July 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

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Release dated: 
May 8, 2017
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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July 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

Saturday, July 1, 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., Jul 1, 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 July 15

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 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., Jul 1, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members
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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.
Sat., Jul 1, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Kid Crafts: God's Eye
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to weave a God's eye to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Allow an hour for the craft. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Sat., Jul 1, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$4/kit, museum admission not included

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., Jul 1, 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
Also July 22

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., Jul 1, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, 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 July 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

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., Jul 1, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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Make a Spearthrower Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn about the atlatl, or spearthrower, considered by many anthropologists to be one of the world's greatest inventions. Make an atlatl and try throwing spears at a life-size bison target. A collection of atlatls from around the world will be on display.
Sat., Jul 1, 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

An Old-Fashioned Independence Day
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Bring the family for a day of old-fashioned games, such as graces, hoops and sticks, stilts and even a game of baseball on the parade ground. At 1 pm, learn about the history of the American flag and how the current flag came to be the symbol of the United States. Visitors will be able to view nine different American flags from different time periods.
Sat., Jul 1, 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

Exhibit Scavenger Hunt
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Participate in a scavenger hunt inside the visitor center and learn about the historical finds that have been uncovered at this site. Staff will provide a background on recent excavations, archeological finds and their historic utility.
Sat., Jul 1, 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 July 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Time Capsule for Families: Philadelphia World's Fair, 1876
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1876 was a year of new inventions, foods and fashions, many on display at the Philadelphia World's Fair. Discover why 1876 was so special for the Ramsey family in this children's program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste a food that was popular at the 1876 Philadelphia World's Fair and learn about inventions that were making life easier. Children can make their own time capsule to take home.
Sun., Jul 2, 2017, Noon -1:00 pm, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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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., Jul 2, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Also July 30

Independence Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate Independence Day at the Harkin Store, where a piece of 19th century history remains preserved. The New Ulm Battery will fire their 1862 cannon every half hour, and visitors can explore the general store, play checkers and relax on the front porch.
Sun., Jul 2, 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, July 3, 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., Jul 3, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students, $14 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
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Also July 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day Celebration
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Celebrate the United States' birthday at Historic Fort Snelling and explore the history of freedom in 19th century America. Just like in the 1800s, hear cannon and muskets salutes, watch a military dress parade, listen to fife and drum music and attend a mock battle.
But not all Americans viewed Independence Day this way 200 years ago. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, American Indians and women—while exploring the question "What does freedom mean today?"
Tue., Jul 4, 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. Advance tickets recommended.
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Farmer's Fourth of July
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate the most important holiday of the mid-19th century: Fourth of July. Join the Kelley Farm staff for a day filled with 19th century games, races, picnicking and listening to speeches. Then participate in 21st century games, crafts and sample ice cream. Take a ride on the trolley along the nature trails. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch.
Tue., Jul 4, 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

1899 Independence Day Celebration
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Experience Independence Day as it was celebrated in Historic Forestville in 1899. Take part in a grand ceremony, listen to a local glee club and political speeches, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and watch an old-time 1860s baseball game featuring the Rochester Roosters and the Lanesboro Excelsiors. Guests can also enjoy pie- and watermelon-eating contests and sack and three-legged races for the kids. There will be a cash-only concession stand.
Tue., Jul 4, 2017, Noon - 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

9 Nights of Music: Salsa del Soul
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy Latin American music from Salsa del Soul as 9 Nights of Music celebrates its 19th anniversary season. 9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and purchase food from the Market House terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 8 pm. 9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Tue., Jul 4, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Friday, July 7, 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., Jul 7, 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 July 28

Saturday, July 8, 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., Jul 8, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Be a Naturalist Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join naturalists for an exploration of plants and animals surrounding the Forest History Center. Get an up-close look with exciting live animal presentations and encounters all day. Learn about the roles of various wildlife species within forest and wetland ecosystems. Expect creeping, crawling, slithering, climbing, screeching, chirping, hissing and other wild behaviors throughout the day.
Sat., Jul 8, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 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

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. 
Sat., Jul 8, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$25/$20 MNHS members. Children age 10 and up must be accompanied by a guardian.
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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.
Sat., Jul 8, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/$14 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Also July 23

Family Art Day
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
As part of the community-wide Mendota Day, get creative by making different kinds of art inspired by history and nature. Visit art stations around the site, take a peek inside the historic buildings, have a picnic, play old-fashioned games on the lawn and stay for the Mendota Day parade.
Sat., Jul 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, site admission not included

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., Jul 8, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
$50/$45 MNHS members
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Also July 22

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., Jul 8, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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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., Jul 8, 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 July 22

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mission Sunday
Lac qui Parle Mission
Junction of Chippewa County Hwy. 13 and County Rd. 32 Montevideo, MN 56265
Join missionary and Dakota descendants for worship and to celebrate the Lac qui Parle Mission during this annual event held the second Sunday in July. Worship service begins at 10:30 am with a guest pastor. The Dakota Ascension Choir will sing several hymns from the Dakota Odowan, and the entire congregation will sing the Dakota hymn "Lac qui Parle," written by Joseph Renville. A potluck picnic will follow at noon near the Lac qui Parle dam. Bring a dish to share, serving spoon and your own plate and utensils. Coffee and juice will be provided. At 1:30 pm, speakers will lead a program of reflection.
Sun., Jul 9, 2017, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Free

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., Jul 9, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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A Day in the Life of a Pioneer Woman
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Pioneer women worked alongside men in the development of the state of Minnesota. Through various displays learn about the work they did in the 1870s, including sewing, cooking, cleaning, gardening and child-rearing.
Sun., Jul 9, 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, July 10, 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., Jul 10, 2017, 8:30 am - Wed., Jul 12, 2017, 4:00 pm
$220/$200 MNHS members
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Tea with Mrs. Hill
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. Note: The July tour is offered Tuesday, July 11 due to the Fourth of July holiday.
Tue., Jul 11, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists Constraint Show: Time Warp
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
What would the occupants of the Comstock House have on their walls in 1917? What about in 2017? Would it be family portraits, pictures from around the world, still-life photos, modern art, new technology? In this art show, see what Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists imagined and view their 2017 work of art on display in the Victorian Comstock House.
Tue., Jul 11, 2017, 1:00 pm - Fri., Sep 8, 2017, 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Penumbra Performances
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy short performances of scenes and monologues from Penumbra Theatre company members in the exhibit galleries. The performances will feature plays and playwrights highlighted in the exhibit Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race and a Nation on Stage.
Tue., Jul 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

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.
Tue., Jul 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 July 18, 22, 25

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., Jul 11, 2017, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Also July 18 & 25

9 Nights of Music: Bassface
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy Motown, funk and classic rock from Bassface as 9 Nights of Music celebrates its 19th anniversary season. This event is presented in partnership with Rondo Avenue Inc. 9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and purchase food from the Market House terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 8 pm. 9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Tue., Jul 11, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

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., Jul 13, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/$14 MNHS members, Mill City Museum admission not included. Children age 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Also July 27

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 July 13, play the Victorian classic croquet. 
Thu., Jul 13, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free/$5 per drink
Also July 27

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mendota After Hours: Dakota War Trials
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 July, join author John Haymond, a conflict historian, as he presents on his book "The Infamous Dakota Trials of 1862." Haymond will explain why the trials were held, their legality and whether or not Henry Sibley had authority to convene the trials. 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., Jul 14, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS and DCHS members

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. Explore the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions in this guided tour. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play Victorian fortune telling games in the parlor. Discover how and why superstitions captivated the Victorian imagination. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jul 14, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography" Exhibit Closing
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.
Sat., Jul 15, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

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., Jul 15, 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

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., Jul 15, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$65/$60 MNHS members
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Also July 29

Queer St. Paul Walking Tour
NW corner of Wabasha St. and Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover St. Paul's often overlooked lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer past on this tour curated by Stewart Van Cleve, author of "Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota." Walk in the footsteps of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and Oscar Wilde; stand on the site of the city's earliest known gay bar; find out where two transgender pioneers made history simply by seeing a movie and which building has housed seven queer bars and a bathhouse annex since 1977. This tour includes about two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jul 15, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Also July 22

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., Jul 15, 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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Birch Bark Basket Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to store and work with birch bark in this one-day workshop. Participants will make a large basket to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. 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.
Sat., Jul 15, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required.

Prairie Animal Discovery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Discover the variety of animals that live on the prairie by examining the clues that they leave behind. Examine skulls and bones, touch animal furs and make your own plaster animal tracks to take home.
Sat., Jul 15, 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, July 16, 2017

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., Jul 16, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Shopping with Laura Ingalls
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
On your way back from Walnut Grove, stop at the Harkin Store to see what Laura and her family would have purchased at Oleson Mercantile. The Harkin Store, which was open in the 1870s when Laura lived in Walnut Grove, has 40 percent of the original merchandise still on the shelves. Explore the store and meet costumed interpreters who will share a unique bit of history. Old-fashioned egg coffee, lemonade and samples of "store goods" will be available.
Sun., Jul 16, 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, July 18, 2017

9 Nights of Music: Karibuni
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy Central East African music from Karibuni as 9 Nights of Music celebrates its 19th anniversary season. 9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and purchase food from the Market House terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 8 pm.
9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Tue., Jul 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Forgotten Stories of WW1: Red Summer
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join University of Minnesota Professor Saje Mathieu as she explores the Great Migration of African Americans leading up to and during WW1, and the violence against them that erupted in its aftermath. Coined "Red Summer" by civil rights activist and author James Weldon Johnson during his work as a field secretary with the NAACP, the summer and early autumn of 1919 was marked by hundreds of deaths and casualties as a result of race riots across the United States.
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. 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., Jul 22, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Fur Trade Weekend
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Step back into the 1830s and experience the fur trade through hands-on demonstrations, presentations by reenactors, speakers and musicians. Learn about Mendota's importance as a trading post and gathering place for the Dakota.
Sat., Jul 22, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $7 veterans/active military and ages 5-17, $5 MNHS and DCHS members, free age 4 and under
Also July 23

Big Swing
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Celebrate National Hammock Day by relaxing on the Lindbergh lawn with friends and family. A limited number of hammocks will be available for your enjoyment or feel free to bring your own.
Sat., Jul 22, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, site admission not included

Children's Farm Chore Challenge Day
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In the 19th century, farm children made huge contributions to the welfare of the family, and the same is true today. At the historic Kelley Farm, children can participate in the kinds of chores that kids did over 100 years ago. See who can load the most hay onto the wagon and how fast can they unload it, who can get the laundry scrubbed the cleanest and who can haul the most baskets of weeds out of the garden. After chores, try out some 19th century games or ride the trolley along the nature trails.
Sat., Jul 22, 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

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., Jul 22, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Tipi Life & Tutorial
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Discover the seasonal rounds and migration patterns of Dakota people by learning about tipi customs, construction and traditional items found inside a tipi. Visitors can also learn about Dakota songs, dress and kinship, and staff will identify important cultural aspects and regional variations of North American Indian nations.
Sat., Jul 22, 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 July 23, 29 & 30

Aquatennial Fireworks
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Aquatennial Fireworks from the museum's Koch Observation Deck. Entrance to the Observation Deck begins at 9:30 pm; fireworks begin at 10 pm. Tickets also include same-day museum admission between 10 am-5 pm.
Sat., Jul 22, 2017, 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$35/$30 MNHS members
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Christmas in July
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate a Scottish "Christmas in July" in honor of Alexander Harkin's native country. Visitors can sample Scottish goodies and admire the decorations, including a trimmed tree set up in the gift shop. Visit the general store, play checkers and relax on the front porch.
Sun., Jul 23, 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, July 25, 2017

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., Jul 25, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

9 Nights of Music: The High 48
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy bluegrass music from The High 48s as 9 Nights of Music celebrates its 19th anniversary season. And celebrate the growing season with a seed packet giveaway courtesy of the Oliver Kelley Farm. 9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and purchase food from the Market House terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 8 pm. 9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Tue., Jul 25, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Thursday, July 27, 2017

History Happy Hour: Local Artist Communities
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends and discover the stories behind the spaces and places where artists worked and lived. Andy Sturdevant, artist, writer and columnist for MinnPost, will explore the history of artists' studios, co-ops and hangouts from the 1880s to the 1980s. Learn about the impact these communities had on fine arts organizations and how they shaped the history and character of Minneapolis-St. Paul. 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., Jul 27, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm and 8:30-10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: Angels and Madams
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This 90-minute program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city? This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jul 28, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Rondo Community Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
St. Paul's African American community centered around Rondo Avenue until it was displaced by Interstate 94 in the 1960s. Meet former Rondo residents and take a closer look at some of the places that preserve and continue Rondo's stories and spirit, including the LEX/Taste of Rondo Restaurant, Penumbra Theatre, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe. Refreshments included. This tour is presented in partnership with Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation, Penumbra Theatre and Rondo Avenue Inc. This tour includes no more than two blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain. Some historic locations on this tour offer limited accessibility. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jul 29, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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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., Jul 29, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am and 2:00 - 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

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.
Sat., Jul 29, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members
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American Indian Games
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Play games popular among American Indians of the past, including the moccasin game, double-ball, bone and pin and lacrosse. Learn how these games help children develop skills such as coordination, teamwork and cooperation.
Sat., Jul 29, 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, July 30, 2017

WOW! Family Sundays: Picnics Then, Picnics 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 July the theme is Picnics Then, Picnics 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., Jul 30, 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

"Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race and a Nation on Stage" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
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.
Sun., Jul 30, 2017, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

Old Games Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Visit the Harkin Store for an afternoon of historic games, such as pick-up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces and rolling hoops. Many of the games can be purchased at the gift shop, along with toys, books, 10-cent candy and handcrafted items.
Sun., Jul 30, 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

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.

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.