October 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
August 10, 2016
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Lauren Peck, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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October 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits


Saturday, October 1, 2016

"I'm New Here," An Introduction to the Minnesota Historical Society Library
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Let our experts introduce you to this treasure trove of sources in our free class held each Saturday at the Gale Family Library. Learn about collections and get tips on how to use catalogs, request materials and purchase copies of historic papers and photos. The Gale Family Library contains an array of sources for finding family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of your house, business, organization or neighborhood; or just finding out more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. 
Sat., Oct 1, 2016, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Also Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29

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. The tour features food specially selected by Heavy Table critics and restaurant owners, many of which cannot be modified to accommodate food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Sat., Oct 1, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon
$40/$30 MNHS members
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Science of Fire & Ice
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Headwaters Science Center presents on the extreme heat of combustion and the extreme cold of cryogenics and their effects on all kinds of things. See demonstrations like a banana frozen with liquid nitrogen that's able to hammer a nail, or harmless but loud gas explosions.
Sat., Oct 1, 2016, 11:00 am - 2:00 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

Kid Crafts: Dream Catchers
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Oct 1, 2016, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$5 per kit, does not include museum admission

Time Capsule for Families: European Vacation, 1868
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1868 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family. Construction had started on their new home and they were planning a trip to Europe. In this hands-on program, children and their families can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste a popular food of the era and learn why the Ramseys' new house would be so special. Children can make their own time capsule to take home. This one-hour program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., Oct 1, 2016, Noon-1:00 pm; 12:30 – 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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Children's Games and Craft Day
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Families can play games on the parade grounds, including field ball, stilts and graces. Inside the commissar building, make a craft project to take home.
Sat., Oct 1, 2016, Noon - 3:00 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. State Park vehicle permit required

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 by Combustible Company. 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.
Sat., Oct 1, 2016, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm; 9:30 pm-11:00 pm
$28, $2 discount MNHS members or with Fringe Festival button
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Also Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15

Sunday, October 2, 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., Oct 2, 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

Horses, Horseshoes, Leather and Ropes
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Come learn about different types of transportation and necessary supplies in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. Leather worker Dan Cochran will have a display of his wares and talk about his work, and ropemaker Thane French will demonstrate his craft. 
Sun., Oct 2, 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, October 4, 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., Oct 4, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservations required
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History Flirt: Gridiron Glory
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Frolic with history at History Flirt, a free Tuesday happy hour for young adults. In October, get the ultimate tailgate experience in celebration of the new exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Enjoy great tastes, daring feats of strength and lawn game competitions for Vikings-related prizes. Plus, take in the Vikings SKOL Line and a live "Puppy Bowl" courtesy of Pint Size Pooches and Pet Haven. A cash bar and food will be available for purchase.
Tue., Oct 4, 2016, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, Gridiron Glory admission sold separately
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Minnesota History and Dinner in 4 Bites
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Historian Annette Atkins invites you to dinner and a conversation. Join Atkins, author of "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out" and professor emerita of history, on four Tuesdays for dinner and a dive into Minnesota history. Sign up for one dinner or all four. The first week dinner conversation will center on historian William Folwell's story of Minnesota. Discussion questions will include what are we doing when we do history? Why does history change? And why are Split Rock Lighthouse, Historic Fort Snelling, James J. Hill House and Oliver Kelley Farm historic sites?
Tue., Oct 4, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$95/session or $350/4-class package; MNHS members: $80/session or $300/4-class package
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Grants Office Open House
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The 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., Oct 6, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

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. The tour features food specially selected by Heavy Table critics and restaurant owners, many of which cannot be modified to accommodate food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Thu., Oct 6, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Highway 61 Film Festival Children's Films
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Watch the children's films from this year's Highway 61 Film Festival. The three-day festival was established in 2011 in Pine City as a celebration of the magic of movies and as a way to support independent films and filmmakers from along Highway 61 and beyond. Each evening during the festival attendees can view Photos on Buildings, an exhibit of photographs from local artists that will be projected onto the backside of Pine Plaza, along 4th Street SE.
Sat., Oct 8, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon
$5

Topics on Family History: Using Military Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn how to navigate 19th and 20th century military records like applications, rejected files, correspondence, finding aids, indexes, organizational applications and more at federal and state levels. These records can be goldmines of family details in state archives, historical societies and other repositories. This course is taught by genealogist Paula Stuart-Warren CG, FMGS, FUGA, who works internationally in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting and writing.
Sat., Oct 8, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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Apple Cider Pressing Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Minnesota is known for fruit crops, and farmers often had orchards, especially apple trees. Windfalls and culls were used to make cider, "the farmer's champagne." Assist the Meighens and their hired hands as the fruit of Johnny Appleseed fills the hopper of a small hand-operated cider press. Samples of cider and fresh baked apple pies complete the experience.
Sat., Oct 8, 2016, 11:00 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

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Sat., Oct 8, 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 Oct. 22

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sheep, Wool and Quilts
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Alexander Harkin first came to West Newton to raise sheep and produce wool, and visitors can spend an afternoon learning about the wool industry. The store will have displays of wool, a spinning wheel, carders, wool items and quilts, both old and new.
Sun., Oct 9, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hill House Chamber Players Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Hill House Chamber Players perform in the intimate setting of the James J. Hill House art gallery. This season the players present "Women of Note," a collaboration with music historian and blogger Emily Hogstad (Song of the Lark). Join Hogstad for insights into the composers during pre-concert conversations from 6:45 to 7:15 pm. Concerts start at 7:30 pm. Complimentary refreshments are served during intermission, and house tours are available following each program. This program is co-sponsored by the Schubert Club.
Mon., Oct 10, 2016, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 adults, $20 MNHS and Schubert Club members, $12 college students. $57 for season tickets. Call 651-297-2555 to reserve tickets
Also Oct. 17

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

History Lounge: The Duluth Lynchings
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join Michael Fedo, author of The Lynchings in Duluth, as he explores this fateful event in northern Minnesota. On the evening of June 15, 1920, three young black men were pulled from their jail cells and lynched by a mob of thousands after being wrongfully accused of raping a white woman. Despite media scrutiny and a trial, no one was ever convicted for the murder of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie.
Tue., Oct 11, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, Gridiron Glory admission sold separately

History Film Series: First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
From TPT: "A language is lost every fourteen days. One of those endangered tongues is Minnesota’s own Ojibwe language. Now a new generation of Ojibwe scholars and educators are racing against time to save the language. Working with the remaining fluent-speaking Ojibwe elders, they hope to pass the language on to the next generation. But can this language be saved? Told by Ojibwe elders, scholars, writers, historians and teachers, this tpt original production is filled with hope for the future."
The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening. 
Tue., Oct 11, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, October 13, 2016

World War II Roundtable: The 11th Airborne - From the Philippines to Occupation
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Join Jerry Devling for a talk on the 11th Airborne.
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., Oct 13, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mendota After Hours: Minnesota Lumberjacks and the Songs of the Northwoods
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 Oct. 14, join Brian Miller and Randy Gosa and traditional Irish musicians for an evening exploring the music of the Northwoods. Two drink tickets are included with the ticket price.
Fri., Oct 14, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 for MNHS and DCHS members. Reservations required, please call or email Sibley Historic Site.

CSI: Fort Snelling
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
It's October 1827 and you and your fellow passengers have just travelled three weeks from St. Louis to Fort Snelling on the steamboat Gypsy. After a long journey, you are looking forward to a reception at the home of the commanding officer, Colonel Snelling. However, a sudden turn of events will challenge you to question who can and cannot be trusted at the post. There will be twists, turns and, of course, a crime scene to investigate. 
The fort's Sutler Store will be transformed into a historic tavern with hot cider and snacks. Beer and wine will be available for ages 21 and up. Admission includes two drink tickets. This program takes place outdoors (rain or shine). It is appropriate for ages 14 and up. This program is sponsored by Barley John's Brewing Company.
Fri., Oct 14, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$22/$20 MNHS members
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Also Oct. 15, 21, 22

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
The gothic novel captivated Victorian readers. Combining elements of horror and romance, gothic authors created short stories, "penny dreadfuls" and novels that still influence modern-day writers. This theme tour explores the origins of the gothic novel, from the motivations behind the stories to why certain language and imagery was used. Discover why the genre captured the Victorian imagination. This program is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Oct 14, 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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Mystery at the Fur Post
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery at the Fur Post? This interactive drama takes place after dark, and armed with a candle lantern and a list of suspects, you'll have about two hours to investigate the scene, collect clues, conduct interviews and crack the case. This program is designed to be family-friendly.
Fri., Oct 14, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Also Oct. 15

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Writing Your Family Legacy Conference
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join nationally renowned authors, genealogists and editors, including Patricia Hampl, Diane Wilson, Shannon Gibney, Eric Dregni and Cheri Register, for a one-day conference on researching, writing and preserving your family legacy. The conference includes multiple breakout sessions, a keynote from Patricia Hampl and lunch. This program is offered in partnership with the Loft Literary Center. Full daily schedule and FAQs
Sat., Oct 15, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
$150/$125 Loft and MNHS members. Tickets on sale through October 5.
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Apple Butter Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Experience the fall activity of making apple butter the old-fashioned way. This day-long event begins with boiling cider and apples in a 20 gallon copper pot and ends with sweet tasty homemade apple butter. Guests can assist the staff in stirring the butter until it turns golden and adheres to the plate, marking the moment when it is ready for sampling.
Sat., Oct 15, 2016, 11:00 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

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
The story of the Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of St. Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum. The tour includes about two blocks of moderately-paced walking.
Sun., Oct 16, 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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Preparing for Winter
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Pioneers spent many months preparing for winter, including putting up their gardens, cutting enough firewood and getting food stocked for themselves and the animals. Learn more about the domestic side of this process by viewing historic equipment and pictures of farm life.
Sun., Oct 16, 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, October 18, 2016

Minnesota History and Dinner in 4 Bites
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Historian Annette Atkins invites you to dinner and a conversation. Join Atkins, author of "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out" and professor emerita of history, on four Tuesdays for dinner and a dive into Minnesota history. Sign up for one dinner or all four. Dinner conversation for week two will center on Minnesotans from the 1880s, exploring what their world looked like, what hopes they nurtured, languages they spoke, opportunities they sought, and failures they experienced.
Tue., Oct 18, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$95/session or $350/4-class package; MNHS members: $80/session or $300/4-class package
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Harvest Days
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping and the last of the garden produce and farm crops need to be harvested, processed and stored for winter use. Join the Kelley farmhands as they prepare for winter. Help finish up the field work, put food away in the root cellar, make corn husk dolls or join in a quilting bee and play 19th century games.
Thu., Oct 20, 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 Oct. 21, 22, 23

History Hound Hijinx: MEA Break
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
During MEA break, enjoy family-friendly fun, including football trivia and crafting a goalpost toss game, inspired by the special exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Thu., Oct 20, 2016, 11:00 am - 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. Gridiron Glory admission sold separately.

Fort Snelling Conversations: Visualizing Absent Landscapes
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Fort Snelling Conversations is a series of conversations around the diverse stories of Fort Snelling and the surrounding area. Share your thoughts and delve deeper into history and what it means for us today. When a landscape is gone, how do we remember it? Join Professor Kat Hayes, professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota, for a discussion of the layers of landscape that have existed over time around Fort Snelling and the impact physical changes have had on the historical narrative. Following the talk, lend your voice to a dialogue about how we preserve our history, seen and unseen.
Light refreshments provided. Dialogues are facilitated by Historic Fort Snelling staff members trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Thu., Oct 20, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free, reservations required
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Annual Meeting
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The MNHS annual business meeting will take place from 6:30 pm to 7 pm, followed by a feature program. A pre-meeting reception with cash bar, appetizers and music will begin at 6 pm.
Thu., Oct 20, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free for MNHS members

Victorian Seance: Fact or Fiction?
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
As the spiritualism movement gained popularity in the mid-19th century, an increasing number of Victorians began attending séances. It was believed that séances, conducted by mediums, were the best way to connect with the spirit world. Some mediums were sincere in this intent, but others were frauds and developed elaborate ways of tricking their audiences. Experience elements of a Victorian séance in this one-of-a-kind event with artist and performer Michael Callahan, as he portrays a Victorian medium, and discover some of the tools and tricks used at a 19th-century séance. 
The programs runs an hour starting at 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm and 11 pm. Suitable for ages 16 and up.
Thu., Oct 20, 2016, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm; 9:00 pm-10:00 pm; 10:00 pm-11:00 pm; 1    1:00 pm-12:00 am
$22 adults, $20 seniors and college students, $3 discount MNHS members
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Friday, October 21, 2016

History Hound Hijinx: MEA Break + Vikings
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
During MEA break, enjoy family-friendly fun, including special appearances by the Vikings cheerleaders and mascot, football trivia and crafting a goalpost toss game, inspired by the special exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Visitors can also meet Minnesota Vikings team photographer Andy Kenutis and dress up in football gear to pose for a photo to take home.
Fri., Oct 21, 2016, 11:00 am - 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. Gridiron Glory admission sold separately.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? A Comstock Ghost Investigation
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
A team of paranormal investigators will explore the historic home and nearby cemetery using eyewitness accounts and local legends to sort facts from rumors of haunted happenings. Join professional ghost hunter Matt Rasmussen as he presents the findings following the expedition. For skeptics and believers alike. This program is co-sponsored by the Red Raven Espresso Parlor.
Fri., Oct 21, 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

Victorian Ghost Stories
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Hear dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly light parlor of the James J. Hill House. Two weekends of suspense are available with different readings each weekend. The one-hour program includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker as well as lesser-known authors of the period, plus some "true" ghost stories. Program begins at 7 and 8:30 pm. This program is not recommended for children under age 8. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Hill House (included in admission) and hot cider will be served.
Fri., Oct 21, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm; 8:30-9:30 pm
$12/$10 MNHS members
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Also Oct. 22, 28, 29, 30

Saturday, October 22, 2016

History Forum: The Ghost of Tecumseh
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join historian Adam Jortner of Auburn University for a discussion on Shawnee military commander Tecumseh. In 1806, Tecumseh and his brother, the Shawnee religious leader Tenskwatawa, founded the city of Prophetstown in Indiana as an American Indian bulwark against U.S. invasion. There, they warned that unbelievers "would see darkness come over the sun." Future president William Henry Harrison, then-governor of Indiana Territory, scoffed at the prophecy until a solar eclipse brought hundreds of dispossessed American Indians to Prophetstown to stand with Tecumseh. Jortner will argue that the 1811 battle at Prophetstown brought the U.S. to the brink of defeat, rewriting American history and challenging the idea of Manifest Destiny.
This program is offered at 10 am and 2 pm.
Sat., Oct 22, 2016, 10:00 am-11:00 am; 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
$16/$12 MNHS members. Series tickets: $84/$66 MNHS members. Tickets go on sale August 15.
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Day of the Dead Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
For Mexican-Americans, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a powerful way to honor ancestors and heritage. Learn about the holiday and join the History Center’s annual celebration that features, music, folk dancing, traditional Mexican games, art activities, including decorating small clay skulls with beads and flowers, and samples of traditional bread and hot chocolate. Visitors can also view a dozen beautiful ofrendas (altars), tributes to those who have departed, created by local students and professional artists. 
Sun., Oct 23, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Lonesome Ron's Round-Up
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The Harkin Store and musician Lonesome Ron bid farewell and "happy trails" to the season with folk, country and bluegrass music. Stop in the gift store for the end of season sale.
Sun., Oct 23, 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, October 25, 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., Oct 25, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$6/$4 MNHS members; children under 1 free
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Haunted History Collections Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Halloween has only recently become a family-friendly holiday. In this adults-only tour of the MNHS collections, explore some of the creepiest artifacts and the most unsettling stories behind them. Join MNHS curators for a look at disturbing surgical instruments, a death mask and a hexed marionette. Tours last 45 minutes and capacity is limited. After the tour, enjoy a cash bar and conversation with the curators.
Tue., Oct 25, 2016, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm; 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm; 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
$15/$10 MNHS members
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Minnesota History and Dinner in 4 Bites
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Historian Annette Atkins invites you to dinner and a conversation. Join Atkins, author of "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out" and professor emerita of history, on four Tuesdays for dinner and a dive into Minnesota history. Sign up for one dinner or all four. For week 3, dinner conversation will center on Minnesota in 1916. It's before the U.S. entered World War I, but citizens have lots of views on the war at home, and many people have a stake in one side or another. There are also other "wars" already going on, especially on the Iron Range. The evening will also examine a significant election with important consequences at home and abroad.
Tue., Oct 25, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$95/session or $350/4-class package; MNHS members: $80/session or $300/4-class package
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

History Happy Hour: Horror Film History
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 fascinating history of horror films. Alex Weston, film expert and Ramsey House staff member, will share spine-chilling excerpts from rare films and discuss the history behind the ghoulish entertainment of the past. From the "phantasmagoria" projection shows of the 1700s to the first horror feature films in the 1920s, discover the origins of horror cinema.
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., Oct 27, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm; 8:30-10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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World War II Roundtable: Germany During the 1930s
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Join author Henry Gole to learn about Germany during 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., Oct 27, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, October 28, 2016

Spooky Timbers
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
A family-friendly spooky event with logging camp tours, music, storytelling, trolley rides, hot cider, hot chocolate and more. Plus, visitors should keep a lookout for a Sasquatch in the woods!
Fri., Oct 28, 2016, 5:00 pm - 9:00 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 Oct. 29

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Clay Jenkinson) talks with WCCO Radio's John Williams about America's beginnings, addresses current day issues from his point-of-view and takes questions from the crowd.
Sat., Oct 29, 2016, 10:00 am-11:30 am; 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
$20/$15 MNHS members, does not include museum admission
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Beading 101 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn basic beading styles and techniques by creating a project, like a necklace or bracelet, to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs: Saturday: noon to 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm 
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., Oct 29, 2016, Noon - Sun., Oct 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632
 


Ongoing Exhibits

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

Through Jan. 15, 2017

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.