March 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 10, 2017
Media contacts: 

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

March 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits


Saturday, March 4, 2017

"I'm New Here" - An Introduction to the Gale Family Library
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Let MNHS experts introduce you to this treasure trove of sources in a 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., Mar 4, 2017, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Also March 11, 18, 25

Time Capsule for Families: New Baby, 1882
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1882 was an exciting year for Alexander and Anna Ramsey. Their newest grandchild, Laura, was born and they were making changes to their house. Discover more about what made 1882 so special in this children's program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way for a time capsule to take home. Learn about new inventions that were making life easier and taste a popular treat of the era.
Sat., Mar 4, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm; 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm; and 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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Storybook Time
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy a story time exploring American Indian tales. All ages welcome; light snacks will be available.
Sat., Mar 4, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

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.

Tour highlights include:

  • The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and the other dangers that mill workers faced on a daily basis
  • "The Octopus" a large machine that directed wheat into nine storage bins
  • The Humphrey Manlift, a vertical conveyor belt that carried workers from floor to floor
  • The Rail Corridor where hundreds of boxcars arrived each day to unload wheat and carry away flour
  • Millstone plaza, originally paved with retired millstones and the location for lunchtime concerts by the Washburn-Crosby employee band in the 1920s
  • Evidence of the three major fires that have damaged the building in 1878, 1928 and 1991
  • The East Engine House, once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car pulling machinery

The tour includes about four blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. For those with limited mobility, please call at least two weeks in advance so we can do our best to accommodate their needs. Tours are held rain or shine.
Sat., Mar 4, 2017, 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 March 18 and 26

Kid Crafts: Bead a Ring
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn a basic stringing technique and bead a ring to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Mar 4, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$3/kit, museum admission not included

Sunday, March 5, 2017

MN Invents Pop-Up Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore a pop-up exhibit of posters of Minnesota-born inventions like the retractable safety belt, Post-It Notes and NordicWare, on display in the Minnesota History Center cafe, Market House. MN INVENTS is a book and poster series that chronicles the colorful behind-the-scenes history of Minnesota’s fertile culture of innovation and invention. Learn more about the project at mninvents.com. The pop-up exhibit will be on display February 7-March 5. 
Sun., Mar 5, 2017, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Pillsbury A Mill Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
415 Main Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. A Mill City Museum guide will lead a tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and the basement waterpower facilities. Visitors will explore the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis (with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft); discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.
The Pillsbury A Mill was the flagship mill of the Pillsbury Flour Milling Company. The A Mill was not only the largest flour mill in the world when it opened in 1881, it was one of the few architect-designed mills in Minneapolis, designed by Leroy S. Buffington. As such it was an industrial show piece and tourist attraction from the start. The Pillsbury A Mill ceased operation in 2003, and in 2015, the complex was redeveloped as affordable lofts for working artists by Dominium, a Minneapolis-based developer.
Please meet at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Loft main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). The tour includes about one mile of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces.
This tour is presented in partnership with Dominium, A-Mill Artist Lofts.
Sun., Mar 5, 2017, 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 March 19

Timepieces at the Trylon Microcinema
Trylon Microcinema
3528 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406
Movies magically transport audiences to other realms using an urban backdrop, a fantasy land or even a different era to shape the story and its characters. Travel through time with a panel of movie buffs and history lovers as they introduce movies that showcase a different era as a key part of the action. On March 5, join guest host Mark Mallman. Movie picks will be announced in December.
Since his debut in the late 1990s, Mark Mallman has earned a reputation as one of the Twin Cities' must-see live music acts, complete with his own star on the wall outside First Avenue. Mallman is also a professional composer who has created original pieces for motion picture trailers, including "Adventureland," "10,000 BC" and "The Haunting of Molly Hartley."
Sun., Mar 5, 2017, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$8/$6 MNHS members. Tickets on sale February 2017
Also March 12, 19, 26

Monday, March 6, 2017

History Day Night
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
View documentaries produced by local eighth graders from Mary of Lourdes Middle School as part of the National History Day in Minnesota competition. The students have created 10-minute documentaries about their topics, focusing on this year's theme: Taking a Stand in History.
Mon., Mar 6, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

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., Mar 6, 2017, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 adults, $20 MNHS and Schubert Club members, $12 college students. $57 for season tickets. Call 651-296-5662 to reserve tickets.
Also March 13

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Irish Heritage
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. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month and are made possible through funding from the Bader Foundation.
Tue., Mar 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

World War II Round Table: Mobilization of the U.S. Industrial Machine
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Maury Klein, author of “Arsenal of War”along with workers in Minnesota's defense industries—will present on the transformation of peacetime companies into a military Goliath. 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., Mar 9, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, March 10, 2017

Winter Moonrise Photography 2-Day Workshop
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
In a setting of unsurpassed beauty, discover new ways to create stunning images and learn how the pros take photos with impact. Through classroom and hands-on learning, this two day-workshop will teach participants about their camera, proper photographic technique, lens selection, filtration, white balance, camera mode selection, auto focus and manual focus, how to achieve the sharpest image and much more. Classroom instruction will be in the visitor center and field shoots will be near the lighthouse.
This workshop is taught by North Shore photographer John Gregor and Split Rock Lighthouse site manager Lee Radzak. Participants must bring a digital camera capable of exposure control and a tripod. Workshop hours maximize the rising of the full moon over Split Rock Lighthouse:

  • Friday: Noon-7 pm
  • Saturday: 6:30 am-7 pm

John Gregor lives near Two Harbors where he owns and operates ColdSnap Photography which provides commercial photography and photographic workshops along the North Shore, Minnesota, the Midwest and beyond. Lee Radzak became the resident site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse in 1982 and has been capturing images of the historic site and its surroundings ever since.
Fri., Mar 10, 2017, Noon - Sat., Mar 11, 2017, 7:00 pm
$199
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Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness & 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 for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Mar 10, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30 - 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Plan Your Garden for Seed Saving Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover how to design your garden for seed saving in this hands-on workshop located in the Oliver Kelley Farm's new visitor center classrooms. Learn about seed selection, planting and growing methods and harvesting techniques. Topics will include hand-pollination and isolation techniques, proper tools for seed saving, how to identify the best seeds to save, seed preparation and proper storage techniques. Participants will leave with a garden plan, seed-saving tools and some seeds for spring planting. This workshop is designed for adults only.
Sat., Mar 11, 2017, 9:00 am – Noon
$15/$13 MNHS members

Topics on Family History: Finding Female Relatives
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The patriarchal nature of recordkeeping can make researching women in family history a challenge. Explore ways to uncover the stories of sisters, aunts, mothers and daughters using traditional family research methods as well as new methods like DNA testing. Bring a research problem or join others to think through their research problems in this working session. This class is taught by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG. Eicholz is a professional genealogist, author and professor at Walden University. It is presented in partnership with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
Sat., Mar 11, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

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.
Richard Rousseau is one of the founders of Northstar Storytelling League and is currently the Minnesota liaison for the National Storytelling Network. The tour includes about two blocks of moderately paced walking.
Sun., Mar 12, 2017, 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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Seed Savers Exchange
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Oliver Kelley Farm has promoted saving rare and heirloom seeds since 1981. In 2017, the Kelley farm will celebrate the 35th Seed Savers Exchange, and the first one in the new visitor center. In this program, visitors can learn how to save, store and plant seeds, and then save them again, just as farmers and gardeners have done for thousands of years. A gardening expert will share insights into heirloom plants and gardening for the first part of the event, then stay for the free seed exchange. Participants don't need to bring seeds in order to take seeds home. Seed art and sorting activities will be provided for children.
Sun., Mar 12, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Talks: A Musical Companion to Betsy-Tacy
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Vocalist Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson present songs from the 1890s through World War I that were referred to in Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy book series. Hear familiar favorites like "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "In the Good Old Summertime" as well as some lesser-known gems from the era of parlor music.
Tue., Mar 14, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$5/$3 MNHS members
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Maple Syrup 101
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn how to tap sugar maple trees and make maple syrup. A local syrup producer will show visitors how to tap the trees, collect sap and boil it to produce excellent syrup.
Tue., Mar 14, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 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

Penumbra Performances
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy short performances of scenes and monologues from Penumbra Theatre company members in the exhibit galleries. The performances will feature plays and playwrights highlighted in the exhibit “Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race and a Nation on Stage.”
Tue., Mar 14, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Saturday, March 18, 2017

History Forum: The Rise of the Modern Right
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join Harvard University historian Lisa McGirr as she discusses the rise of the modern right. In the early 1960s, American conservatives seemed to have fallen on hard times. McCarthyism was on the run. The political left was grabbing headlines, and mainstream America was snickering at the political right. But a quiet grassroots campaign was underway. Thousands of suburban pioneers were working to shift the conservative movement from discredited clusters of extremists to respectability and dominant party status that eventually led to the presidential election of Ronald Reagan and to ongoing debates and divisions in American politics in the 21st century.
Sat., Mar 18, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am; and 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Irish Heritage Weekend
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the Irish heritage of one of the most influential families of the Gilded Age. Mary Theresa Mehegan, the daughter of Irish immigrants, wed James Jerome Hill, a young Canadian immigrant of Scotch-Irish stock, who went on to achieve incredible success and fortune with the Great Northern Railway. Though proudly American, the Hill family retained their Irish values and culture through their love of traditional Irish music as well as women's needlepoint and lace-making.
Themed tours will include favorite Irish songs, organ music and needlework demonstrations. Stories of the Hills and their servants (many of them Irish) will engage visitors in the history of Irish-Americans in Minnesota.
Sat., Mar 18, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
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Also March 19

Appliqué Beading 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of appliqué beading and make an appliqué beaded coin purse to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: Noon-4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-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; reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance.
Sat., Mar 18, 2017, Noon - Sun., Mar 19, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members, plus $20 supply fee

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

History Lounge: The Nonpartisan League
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1915, western farmers mounted one of the most significant challenges to party politics America has seen: the Nonpartisan League, which sought to empower citizens and restrain corporate influence. Before its collapse in the 1920s, the League counted over 250,000 paying members and inspired the creation of the Minnesota DFL. Yet today it is all but forgotten. Explore the history and legacy of the League with historian Michael J. Lansing, author of "Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics."
Tue., Mar 21, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Thursday, March 23, 2017

World War II Round Table: Minnesota-Born Unsung Architect of Army Doctrine
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Mark Calhoun, author of “General Lesley J. McNair,” will discuss the little-known contributions of a true hero who transformed a fledgling fighting force to a victorious one. 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., Mar 23, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota were covering the murder trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of murdering her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. This tour focuses on those involved with the case, from Bilansky and her lawyers to politicians and newspaper reporters. Hear excerpts from records detailing court testimony, see newspaper articles chronicling the timeline of events, and discover the role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction. This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Mar 24, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm; and 8:30 - 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Maple Syrup Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn about the process of making maple syrup from collecting sap to boiling it down. Sample a variety of maple treats, including candies, popcorn and lemonade. Visitors can also take a shuttle to tour a commercial syrup production facility.
Sat., Mar 25, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Family Day: Tipis, Tellers, Trolls
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the prairies, forests and cities in "Then Now Wow," the largest exhibit ever created by the Minnesota Historical Society. Have a "wow" moment with storyteller Paul Bunyan and Babe; sit in a modern tipi and learn Dakota words; make a Northwoods troll doll and dance along to fiddle and banjo music. And be sure to shake paws with our hero for history, the History Hound! Family days are for curious learners of all ages.
Sat., Mar 25, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Women of Mill City Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate Women's History Month with a day devoted to the women of Mill City. Enjoy performances by four Mill City Museum history players portraying 19th and 20th century women from Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Explore the museum exhibits for stories of women who contribute to Minnesota history and Minneapolis' flour milling, like the female flour packers who began working at the Washburn A Mill in 1902. Test your skills in a "piecework challenge" against the speed of women mill workers who produced 2,200 bags of floor a day. Visitors can also dress up and have their picture taken as a 1950s "mill girl" and make their own paper hat like women flour packers wore in 1919.
Sat., Mar 25, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Maple Sap, Sugar and Syrup Demo
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Join museum staff for a demonstration of traditional and contemporary methods of harvesting and processing maple sap. Guests will observe the process of gathering maple sap and boiling it into syrup and sugar. Samples of maple sugar will be available. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, this event will be moved indoors.
Sat., Mar 25, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Sunday, March 26, 2017

WOW! Family Sundays: Music Then, Music Now
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
On the last Sunday of each month, families can create WOW moments together by discovering the connections between old and new with activities, games, hands-on art projects and the chance to share stories with each other. In March the theme is Music Then, Music Now. Designed for ages 4 and up. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sun., Mar 26, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spark! 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, snacks and activities are included.
Tue., Mar 28, 2017, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

History Hound Hijinx: Spring Break
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Spring is in the air, a great time to learn about Minnesota weather. Explore the Weather Permitting exhibit including the "get to the basement" tornado simulation, make a suncatcher to take home, test your knowledge of Minnesota's weather in a live game show and join a "thunderstorm" parade. No school groups are scheduled for this day.
Wed., Mar 29, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also March 30

Thursday, March 30, 2017

History Happy Hour: Minnesota Breweries
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a beer with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the history of Minnesota breweries. Join Andrew Gieseke, a certified beer judge and craft beer enthusiast, for a look at the past, present and future of brewing in Minnesota. From the earliest breweries in the 1850s to the microbreweries of the 21st century, discover how brewing culture has changed over time and explore its impact upon the state. This program is for ages 21 and older. Ticket price includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Mar 30, 2017, 5:30 - 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Ongoing Exhibits

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

Closes July 30, 2017 

Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race and a Nation on the Stage
Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic expression and social justice. This exhibit explores the history of this storied theatre, from before there was a Penumbra, to the founding years during the Black Arts Movement, to the international recognition it has today. Told through the voices of actors, directors, playwrights, community members, audience goers and critics, this exhibit will feature artifacts, multimedia and performance, and is appropriate for all ages.

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.