October 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 9, 2017
Media contacts: 

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

October 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Sunday, October 1, 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.
Sun., Oct 1, 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

Time Capsule for Families: 1861, Civil War
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover why 1861 was such an important year for the United States and for the Ramsey family in this children's program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect time capsule tokens along the way. Learn about the Civil War and the new inventions of the era. Help make hardtack in the kitchen and sample gingerbread cake, a popular food of the 1860s. Children and their parents can create their own time capsule, using a timeline map to explore the Ramsey mansion and collecting "time capsule" tokens along the way.
This 60-minute program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sun., Oct 1, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $7 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Get Tickets: Noon, 12:30 pm, 1 pm

Sheep, Wool and Quilts
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Alexander Harkin first came to West Newton to raise sheep and produce wool, and visitors can spend an afternoon learning about the wool industry. The store will have displays of wool, a spinning wheel, carders, wool items and quilts, both old and new. Plus, meet with Donna Dose who will show her sock machine and woolen items made from the fur of her angora rabbits.
Sun., Oct 1, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 veterans/active military and ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hill House Chamber Players Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Hill House Chamber Players perform in the intimate setting of the James J. Hill House art gallery. The Players are Julie Ayer and Catherine Schubilske, violins; Thomas Turner, viola; Tanya Remenikova, cello; and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano. 
The 2017-2018 season theme is "In Flanders Fields," and concerts will feature group members and guest artists in programs exploring music, poetry, and stories from the Great War as well as classic favorites for piano and strings by Beethoven and Brahms. This program is co-sponsored by the Schubert Club. Admission includes a 6:45 pre-concert conversation with musicians and music blogger Emily Hogstad, intermission refreshments, and a post-performance tour of the Hill House. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Valet parking is available. 
Mon., Oct 2, 2017, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 general admission, $13 students. Season flex passes for three performances are $60. For online ticket assistance, please contact the Brown Paper Tickets' helpline.
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Also Oct. 19

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: A Wedding
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., Oct 3, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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Saturday, October 7, 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., Oct 7, 2017, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Also Oct. 14, 21, 29

Spark! Baking Workshop for People with Memory Loss
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Whip up a delicious treat in this baking experience tailored to all ability levels for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Mill City Museum 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 the North West Company Fur Post.
Sat., Oct 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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Forgotten Stories of WW1: 100 Who Made Modern America
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
After voting on the historical figures depicted in the large WW1 America Mural created at the Minnesota History
Center, hear stories from artist David Geister about some of the least well-known but very influential people of World War I, including artists, actors, scientists and statesmen. 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. This program is made possible by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
Sat., Oct 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$16/$12 MNHS members
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Kid Crafts: Shoulder Bag
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag to take home. This activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Sat., Oct 7, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$7/kit, museum admission not included

Science of Fire & Ice
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Headwaters Science Center presents on the extreme heat of combustion and the extreme cold of cryogenics and their effects on all kinds of things. See demonstrations like a banana frozen with liquid nitrogen that can hammer a nail, or harmless but loud gas explosions.
Sat., Oct 7, 2017, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/college students and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Highway 61 Film Festival Children's Films
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
The North West Company Fur Post will screen family-friendly films as part of the three-day Highway 61 Film Festival. The festival is a celebration of the magic of movies and was established in 2011 as a means of supporting and promoting independent films and filmmakers from all along Highway 61 and beyond.
Sat., Oct 7, 2017, Noon - 2:00 pm
$5
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WW1 America Painting Workshop with David Geister
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn how to apply oil paint, mix colors, and add selective details at this portrait painting workshop led by David Geister, a local artist who is painting the WW1 America Mural Project. All participants will have an 8x10 surface pre-prepared with an outline of a person featured in the WW1 America mural. All materials are provided. This workshop is designed for ages 16 and up. This program is supported in part by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
Note: Participants who have a WW1-era picture of an ancestor that they would like to paint can submit a picture for this project to kris.bergquist@mnhs.org by Friday, September 22.
Sat., Oct 7, 2017, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$55/$44 MNHS members
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
The story of the Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of St. Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum.
Sun., Oct 8, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Preparing for Winter
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Pioneers spent many months preparing for winter, including canning, drying, candle-making, soap-making, putting up their gardens, cutting enough firewood and getting food stocked for themselves and the animals. Learn more about the domestic side of this process by viewing historic equipment and pictures of farm life.
Sun., Oct 8, 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, October 10, 2017

History Lounge: The Twin Cities African American Community in WW1
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
During World War I, African Americans were asked to help make the world "safe for democracy" and contribute to the war effort, though they were denied equality at home. Hear from historian and MNHS Press author Peter J. DeCarlo about how African American Minnesotans endured racism, strived for equal treatment, and proved their loyalty to the United States at home and overseas—in segregated army units, the 16th Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard, and the Red Cross.
Tue., Oct 10, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Comstock Classic Movies
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
On Wednesday nights throughout the month of October, come watch classic horror/monster movies at the Comstock House. Stay tuned for specific movie showing announcements. Admission and popcorn are free; soda and water cost $1. 
Wed., Oct 11, 2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free, seat reservation required
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Also Oct. 18 and 25

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Music in the Parlor by Concordia College
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Once a month, students from the Concordia College music department will perform recitals in the Comstock House parlor. Specifics on musical acts will be announced the month of the performance at www.facebook.com/comstockhouse.
Thu., Oct 12, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/free MNHS and HCSCC members
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Mendota After Hours: A County Divided
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 October, join David Schreier for a presentation titled "A County Divided." During the Civil War, Dakota County was a “house divided against itself.” The county was a battleground of differing attitudes, values and beliefs. Schreier will discuss how defiance and bravery were the results of the verbal and moral conflict among residents as the war raged on. 
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., Oct 13, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS and DCHS members

CSI: Fort Snelling - The Musician’s Secret
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Come investigate a new mystery around the historic fort. You have just arrived at Fort Snelling in 1827 after a long journey from the failed Selkirk colony in the North. Your arrival takes a sudden turn when you discover that not everyone can be trusted, and you must decide who's keeping secrets. The fort's Sutler Store will be transformed into a historic tavern, and admission includes two drink tickets that can be redeemed for beer and wine (for ages 21 and up), as well as soda, water, or hot cider. This program takes place outdoors rain or shine. It is appropriate for ages 14 and up.
Fri., Oct 13, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$22/$20 MNHS members
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Also Oct. 14, 20, 21

Mystery at the Fur Post
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery at the Fur Post? This interactive drama takes place after dark. Armed with a candle lantern and a list of suspects, you'll have about two hours to investigate the scene, collect clues, conduct interviews and crack the case. This program is designed to be family-friendly.
Fri., Oct 13, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also Oct. 14

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. Explore the mysterious world of Victorian superstitions in this tour, perfect for Friday the 13th. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play fortune telling games in the parlor. Discover how and why superstitions captivated Victorian society. This program is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Oct 13, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
Get Tickets: 7 pm or 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 14, 2017

History Forum: Original Intents
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all fought to transform their former British colonies into the new country of the United States of America, but they disagreed profoundly about what kind of country it should become. Historian Andrew Shankman will speak about how Hamilton sought to build a republican United States that was completely incompatible with the republic that Jefferson and Madison envisioned. The two wealthy Virginians and the scrappy immigrant famously came to despise each other, creating two divergent visions of the U.S. that continue to be contested today.
Andrew Shankman is associate professor of history at Rutgers University and author of "Original Intents: Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and the American Founding."
Sat., Oct 14, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am & 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$16/$14 MNHS members. Series subscription: $84/$66 MNHS members
Get Ticket: 10 am, 2 pm, series tickets

Apple Cider Pressing Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Minnesota is known for fruit crops, and farmers often had orchards, especially apple trees. Windfalls and culls were used to make cider, "the farmer's champagne." Assist the Meighens and their hired hands as the fruit of Johnny Appleseed fills the hopper of a small hand-operated cider press. Samples of cider and fresh baked apple pies complete the experience.
Sat., Oct 14, 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

Pumpkin Carving
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Come help decorate the Comstock House for Halloween by carving a pumpkin. You bring your creativity and we'll provide the pumpkins, the tools, and the fall treats. Carved pumpkins will be lit and put on display at the Comstock House throughout the month of October. Free tours of the historic house will also be available. 
Sat., Oct 14, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, reservation recommended
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West Bank Insider Walking Tour
Mapps Coffee
1810 Riverside Ave Minneapolis, MN 55454
The West Bank neighborhood packs many stories and experiences into a small space. On this tour, join neighborhood guides to learn about the history and people that have shaped the character of the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside area, including stops at the Cedar-Riverside Towers and KFAI radio station. At the tour’s end, the group will gather to share highlights and discuss the many experiences that make the West Bank unique.
Presented in partnership with the West Bank Business Association as part of its West Bank Crash Course program. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The tour involves up to 2 miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.
Sat., Oct 14, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$25/$20 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.
Sat., Oct 14, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Also Oct. 28

Sunday, October 15, 2017

West Newton Post Office
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
When the village of West Newton was a thriving riverboat town in the 1870s, the Harkin Store was home to the local post office. Visitors can learn about the historic post office, how the postal service worked in the 19th century and more.
Sun., Oct 15, 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, October 17, 2017

Family Letters Workshop with Nancy O'Brien Wagner
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn tips and tricks about preserving your family's letters and stories in a workshop. MNHS Press author Nancy O’Brien Wagner will share what she learned working on her book, "Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O'Brien." Some topics covered will include transcribing letters, adding context with historical research, editing and preservation of the letters, as well as time for participants to network and talk about their family projects. Wagner will be joined by MNHS reference and collections staff, who will share their expertise and the resources available at the Gale Family Library. An optional tour of the Gale Family Library will be available to workshop participants.
An archival folder is included in the price of the workshop. This workshop is made possible through the support of the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
Tue., Oct 17, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$20/$16 MNHS members
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Harvest Days
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping, and farmers need to get the last of the farm crops and garden produce harvested, processed and stored for winter use. Experience the last days of harvest in a festive atmosphere on the historic Kelley Farm. Visitors can help finish up the field work, put produce away in the root cellar, make corn husk dolls or join in a corn husking bee or quilting bee.
Thu., Oct 19, 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 Oct. 20, 21, 22

History Hound Hijinx: MEA Break
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Spend MEA celebrating the History Center's 25th birthday with a sweet treat, art activity and party games.
Thu., Oct 19, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 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
Also Oct. 20

MEA Tour
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Enjoy tours of this reconstructed 1800s fur post during MEA break.
Thu., Oct 19, 2017, Noon - 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
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Also Oct. 20

Shadows & Spirits of the Capitol Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Join a one-hour guided tour of the newly restored Capitol through the shadowy and eerily lit rotunda, hallways, and chambers. Visitors will encounter historical "spirits" who will tell stories of the Capitol’s early history, including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, a dome foreman, and artist who decorated the Supreme Court chamber.
Thu., Oct 19, 2017, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
$15 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $13 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

2017 Annual Meeting
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Before the annual meeting, view displays and enjoy light snacks and drinks. The MNHS annual business meeting will be followed by a program in the 3M Auditorium and opportunities to view the exhibits "AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera" and "Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence." Guests can also enjoy music and hors d'oeuvres.
Thu., Oct 19, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free for MNHS members

Victorian Seance: Fact or Fiction?
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
As the Spiritualist movement gained popularity in the mid-19th century, an increasing number of Victorians began attending séances. It was believed that séances, conducted by mediums, were the best way to connect with the spirit world. Some mediums were sincere in this intent, but others were frauds and developed elaborate ways of tricking their audiences. Experience elements of a Victorian séance in this one-of-a-kind event with artist and performer Michael Callahan, as he portrays a Victorian medium, and discover some of the tools and tricks used at a 19th-century séance.
The 60-minute program starts at 8, 9, 10 and 11 pm and is suitable for ages 16 and up.
Thu., Oct 19, 2017, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm, 11:00 pm - 12:00 am
$22 adults, $20 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $4 discount MNHS members
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Also Oct. 20 & 21

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Crucial Conversations: An Equal Voice for Women
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Women won the right to vote nearly a century ago in 1920. Their arguments for suffrage and the challenges they faced both outside and from within the movement are still present in debates about the roles and rights of women today. Join a small group dialogue to explore the ideas that energized the early 20th-century women’s movement and share your thoughts about women’s rights in America in 2017. Through Crucial Conversations, participants talk about the history that matters now. Dialogues are facilitated by staff members trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Sat., Oct 21, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free, registration recommended
Get Tickets: 10 am & 1 pm

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. Highlights include the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis, with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor. Guests will discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era, see the architectural highlights of the recently completed A-Mill Artist Lofts built within the historic mill buildings, and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.
Please meet at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Loft main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. This tour is presented in partnership with A Mill Artist Lofts.
Sat., Oct 21, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/$14 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Also Oct. 29

Apple Butter Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Experience the fall activity of making apple butter the old-fashioned way. This day-long event begins with boiling cider and apples in a 20 gallon copper pot and ends with sweet tasty homemade apple butter. Guests can assist the staff in stirring the butter until it turns golden and adheres to the plate, marking the moment when it is ready for sampling.
Sat., Oct 21, 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

Beading 101 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn basic beading styles and techniques by creating a project, like a necklace or bracelet, to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.
The workshop runs:

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

A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants.
Sat., Oct 21, 2017, 11:00 am - Sun., Oct 22, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email.

Indigenous Cooking Demos with Sean Sherman
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join Chef Sean Sherman, the Ogalala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef, for a series of cooking demonstrations based on his new book "The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen," an introduction to the modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. 30-minute demos will take place at 12:30 pm and 2 pm. In his cooking, Sherman dispels outdated notions of Native American fare—no fry bread or Indian tacos here—and no European staples such as wheat flour, dairy products, sugar, and domestic pork and beef. The Sioux Chef’s healthful plates embrace venison and rabbit, river and lake trout, duck and quail, wild turkey, blueberries, sage, sumac, timpsula or wild turnip, plums, purslane, and abundant wildflowers.
Chef Sean Sherman was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and has been cooking in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Montana for the past 27 years. He works as a caterer and food educator across the country through his business, The Sioux Chef, based in South Minneapolis. He has earned plaudits and profiles in such venues as National Public Radio, Guardian UK, Saveur, and the New York Times.
Sat., Oct 21, 2017, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Day of the Dead Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
For Mexican-Americans, Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a powerful way to honor ancestors and heritage. Learn about the holiday and join the History Center’s annual celebration that features music, folk dancing, traditional Mexican games, art activities, samples of traditional bread and hot chocolate, and beautiful ofrendas or altars, which are tributes to those who have departed. The ofrendas were created by local students, community organizations and professional artists. This program is offered in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico. Ofrendas will be on display at the History Center through November 2.
Sun., Oct 22, 2017, Noon - 4:00 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

Lonesome Ron's Round-Up
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The Harkin Store and musician Lonesome Ron bid farewell and "happy trails" to the season with folk, country and bluegrass music. Stop in the historic site's store for the end of season sale.
Sun., Oct 22, 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, October 26, 2017

"Faces of Minnesota" Exhibit Opening
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
View the new Minnesota Public Radio exhibit, “Faces of Minnesota,” a collection of 50 images from the last decade that document our state and the people who live here. The pictures come from the work of MPR’s award-winning news and music photographers and regional freelancers, and they tell the story of what makes Minnesota special.
The exhibit is presented as part of the celebration of MPR’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours from October 19 through November 12, 2017.
Thu., Oct 26, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

History Happy Hour: Historical Hoaxes
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about historical hoaxes. Join Jenny McElroy, MNHS reference specialist, as she shares the stories of the greatest historical frauds, fakes and flimflams in Minnesota history, from Lord Gordon-Gordon to the Minnesota Iceman. 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., Oct 26, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
Get Tickets: 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm

Victorian Ghost Stories
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Hear dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly light parlor of the James J. Hill House. The one-hour program includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker as well as lesser-known authors of the period, plus some "true" ghost stories. The program begins at 6 and 7:30 pm and is not recommended for children under age 8. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Hill House (included with admission) and hot cider will be served.
Thu., Oct 26, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm & 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
$12/$10 MNHS members
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Also Oct. 27, 28, 29, 31

"Faces of Minnesota" Opening Reception
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Attend a reception and talk about the new Minnesota Public Radio exhibit, “Faces of Minnesota,” a collection of 50 images from the last decade that document our state and the people who live here. The exhibit is presented as part of the celebration of MPR’s 50th anniversary in 2017. During the opening reception, hear from Regina McCombs, MPR’s senior editor for visual news, and others the images and the current state of photojournalism. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.
The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours from October 19 through November 12, 2017.
Thu., Oct 26, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series: Florence "Treetops" Klingensmith
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Join NDSU history graduate student Kaci Johnson for a presentation on pioneering aviator Florence "Treetops" Klingensmith. Klingensmith, born in Oakport, Minnesota, became the first woman in North Dakota to receive her pilot’s license. In 1931, she held the world record for inside loops with 1,078, and in 1932, she won the inaugural Amelia Earhart Cup at the National Air Races.
After the presentation, guests can enjoy light refreshments and explore the house. This presentation is part of the Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series taking place at the Comstock House during the 2017-2018 school year.
Thu., Oct 26, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Spooky Timbers
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
A family-friendly spooky event with logging camp tours, music, storytelling, trolley rides through an enchanted forest, hot cider, hot chocolate and more. Plus, visitors can meet the historic residents of the logging camp and maybe even catch a glimpse of Sasquatch in the woods.
Fri., Oct 27, 2017, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also Oct. 28, 30, 31

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Gothic novel captivated Victorian readers. Combining elements of horror and romance, gothic authors created short stories, "penny dreadfuls" and novels that still influence writers today. This tour explores the origins of the Gothic novel, from the motivations behind stories to why certain language was used. View some of the Gothic novels owned by the Ramsey family and discover why the genre captured the Victorian imagination.
This program is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm. This program contains adult content.
Fri., Oct 27, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
Get Tickets: 7 pm & 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit" Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then & Now Exhibit Closing
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
View historic photographs of Japanese-Americans during WWII taken by War Relocation Authority photographers—including Dorothea Lange and Tom Parker—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.
The exhibit is on view May 27-October 28.
Sat., Oct 28, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, site admission not included

"Storyteller" Traveling Art Exhibit Closing
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.
Sat., Oct 28, 2017, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Sunday, October 29, 2017

WOW! Family Sundays: Apples Then, Apples 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 October the theme is Apples Then, Apples 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., Oct 29, 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

Monday, October 30, 2017

Vampires, Zombies, & the Construction of Race
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Listen to a discussion on the early years of monsters in movies and literature from Davin Wait, a historian and former English instructor who has done extensive research on the topic. Focusing mostly on vampires and zombies, Wait will discuss the late 19th-century science and traditions that helped shape the monsters we know and love today.
Mon., Oct 30, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$10/$5 MNHS and HCSCC members
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Knitting Social
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Bring a creative project from knitting to embroidery and join a social circle to sit, chat and work at the History Center the final Tuesday of each month. The circle is held on the third floor of the museum. Yarn and needles will be available. 
Tue., Oct 31, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Ongoing Exhibits

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

Closes April 22, 2018 

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.

Closes April 22, 2018 

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 Nov. 11, 2017  WW1 America
The World War I era—1914 to 1919—was a transformational time for America. The nation emerged as a confident global superpower while deep divisions and conflict at home threatened to tear the nation apart. This major new exhibit created by the Minnesota Historical Society opens during the centennial of America's involvement in WW1. Through original artifacts, images, voices, music, interactives and multimedia, WW1 America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans during a transformational era in our history. Find out more.

Ongoing

Then Now Wow
Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Find out more.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. Find out more.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk 
This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Find out more.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting
Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. Find out more.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis

Opens Oct. 19, 2017 

Faces of Minnesota 
View the new Minnesota Public Radio exhibit, “Faces of Minnesota,” a collection of 50 images from the last decade that document our state and the people who live here. The pictures come from the work of 
MPR’s award-winning news and music photographers and regional freelancers, and they tell the story of what makes Minnesota special.
The exhibit is presented as part of the celebration of MPR’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours from October 19 through November 12, 2017.

James J. Hill House 
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Closes Jan. 14, 2018  "Attack on New Ulm: One Painting, Many Perspectives"
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

Closes Oct. 28, 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.