August 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

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Release dated: 
June 14, 2017
Media contacts: 

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

August 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory LossA Party
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. 
The James J. Hill House is a member of Spark!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss. Spark! programs are also offered at Mill City Museum and the North West Company Fur Post.
Tue., Aug 1, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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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.
Tue., Aug 1, 2017
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students, $14 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
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Also August 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

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., Aug 1, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Also August 8, 15, 22, 29

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 canceled 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., Aug 1, 2017, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Also August 8, 15, 22, 29

9 Nights of MusicDan Chouinard & Friends with Maria Jette
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy razzmatazz, ragtime and WW1 American standards with Dan Chouinard and special guests Arne Fogel, Jennifer Grimm, Peter Ostroushko and Butch Thompson as 9 Nights of Music celebrates its 19th anniversary season. Then be sure to visit the exhibit "WW1 America" and meet costumed dancers and WW1 reenactors. Visitors are always encouraged to dress for the occasion in their best WW1 garb. 
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., Aug 1, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mill City LiveFarewell Milwaukee
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 14th season with live music every Wednesday evening in August. Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, "Mill City Live" features outdoor music by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Music takes place from 6-8 pm, with food and drink for purchase.
On August 2, enjoy the kickoff of Mill City Live with an evening of folk rock by Farewell Milwaukee. Concert ticket includes admission to Mill City Museum from 4-9 pm. 
Wed., Aug 2, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm. Guaranteed admission available for MNHS members is $5 by advance purchase online or by calling 651-259-3015.
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Le Sueur Giant Celebration
W.W. Mayo House   
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
Help celebrate Le Sueur’s Green Giant heritage at the historic W.W. Mayo House. Tours will focus on more than 40 years of Green Giant history as told through three generations of the Cosgrove family who were born and raised in the home. Green Giant artifacts and memorabilia will be on display. Tours are held in conjunction with the Le Sueur Giant Celebration.
Sat., Aug 5, 2017, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $4 children ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members.

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., Aug 5, 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 August 19

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., Aug 5, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members
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57th Birthday Celebration
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Help celebrate the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's 57th birthday! Refreshments will be provided. Explore the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas, then head next door to shop for American Indian arts and crafts at the Trading Post. As part of the celebration, there will be 10 percent off purchases at the Trading Post for the day.
Sat., Aug 5, 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, MNHS members and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members

Children's Farm Chore Challenge Day
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Children living on farms make a huge contribution to the welfare of the family on farms today. Children can help with 21st-century garden care and harvesting, then use some of the garden produce to prepare a snack on a stick for themselves. Then visit the barn where 4-H kids will showcase how they care for their animals. Enjoy some 21st-century games of skill on the picnic grounds. Ride on the horse-drawn trolley along the trails.
Sat., Aug 5, 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

Women's Work Walking Tour, with History Player Eva Valesh
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a costumed interpreter portraying labor writer Eva Valesh for a walking tour that highlights working conditions along the Minneapolis riverfront in the late 1880s. The guide will discuss jobs that were available to women in the late 19th and early 20th century, key events in women's labor history in Minneapolis and the factories that Valesh exposed, including the North Star Woolen Mill that still stands two blocks from Mill City Museum.
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., Aug 5, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Kid CraftsBead a Ring
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Aug 5, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$3/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., Aug 5, 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

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." 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., Aug 5, 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 August 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

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., Aug 5, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
$50/$45 MNHS members
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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., Aug 5, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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"Dakota 38" Film Screening
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
The documentary film "Dakota 38" follows Jim Miller and a group of riders as they retrace the 330-mile route from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato to arrive at the site where their ancestors were hung as part of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. This is a story of their journey, the blizzards they endured, the Native and non-Native communities that housed and fed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.
Sat., Aug 5, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 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

The Travois & Survival on the Prairie
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Learn about the material and cultural innovations the Dakota people developed in order to survive on the prairie, including the travois pack, a traditional American Indian tool used to move belongings across the prairie. Visitors can discover the Dakota's sophisticated interaction with the prairie and their deep interrelationship involving nature, sacredness, life, community and family.
This program also commemorates the August anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 with a screening of Mark Diedrich's new documentary "Little Crow and the Dakota War." After the film, Diedrich will present an overview of his research and take questions.
Sat., Aug 5, 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 August 26

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., Aug 5, 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 August 19

Wonders of the Night Sky
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join meteorologist Mike Lynch and astronomers to view the wonders of the night sky. Lynch will have his large reflecting telescopes set up for viewing, including two giant 20-inch reflector telescopes that are among the largest mobile telescopes in Minnesota. Learn about celestial photography as Lynch takes amazing photos, which will be made available to participants at no additional charge.
Sat., Aug 5, 2017, 9:00 pm - 11:45 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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Time Capsule for FamiliesNew Baby, 1882
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1882 was an exciting year for Alexander and Anna Ramsey. Their newest grandchild, Laura, was born and they were making changes to their house. Discover more about what made 1882 so special in this children's program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Learn about new inventions that were making life easier and taste a popular treat of the era. Children can make their own time capsule to take home.
Sun., Aug 6, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm, 12:30 -1:30 pm, 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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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., Aug 6, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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38th Annual West Newton Day
Harkin Store 
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton, which existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901, at this annual event. Visitors can view historical photographs and learn about the history of Alexander Harkin and his family, the founders of the 1870s Harkin Store. Descendants of West Newton's earliest settlers are invited to share their stories and any old photographs. Historic site staff will copy information and photos.
Sun., Aug 6, 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, August 8, 2017

9 Nights of MusicThe Dweebs
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy ultimate party rock from The Dweebs 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., Aug 8, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mill City LiveCharlie Parr
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 14th season with live music every Wednesday evening in August. Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, "Mill City Live" features outdoor music by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Music takes place from 6-8 pm, with food and drink for purchase. On August 9, enjoy an evening of blues and folk with Charlie Parr. 
Concert ticket includes admission to Mill City Museum from 4-9 pm. 
Wed., Aug 9, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm. Guaranteed admission available for MNHS members is $5 by advance purchase online or by calling 651-259-3015.
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Thursday, August 10, 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., Aug 10, 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 August 24

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 August 10, play regulation bocce ball.
Thu., Aug 10, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free/$5 per drink
Also August 24

Friday, August 11, 2017

Grand Opening Celebration
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
A unique, historic and truly Minnesotan event will commemorate the completion of the $310 million historic restoration of the State Capitol, the Minnesotans who made it possible, our rich diversity and our shared future. 

On Friday, August 11:

  • Attend a ceremony, including blessing the Capitol and a ribbon-cutting
  • Tour the restored 112-year-old Capitol with MNHS guides
  • Enjoy cocktails on the newly reopened Loggia
  • Dance the night away at a Prince Dance Party with DJ Dudley D
  • And much more!
  • View the full weekend schedule, get tickets and more.

Fri., Aug 11, 2017, 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Free
Also August 12 and 13

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., Aug 11, 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 August 25

Mendota After HoursMinnesota Twins Memorabilia
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 August, join Minnesota Twins curator, Clyde Doepner, Major League Baseball's only full-time curator. Doepner will explain what he does as a curator and using Twins memorabilia as examples he will answer the question "How do I know something is real?"
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., Aug 11, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS and DCHS members

Ramsey After DarkAdvocates and Activists 
Alexander Ramsey House  
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
As reform movements gained momentum in the 19th century, many women began joining and leading organizations that advocated for much-needed change. From women's and workers' rights, to education and healthcare reform, these women were working to create better conditions for those in their communities. This tour focuses on the contributions of several women in Minneapolis and St. Paul who were committed to changing their world. Learn about the uphill battles they faced, how they created change and the impact their legacies have today.
This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Aug 11, 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, August 12, 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., Aug 12, 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., Aug 12, 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., Aug 12, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$25/$20 MNHS members. Children age 10 and up must be accompanied by a guardian
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The Useful Art of Pickling
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In the 19th century, pickles provided families with a variety of foods and flavors to help them survive the long winter months. Today, pickles are a condiment for hamburgers and picnics. Explore and sample historic and modern pickling in the historic Kelley Farm kitchen and the new visitor center Learning Kitchen. Visitors can also make a jar of refrigerator pickles to take home for $2 per jar.
Sat., Aug 12, 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 August 13

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.
Sat., Aug 12, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Woodland Pottery 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post  
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
On Saturday, learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct a clay vessel letting the pots dry overnight. On Sunday, finish the surface details and temper the clay vessel in a firing pit. 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 the 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., Aug 12, 2017, Noon - Sun., Aug 13, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members. Registration required.

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., Aug 12, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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Celebrate the Garden Harvest Family Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
One thousand years ago the people of Minnesota, Iowa and the Northern Plains were farmers as well as hunters. The ripening of the first sweet corn was a time of plenty that was celebrated with the green corn festival. Taste fire-roasted sweet corn, bean soup and other seasonal foods while learning about the people of the Great Plains Village period.
Sat., Aug 12, 2017, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Afternoon of Leisure
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
German immigrants to the Minnesota River Valley contributed a new cultural concept on the frontier: taking Sunday afternoon for quieter work and socializing. Women would come together to knit, tat, crochet and do other handiwork. Men would gather to work with wood or play music. Take a break, bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as you learn about these frontier hobbies and what a Sunday afternoon was like in the 1870s. Refreshments will be served.
Sun., Aug 13, 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

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.
Sun., Aug 13, 2017, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

9 Nights of MusicRockin' Pinecones 
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy New Orleans-style R&B, Cajun and Zydeco music from the Rockin' Pinecones 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., Aug 15, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mill City LiveSocaholix
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 14th season with live music every Wednesday evening in August. Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, "Mill City Live" features outdoor music by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Music takes place from 6-8 pm, with food and drink for purchase. On August 16, enjoy an evening of soul and Calypso music by Socaholix. 
Concert ticket includes admission to Mill City Museum from 4-9 pm. 
Wed., Aug 16, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm. Guaranteed admission available for MNHS members is $5 by advance purchase online or by calling 651-259-3015.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Le Sueur Tigers Tour 
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
Visit for a special program about the Le Sueur Tigers, a volunteer militia that formed to help New Ulm residents during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Tours will include a visit to the marker honoring the Le Sueur Tigers placed in Louise Park, adjacent to the Mayo home. The marker was dedicated on August 19, 2012, 150 years after the militia organized. Hear how the volunteers left their families to assist their fellow citizens in New Ulm on August 19 and 20, 1862. Learn about Dr. W.W. Mayo’s involvement with the Tigers and what his family did while he was gone to help with those displaced by the war. 
Sat., Aug 19, 2017, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $4 children ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

World War I Centennial Weekend 
Historic Fort Snelling  
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I at Historic Fort Snelling. The "Great War," as WWI was then called, raged for three years before the U.S. entered the conflict in 1917. America's participation tipped the balance in favor of the Allied powers and helped end the war in November 1918. Explore the ways this conflict shaped the world we know today and learn about Minnesota's role in the war. Visit with costumed interpreters and reenactors, watch military demonstrations, stand in a recreated WWI-style trench and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.
Sat., Aug 19, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, military/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. Advance tickets recommended.
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Also August 20

Forgotten Stories of WW1Minnesota State Fair & the Great War
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join historian Mark Haidet to learn about the Minnesota State Fair during World War I. The Great Minnesota Get-Together included Army recruiting booths with displays of horsemanship; sporting contests highlighting the athletic ability essential for men who might enlist; and a nightly show at the Grandstand featuring thousands of reenactors depicting major battles of the Western Front.
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 Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
Sat., Aug 19, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$16/$12 MNHS members
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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., Aug 19, 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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Paul Lundborg Author Event 
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join Paul Lundborg, author of "Death of a Dream," as he retells the story of his ancestors, a large family of Swedish immigrants who settled in west central Minnesota in 1861 and who were attacked by Dakota during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Thirteen family members died, while eight others fled for safety.
Sat., Aug 19, 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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fun Run 
Mille Lacs Band Powwow Grounds
Hwy. 169, 12 miles north of Onamia Onamia, MN 56359
Join the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's annual Fun Run at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s 51st Annual Powwow, an annual 1-mile Fun Run. Run or walk a mile across the powwow grounds and earn a free T-shirt. Registration begins at 9 am on the powwow grounds. 
Sun., Aug 20, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

Upper Post Walking TourWorld War I 
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 in WWI. 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., Aug 20, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, $10 suggested donation. Advance tickets required.
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Open House
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post   
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Explore the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post during the annual open house when the historic site is open for special Sunday hours and offers free admission. Visit the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas then head next door to shop for American Indian arts and crafts at the Trading Post.
Sun., Aug 20, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

"A Bag Worth a Pony" by Marcia Anderson Author Event 
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Join former MNHS curator Marcia Anderson, author of "A Bag is Worth a Pony," as she talks about bandolier bags and their significance to the Ojibwe people. In this new book, Anderson hopes to share a celebration, illumination and study of the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sun., Aug 20, 2017, 11:00 am - Noon
Free

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., Aug 20, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Bees and Honey
Harkin Store 
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
In the 1870s, pioneers would search for and harvest honey on the prairie to use instead of sugar. Visitors can view a display on bees and honey created by Crystal Bock and hear her speak about the ins and outs of beekeeping. Bock's honey will be for sale.
Sun., Aug 20, 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, August 22, 2017

State Review Board Meeting on NRHP Nominations
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The MNHS State Review Board meets four times a year to consider nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation Office staff will present briefly on the history of the nominated property, and the board will hear comments from attendees. Following discussion, the board will act on the nomination, rendering an opinion of whether the property meets National Register Criteria. Nominations and photographs of the properties to be considered are placed online here a few weeks before the meeting.
Tue., Aug 22, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

9 Nights of MusicOrkestar Bez Ime
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy Balkan party music from Orkestar Bez Ime 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., Aug 22, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mill City LiveJack Brass Band
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 14th season with live music every Wednesday evening in August. Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, "Mill City Live" features outdoor music by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Music takes place from 6-8 pm, with food and drink for purchase.
On August 23, enjoy an evening of New Orleans jazz by Jack Brass Band. Concert ticket includes admission to Mill City Museum from 4-9 pm. 
Wed., Aug 23, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm. Guaranteed admission available for MNHS members is $5 by advance purchase online or by calling 651-259-3015.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

History-on-a-Schtick
Minnesota State Fair, Schilling Amphitheater
1265 Snelling Ave N St. Paul, MN 55108
Experience a lighthearted romp through Minnesota's past at the Minnesota State Fair's Schilling Amphitheater in the West End Market every day at 9:30 am and 10:30 am. What happens when Paul Bunyan, the Pillsbury Doughboy and Snoopy face-off in a quiz show hosted by Betty Crocker? Or, when a scholarly voyageur wearies his fellow travelers with his overenthusiasm for Minnesota history? For the third year, MNHS presents a daily show made up of 30 minutes of wacky fun, with trivia, prizes and astonishing historical tidbits.
This program is presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. It is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Thu., Aug 24, 2017, 9:30 am - 10:00 am and 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Included with State Fair admission
Also August 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, September 1, 2, 3, 4

Friday, August 25, 2017

Ramsey After DarkVictorian Secrets
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control were all part of Victorian life, but were never spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this guided tour. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals which provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors and friends. Discover what issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors.
This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Aug 25, 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, August 26, 2017

Real Horse Power Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
See how important draft horses were to Minnesota logging camps in 1900 and meet draft horse teams and their owners from around the region at the Forest History Center. These teams will show their might as they cross-load 1,000-pound logs onto a bobsled; skid logs through obstacle courses; and lift and lower logs using the tremendous leverage of the A-frame jammer. 
Sat., Aug 26, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

"Survivance" Traveling Photography Exhibit Closing
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
View this traveling photography exhibit profiling Native American artists and performers by photographer John Ratzloff. The exhibit includes photographic portraits of Aza Erdrich, Palas Erdrich, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Isabella LaBlanc and Carolyn Anderson.
"The character of survivance creates an actual sense of native presence over absence, over nihility, and denies the reductive themes of victimry all too common in journalism and popular literature." -Gerald Vizenor
This exhibit runs July 18-Aug. 26, 2017. 
Sat., Aug 26, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Pickling, Drying & Sugaring Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Throughout the growing season, there are periods of shortage and abundance of foods, making preservation an essential part of life. Assist the gardeners in picking the freshest and plumpest garden vegetables including peppers, cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage and other heirloom varieties, all traditionally found in Thomas Meighen's garden.
Then head inside the kitchen as interpreters demonstrate various 19th-century food preservation techniques, including ways to preserve meats, vegetables and fruits, and employing sugar, vinegar, salt and alcohol as preservatives. Preserving demonstrations will depend on available produce.
Sat., Aug 26, 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

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., Aug 26, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/$14 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Children's Weekend
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Visitors can enjoy toys, games and tests of skill to celebrate the last days of summer. Costumed interpreters and hands-on activities will teach children about the values of trade goods and pelts, the canoe routes used by traders and the roles of the different groups who came together in the fur trade.
Sat., Aug 26, 2017, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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Also August 27

Harvest Family Day 
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Learn about harvest time in the 19th century with a day of family activities. Make seed art and a book project, taste fresh bread, join in story time, help thresh grain and check out the Science of Butter demonstrations in the Baking Lab. Plus, History Player Mary Dodge Woodward will share stories about harvest time on a giant "bonanza" farm. Come early for entertainment and activities at the Mill City Farmers Market.
This program is presented by Mill City Museum and the Oliver H. Kelley Grange.
Sat., Aug 26, 2017, Noon - 3:00 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

Prairie Plant Discovery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Discover the unique and beautiful prairie at the Jeffers Petroglyphs. Learn how American Indians used plants in their daily life, how prairie plants have adapted to changing weather and the diversity of plants that are found on this prairie. Join a guided prairie hike at 2 pm highlighting various grasses and wildflowers that are currently blooming.
Sat., Aug 26, 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, August 27, 2017

WOW! Family SundaysState Fair Then, State Fair 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 August the theme is Minnesota State Fair Then, Minnesota State Fair 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., Aug 27, 2017, Noon - 4:00 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., Aug 27, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Old Schools Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Explore the history of old schoolhouses in Nicollet County, including the Robinson school in West Newton, with historic photos and textbooks.
Sun., Aug 27, 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, August 29, 2017

Spark! Pine City Memory Cafe
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Individuals with memory loss, 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. The North West Company Fur Post is a member of Spark!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss. Spark! programs are also offered at the James J. Hill House and Mill City Museum.
Tue., Aug 29, 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., Aug 29, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

9 Nights of MusicBoiled in Lead
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy Celtic and world roots music from Boiled in Lead 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., Aug 29, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mill City LiveSalsa del Soul
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Live returns for its 14th season with live music every Wednesday evening in August. Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, "Mill City Live" features outdoor music by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Music takes place from 6-8 pm, with food and drink for purchase.
On August 30, enjoy an evening of salsa and Latin music by Salsa del Soul. Concert ticket includes admission to Mill City Museum from 4-9 pm. 
Wed., Aug 30, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free, includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm. Guaranteed admission available for MNHS members is $5 by advance purchase online or by calling 651-259-3015.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

History Happy HourMartinis
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends while learning the history behind a cocktail classic: the martini. Join Jesse Held, bar manager at Parlour and Coup d'Etat in Minneapolis and founder of the North Star Bartenders Guild, as he prepares handcrafted martinis. Learn about the cocktail's history, the resurgence it has had in recent years and the art of creating an elegant classic.
This program is for those 21 and older 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., Aug 31, 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 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 Sept. 3, 2017 

Beyond Fitzgerald: Art and Literature in the 1920s and 1930s
This exhibit examines the work of Minnesota authors and artists who were active during the 1920s and 1930s, exploring themes from class systems to economic disparity and emerging social realism. 
Many Minnesotan writers were incredibly active during this period, but today F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis and O.E. Rolvaag are the only names most 21st readers recognize. In addition to these well-known writers, the exhibit features several women writers of the era, like Margaret Banning, Grace Flandreau and Martha Ostenso, who wrote many incisive works and were especially good at describing the rapid pace of social change.
While the majority of Minnesota's visual artists in the 1920s and 1930s were experimenting with modern interpretations of portraiture and landscape painting, a handful demonstrated a growing social awareness both at home and abroad. Like Fitzgerald, many Minnesota artists traveled to Europe to study, create and immerse themselves in Jazz Age culture. The exhibit features the art of Adolph Dehn, Syd Fossum, Clement Haupers and George Resle, who explored the new realities of urbanization, poverty and unemployment in their work. 

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

Closes Aug. 26, 2017 

Survivance 
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.