May 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
March 8, 2017
Media contacts: 

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

May 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Monday, May 1, 2017

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., May 1, 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 May 8

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: A Wedding 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., May 2, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography" Exhibit Opening
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
This exhibit showcases the work of six young American Indian artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. Artists include Nolan Berglund, Amoreina Espinosa, Joe Ettawageshik, Shaw Handley, Marco Hunt and Angel Swann. The exhibit will be on display May 3-July 15.
Wed., May 3, 2017, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Grand Opening Celebration
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate the official grand opening of the Kelley Farm's newest facilities, including the beautiful new visitor center, Learning Kitchen, outdoor exhibits, animal barn, modern gardens and cropland and more. Watch guest chef demos, plant a seed cup and make your own vinaigrette to take home, play 19th-century games, enjoy live music and food, and more farm-sized fun.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 7

Flowers & Birds of Forestville Walking Tour
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Go on a one-mile, 90-minute walking tour along old Sand Bank Road to spot spring wildflowers and birds. Gary Erickson, a longtime resident of the area and retired science teacher, will help guests identify flowers and birds. A site interpreter will share historical accounts of the flora and fauna drawn from diaries, personal letters and Meighen store inventory seeds. This program is supported by the Historic Forestville endowment.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon and 1:00-2:30 pm
Free

Kid Crafts: Dream Catcher
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Please allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$5/kit, museum admission not included

Summit Avenue Walking Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. The tour starts at the James J. Hill House and covers 1.5 miles. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Tours begin at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also May 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: Noon to 4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm

Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs with 10 days' advance registration.
Sat., May 6, 2017, Noon - Sun., May 7, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $40 supply fee. Registration required.

Time Capsule for Families: European Vacation, 1868
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1868 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family. Construction had started on their new home and they were planning a trip to Europe. In this hands-on program, children and their families can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste a popular food of the era and learn why the Ramseys' new house would be so special and what other events happened in 1868. Children can make their own time capsule to take home.
Sat., May 6, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm, 1:30 pm – 2:30 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. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Also May 20

Sunday, May 7, 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 parts of 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.
The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. This tour is presented in partnership with Dominium, A-Mill Artist Lofts.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members
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Egg Coffee and Newtons
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate the Harkin Store opening for the season by enjoying a hot cup of egg coffee made on the original stove and fig newton cookies. Then explore the 1870s general store, full of original merchandise, which was once part of the bustling riverboat town of West Newton.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Presented by Jazz88 and hosted by award-winning vocalist and KBEM radio personality Patty Peterson, enjoy an intimate afternoon of live music and inspiring stories with several Twin Cities' jazz legends who have achieved local and national acclaim. These legends will entertain with their favorite music and discuss how their journeys became a part of Minnesota music history. Set in a live concert/radio format, guests will experience what the musical environment was like in the Twin Cities in the second half of the 20th century and how it shaped today's thriving jazz scene. The performance will be recorded for later broadcast on Jazz88 and will be archived on the station's website.
This production is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$20 adults, $16 MNHS members, $10 ages 5-17
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday Talks: Minnesota State Parks
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Minnesota is home to prairies and forests, lakes and rivers, bison and gray wolf and a treasured system of state parks. Emblems of natural history, many state parks were created to protect nature gems, like the giant hardwood trees at Nerstrand Big Woods or waterfalls at Gooseberry Falls. Come share your favorite state park memory with longtime outdoors reporter Chris Niskanen. Chris Niskanen is communications director for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and former outdoors reporter for the "St. Paul Pioneer Press." He is the author of "Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota's State Parks" and "The Minnesota Book of Skills."
Tue., May 9, 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., May 9, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Confluence: Geography, History & Culture at the Intersection of the Mississippi & Minnesota Rivers" Exhibit Opening
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
A public reception will open a new exhibit featuring photographs by Luke Erickson, with remarks at 7 pm. The photographs highlight the historical, economic and social importance of two rivers, the Mississippi and Minnesota, and serves as a call to observe, preserve and protect our watersheds. These photographs are also an argument about the importance of landscape photography and a meditation on the mythology of the American West, the effects of suburban expansion, the American Dream and the exploitation of natural resources.
A cash bar will be available at the opening reception. This exhibit will be located in the museum's central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours through Sept. 24, 2017. Erickson's work is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Films on First Thursdays: "Women Serving in War"
Traverse des Sioux
1851 N. Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN 56082
View the film "Women Serving in War," where three generations of Minnesota's military women share their stories of service from World War II to Vietnam to Afghanistan. Following the 27-minute film, attend a program celebrating female service members. This film is part of the Films on First Thursdays documentary film series, a partnership between St. Peter Community and Family Education and the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Thu., May 11, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

World War II Round Table: Final Major Battle in Western Europe
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Hal Winton, author of "Corps Commanders of the Bulge," and veterans of the Battle of the Bulge will discuss critical decisions and mistakes that resulted in a hard-fought victory. 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., May 11, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: Advocates and Activists
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
As reform movements gained momentum in the 19th century, many women began joining and leading organizations that advocated for much-needed change. From women's and workers' rights, to education and healthcare reform, these women were working to create better conditions for those in their communities. This tour focuses on the contributions of several women in Minneapolis and St. Paul who were committed to changing their world. Learn about the uphill battles they faced, how they created change and the impact their legacies have today. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., May 12, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Forgotten Stories of WW1: League of Women Voters & Gold Star Moms
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
On Mother's Day Weekend, hear stories of two women's organizations created to support families and strengthen opportunities for women nationwide. Gold Star Mothers was created in 1928 for mothers who lost a child in service of the United States. Hear from Barbara Farrell of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Gold Star Mothers and Susan Schrader author of the "Minnesota History" article "Anna Gilbertson and the Gold Star Mothers and Widows Pilgrimages after World War I." Then learn about the League of Women's Voters, created in 1920 just six months before the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Hear from Amy Arcand, interim executive director of the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, about the League's history and how it helped support newly enfranchised women exercise their responsibilities as voters.
Forgotten Stories is a new series that brings together nationally known historians to explore forgotten WW1-era stories of the individuals and organizations who made modern America. Look for additional lectures offered each month through November. Following each program, guests are invited to take a 30-minute guided tour of the exhibit "WW1 America." 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., May 13, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Mother's Day Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother's Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the garden, harvest the first greens, meet the new baby animals as they try out their young legs and explore the new outdoor exhibit trails. And be sure to see what's cooking in the historic house kitchen and the new learning kitchen in the visitor center. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.
Sat., May 13, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 14

Topics on Family History: School Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
School records are kept every year and hold extensive details on relatives. Take a class on using school records in family history research, including private, public, religious, reform and ethnic historic school records. This class is taught by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. Stuart-Warren works internationally in genealogical and historical research, and her specialties include unusual records, problem solving, major repositories and Native American research.
Sat., May 13, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members
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WW1 America Mural Project: Meet the Artist
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Watch as Minnesota artist David Geister paints a 30-foot mural in front of visitors during the run of the "WW1 America" exhibit. The mural depicts 100 key individuals who have influenced the making of post-WW1 America. In addition to seeing the artist at work, visitors can meet Geister, discuss the work and contribute ideas that will inform how Geister completes the mural. 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., May 13, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 16, 20, 23

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Women in the 1870s had many chores, but they still took time for creative work, including making decorative aprons. See a display of old and new aprons, including some made by Janet Massopust, Alexander Harkin's granddaughter, who ran the store as her private museum from 1928 to 1973. The Harkin Store gift shop will also be open if visitors are looking for the perfect gift for mom! Aprons, books, candy, handcrafted items, toys and more will be available for purchase.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Hmong American Day Celebration
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Hmong American Day honors the contributions of the Hmong people to America and celebrates the history, culture and achievements they have made. This event was created in 2013 to remember the day General Vang Pao was evacuated from Laos and made the United States—and Minnesota—home to hundreds of thousands of Hmong. Activities include a welcome program, music, dance, games, art activities, a meet-and-greet with Hmong businesses and organizations and the "We Are Hmong Minnesota" pop-up exhibit.
This event is created in partnership with the Hmong American Day 2017 planning committee.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included. Registration required.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Night Hike with Naturalist Scott Kudelka
Traverse des Sioux
1851 N. Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN 56082
Join DNR naturalist Scott Kudelka for a hike to explore the prairie at night. Attendees will learn how to use their five senses in the dark without artificial light. The hike will meet in the Treaty Site History Center lobby at 7:55 pm and depart at 8 pm.
Thu., May 18, 2017, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spring Phenology Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn from naturalists and phenologists, who study rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate, to observe springtime at the Forest History Center. Learn what to look for and keep records of findings while watching migratory birds return and plants begin to grow. Kids can also join in nature and ecology activities and take a wildlife walk to experience spring in the Northwoods.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

90th Anniversary Celebration
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
On May 20, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh took off from New York to attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He completed the journey the next day when he arrived in Paris. Help celebrate the 90th anniversary of this amazing technological feat at this historic site. Guided tours of Lindbergh's childhood home will be offered every 30 minutes between 10 am and 4 pm, except at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm when a special program on Lindbergh's flight will be presented in the visitor center.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Upper Post Biking Tour: Influence of the Confluence
Coldwater Spring
5601 Minnehaha Park Drive S. Minneapolis, MN 55417
Take a two-hour bicycle tour with a Fort Snelling Foundation guide, who will discuss the history of the confluence area from the indigenous people who made the area their home to the construction of the 1820 U.S. fort to the growth of the Twin Cities. This tour covers rough terrain and is not appropriate for young children.
Sun., May 21, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, $10 suggested donation. Tickets and updates will be available through the Fort Snelling Foundation Facebook page.

Minnesota Riverboats
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about the riverboats that traveled the Minnesota River when the town of West Newton thrived in the 1870s. Learn how steamboats arrived in the Minnesota River valley as early as 1853 and why riverboats and the town of West Newton eventually disappeared.
Sun., May 21, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Thursday, May 25, 2017

History Happy Hour: Victorian Photography
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends while learning about early photography. Lacey Prpic Hedtke, photographer and arts organizer, will explore the history and evolution of 19th century photographic techniques. Discover the process behind taking daguerreotypes, tintypes and postcard photographs and learn how modern-day artists are incorporating these same techniques into their work.
This program is intended for ages 21 and over and is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Ticket price includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., May 25, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control were all part of Victorian life, but were never spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this guided tour. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals which provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors and friends. Discover what issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors.
This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., May 26, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Death of the Empire Builder Weekend
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
James J. Hill, known as the "Empire Builder" for his work building a network of rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77. Hill left behind a personal fortune of $63 million. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures of America's Gilded Age, Hill embodied the era of Manifest Destiny. Tours will emphasize Hill's career and the public's reaction to his death. Guests can view displays of photographs and newspaper articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one given to the family by the Great Northern Railway, created by Tiffany and Company. Guest organists will play music used at Hill's funeral.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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Also May 28

Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with costumed interpreters and engage with the many stories that make up the site's history. Learn about American Indian history and the fort's role in U.S. expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, including Dred and Harriet Scott whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War. Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the History Scavenger Hunt and earn a Fort Kids button.
Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks and talk with costumed staff representing different eras of U.S. military history. On Saturday, staff will present stories about U.S. expansion during the 1800s. On Sunday, the focus will be on the 20th century and the growth of the U.S. into a global power. On Monday, don't miss a special "living timeline" of America's military past on the parade ground, with costumed staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 28 and 29

"Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit" Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then & Now Exhibit Opening
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
View historic photographs of Japanese-Americans during WWII taken by War Relocation Authority photographers—including Dorothea Lange, Tom Parker and Ansel Adams—juxtaposed with contemporary portraits of the same individuals or their descendants from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. This exhibit provides a visual exploration of the Japanese concept of gambatte, or to triumph over adversity, and chronicles the legacy of Japanese Americans who persevered over their incarceration during World War II through a display of past and present images from an often-overlooked chapter of U.S. history.
The exhibit is supported by the National Parks Service, Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee, Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League, Asian Pacific Endowment of the St. Paul Foundation, Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and the Joseph and Marie Winter Family Fund for Historic Fort Snelling.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, site admission not included

They Built This Town Cemetery Tour
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Explore the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters take on the persona of some of the earliest residents of Forestville, who were instrumental in settling the village over 150 years ago. Hear the stories of the trials and tribulations of early settlement. Meet at the historic site for shuttle from 10:15-10:25 am for transport to the Zumbro Hill Cemetery trailhead. The cemetery is a 20-minute hike up a moderate-grade hill.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 10:15 am – Noon
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

American Indian Music Fest
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy a day of music performed by some of the premier American Indian musicians from Minnesota. The lineup includes Annie Humphrey from Leech Lake, a well-known activist and folk-rock singer; Thomas X (Thomas Barrett), from Red Lake, an up-and-coming hip-hop/rap artist; as well as local musicians from the Mille Lacs Band who will play flute music and perform hand drum songs.
This program is sponsored in part by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends Indian Committee and the Mille Lacs Energy Community Trust.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

American Indian Art Market
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Visit during Memorial Day Weekend and meet American Indian artists as they discuss and demonstrate their art. Learn about the various materials used and the meaning of their pieces and discover a wide range of American Indian arts and crafts inside the Trading Post. This event is sponsored by the Harriet Thwing Holden Fund for American Indian History and the Joseph and Josephine Ruttger Descendants Fund.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included
Also May 28 and 29

Wayupi-Wi "Planting Moon" Garden Project
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Wayupi-Wi is a Dakota word that means "planting moon." Plant heirloom native seeds using traditional tools and techniques in the historic site's gardens. Explore the planting styles of both Dakota and European-American settlers and the long established seed-trading network. Learn through hands-on activities how plants, farming and gardening impacted traditional Dakota life ways. Various heirloom seeds such as corn, beans, squash, pumpkins and sunflowers will be available to plant. Participants will take home their own version of a three-sister mini garden.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 veterans/active military and ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also May 28

A New Look at the Carvings
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Explore the rock face in bare feet in the evening to see petroglyphs off the regular path when the lighting is best to view them. Visitors can explore on their own, but an interpreter will be available to answer questions and direct visitors to carvings. Over the past several years, an extensive conservation project identified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently have been covered in lichen.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Upper Post Walking Tour: Whiskey, a Great Horse
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Take a two-hour walking tour with a Fort Snelling Foundation guide who will share the story of the famed horse Whiskey, who lived at the fort during the 1920s and 1930s. This tour will cover some rough terrain and is not appropriate for young children.
Note: This tour begins at the headquarters building (clock tower) across from the ball fields on the corner of Taylor and Colville Avenues. The headquarters building is a quarter mile from the Fort Snelling light rail station.
Sun., May 28, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, $10 suggested donation. Tickets and updates will be available through the Fort Snelling Foundation Facebook page.

WOW! Family Sundays: Camping Then, Camping 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 May the theme is Camping Then, Camping 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., May 28, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Minnesota American Indian Stories & Storytellers Film Festival
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
View short and feature films by and about Minnesotan American Indians throughout the day. Each screening will include an introduction by the directors or subjects of the films and will be followed by an audience Q&A session. This program is sponsored in part by the Harriet Thwing Holden Fund for American Indian History.
Sun., May 28, 2017, 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Powwow
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Bring the family and join museum staff and community members to participate in this social gathering honoring veterans past and present. Experience firsthand the excitement and joy of a contemporary powwow. The event is sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band and AM Vets Post 53 &  Ladies Auxiliary.
Mon., May 29, 2017, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Tuesday, May 30, 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., May 30, 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 creative project from knitting to embroidery and join a social circle to sit, chat and work at the History Center the final Tuesday of each month. The circle is held on the third floor of the museum. Yarn and needles will be available. 
Tue., May 30, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

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.

Closes Sept. 4, 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

Opens May 10, 2017

Confluence: Geography, History & Culture at the Intersection of the Mississippi & Minnesota Rivers
Luke Erickson’s photographs highlight the historical, economic and social importance of two rivers, the Mississippi and Minnesota, and serves as a call to observe, preserve and protect our watersheds. These photographs are also an argument about the importance of landscape photography and a meditation on the mythology of the American West, the effects of suburban expansion, the American Dream and the exploitation of natural resources.
Erickson's work is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., 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.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia

Opens May 3, 2017 

Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography
This exhibit showcases the work of six young American Indian artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. Artists include Nolan Berglund, Amoreina Espinosa, Joe Ettawageshik, Shaw Handley, Marco Hunt and Angel Swann.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Opens May 27, 2017 

"Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit" Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then & Now
View historic photographs of Japanese-Americans during WWII taken by War Relocation Authority photographers—including Dorothea Lange, Tom Parker and Ansel Adams—juxtaposed with contemporary portraits of the same individuals or their descendants from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. This exhibit provides a visual exploration of the Japanese concept of gambatte, or to triumph over adversity, and chronicles the legacy of Japanese Americans who persevered over their incarceration during World War II through a display of past and present images from an often-overlooked chapter of U.S. history.
The exhibit is supported by the National Parks Service, Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee, Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League, Asian Pacific Endowment of the St. Paul Foundation, Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and the Joseph and Marie Winter Family Fund for Historic Fort Snelling.