitors can explore what an election day and voting area was like in the 1870s. 
 Sun., Sep 11, 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

100 MN Histories with Curt Brown
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Escaped Nazis in northern Minnesota. A jilted countess on the prairie. Each Sunday for the last 100 weeks, award-winning Star Tribune columnist Curt Brown has given readers a look back at Minnesota's moving, entertaining and inspiring history. Hear from Brown as he follows up on a few of his favorite stories and provides a glimpse of what he has in the works. Presented in partnership with the Star Tribune.
Sun., Sep 11, 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday Talks: Exploring Dakota Cultural Identity
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join MNHS American Indian Community Liaison, Kate Beane, PhD, as she explores the indigenous perspective of her tribal history, as well as ongoing efforts to retain and strengthen ties to both the Minnesota homeland and Dakota language. Using oral history and archival materials, as well as personal family letters and journals, Beane will analyze how the separations between family members, displacement from their ancestral land base, and the introduction of Christianity have impacted Dakota cultural identity over time.
Formerly known as Seniors in Mind, Tuesday Talks is a popular weekday series featuring music, stories and perspectives from history.
Tue., Sep 13, 2016, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$2, does not include admission to the History Center
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History Film Series: Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
From PBS: "At St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota, a community of Benedictine nuns is facing the challenges of a changing population, diminishing numbers and a slapdash world where quiet contemplation—central to the Benedictine tradition—is considered a luxury. In Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community, filmmakers John Hanson and Tom Livingston chronicle two years in the lives of the nuns of St. Scholastica, a Benedictine monastery founded on a commitment to work, communal prayer and leisure—the three aspects of monastic life prescribed by the sixth century Roman, St. Benedict. In intimate and candid interviews, the sisters reveal their individual struggles." The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening. 
Tue., Sep 13, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm|
Free

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

History on the GO! Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Bring your group and tour bus to Historic Fort Snelling for a step-on bus tour of the fort and the Upper Post. A costumed guide will join your group for an hour-long discussion of the history of the people who lived at the fort and Upper Post, and the role of medicine during the early 19th century, World War I and World War II. After the tour, guests can go inside the visitor center to view an archaeology display about medicine, watch the 20-minute film "Where the Waters Meet: Stories of Fort Snelling" and shop in the gift store.
The fort's gate opening accommodates buses up to 13 ft wide. The group minimum is eight people. The last tour starts at 3 pm.
Wed., Sep 14, 2016, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
$10/$8 MNHS members
Also Sept. 15, 21, 22

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Women's Roles, Women's Fashion in 1900
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Explore how women's fashion at the turn of the 20th century reflected expanded roles for women in the political, educational, vocational and social spheres. Discussions will explore women's fashion from corsets and bloomers to skirts and sleeves between 1890 and 1920. This program is co-sponsored by the Red Raven Espresso Parlor.
Thu., Sep 15, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Saturday, September 17, 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.
This tour is for adults and children age 10 and up accompanied by an adult. All tour attendees with be required to fill out a waiver before the tour. 
Sat., Sep 17, 2016, 9:00 am – Noon
$40/$35 MNHS members
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Critter Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Chickens, goats, sheep, alpacas, horses, lizards, spiders and snakes! When was the last time you saw so many critters together? See animals of all kinds as special guests visit from zoos, science centers, farms and more.
Sat., Sep 17, 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

Festival of the Voyageur
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Two hundred years ago, fur traders celebrated the success of the trading season with a giant party. Amidst the crisp air and bright fall colors, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds created by 250 reenactors come to camp on the Snake River. Witness feats of strength and skill as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Shop for historic crafts and join children's activities. On Saturday evening, learn the steps of a lively country dance as live fiddle music plays.
Sat., Sep 17, 2016, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also Sept. 18

A Stitch in Time Quilting Bee
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Take a guided tour of the Meighen store then join a quilting bee on the lawn. Farm wives used quilting bees to catch up on community happenings while helping one another with large quilt projects. Learn about the history of quilting and put in a stitch or two. A variety of quilts will be airing over the picket fence and on display.
Sat., Sep 17, 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

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.
Sat., Sep 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
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Wild about Wildlife
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join naturalist Scott Kudelka as he presents some of the animals that can be found throughout the state and how they have adapted to survive. Discover some surprising animal facts while viewing and touching furs from 15 different mammals (badger, skunk, mink, coyote and more) Test your knowledge with a game of "guess the critter."
Sat., Sep 17, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 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

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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., Sep 18, 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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Snakes of the Minnesota River
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Snake expert Tom Jessen will bring a variety of fascinating reptiles for visitors to see and learn about.
Sun., Sep 18, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Green Line Checklist Food Tour: Happy Hour
Mai Village
394 University Ave W St. Paul, MN
Experience the faces and flavors along University Avenue with the Heavy Table team, who recently completed their "Green Line Checklist" blog series exploring the restaurants, shops and food trucks of the light rail corridor. On this happy hour tour, explore the Little Mekong neighborhood, including stops at Lao Thai, Thai Garden and Mai Village. This tour is for ages 21 and up, including one beverage. Tour starts at Mai Village, 394 University Avenue W., St. Paul, and includes some stairs and up to two miles of walking on uneven terrain. Presented in partnership with the Heavy Table and the Asian Economic Development Association.
Thu., Sep 22, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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World War II Roundtable: Pacific Diplomacy in the 1930s
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Join historian Dr. Sidney Pash for a talk on Pacific diplomacy in the 1930s. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it.
Thu., Sep 22, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. This theme tour explores the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play Victorian fortune telling games. Discover how and why superstitions captivated the Victorian imagination.
This program is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Sep 23, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm; 8:30-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mill City Oktoberfest
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for their annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard, the Farmers Market area and Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater. Activities include cooking and baking demonstrations, music, dancing, beer samples, brewing history and food and beverage sales.
Sat., Sep 24, 2016, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free. Baking Lab demonstration requires site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

"Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this exhibit features more than 200 artifacts, photos and rare documents, footage from the NFL Film archives, and interactive experiences. A section of the exhibit will be devoted to the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, where visitors can work on their vertical leap, broad jump, kicking and passing games. Artifacts include the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Knute Rockne’s 1919 Massillon Tigers helmet, Jim Brown’s game worn jersey, Jerry Rice’s career touchdown receptions record football, Emmitt Smith’s rushing record game artifacts, and iconic artifacts, photos and film footage from the storied history of the Minnesota Vikings.
Sat., Sep 24, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$20 adults, $10 children ages 5-17, $5 discount MNHS members.
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Prairie Sugar Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Join the Kelley farmhands as they make prairie sugar, also known as sorghum molasses. Help strip the leaves off the sorghum canes, press the canes through a horse-powered press to extract the juice and stir the juice as it boils down to make a sweet, syrupy molasses. Then, enjoy a sweet treat of molasses confections such as gingerbread and molasses candy.
Sat., Sep 24, 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 Sept. 25

Fall Phenology Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn from local naturalists and phenologists, who study rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate, at the Forest History Center. Observe the many happenings with plants, animals, birds and the fall climate. Learn what to look for and how to record your findings. 
Sat., Sep 24, 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

Prairie Photography, a Natural View
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn the art of photographing prairie plants with local photographer Shelley Olson. Explore landscape, close-up lighting techniques and learn about camera equipment. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera and enjoy the beauty of one of Minnesota's most unique prairies. The event will be held rain or shine.
Sat., Sep 24, 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

Green Line Checklist Food Tour: Bakeries and Buns
Mai Village
394 University Ave W St. Paul, MN
Experience the faces and flavors along University Avenue with the Heavy Table team, who recently completed their "Green Line Checklist" blog series exploring the restaurants, shops and food trucks of the light rail corridor. On this morning tour through the Little Mekong neighborhood, taste familiar and lesser-known baked goods and BBQ treats at Trung Nam French Bakery, Silhouette Bakery and more. 
Tour starts at Mai Village, 394 University Avenue W., St. Paul, and includes some stairs and up to two miles of walking on uneven terrain. Presented in partnership with the Heavy Table and the Asian Economic Development Association.
Sat., Sep 24, 2016, 10:00 am - Noon
$40/$30 MNHS members
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Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. The workshop runs noon to 4 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants.
Sat., Sep 24, 2016, Noon - Sun., Sep 25, 2016, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632.

Gridiron Glory Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders and mascot for a pep rally and parade to open the exhibit "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame." The family day program includes hands-on football fun with skill clinics, a Vikings fan selfie-station, art activities, button-making, face painting, music and appearances by Vikings alumni players.
Sat., Sep 24, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, MNHS members free. Gridiron Glory admission sold separately.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, with a 70-minute guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. The tour begins at the Commodore Hotel at 79 Western Ave., and includes stops at 599 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and his birthplace at 481 Laurel Ave. Tour stops do not include interiors. Participants will hear about Fitzgerald's early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his stories and novels, and his connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. Guides will also discuss the importance of the neighborhood to other writers, from Sinclair Lewis to Garrison Keillor, Patricia Hampl and August Wilson. Tours begin at 1 pm. and 3 pm. 
Please note: This tour begins at the Commodore Hotel, 79 Western Ave., St. Paul. 
Sat., Sep 24, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm; 3:00 pm-4:15 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also Sept. 25

Cemetery Tour
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join site manager Amber Bentler for a tour of the Fort Ridgely National Cemetery. Hear the history of some of the area's earliest residents, including fur trader Joseph LaFramboise, Captain Marsh and the men who died at Redwood Ferry. This tour leaves from the amphitheater.
Sat., Sep 24, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ramen Attack
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Museum is pleased to partner with Zen Box Izakaya on the fourth annual Ramen Attack, to celebrate the restaurant's fifth year anniversary and to benefit the Children's Cancer Research Fund. The event includes ramen tasting featuring Zen Box Chef John Ng and world-renowned ramen chefs, beer, cooking demos by local chefs, music and Japanese cultural performances. Net proceeds from food and beverage sales will benefit the Children's Cancer Research Fund. Cash only for food and beverage sales.
Sun., Sep 25, 2016, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission required for programs in exhibit gallery

"Water/Ways" Exhibit Closing
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.
Sun., Sep 25, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 ages 6-17, free MNHS members

West Newton Post Office
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
When the village of West Newton was a thriving riverboat town in the 1870s, the Harkin Store was home to the local post office. Visitors can learn about the historic post office, how the postal service worked in the 19th century and more. 
Sun., Sep 25, 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, September 27, 2016

Littlest Historians
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the James J. Hill House through song, story, and let's not forget etiquette! Children will try out Victorian-era games and toys, watch a shadow puppet show, and help bake and sample Mrs. Hill's shortbread. A new theme will be presented each month. This sensory-based program is for children age 5 years and younger and their siblings.
Tue., Sep 27, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$6/$4 MNHS members; children under 1 free
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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., Sep 27, 2016, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Kansas City Over the Top 3-Day Getaway
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Building on MNHS' 2015 trip to Kansas City, attendees can explore the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Negro League Baseball Museum, Arabia Steamboat Museum and two presidential museums (Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower). Enjoy the city’s legendary barbecue, music and shopping, and even take in a Twins vs. Royals baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. Round trip transportation from St. Paul, accommodations, museum admission, meals and baseball tickets are included in the ticket price. Click here for the full trip itinerary
Wed., Sep 28, 2016 - Fri., Sep 30, 2016
$1040 (double occupancy)/$950 MNHS members. Reservations required
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

History Happy Hour: Political Comedy in Minnesota
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the history of political comedy in Minnesota. Join Levi Weinhagen, artistic director of Comedy Suitcase, for a look at political satire in Minnesota. From the founding of Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop in 1958 to Al Franken's move from comedy writer to senator in 2008, discover how comedy has addressed politics in America.
For ages 21 and older. This program is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Sep 29, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm; 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm|
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Bluebeard's Dollhouse Performance
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Charles Perrault's murderous fairy tale "Bluebeard" merges with Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" in this haunting, immersive promenade-style theatrical event. Marriage, violence and the power of secrets converge as this production winds through the unique and intimate spaces of the Hill House. A murder-mystery unfolds using theater, dance, puppetry and live music, taking the audience on a seductive journey through the suffocating marriage of Torvald and Nora, underscored by the brutality of Bluebeard's murderous compulsion.
Fri., Sep 30, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm; 9:30 pm-11:00 pm
$26 adults, $24 MNHS members and Fringe Festival patrons, $15 seniors, college students, and active-duty military


Ongoing Exhibits

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

Opens Sept. 20, 2016 

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this exhibit features more than 200 artifacts, photos and rare documents, footage from the NFL Film archives, and interactive experiences. A section of the exhibit will be devoted to the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, where visitors can work on their vertical leap, broad jump, kicking and passing games. Artifacts include the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Knute Rockne’s 1919 Massillon Tigers helmet, Jim Brown’s game worn jersey, Jerry Rice’s career touchdown receptions record football, Emmitt Smith’s rushing record game artifacts, and iconic artifacts, photos and film footage from the storied history of the Minnesota Vikings. 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.