April 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
February 8, 2017
Media contacts: 

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

April 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits


Saturday, April 1, 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., Apr 1, 2017, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Also April 8, 15, 22, 29

Conservationist Aldo Leopold Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast. On this day, learn more about the man who many consider the father of wildlife management. Activities include readings from Leopold's collection of essays, "Sand County Almanac," screenings of "Green Fire," a documentary about his life, Dutch oven cooking, demonstrations on how to build a Leopold bench and nature walks.
Sat., Apr 1, 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

Kid Crafts: God's Eye
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn the art of weaving a God's eye. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Allow an hour for the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Apr 1, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$4/kit, museum admission not included

Time Capsule for Families: Civil War, 1861
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover why 1861 was such an important year for the United States and for the Ramsey family in this children's program. Learn about the Civil War and the new inventions of the era. Help make hardtack in the kitchen and sample gingerbread cake, a popular food of the 1860s. Children and their parents can create their own time capsule, using a timeline map to explore the Ramsey mansion and collecting "time capsule" tokens along the way.
Sat., Apr 1, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm; 1:30 pm-2:30 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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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., Apr 1, 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 April 15 and 30

Sunday, April 2, 2017

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., Apr 2, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes Mill City Museum admission
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Also April 22

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Art at the Hill House
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., Apr 4, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Wednesday, April 5, 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., Apr 5, 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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

North Star Circle Members-Only WW1 America Exhibit Preview
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
North Star Circle members get first look at the new History Center exhibit "WWI America" at this preview event.  Reception includes exclusive social time with a speaker program, live cabaret-style music, hearty appetizers and cash bar.  Save the date postcards and invitations will be mailed.
Thu., Apr 6, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$20 North Star Circle members

Members-Only WW1 America Exhibit Preview
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Members are invited to a reception and preview for the new History Center exhibit "WW1 America." The evening includes an exhibit preview, live music, cash bar and hearty appetizers. Invitations will be mailed to active members in early March. 
Thu., Apr 6, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 MNHS members
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Friday, April 7, 2017

The War That Changed Us: Songs & Stories from WW1 America
Fitzgerald Theater
10 E. Exchange St St. Paul, MN 55101
Presented in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, this live stage show explores World War I history and features some of the state's most talented storytellers and musicians. The show will echo many of the themes and stories found in the History Center exhibit "WW1 America," including the glory and tragedy of the war, patriotism and dissent on the home front, popular entertainment, the struggles of women's suffrage, the Great Migration and more.
Fri., Apr 7, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$25 or $30 seat/$2 discount MNHS members. Use code "America" to receive the MNHS member discount.
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Egg-Stravaganza Cooking Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover new ways to use hard-boiled eggs—from salads to main dishes to canapés—in a hands-on workshop in the Oliver Kelley Farm's new Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Apr 8, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$18/$16 MNHS members, registration required

WW1 & the Making of Modern America Talk
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In April 1917, when Uncle Sam pointed at Americans and said, "I Want YOU," how did they respond? How did they mobilize schools, churches and communities to support the war? And how did they monitor and suppress their antiwar neighbors? Drawing on the history of Minnesota communities, historian Christopher Capozzola, author of "Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen," will explore a crucial moment in America's history and its lessons a century later. Christopher Capozzola is associate professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sat., Apr 8, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Bird House Building Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Birds are a valuable resource for gardeners and farmers aiding in insect control and pollination of plants. In this drop-in workshop, visitors can learn to build a birdhouse to take home. All materials and tools are supplied. Children will need an adult helper to assist them.
Sat., Apr 8, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$5, advanced reservations recommended. Museum admission not included.

"WW1 America" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit WW1 America. Stop by interactive stations to see artist David Geister paint the huge WW1 America mural, visit with costumed reenactors from the era, take part in an art activity for kids and listen to live music from the era. Active military and veterans receive free admission, courtesy of Xcel Energy.
 Sat., Apr 8, 2017, 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. Free admission for active military and veterans

Topics on Family History: Naturalization Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learning whether, when and how immigrant ancestors became American citizens can provide big clues for family history researchers. The laws governing citizenship have changed over time as did the records created during the process. Learn about citizenship laws and records. This class is taught by Tom Rice, CGSM, a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer and writer. He is the past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society and past officer and current director of the Irish Genealogy Society International. It is presented in partnership with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
Sat., Apr 8, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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If WW1 Was a Bar Fight with Kevin Kling
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Storyteller Kevin Kling narrates a theatrical version of the popular Internet meme "If World War One was a Bar Fight" in which the complicated story of the outbreak of hostilities is reimagined as a fight among belligerent bar patrons. The production is funny, edgy, thought-provoking and more than a little tragic, with wild emotional swings from the poignant to the improbable.
Sat., Apr 8, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Also April 22

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate spring at the James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt on the lawn for children age 2-7. Participants can search for eggs, enjoy a snack, hear stories and explore the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. When the Hill children enjoyed their own egg hunt in 1898, Mrs. Hill noted in her diary: "A large gray and stray rabbit joined them most unexpectedly." Children must be accompanied by an adult and should bring a basket to collect eggs.
Sun., Apr 9, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$8/$6 MNHS members, reservation recommended
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Also April 15

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., Apr 9, 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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A Weaving of Traditions: Native Roots of Jazz
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
A commonly held belief is that jazz developed out of a synthesis of European and African music. However, few people are aware that jazz was also influenced by Native American music. Bringing these styles together, Jazz88 FM presents an afternoon concert featuring the music of jazz legends with Native roots, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.
Bobb Fantauzzo, who plays jazz on an American Indian flute, arranged the compositions for the concert and will be joined on stage by pianist Javi Santiago, drummer/percussionist Mac Santiago, bass player Jeff Bailey and Lyz Jaakola, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, who adds traditional Anishinaabe vocals and percussion.
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., Apr 9, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$20 adults, $10 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Talks: The Golden Age of Minnesota Literature
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The 1920s were a rich decade for local writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis and O.E. Rolvaag. While these authors remain in the canon today, more than 100 novels by other Minnesota writers also received attention in the 1920s. Join MNHS Acquisitions Librarian Patrick Coleman as he shares why he considers the 1920s to be the golden age of literature in Minnesota.
Tue., Apr 11, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$5/$3 MNHS members
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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., Apr 11, 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

History Lounge: The WW1 Letters of Alice O'Brien
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In March 1918, 26-year-old Alice O'Brien of St. Paul set off for wartime France. As the daughter of a wealthy family, Alice had no need to work or go to war. But she, like hundreds of American women, traveled "over there" to serve as an auxiliary nurse, a canteen worker and supply truck driver—experiences she described in breezy, but telling letters home from the front lines. Join author and historian Nancy O'Brien Wagner for a talk about Alice O'Brien's adventure in wartime France. O’Brien Wagner is the editor of Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O'Brien
Tue., Apr 11, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Thursday, April 13, 2017

World War II Round Table: Last Mission of "Jerk's Natural," 93rd Bomb Group
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Gregg Jones, author of “The Last Mission,” and veterans of the European air war will discuss the dangers of the bomber missions to destroy German armaments. 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., Apr 13, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. This theme tour explores the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play Victorian fortune telling games. Discover how and why superstitions captivated the Victorian imagination.
Fri., Apr 14, 2017, 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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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

History Flirt: WW1 Art
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
WW1 dramatically changed the geopolitical landscape of the western world. It introduced modern warfare and set the stage for many events that shaped the 20th century. In the US, the war effort shaped popular culture with artists, filmmakers and entertainers creating work that united and energized the home front. At this free happy hour event, visit the new WW1 exhibit and get up close and personal with the art, music and film that shaped the era for soldiers and their loved ones at home.
Tue., Apr 18, 2017, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Brave Women of WW1
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Angela Beaton, a NDSU graduate student, will discuss the brave women who served as nurses during World War I, including Jessie Comstock, daughter of Solomon and Sarah Comstock. While the United States didn't officially enter the war until 1917, American women joined the Red Cross and the Army Nurse Corps as soon as the war broke out in 1914. It was dangerous and exhausting work that they volunteered to do. Come hear about the experiences of these women to commemorate the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I. A tour of the house is included with program admission. Coffee and baked goods will be provided by Red Raven Espresso Parlor.
Thu., Apr 20, 2017, 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

Mill City String Quartet: American Music
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mill City String Quartet presents an evening of standard and contemporary American music. Larry Minthorn returns as guest artist to perform a new piece written for the Quartet. He will be accompanied by Minnesota guitarist Jocelyn Hagen. Other pieces include Barber String Quartet, Op. 11 and local composer Justin E. A. Busch's String Quartet No. 4 in F# minor.
Thu., Apr 20, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Northwoods Paddle 2-Day Workshop
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join a master woodworker to create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. Students will learn about wood selection, wood grain considerations, paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to handles, shafts and blades. At the end of the workshop, attendees will leave with a paddle constructed with simple hand tools, including a traditional spokeshave and block plane. The workshop runs 9 am-5 pm both days.
Sat., Apr 22, 2017, 9:00 am - Sun., Apr 23, 2017, 5:00 pm
$200/$160 MNHS members
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Forgotten Stories of WW1: Pantheon de la Guerre Painting
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
When completed, the Pantheon de la Guerre was one of the largest paintings in the world at more than 400 feet in length and with nearly 6,000 figures. Painted in France during World War I, it was nearly lost to time until it was recovered and restored by the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. Join art historian Mark Levitch as he shares this remarkable story. Artist David Geister will also provide an update on a MNHS mural project inspired by the original Pantheon, presented in conjunction with the History Center exhibit "WW1 America." Mark Levitch is a writer at the National Gallery of Art, president of the World War I Memorial Inventory Project and author of "Patheon de la Guerre Reconfiguring a Panorama of the Great War."
Sat., Apr 22, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Family Day: Lions, Puppets, Parades
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate friendship, diversity and unity with artists from the Twin Cities Asian Pacific communities as they highlight traditions that help us connect with one another and with other communities. Make a dragon puppet and learn what it takes to be a Chinese lion dancer in a special workshop and parade. Performances and displays will feature organizations representing the Cambodian, Filipino, Karen, Japanese and Vietnamese communities. And be sure to shake paws with our hero for history, the History Hound! Family days are for curious learners of all ages.
Sat., Apr 22, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. 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., Apr 22, 2017, Noon - Sun., Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members, plus $20 supply fee

Peregrine Falcons on the North Shore
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
Meet Jackie Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society and two live falcons and learn more about these amazing birds. Fallon has worked on peregrine research in Minnesota for nearly 30 years and has many stories to share and information about protecting these animals. 
Sat., Apr 22, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, April 25, 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., Apr 25, 2017, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Knitting Social
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Bring a knitting project and join a knitting social at the History Center the final Tuesday of each month. It's a chance to sit, knit and chat, so bring your current project and join the circle on the third floor of the museum. Yarn and needles will be available. 
Tue., Apr 25, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

A Conversation About Penumbra Theatre, Past & Present
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director emeritus of Penumbra Theatre; Sarah Bellamy, artistic director; and Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston for an evening of insightful conversation about four decades of creating powerful, inclusive, consciousness-altering theater about race in America. Penumbra Theatre has provided a stage for unflinchingly beautiful and honest depictions of the African American experience since it opened in 1976. A nationally-respected gem in the heart of St. Paul, the theater company has launched the careers of many talented theater artists, including two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, without losing sight of its mission to inspire, educate and reflect the pride and perseverance of the communities whose stories it tells.
Tue., Apr 25, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

History Happy Hour: Victorian Underwear
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the "unmentionables" of the Victorian era. Join Kelsey Hokenson of the Ramsey House for a unique look at the styles and trends of undergarments for both women and men in the 19th and early 20th centuries. From crinolines and corsets to boxers and briefs, discover the history and myths behind the garments everyone needed, but no one wanted to talk about. This program is for ages 21 and older. Ticket price includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Apr 27, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm; 8:30-10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Stone Saloon Sneak Preview Tour
Stone Saloon
445 Smith Ave N St. Paul, MN 55102
Built in 1857, the Stone Saloon in St. Paul is the oldest surviving saloon building in the Twin Cities. Since 2008, it has been undergoing a complete restoration and will reopen as an authentic German lager saloon in spring 2017. Join owner Tom Schroeder for an early tour of the restoration, enjoy a brief history of lager saloons and sample German-style beer and great sausage by Red Table Meat Co. This event is for ages 21 and up.
Thu., Apr 27, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: Angels and Madams
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This 90-minute program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city?
Fri., Apr 28, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm; 8:30 pm-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Apple Trees 101
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn how to select and plant apple trees that will grow well in northern Minnesota. Pick up tips on protecting trees from deer and other pests, reducing summer stress, pruning and mulching that will help ensure success.
Sat., Apr 29, 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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

WOW! Family Sundays: Hairstyles Then, Hairstyles 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 April the theme is Hairstyles Then, Hairstyles 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., Apr 30, 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

“Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis” Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Enjoy a new photography exhibit “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.
The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public.
Sun., Apr 30, 2017, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
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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. Find out more.

Opens April 8, 2017  WW1 America
The World War I era—1914 to 1919—was a transformational time for America. The nation emerged as a confident global superpower while deep divisions and conflict at home threatened to tear the nation apart. This major new exhibit created by the Minnesota Historical Society opens during the centennial of America's involvement in WW1. Through original artifacts, images, voices, music, interactives and multimedia, WW1 America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans during a transformational era in our history. 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 June 4, 2017 

The Raymond and Ruth Reister Collection
Raymond and Ruth Reister were both passionate supporters of Minnesota art and the Minnesota Historical Society. Through their estate, they donated a collection of more than 30 works of art—consisting of landscapes, figurative work and abstract compositions that span much of the 20th century—to MNHS. In this exhibit, view the works donated by the Reisters, including notable Minnesotans Charles Beck, Nicholas Brewer, Alexis Fournier and Clement Haupers, as well as other recent MNHS art acquisitions.