June 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

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Release dated: 
April 12, 2017
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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June 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour
Green Awning Between Pracna and Aster Cafe
125 Main Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Explore the history of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to Xcel Energy's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the waterpower from St. Anthony Falls, today just one is left. On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy's green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront.
The Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour is presented in partnership with Xcel Energy. All guests must sign a waiver before taking the tour. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces, as well as climbing up and down several flights of stairs. Some historic locations on this tour are not wheelchair accessible.
Thu., Jun 1, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/$14 MNHS members. Children age 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Also June 15 & 29

Friday, June 2, 2017

National Donut Day at the History Center
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
On National Donut Day, enjoy free donuts, live music, WW1 storytelling by humorist Kevin Kling and costumed reenactors with admission to the History Center's WW1 America exhibit. During World War I, members of the Salvation Army (dubbed Donut Girls or Lassies) provided a priceless taste of home, warm donuts, to homesick servicemen on the front lines in France. 
The History Center also opens early on National Donut Day at 7 am instead of 10 am. This event was created in partnership with the local Salvation Army and YoYo Donuts and Coffee Bar. 
Fri., Jun 2, 2017, 7:00 am - 10:00 am
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

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
When the United States entered World War I, its citizens were called to do their patriotic duty and support the war effort. Costumed interpreters portraying the Lindbergh family and neighbors will provide insights into the daily lives of Minnesotans at home during the war. Hear inside stories about farming for the war effort, assist a Red Cross volunteer and learn about the ways Minnesota life changed during the war. Tours begin every 30 minutes between 10 am and 4 pm.
Sat., Jun 3, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members, free for ages 4 and under
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Also June 17

West End Walking Tour
St. Stanislaus Church
398 Superior St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover the hidden history of West 7th Street, St. Paul's first neighborhood. The tour features hidden gems of St. Paul architecture along the twisting side streets and the stories of the immigrants, veterans, entrepreneurs and opportunists who lived and worked there. This tour includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 3, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members
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War of 1812 Family Day
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
It's the War of 1812, and the Americans are attacking British territories. The North West Company is enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs to help defend the business of the fur trade. Join in musket drills, march in formation and make a militia hat to show your support.
Sat., Jun 3, 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
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Farm Animal Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Farm animals have always been and continue to be an important part of agriculture. Meet the animals and their offspring. Watch the farmers as they shear off the sheep's wool coats. Discover how farm animals were used and cared for in the 19th century, then meet modern animals and explore garden crops. Explore animal products cooked in the historic farm kitchen and in the new Learning Kitchen in the visitor center.
Sat., Jun 3, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, active military/veterans and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 4

Kid Crafts: Corn Husk Doll
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made out of the outer covering of a ear of corn and are typically made during the fall. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Jun 3, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$6/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., Jun 3, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm -3:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also June 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25

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 no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jun 3, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Also June 24

Bars, Bootleggers & Booze Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and learn about Minnesota's complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11 Wells distillery, the restored Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Samples included. This tour is for ages 21 and up and includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jun 3, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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American Indian Pottery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn about traditional American Indian pottery and create your own pinch or coil clay pot to take home. See demonstrations throughout the day and hear about the tradition of American Indian pottery.
Sat., Jun 3, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 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

Dakota Archery Basics & Traditional Weapons
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Learn how traditional bow and arrow weapons impacted Dakota living and their role in the survival and sustainability of the Dakota people. Try your hand on the archery range with naturalist Scott Kudelka in a program that covers the basics of archery, including safety, proper care of the equipment and how to shoot an arrow. Staff will also demonstrate traditional wasna-making; learn about this food source and the benefits it provided to Dakota hunters during their scouting and hunting expeditions.
Sat., Jun 3, 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 June 4, 17, 18, 24 & 25

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dollar Day
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site shows its appreciation to the community with $1 admission all afternoon. Tours of Lindbergh's boyhood home will be available every half hour with the last tour at 4 pm. Learn how Lindbergh developed interests in aviation, technology and the natural environment while touring the historic home and the interactive exhibits in the visitor center, including the popular Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator.
Sun., Jun 4, 2017, Noon - 5:00 pm
$1/free MNHS members and ages 4 and under

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. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Learn about the Civil War and the new inventions of the era. Help make hardtack in the kitchen and taste gingerbread cake, a popular treat of the 1860s. Children can make their own time capsule to take home.
Sun., Jun 4, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm, 12:30-1:30 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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Railroad History Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production and warehousing took off. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jun 4, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members
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"The Raymond and Ruth Reister Collection" Exhibit Closing
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
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. The exhibit runs Feb. 11-June 4, 2017. 
Sun., Jun 4, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free with site admission or $2 art gallery-only admission. Site admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students

Dairy Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The Harkin Store will honor the dairy industry with delicious dairy products to sample all afternoon. Enjoy a treat while relaxing on the 1870s porch and watching the river.
Sun., Jun 4, 2017, 1:00 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 ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Monday, June 5, 2017

Nooks & Crannies Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gatehouse overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today.
Tours run 90 minutes and leave at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 pm. The 6 and 7:30 pm tours are led by a costumed interpreter portraying a construction worker or house servant.
Mon., Jun 5, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students, $14 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
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Also June 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Summer on Summit
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House and is followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month and are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation.
Tue., Jun 6, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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Behind the Seams - Costume Designing August Wilson's Plays
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In Penumbra Theatre's recent production of "Jitney" by August Wilson, the costumes evoked the 1970s and conveyed aspects of the characters. Learn more about the production from costume designer Mathew LeFebvre. See original sketches and join a conversation about how clothes evoke a time period and a mood, enliven a character and advance the action. This program begins with a social hour and time to tour the "Penumbra Theatre at 40" exhibit; LeFevbre's talk will begin at 7 pm.
Tue., Jun 6, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free, registration recommended
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Yoga on the Lawn
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Every Tuesday night in the summer join a free yoga class on the Comstock House lawn. Classes are taught by certified instructor Amanda Nordic and designed for all levels of ability. A limited number of yoga mats will be available; it's recommended that students bring their own mat and water bottle.
Class will be cancelled in cases of rain or temperatures below 60 degrees. Updates will be posted on the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County's Facebook page.
Tue., Jun 6, 2017, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Also June 13, 20 & 27

Friday, June 9, 2017

Lindbergh's Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
What makes a person a good American? What makes someone a hero? Can someone stop being a hero? These questions and more will be explored in this program that examines Charles Lindbergh leading up to World War II. Lindbergh meant many things to many people. To some he was the "golden boy" who could do no wrong: a young, handsome, brave pilot who suffered the kidnapping and death of his first child. To others he was un-American, a traitor in support of Hitler and an isolationist against the United States' entry into World War II. The program will include a staff presentation followed by a discussion session to gain a greater understanding of Lindbergh's complex legacy.
Fri., Jun 9, 2017, 2:30 pm - 3:00 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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Also June 23

Mendota After Hours: History of Brewing in the Twin Cities
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Have a drink with friends while learning about Minnesota history in the beautiful setting of the Sibley Historic Site. A new topic will be offered each month. In June, hear from historian Doug Hoverson as he presents from his book "Land of Amber Waters: History of Brewing in the Twin Cities." Light food and one drink ticket will be provided with each paid admission for ages 21+. This program is offered by the Dakota County Historical Society.
Fri., Jun 9, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS and DCHS members

Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness and 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 a 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 guided tour, hear excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters and journals and discover how a influential family handled a very human reality.
This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jun 9, 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, June 10, 2017

Lowertown Walking Tour
Southwest corner of Kellogg Blvd and Robert St
St. Paul, MN 55101
Discover the transformation of St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood from sleazy river port to bustling rail hub and industrial center, and from failing urban enclave to thriving urban village. Explore architectural gems like Union Depot and the Pioneer-Endicott building and uncover tales of the magnates, thieves and dreamers who built the Capital City's hippest neighborhood. This tour includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Bread Making Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Bread is the staff of life and is the most widely consumed food in the world. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed interpreters as they complete the weekly task of bread making. Nineteenth century techniques of bread making will be showcased with opportunities for hands-on participation. The bread-making process is an all-day event with the mixing beginning at 10 am and the finished product coming out of the oven around 3 pm.
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 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

High Bridge Station Walking Tour
Xcel High Bridge Generating Plant
155 Randolph Avenue St. Paul, MN 55102
A street-level tour of Minnesota's capital city highlighting the natural and human forces that shaped it long ago and today. This tour features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Xcel High Bridge Generating Station, and a walk along the Mississippi, tracing the city's origins as a shipping hub that is still powered by the river. A stop for refreshments at the new Red River Kitchen is included.
This tour is presented in partnership with Xcel Energy. All attendees must sign a waiver before the tour. Tour route includes stairs, open-floor grating and up to 2 miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven surfaces. Some historic locations on this tour are not wheelchair accessible. 
Note: The High Bridge Electric Generating Plant contains equipment that produces Electro-Magnetic Frequency (EMF) emissions, which have the potential to interfere with implanted medical devices.
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$25/$20 MNHS members. Children age 10 and up must be accompanied by a guardian.
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Open House
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
Enjoy the beauty and history of Minnesota's North Shore during a free open house day at Split Rock Lighthouse and state park on National Get Outdoors Day. Tour the light station, keeper's house and fog signal building. Stop by the Visitor Center to see exhibits on the North Shore's tourism and commercial fishing industries, and view a film about the early shipping industry on Lake Superior.
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Free

Company B Reenactment Weekend
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join Civil War reenactors from Company B, the New Ulm Battery and other groups as they demonstrate what life was like for soldiers during the 1860s. The men will cook their supper over the fire, run musket drills, fire cannons and educate visitors on a typical day at the fort. The reenactors arrive Friday night and stay through Sunday, so families are encouraged to stay the weekend and camp at the state park.
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 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

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 showpiece 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.
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/$14 MNHS members
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History Investigators One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Become a history investigator and find out that there's more to history than meets the eye at Historic Fort Snelling. Try to answer questions like: Who was here before and what happened? Why would a blacksmith make a soft nail? How can an officer own another person? Why is the baker's arm in the oven? How does time stretch in the summer and shrink in the winter?
At this camp, kids can delve beneath the surface to investigate the reasons things are the way they are, how they came to be and the effects they have on us today. This camp is for ages 9-14.  Cancellations accepted until 3 weeks before camp's start for exchange/refund, minus a 20% processing fee. 
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
$50/$45 MNHS members
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Also June 24

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., Jun 10, 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 June 13 & 20

St. Paul's Brewing History Bus Tour
Summit Brewing
910 Montreal Circle St. Paul, MN 55102
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about St. Paul's hoppy past on this three-hour tour with samples, conversations and hidden gems along the way. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Schmidt Brewery Complex, now Schmidt Artist Lofts, with one of Schmidt's last brewmasters, Phil Gagne, as well as tours and tastings at Flat Earth Brewing and Summit Brewing.
This tour is for ages 21 and up. Tour includes no more than two blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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Fashion & Style in the 1800s
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
From corsets and crinolines to bustles and boots, learn about the history and myths surrounding 19th century fashion. Join Jayne Becker from MNHS for a look at fashion styles and trends of the past. Discover which items were needed for day-to-day wear and which were the height of frivolity.
Sat., Jun 10, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 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

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., Jun 10, 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
Also June 24

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Upper Post Walking Tour: Flag Day 1942
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Take a two-hour walking tour with a Fort Snelling Foundation guide and learn about Fort Snelling during World War II. 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., Jun 11, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, $10 suggested donation. Tickets and updates will be available through the Fort Snelling Foundation Facebook page.

Engineering the Falls Walking Tour, with History Player William de la Barre
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis riverfront, the west side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls have changed over the years.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jun 11, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Flag Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about the U.S. flag, how it evolved, what its design means and what the flag looked like in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. Visitors can also view a display of different American flags, and the gift shop will have flag-related items for sale along with books, toys and handcrafts.
Sun., Jun 11, 2017, 1:00 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 ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Monday, June 12, 2017

Finishing School for Young Ladies Day Camp
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Experience the world of a Victorian finishing school in this day camp. Each day features an historical theme where participants learn about Victorian life through fashion, music, art and etiquette activities. Participants will wear a Victorian-inspired costume and learn popular dances of the 1870s.
This camp is for girls ages 9-12. Cancellations accepted until 3 weeks before camp's start for exchange/refund, minus a 20% processing fee. 
Mon., Jun 12, 2017, 8:30 am - Wed., Jun 14, 2017, 4:00 pm
$220/$200 MNHS members
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Also June 19-21

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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., Jun 13, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lawn Games & Local Beer
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Join your friends at the Comstock House for lawn games and a local brew. Play a different game on the south lawn every other Thursday from June 15-Aug 24. On June 15, play a Swedish favorite, kubb. 
Thu., Jun 15, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free/$5 per drink
Also June 29

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sacred St. Paul Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Churches, both the humble and the grand, demonstrate St. Paul's rich religious and ethnic history. Explore the art, architecture and unique stories of some of the capital city's most fascinating sacred spaces with professional photographer Doug Ohman, whose work is featured in the MNHS Press book "Churches of Minnesota."
This tour includes stairs and no more than 2 blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Some churches offer limited accessibility. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jun 17, 2017, 9:00 am – Noon
$50/$40 MNHS members
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Also June 24

Forgotten Stories of WW1: The Transformation of a Nation
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join Michael Neiberg, professor of history at the U.S. Army War College and author of "The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America," as he discusses how the U.S. went from detached observer to fully committed participant in WW1. Then hear from Trygve Throntveit, author of "Power without Victory: Woodrow Wilson and the American Internationalist Experiment," as he takes a fresh look at the often misunderstand motives of Wilson including his push for a League of Nations.
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., Jun 17, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Be a Lumberjack Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Kids are invited to be a lumberjack for a day. At the logging camp, children can help saw wood, count beans, mix cookie dough, stamp a log, cross haul a sled and race "gray-backs." Then it's time for fun with games like "prune on a spoon" racing, musical stumps and raisin spitting and craft projects that bring out the creativity in kids.
Sat., Jun 17, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 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

Archaeology for Kids One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Grab a trowel and get ready for an archeological dig! Campers will spend the day with trained staff who will help them do archaeological work, including research, digging and sifting at a recreated dig site and working with scientific equipment in a lab.
This camp is for ages 10-14, and space is limited to 10. Cancellations accepted until 3 weeks before camp's start for exchange/refund, minus a 20% processing fee. 
Sat., Jun 17, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$65/$60 MNHS members
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Father's Day Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
This Father's Day join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th century farm chores, like building feed boxes, repairing fences, raking hay and caring for livestock. Then join in to help with some 21st century chores, meet modern livestock, explore modern crops and machinery and climb aboard a modern hay baler. Don't forget to stop by to sample sweets in the new learning kitchen. Fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child of any age.
Sat., Jun 17, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, active military/veterans and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. Fathers admitted free when accompanied by a child.
Also June 18

Riverfront Quest Family Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Explore the Minneapolis riverfront with a family treasure hunt. Make a quest journal from 10:30-11 am and then solve rhyming riddles, search for hidden boxes and discover the stories of Minneapolis' history along the way from 11 am to noon. The tour is designed for ages 6-11.
The 60-minute tour includes no more than one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jun 17, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$12 adults, $10 seniors, college students and ages 5-17, $7 MNHS members ages 5-17, free for adult members accompanying a child. Includes museum admission.
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Games from Times Past
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Take a guided tour of the Meighen store, then play games popular in the 1800s, including graces, battledore, shuttlecock, croquet, string games and races. Staff will be available to help with instructions and join in the play.
Sat., Jun 17, 2017, 11:00 am - 4:00 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

Flintknapping Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn how early hunters created arrowheads for their spears or arrows by observing a flintknapper demonstrate the process of creating stone projectile points.
Sat., Jun 17, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 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, June 18, 2017

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis, and learn about the many people who have worked and lived in the area over the years. Plus, explore the ongoing riverfront renaissance through the historic preservation of Mill Ruins Park, Mill City Museum, Milwaukee Road Depot, historic loft condominiums and new developments, including the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music and riverfront housing.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jun 18, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Father's Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate Father's Day with a trip to the Harkin Store. Visit with artist Dan Cochran who will discuss and display his leatherwork. Then relax under the shade of the 1870s porch while learning about the general store and the former bustling riverboat stop of West Newton.
Sun., Jun 18, 2017, 1:00 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 ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Outdoor Explorers Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Calling all adventurers! Bring a sense of discovery and experience outdoor skills and life in the early 1800s. Campers will try their hand at using flint and steel, tracking animals, fishing, hiking, cooking over an open fire, canoeing and much more, all within the vicinity of Historic Fort Snelling.
This camp is for ages 9-12, and space is limited to 15. Cancellations accepted until 3 weeks before camp's start for exchange/refund, minus a 20% processing fee. 
Tue., Jun 20, 2017, 8:30 am - Fri., Jun 23, 2017, 4:30 pm
$250/$235 MNHS members
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Arrowheads & Stone Tools Day
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
By shaping stone into sharp tools and projectiles, ancient people were able to hunt animals as big as mastodons. Discover the craft of making spear points and arrowheads. Watch as modern flint knappers demonstrate their skills. See dozens of finished points, projectiles, blades and tools on display.
 Fri., Jun 23, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 24

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 poisoning her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. In this guided tour, learn about 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 what role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction.
This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jun 23, 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, June 24, 2017

Dairy Days
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover how farmers cared for their dairy cows in the mid-19th century versus today, and meet cows of 1860s stock and cows of 2017. Help make butter and cheese in the historic house kitchen and ice cream in the new Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Jun 24, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, active military/veterans and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 25

Children's Day
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
A day of tours geared for children and free admission for ages 17 and under. Families can learn about the children who lived at the light station and join in special games, crafts and activities.
Sat., Jun 24, 2017, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, free ages 17 and under and MNHS members

Butter Making Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Butter has been used for more than 4,000 years, but for many years, it was only produced in the home. During the 19th century, many farm wives supplemented farm income by selling butter. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed interpreters as they complete the weekly task of butter churning. Nineteenth century traditional techniques of churning will be showcased with opportunities for hands-on participation.
Sat., Jun 24, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am and 2:00 pm-3:00 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

Appliqué Quillwork 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Before trade beads, the Ojibwe used quillwork to adorn their dwellings, clothes and tools. Learn how to work with porcupine quills by dying them and applying them to a small project. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: Noon - 4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am - 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., Jun 24, 2017, Noon - Sun., Jun 25, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required.

Kite Workshop
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Learn about kites, including different shapes and materials for kite-making, from Dave Herzog of the Minnesota Kite Club. Then make a sled kite to take home and test it out on the Fort Ridgely parade ground. 
Sat., Jun 24, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 veterans/college students and ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

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., Jun 24, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 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

Sibley High Tea
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Tea was an important part of life for Henry Hastings Sibley and his wife Sarah Jane, and from the 1930s-1970s, the Daughters of the American Revolution operated the popular Sibley Tea House at the Sibley Historic Site. At this event, guests can enjoy a high tea with food pairings while learning about the history of tea at the site.
Sat., Jun 24, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$35/$30 MNHS and DCHS members

Sunday, June 25, 2017

WOW! Family Sundays: Biking Then, Biking 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 June the theme is Biking Then, Biking 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., Jun 25, 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

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses and other natural and human-created calamities. Visitors will learn about the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jun 25, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Carver Creek Bluegrass
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Join Carver Creek Bluegrass, a family band of five siblings from Carver, Minnesota, for an afternoon of music. The group plays bluegrass, old-time, gospel and Irish folk music on the banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle and some unusual pieces, like the bodhrán (an Irish frame drum) and the musical saw.
Sun., Jun 25, 2017, 1:00 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 ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Monday, June 26, 2017

Arts on the River Day Camp
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Play music, get creative, bake bread and construct books while exploring the rich culture along the Minneapolis riverfront district. Children will explore a new experience each day at four arts centers: Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and MacPhail Center for Music.
Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and will walk with camp leaders, less than three blocks, to each art organization. Drop off is from 8:30-9 am and pick-up is from 3:30-4 pm. This camp is for ages 9-11. Cancellations accepted until 3 weeks before camp's start for exchange/refund, minus a 20% processing fee. 
Mon., Jun 26, 2017, 9:00 am - Thu., Jun 29, 2017, 3:00 pm
$250/$225 MNHS members
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Tuesday, June 27, 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., Jun 27, 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., Jun 27, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour
Carlson School of Management
N 3rd St. Entrance, 321 19th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55455
Take a guided walking tour of one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, hearing firsthand stories from insiders along the way. For more than 150 years the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has welcomed immigrants from all over the world. On this tour, hear about the area's music and theater history, including the 1960s folk and blues scene and how in the 1960s and 1970s college students, hippies, artists and others residents came together to successfully resist urban renewal plan. Then learn about the neighborhood's thriving art scene today and about new immigrant groups, specifically Somali, who are building businesses, places of worship and social service agencies.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Tue., Jun 27, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

History Happy Hour: Minnesota's Musical Past
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about early 20th century music in Minnesota history. Jim Baxter, music educator and Army bandmaster, will share amusing stories and songs connected to our state's history, including the coincidental appearance of John Philip Sousa in Minneapolis. Learn about Minnesota's musical legacies and discover how much of our history is intertwined with music.
This program is for those 21 and older. Ticket price includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Jun 29, 2017, 5:30 pm - 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. 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

Closes Sept. 24, 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

Closes July 15, 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

Closes Aug. 12, 2017 

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces
This exhibit tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.
The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibition announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
This exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners plus additional banners developed by MNHS with content about the efforts of American Indians from Minnesota and the surrounding area. It is on display inside the historic fort and is included with regular site admission. Admission for Native American guests is waived. 
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces" is produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Closes Oct. 28, 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.