September 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 12, 2017
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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September 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

Friday, September 1, 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.
Fri., Sep 1, 2017, 9:30 am-10:00 am & 10:30 am-11:00 am
Included with State Fair admission
Twice a day every day of the State Fair, August 24-September 4

Saturday, September 2, 2017

I'm New Here: Introducing the Library
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Gale Family Library contains a wide array of sources for finding your family history, researching a term paper, looking into the history of your house, business, organization or neighborhood, or just finding out more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. Let library experts introduce you to this treasure trove of sources in a free class held each Saturday. Learn about the MNHS collections and get tips on how to use catalogs, request materials and purchase copies of historic papers and photos.
Sat., Sep 2, 2017, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Every Saturday when the Gale Family Library is open

Mayo House Artwork 
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
Take a tour of the Mayo House that focuses on the artwork on display. The collection includes portraits of Dr. Mayo and Louisa Mayo, Green Giant marketing art, the Mothers Statue and folk art from the mid-1800s.
Sat., Sep 2, 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
Also September 9

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., Sep 2, 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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Threshers & Combines Weekend 
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate Labor Day weekend and the culmination of the grain growing season at Kelley Farm. Help the farmers bring grain bundles in from the fields, thresh the grain in an 1856 Cox and Roberts horse-powered threshing machine, bag up the grain and rake away the straw. Then compare that experience to a modern combine. Visitors can also discover the story of flour and gluten in the new Learning Kitchen and sample treats made from a variety of grains.
Sat., Sep 2, 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 September 3 & 4

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., Sep 2, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Kid Crafts: Dream Catcher 
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post  
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Sep 2, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$5/kit, museum admission not included

Summit Avenue Walking Tour
James J. Hill House  
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets." 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., Sep 2, 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 September 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 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.
Sat., Sep 2, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members
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Plant ID & Leaf Crafts
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Learn how to identify plants and leaf types, an important skill for members of the Dakota tribe. Plants have been used as medicines and to make into tea, and some Dakota still harvest wild plants to use for specific ceremonial purposes. Participants can create a tree ring ornament and take part in leaf painting.
Sat., Sep 2, 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 September 24

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., Sep 2, 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 September 16

By the Light of the Lantern
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Experience Historic Forestville at dusk when the residents are going about their evening business and repose. Visitors can explore the site as farm laborers interact and unwind in the barn; ladies of the house discuss such important topics as voting rights; medicines are compounded in the general store and Thomas Meighen finishes business in his office at the end of the day. Live music will be played throughout the evening.
Sat., Sep 2, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $1 discount MNHS members

Sunday, September 3, 2017

"Beyond Fitzgerald: Art and Literature in Minnesota During the 1920s and 1930s" Exhibit Closing
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
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.
Sun., Sep 3, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free with site admission or $2 art gallery-only admission. Site admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members

Time Capsule for Families: The President's Visit, 1878
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In September of 1878, Alexander and Anna Ramsey entertained a very special guest, the president of the United States. Learn why President Rutherford B. Hayes visited the Ramsey family in St. Paul and discover more about what made 1878 so special. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste one of President Hayes' favorite foods and learn about fashion of the era. Children can make their own time capsule to take home.
Sun., Sep 3, 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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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.
Sun., Sep 3, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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The West Arrives in West Newton
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The "west" arrives to the town of West Newton as musician Lonesome Ron, the King of the Valley Yodelers, shares Western music like cowboy ballads, yodels and stories through song.
Sun., Sep 3, 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, September 5, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: The Empire Builder
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., Sep 5, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required

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., Sep 5, 2017, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Also September 12, 19, 26

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"Storyteller" Traveling Art Exhibit Opening
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
View an exhibit of paintings, animations and digital media created by Red Lake artist Jonathan Thunder. According to Thunder, "The images I paint are the dreamscape representation of the seen world I cohabitate every day in my life and journey. The characters in my paintings come to me as any dream would, as messengers and pivotal roles that carry out the story."
Jonathan Thunder currently lives in Duluth. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a bachelor's degree in visual effects and motion graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota.
The exhibit runs Sept. 6-Oct. 28, 2017.
Wed., Sep 6, 2017, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Digital Nature Photography Class
Traverse des Sioux
1851 N. Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN 56082
Join DNR naturalist Scott Kudelka for a hands-on digital photography class on the prairie. Learn how to use a digital camera and receive tips on how to shoot quality photos of nature. Digital cameras will be provided, and attendees will be able to print one photo to take home. Space is limited to 20.
Thu., Sep 7, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free, registration required

Friday, September 8, 2017

"Storyteller" Exhibit Opening Reception with Red Lake Artist Jonathan Thunder
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Attend the opening reception of Red Lake artist Jonathan Thunder's new exhibit, "Storyteller." Thunder will speak about his work and inspirations, and light refreshments will be provided.
Fri., Sep 8, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Mendota After Hours: The Culture of Mourning in Civil War America
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 September, Lacey Prpic Hedtke will discuss 19th-century spirit photography, the practice of taking a ghostly image of a person with a recently deceased loved one. The photography became popular during the Civil War, at a time when society was constantly exposed to violence and the massive casualties of the war.
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., Sep 8, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS and DCHS members

Quadriga Starlight Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Take a guided tour of the restored State Capitol building and meet a range of historical characters who will share stories about the Capitol’s construction and history. Following the tour, climb to the rooftop for a rare evening opportunity to view the newly regilded Quadriga—the golden horses on the Capitol roof—against the backdrop of the lighted skyline of the Twin Cities.
Note: Access to the Quadriga requires climbing 63 steps.
Fri., Sep 8, 2017, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm, 8:00 pm-9:30 pm
$12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Also September 9
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Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice 
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota were covering the murder trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of murdering her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. This tour focuses on those involved with the case, from Bilansky and her lawyers to politicians and newspaper reporters. Hear excerpts from records detailing court testimony, see newspaper articles chronicling the timeline of events, and discover the role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction. This program is for ages 18 and up and offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Sep 8, 2017, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm, 8:30 pm-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Forgotten Stories of WW1: American Legion & Red Cross
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Americans, led by Herbert Hoover, launched massive relief efforts during World War I. Many efforts carried over into the post-war years, like the emergence of the American Legion, to care for veterans in large numbers, and the Red Cross, which mobilized in Europe during the war and again in the U.S. against the influenza pandemic. Phil Hansen of the Minnesota Red Cross and Al Zdon of the Minnesota American Legion will provide a local context for this national story.
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., Sep 9, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$16/$12 MNHS members
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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 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., Sep 9, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/$14 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Also September 30

Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: 11 am-3 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am- 2pm

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., Sep 9, 2017, 11:00 am - Sun., Sep 10, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email.

Archaeology Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Discover how archaeologists study artifacts from the past by participating in a simulated excavation. Observe original projectile points (arrowheads) and go through the archaeological process to find out how old they are, what type of stone they are made from, where they came from and how they were used.
Sat., Sep 9, 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, September 10, 2017

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., Sep 10, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members
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Grandparent's Day 
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Grandparents and grandkids alike can enjoy playing games that were popular 150 years ago. Games include dominoes, tic-tac-toe, pickup sticks, graces, checkers, rolling hoops as well as craft projects.
Sun., Sep 10, 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, September 12, 2017

Making Meaning of State Capitol Art 
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Explore the varied meanings behind some of the art at the Minnesota State Capitol in a small group dialogue with Joe Horse Capture, director of American Indian Initiatives at MNHS. This is an opportunity to listen to different opinions and share your own story.
Tue., Sep 12, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm
Free
Also September 29

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Preserve Minnesota Conference
Albert Lea American Legion
142 N. Broadway Ave. Albert Lea, MN 56007
Attend this two-day annual conference in historic Albert Lea. Both days will be filled with sharing, learning, networking, and strengthening preservation efforts in Minnesota. Hear a keynote presentation by Albert Lea native Cheri Register, author of "Packinghouse Daughter" and "The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape." Choose from a variety of traditional preservation sessions as well as topics geared for local history and museum enthusiasts.
Register at the Albert Lea American Legion or online. Presented in partnership with the City of Albert Lea and Albert Lea Heritage Preservation Commission.
Wed., Sep 13, 2017, 9:00 am - Fri., Sep 15, 2017, 4:30 pm
$100/$90 MNHS members
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History on the Go Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Bring a group and tour bus to Historic Fort Snelling for a step-on bus tour of the fort and the Upper Post. A costumed interpreter will join your group for an hour-long discussion of the history of the people who lived at the fort and Upper Post during the early 19th century, World War I and World War II. After the tour, guests can go inside the historic fort's visitor center shop in the museum store.
The fort's gate opening accommodates buses up to 13 ft wide. The group minimum is eight people. Tours depart every 10 minutes with the last tour leaving at 3 pm.
Wed., Sep 13, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
$10/$8 MNHS members
Also September 14, 20 & 21

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Critter Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Chickens, porcupines, sheep, horses, hawks, spiders and snakes! When was the last time you saw so many critters together? See animals of all kinds as special guests visit from zoos, science and environmental learning centers, farms and more.
Sat., Sep 16, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Festival of the Voyageur
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Two hundred years ago, fur traders celebrated the success of the trading season with a giant party. Visitors can explore the sights and sounds created by 250 reenactors come to camp on the Snake River in the fall. Witness feats of strength and skill as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Shop for historic crafts and join children's activities. On Saturday evening, learn the steps of lively country dance with live music.
Sat., Sep 16, 2017, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also September 17

High Bridge Station Walking Tour
Xcel High Bridge Generating Plant
155 Randolph Ave. 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 electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions, which have the potential to interfere with implanted medical devices.
Sat., Sep 16, 2017, 10:00 am – Noon
$25/$20 MNHS members
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"Attack on New Ulm" by Anton Gag Opening
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
View the 1904 painting "Attack on New Ulm" by Anton Gag in the Hill House art gallery and explore what it means to people today in Minnesota and around the United States. Then share your thoughts about its role in Minnesota history. The painting will be on display through January 14, 2018.
Support for the display is provided by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sat., Sep 16, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 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.
Sat., Sep 16, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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A Stitch in Time Quilting Bee
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Take a guided tour of the Meighen store then join a quilting bee on the lawn. Farm wives used quilting bees to catch up on community happenings while helping one another with large quilt projects. Learn about the history of quilting and put in a stitch or two. A variety of quilts will be airing over the picket fence on display.
Sat., Sep 16, 2017, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, veterans/college students and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Wild Rice Processing Demo
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice, including how to dry, parch, thresh, and winnow the rice. See the entire process from raw to finished product during 20-minute demonstrations offered on the hour. The program begins at noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm. Demonstrations may be cancelled due to weather.
Sat., Sep 16, 2017, Noon - 3:30 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Creative Enterprise Zone Walking Tour
Carleton Artist Lofts
2285 University Ave W. St. Paul, MN 55114
St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, a thriving neighborhood on the edge of Minneapolis, is home to artists and makers as well as older industries and new housing developments. On this tour, meet neighborhood guides to learn about how residents and businesses share the area and what ongoing developments are in store for the CEZ, including stops at Carleton Artist Lofts and Lake Monster Brewing. At the tour’s end, the group will gather to share highlights and discuss the many experiences that make the CEZ unique.
The tour involves some stairs and up to 2 miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. Presented in partnership with the Creative Enterprise Zone and Twin Cities LISC. 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., Sep 16, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis, and learn about the many people who have worked and lived in the area over the years. Plus, explore the ongoing riverfront renaissance through the historic preservation of Mill Ruins Park, Mill City Museum, Milwaukee Road Depot, historic loft condominiums and new developments, including the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music and riverfront housing.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Sep 17, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Snakes of the Minnesota River
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Snake expert Tom Jessen will bring a variety of fascinating reptiles for visitors to see, handle and learn about.
Sun., Sep 17, 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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Making Meaning of Anton Gag's "Attack on New Ulm"
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
View the 1904 painting "Attack on New Ulm" by Anton Gag and explore what it means to people today. Join Joe Horse Capture, director of American Indian Initiatives at MNHS, for a brief presentation about how the art has been interpreted and then share with other participants what the painting means to you. Participants do not need to be familiar with the work ahead of time, but please come prepared to listen and share.
Thu., Sep 21, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
Also September 28

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ramsey After Dark: Household Hazards
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Advancements in science and technology improved life in many Victorian-era homes. Some of these new advancements, however, did more harm than good. This guided tour explores rooms in the Ramsey House to uncover "hidden household hazards" of the era. From the kitchen to the bathroom, and the bedchambers to the parlor, view the technology, tools, food and furniture of late 19th-century life in a whole new way.
This program is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Sep 22, 2017, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm & 8:30 pm-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mill City Oktoberfest
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for the 11th annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard, and at the Farmers Market.
Watch a cooking demonstration, dance to the Elk River German Band, enjoy performances by the S.G. Edelweiss Dancers and relax with a Minnesota brew and German fare in the Ruin Courtyard beer garden. Sample local beers. View photographs of Minneapolis’ historic riverfront breweries. Other activities include kids’ games, History Player performances, and brewing history.
Sat., Sep 23, 2017, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

"AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
A portrait exhibit by photographer Xavier Tavera of Mexican and Mexican-American military veterans from St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood. The portraits are not meant to romanticize veterans as war heroes, but rather to tell their stories as men and women coming back from conflict. Many struggled with reintegration into society as they faced racism and apathy after returning home from the battlefield. The portraits serve as a reminder of their contributions and struggles.
The exhibit opens alongside “Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence”. On opening day, explore these two new exhibits and join an art activity inspired by Tavera’s portraits and demonstrations by Native American artists.
Free admission to the museum is available on Saturday, September 23 through the Smithsonian’s “Museum Day Live” program. Learn more and obtain Museum Day Live passes at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
This exhibit is on display Sept. 22, 2017-April 22, 2018.
Sat., Sep 23, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

"Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
View works by Native artists from the Upper Midwest who spent six months in residence exploring the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. The residency program was designed to revive the study of technique, knowledge, and lifeways associated with traditional forms of Native artistry. The artists produced original beadwork, birch bark, and textile pieces that will be on display. Exhibit text will be presented in Ojibwe, Dakota, and English. The Native American Artist-in-Residence program is made possible in part by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
The exhibit opens alongside AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera. Explore these two new exhibits on opening day and enjoy demonstrations by Native American artists and an art activity inspired by Tavera’s portraits.
Free admission to the museum is available on Saturday, September 23 through the Smithsonian’s “Museum Day Live” program. Learn more and obtain Museum Day Live passes at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
This exhibit will be on display Sept. 22, 2017-April 22, 2018.
Sat., Sep 23, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Fall Phenology Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Learn from local naturalists and phenologists, who study rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate. Observe how plants, animals, and birds interact with the fall climate. Learn what to look for and how to record your findings.
Sat., Sep 23, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Prairie Photography, a Natural View
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn the art of photographing prairie plants with local photographer Shelley Olson. Explore landscape, close-up lighting techniques and learn about camera equipment. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera and enjoy the beauty of one of Minnesota's most unique prairies.
Sat., Sep 23, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, veterans/active military and college

F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour
Commodore Hotel
79 Western Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, with a 75-minute guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. The tour begins at the Commodore Hotel, and includes stops at 599 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and his birthplace at 481 Laurel Ave. Tour stops do not include interiors.
Participants will hear about Fitzgerald's early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his stories and novels, and his connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. Guides will also discuss the importance of the neighborhood to other writers, from Sinclair Lewis to Garrison Keillor, Patricia Hampl and August Wilson.
Tours begin at 1 and 3 pm.
Sat., Sep 23, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Also September 24

Photography, Identity & Community Panel Discussion
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Join a panel of Twin Cities photographers for a discussion about how their work focuses on the histories, identities and experiences of their communities. In their work, these artists engage with experiences of social and historical marginalization, invisibility, racial stereotyping and profiling, and historical trauma.
This program is offered in conjunction with the photography exhibit, "Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then and Now," by Paul Kitagaki Jr. This event is sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
Sat., Sep 23, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Sunday, September 24, 2017

"Confluence: Geography, History and Culture at the Intersection of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers" Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
View an exhibit of photographs by Luke Erickson, which highlights 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.
This exhibit will be located in the museum's central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours through Sept. 24, 2017. Erickson's work is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Sun., Sep 24, 2017, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

WOW! Family Sundays: Lunch Boxes Then, Lunch Boxes 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 September the theme is Lunch Boxes Then, Lunch Boxes 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., Sep 24, 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., Sep 24, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Horses, Horseshoes, Leather and Ropes
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about different types of transportation and necessary supplies in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. In addition to the store, the town of West Newton had two blacksmiths, a wagon shop, a molasses press, hotel, private school, saw mill, flour mill and boarding house. Hear about the town's history and join leatherworker Dan Cochran who will have a display of his wares. Also, ropemaker Thane French will demonstrate his craft and lead a ropemaking activity.
Sun., Sep 24, 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

Robert "Fish" Jones Steampunk Birthday Celebration
Minnehaha Depot
Minnehaha Park, 4900 S. Minnehaha Dr. Minneapolis, MN 55417
Join this annual steampunk-themed celebration of the birthday of Robert Fremont "Fish" Jones, creator of the Longfellow House and the Longfellow Zoological Gardens. Enjoy music, hear stories of the Zoological Gardens and come in costume for the chance to win a prize.
Sun., Sep 24, 2017, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, September 26, 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., Sep 26, 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., Sep 26, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

MSP Hello: Hello Fall
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
MSP Hello is a quarterly celebration that highlights the seasonal best of Minneapolis-St. Paul for its newest residents. Enjoy music, drinks, activities, a meet-and-greet with local organizations and explore the museum while connecting with other newcomers and longtime residents. This season the event will highlight the Minnesota History Center’s "Renewing What They Gave Us" exhibit, featuring new work by Native American artists, inspired by MNHS collections.
Presented in partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and MSP Hello, a project of the Make It. MSP. initiative, thanks to generous support from GREATER MSP and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 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., Sep 26, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, reservation recommended
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Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series: Company B Rides Free
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Carole Butcher, NDSU doctoral candidate in military history, will share her research on North Dakota’s Company B, which served in the Philippine-American War. Butcher will use images to support her discussion about the grassroots effort undertaken by the citizens of North Dakota to make sure these soldiers returned home safely at the end of the war and their mustering out through San Francisco.
After the presentation, guests can enjoy light refreshments and explore the house. Butcher is the first speaker in the new Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series taking place at the Comstock House during the 2017-2018 school year.
Tue., Sep 26, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

History Happy Hour: Vanished Skid Row
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the history of the Twin Cities' vanished Skid Row. James Eli Shiffer, journalist and author of "The King of Skid Row," will explore the gritty history of the old Gateway District in Minneapolis and share stories of those who congregated in its beer parlors and back alleys. Though the neighborhood was demolished in the 1960s, its history remains a colorful chapter in Minnesota's past.
This program is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 pm and is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Sep 28, 2017, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm & 8:30 pm-10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Prairie Sugar & Sweets Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Prairie sugar, also known as sorghum, was made 150 years ago as a sweetener for farmers and their families. Visitors can help with the process of turning sorghum into sweet, syrupy molasses. Then explore the sugar beet crop in the fields and discover how sugar beets are processed into granulated sugar. In the new Learning Kitchen, visitors can help make and sample a variety of sweets using many different types of sweeteners.
Sat., Sep 30, 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 October 1

Concordia Wagner Concert on the Stairs
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Join the faculty of the Concordia College music department as they recreate Richard Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll." Wagner composed the piece as a birthday present for his wife Cosima in 1870, in honor of the birth of his first son, Siegfried. The piece’s first performance is said to have happened on the stairs of the Wagner home in Switzerland on Christmas morning as a wake-up call for Cosima. The faculty will recreate that morning concert for the public on the main staircase of the Comstock House. After the concert, guests can enjoy refreshments and explore the house.
Sat., Sep 30, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$10/MNHS members, Concordia students, faculty and alumni free
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Ongoing Exhibits

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

Opens Sept. 22, 2017 

Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence
View works by Native artists from the Upper Midwest who spent six months in residence exploring the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. The residency program was designed to revive the study of technique, knowledge, and lifeways associated with traditional forms of Native artistry. The artists produced original beadwork, birch bark, and textile pieces that will be on display. Exhibit text will be presented in Ojibwe, Dakota, and English.The Native American Artist-in-Residence program is made possible in part by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Opens Sept. 22, 2017 

AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera
A portrait exhibit by photographer Xavier Tavera of Mexican and Mexican-American military veterans from St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood. The portraits are not meant to romanticize veterans as war heroes, but rather to tell their stories as men and women coming back from conflict. Many struggled with reintegration into society as they faced racism and apathy after returning home from the battlefield. The portraits serve as a reminder of their contributions and struggles.
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. 

Opens Sept. 16, 2017  "Attack on New Ulm" by Anton Gag 
View the 1904 painting "Attack on New Ulm" by Anton Gag in the Hill House art gallery and explore what it means to people today in Minnesota and around the United States. Then share your thoughts about its role in Minnesota history. The painting will be on display through January 14, 2018.
Support for the display is provided by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

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

Opens Sept. 6, 2017 

Storyteller 
View an exhibit of paintings, animations and digital media created by Red Lake artist Jonathan Thunder. According to Thunder, "The images I paint are the dreamscape representation of the seen world I cohabitate every day in my life and journey. The characters in my paintings come to me as any dream would, as messengers and pivotal roles that carry out the story."
Jonathan Thunder currently lives in Duluth. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a bachelor's degree in visual effects and motion graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

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.