December 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
October 12, 2016
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

December 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family's Steinway piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Shop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items. The 60-minute guided tours start every half hour. 
Thu., Dec 1, 2016, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, Jan. 1

Member Double Discount Shopping Weekend
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Head to select historic sites statewide for your holiday shopping! During this four-day weekend sale, MNHS members can enjoy a 20 percent discount on a wide array of uniquely Minnesotan books, jewelry and other items available in the stores and online. Participating sites include the Minnesota History Center, Mill City Museum, Split Rock Lighthouse, Alexander Ramsey House, Forest History Center, James J Hill House, Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post and North West Company Fur Post.
Thu., Dec 1, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free
Also Dec. 2, 3, 4

"U.S. Bank Stadium: The New Home of the Minnesota Vikings" Author Event
Barnes & Noble Downtown Minneapolis
801 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402
Steve Berg signs his new book, U.S. Bank Stadium: The New Home of the Minnesota Vikings.
Thu., Dec 1, 2016, Noon - 1:00 pm
Free

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. Nonprofits, 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., Dec 1, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Christmas on the Home Front
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Experience what Christmas was like for the Lindberghs during World War I in this living history program. Meet costumed interpreters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors as they provide insights into early 20th century holiday traditions and the challenges wartime presented. Learn about the impact of food rationing and create your own Christmas decoration or write a note to a soldier as Charles Lindbergh might have done. Camp Ripley will distribute the notes to Minnesota soldiers in time for the holidays. Visitors are encouraged to explore the gallery exhibits in the visitor center and shop for holiday items in the gift store.
Thu., Dec 1, 2016, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17, $2 discount MNHS members, free for ages 4 and under
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Also Dec. 2, 3, 4

A "Little Women" Christmas
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
The world of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" comes to life in this special holiday program. With the Ramsey House as the setting, discover how Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March celebrated Christmas in the 1860s. Play Victorian parlor games, learn about the fashion of the era, sing Christmas carols and enjoy freshly baked gingerbread cake, a treat that was popular in the 1860s. Arrive early and make a Christmas craft in the Carriage House.
This program is suitable for ages 6 and up. 
Thu., Dec 1, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$13 adults, $11 senior and college students, $9 ages 5-17, $3 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 2

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas in the Logging Camp Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
North Woods No. 1, the Forest History Center's recreated 1900s logging camp, comes to life under a blanket of snow during this yearly event. Join the camp crew as they get ready to celebrate Christmas in the logging camp. The program includes choral singers, storytellers, sleigh rides, hot chocolate, cider and more. Bring your camera to get your picture taken with Santa.
Sat., Dec 3, 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

History Forum: Andrew Carnegie and the Gospel of Wealth
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join author David Nasaw as he presents on the many faces of Andrew Carnegie. While he was a tycoon, unashamed of the fortune he amassed by now-illegal means, Carnegie was also an energetic advocate for world peace and a merciless strike-breaker. He was a public-spirited philanthropist who warned fellow millionaires that they would die "unwept, unhonored and unsung" if they didn't used their fortunes for the benefit of society. Both a hard-nosed capitalist and a benevolent civic patron, Carnegie left a complicated imprint on our ideas about wealth and public responsibility.
Sat., Dec 3, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am and 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Holiday Saturdays
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Every Saturday during the holiday season enjoy crafting holiday cards, community concerts and a wintery StoryWalk around the History Center based on the MNHS Press book North Woods Girl. Plus, do your holiday shopping at the museum stores for uniquely Minnesota gifts, visit Market House by D'Amico for coffee and snacks at breakfast and a full menu at lunch, and explore the History Center exhibits, including the special exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Art activities: Noon-3 pm
  • Concert performances: run 45 minutes and begin at 1 and 3 pm

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Sat., Dec 3, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 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
Also Dec. 10, 17, 24 and 31

Kid Crafts: Storybook Time and Shoulder Bag
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 pm, then from 1 to 3 pm kids can learn to decorate a shoulder bag. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children age 5 and up.
Sat., Dec 3, 2016, Noon - 3:00 pm
$7 per kit, does not include museum admission

Birch Bark Ornament Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Create miniature ornaments from birch bark that can be used to decorate for the holidays or to give as gifts. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of five participants is required. Registration is required three days prior to workshop.
Sat., Dec 3, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632

Afternoon Christmas Tour
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
View the Mayo House fully decorated for Christmas at the turn of the 20th century. Enjoy Christmas music in the parlor, performed by local musicians, while sipping on hot cider and snacking on cookies. Children can make a small gift and ornament from the past at the craft table. Tours will focus on holiday traditions from the 1850s through the early 1900s, incorporating traditions that both the Mayo and Cosgrove families would have celebrated while living in the home.
Sat., Dec 3, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 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

Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Get holiday baking inspiration when the finalists in the Star Tribune's annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest bake their winning recipes in the Mill City Museum Baking Lab. Meet the finalists as they bake their award-winning cookies, learn more about the history of the recipes, get baking tips for the holiday season and sample each of the winning cookies.
The Star Tribune's Taste section sponsors the annual Holiday Cookie Contest in which readers submit their favorite holiday cookie recipes. The winner and runners-up are announced in the Taste section in early December.
Sat., Dec 3, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Hill House Holidays
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as the servants of the James J. Hill House prepare for the holidays. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill family in a dramatized portrayal of servant life and holiday preparations at the Hill family's Summit Avenue mansion. The program moves through the elegant first floor spaces and then to the basement servant work areas. The script is based on letters and oral histories of people who worked for the Hill family during the first decade of the 20th century. Tours leave every half hour.
Sat., Dec 3, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24

Sunday, December 4, 2016

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.
Sun., Dec 4, 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 Dec. 10 and 31

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas on the WWII Home Front
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn what the Christmas season was like in the US during World War II, as well as before and after the war, with popular Christmas historian James Neagbour. Neagbour will explore how the population adjusted to hardship and loss by examining the nation's holiday music, movies and Christmas celebrations during the war. The talk includes light refreshments, and optional tours of the Hill House (included with admission) will be available following the presentation.
Mon., Dec 5, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 6

Tuesday, December 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., Dec 6, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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History Flirt: 90s Holidays
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 December, catch the holiday spirit, 90s style. Relive the era through displays of forgotten popular gadgets and gizmos and old commercials courtesy of TCMedia Now. Guests are encouraged to dust off their "ugly Christmas sweaters" and wear them with pride, groove to tunes by Flip Phone and snap a holiday photo with a retro backdrop. Plus meet local authors Michelle Leon of Babes in Toyland, First Avenue photographer Daniel Corrigan and author Danny Sigelman. A cash bar and food will be available for purchase.
Tue., Dec 6, 2016, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, Gridiron Glory admission sold separately
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
A full day of commemorative activities and special guests in the Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit gallery.
Wed., Dec 7, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 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. Daily museum admission is free for active military and veterans. Gridiron Glory admission sold separately.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Talk
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
World War II veterans will speak, and author Dave Kenney will give historical anecdotes about how news of the Pearl Harbor attack was received at home and Minnesota's response in December 1941.
Wed., Dec 7, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5/MNHS members
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

World War II Round Table: 75th Anniversary of Battle of Bataan and Corregidor
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Along with veterans of the Philippines, Col. John A. Adams, author of “The Fightin' Texas Aggie Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor,” will discuss the attack of Japan and Bataan. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table 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., Dec 8, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, December 9, 2016

"Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis" Author Signing
Barnes & Noble Downtown Minneapolis
801 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402
Daniel Corrigan and Danny Sigelman will sign copies of their book, Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis.
Fri., Dec 9, 2016, Noon - 1:00 pm
Free

Evening Christmas Candlelight Tour
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
View the Mayo House fully decorated for Christmas at the turn of the 20th century, enchanted by a soft glow of light. Enjoy Christmas music in the parlor, performed by local musicians, while sipping on hot cider and snacking on cookies. Children can make a small gift and ornament from the past at the craft table. Tours will focus on holiday traditions from the 1850s through the early 1900s, incorporating traditions that both the Mayo and Cosgrove families would have celebrated while living in the home.
Fri., Dec 9, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 Dec. 10

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ojibwe Mitten 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of leatherworking to make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: 10 am-4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-4 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., Dec 10, 2016, 10:00 am - Sun., Dec 11, 2016, 4:00 pm
$65/$60 MNHS members, plus $25 supply fee

Topics on Family History: Using Vital Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn how to find and use vital records (birth, death, marriage) and MNHS's People Finder to do family history research. This class is taught by Shirleen Hoffman, a professional genealogical researcher, speaker and consultant specializing in Minnesota and the 19th century.
Sat., Dec 10, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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"Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis" Author Signing
Barnes & Noble Galleria
Galleria Shopping Center: 3225 W 69th Street Edina, MN 55435
Daniel Corrigan and Danny Sigelman sign their book, Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis.
Sat., Dec 10, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

American Indian Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a family day featuring speakers and artists from American Indian communities. Learn about the Dakota and Ojibwe languages and about Indigenous place names throughout the state. Discover traditional music, dancing, games, birch bark art demonstrations, museum collections, art projects, winter storytelling and more. Visitors are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf, which serves the American Indian population in the west metro. 
Sat., Dec 10, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
Free. Gridiron Glory admission sold separately

"Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis" Author Signing
Moon Palace Books
3260 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406
Photographer Daniel Corrigan and author Danny Sigelman sign their new book, Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis.
Sat., Dec 10, 2016, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Home for the Holidays
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at the historic Comstock House, which will be decorated for the holidays. Guests will experience what a Christmas gathering would have been like for the Comstock family and their friends, learn about Victorian parlor games, find out what a traditional Christmas dinner consisted of, and discover the origins of some of today’s holiday traditions. Hot cocoa and holiday treats will be served. 
Sat., Dec 10, 2016, 4:00 pm - 7:00 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

Holiday Lights & Fireworks
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Spend a holiday evening at the Forest History Center and take in the music of choral singers, enjoy a horse-drawn trolley or sleigh ride, listen to winter stories in the logging camp and meet Santa. Watch as Santa throws the switch to illuminate the fire tower as his beacon in the Northwoods. Then enjoy a spectacular winter fireworks show.
Sat., Dec 10, 2016, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$5 adults, $4 seniors and college students, $3 ages 5-17, MNHS members free

Sunday, December 11, 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., Dec 11, 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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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

History Lounge: Capital City Architecture - Pioneer-Endicott
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
When the Pioneer Press Building opened its doors in 1889, the 12-story skyscraper merited a 40-page special edition of the Pioneer Press. The editors proclaimed it "the greatest newspaper building mother earth carries." A year later the Endicott Complex, designed by Cass Gilbert to wrap around the Pioneer, opened its doors. Join architectural historian Larry Millett as he explores how these buildings have been at the heart of the city's rich human and architectural life.
Tue., Dec 13, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, Gridiron Glory admission sold separately

History Film Series: The Art and Life of George Morrison
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
From TPT: "The art, life and impact of famed Minnesota landscape painter and sculptor George Morrison, based on the Minnesota Book Award-winning biography, 'Modern Spirit' - featuring interviews with the authors, artists he inspired, some of his friends and family as well as historic moments with George himself." The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Tue., Dec 13, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, December 15, 2016

An Eventually Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join the Ghost of Mill City Past for an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party in this unique play set in the museum's Flour Tower elevator ride. Scenes unfold on different floors where the audience meets characters drawn from the pages of the company's employee newspaper, the Eventually News. Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, "Eventually—Why Not Now?" Recommended for ages 8 and older. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments after the play.
Thu., Dec 15, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm; 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm; 8:00 pm-9:00 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 16 and 17

Don Irwin Holiday Piano Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate the holidays with musician Don Irwin and his virtuoso piano styling of your favorite holiday melodies. Tours of James J. Hill House will be available after the performance. 
Thu., Dec 15, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$27/$25 MNHS members. For advanced tickets, call 651-489-5771
Also Dec. 16

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis" Author Signing
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408
Daniel Corrigan and Danny Sigelman sign their book, Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis.
Sat., Dec 17, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Victorian Christmas Stories
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
A storytelling performance by costumed actors of classic 19th century Christmas stories, including Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Anderson and others. Light refreshments and a tour of the Hill House decorated for the holidays are included with admission.
Sun., Dec 18, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm; 7:30 pm -8:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Knitting Social
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate America’s favorite sport by knitting a football-themed scarf with the Scoreboard Knit-Along Project—taking inspiration from the Minnesota History Center’s new exhibit, "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame." Stop by the Minnesota History Center to share your progress and meet other knitters! 
The concept is simple: Choose a football team to follow, then buy yarn in the team’s two colors. Whenever your team scores, knit one color to represent the points in a corresponding number of rows. When the opponent scores, use the other color to represent their points. You can even add a third color to signify the end of each game. This pattern was created by Michelle Hunter of Columbus, Ohio, who leads workshops nationwide. You can find the pattern on Knit Purl Hunter or Ravelry
Tue., Dec 20, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, Gridiron Glory admission sold separately

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Victorian Christmas Carols
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
A lively concert by costumed singers explores the rise in popularity of Christmas carols during the 19th century. Hear familiar favorites and discover new gems! The one-hour concert in the Hill House art gallery includes light refreshments and tours, included with admission, follow the performance. Program begins at 6 pm and 7:30 pm.
Thu., Dec 22, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm; 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 23

Monday, December 26, 2016

History Hound Hijinx: Winter Break
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
During winter break, enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly fun with live performances and a wintery StoryWalk around the History Center based on the MNHS Press book North Woods Girl written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Then enjoy a family art activity using designs created by McGehee. Guests are encouraged to come early and explore the History Center exhibits, including the special exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Mon., Dec 26, 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. Gridiron Glory admission sold separately
Also Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Jan. 1

Tuesday, December 27, 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., Dec 27, 2016, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Polar Kids Camp
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Spend winter break with the Forest History Center's Polar Kids Camp. Throughout the day kids can sled, snowshoe, learn about wildlife, watch movies, listen to music, make crafts, go on a sleigh ride and much more! The camp is offered twice, and kids can attend one or both days. Kids should dress for the outdoors and pack a bag lunch. This camp is for ages 6-13. Thu., Dec 29, 2016, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$75/$55 MNHS members per day, call to register
Also Dec. 30

A New Year Celebration
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate the New Year's holiday with food, music, dancing and games at this Victorian-inspired special event. Explore the Ramsey House with family and friends and participate in hands-on activities on all three floors. Try a variety of 19th century parlor games and dances, listen (and sing along) to popular songs of the era played on the 1872 Steinway grand piano, and enjoy holiday cakes, puddings, and other treats, freshly baked from the wood-burning stove.
Thu., Dec 29, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 adults, $18 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Also Dec. 30

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Northwoods Holiday Fest
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Revel in a winter wonderland of family fun with trolley and sleigh rides, dog sleds, sledding, snowshoeing, snow sculptures, a snow fort, and launching snowballs and water balloons with a giant slingshot. Visitors can also tour the logging camp under winter conditions and enjoy wildlife shows and games inside the visitor center.
Sat., Dec 31, 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

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Spend New Year's Eve exploring trails by candlelight. The fourth annual Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike will include the trails connecting the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum. The trails will be lit with luminaries, and guests can drop in at any time during the event and go whatever distance is comfortable. Both museums will be open with free admission for guests to warm up and grab a refreshment. This program is co-sponsored by Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum and the Friends of the Lindbergh Heritage.
Sat., Dec 31, 2016, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free


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.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis

Closes April 30, 2017 

Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis
A companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text by Danny Sigelman. Corrigan has been photography the Minneapolis music scene since 1981—just as the scene was coming to life. As both a freelancer and the official house photographer for the legendary club First Avenue, he has captured thousands of live concerts, shot countless band promo photos and was behind the camera for many of the best-known and most beloved album covers by local artists. The exhibit includes framed photographs and a slideshow with many unpublished Corrigan photos.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

Closes Jan. 22, 2017 

Eugene McCarthy and the 1968 Election
The centennial of Sen. Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005) provides an opportunity to reflect on the populist Minnesotan’s contribution to American politics nearly 50 years ago. Parallels have been drawn between the 2016 presidential election and McCarthy’s 1968 campaign, where he challenged incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson for the Democratic nomination and eventually faced off against another Minnesotan: vice president Hubert Humphrey. In this exhibit, visitors can explore McCarthy’s historic campaign through photographs, campaign literature, editorial cartoons and material from his personal papers.