November 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
September 12, 2017
Media contacts: 

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

November 2017 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

History Day 101 Workshop
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
History Day 101 will address the fundamentals of the History Day program. Staff will discuss the program framework and implementation strategies. See samples of projects, learn about support resources, and discuss standards, program benefits, and next steps to bring History Day into your classroom. Participants will leave with a variety of classroom-ready tools to begin implementing History Day in their own schools.
Workshop fee includes breakfast, lunch, parking, and materials.
Wed., Nov 1, 2017, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
$85, $150 bundled with Theme Workshop on Sept. 27 or Nov. 2
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Theme Exploration and Curriculum Collaboration Workshop 
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Hear from History Day staff talk about this year's theme and get ready to share your own ideas through collaborative activities in the morning. The afternoon will be devoted to curriculum planning. Bring your calendars, rubrics, and other History Day lessons. Open discussion time will give opportunities to collaborate with other attendees. Workshop fee includes breakfast, lunch, parking, and materials.
Thu., Nov 2, 2017, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
$85, $150 bundled with History Day 101 Workshop on Sept. 26 or Nov. 1
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Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series: Georgetown, MN & the Hudson's Bay Company 
Comstock House 
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
John Hest, NDSU graduate student in rural and agricultural history, will share his research about Georgetown, Minnesota's founding as a Hudson Bay Company post and its importance to the Red River Valley. Hest will discuss how the Hudson Bay Company's work loading and unloading Red River carts and steamboats made Georgetown a center for commerce in the Red River Valley.
After the presentation, guests can enjoy light refreshments and explore the house. This presentation is part of the new Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series taking place at the Comstock House during the 2017-2018 school year.
Thu., Nov 2, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free
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Saturday, November 4, 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., Nov 4, 2017, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Also Nov. 11, 18 & 25

History Forum: The Rise of Evangelical America
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join historian Matthew Avery Sutton for a discussion of the rise of a colorful and charismatic group of radical Protestants in the early 20th century. Avery Sutton explores how this group felt the United States was besieged by Satanic forces—like secularism, family breakdown and government encroachment—and took to the pulpit and airwaves to explain how prophecies of Biblical end times made sense of a ravaged modern world. By the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and conservative Republicans appropriated these evangelical ideas, challenging the pragmatic tradition of governance through compromise and consensus.
Matthew Avery Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor at Washington State University and author of American Apocalypse: a History of Modern Evangelicalism. Lectures are offered at 10 am and 2 pm.
Sat., Nov 4, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$16/$14 MNHS members. Series subscription: $84/$66 MNHS members
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Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins 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

Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs with 10 days' advance registration.
Sat., Nov 4, 2017, 11:00 am - Sun., Nov 5, 2017, 2:00 pm
$65/$60 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $40 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email.

Kid Crafts: Storybook Time & Corn Husk Doll
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 pm, then from 1 to 3 pm, children can learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Cornhusk dolls were traditionally made during the fall out of the outer covering of an ear of corn. Please allow one hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for age 8 and up.
Sat., Nov 4, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm
$6/kit, museum admission not included

Native American Family Day
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy free admission during this special day featuring speakers and artists from local Native American communities who will share their histories and cultures. Plus, explore the exhibit "Renewing What They Gave Us" which features original beadwork, birch bark and textile pieces by Native American artists from the Upper Midwest, who spent six months in residence exploring the MNHS collections.
Sat., Nov 4, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm
Free

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., Nov 4, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Also Nov. 18 & 26

Sunday, November 5, 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., Nov 5, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Growing Up at 240 Summit
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House and is followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month. 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., Nov 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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Thursday, November 9, 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., Nov 9, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/free MNHS and HCSCC members
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World War II Round Table: Allying for Victory
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
William T. Johnsen, author of The Origins of the Grand Alliance, will discuss the partnership between Roosevelt and Churchill to form an Allied force to defeat the Axis forces in Europe and expand into the Pacific. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table brings together authors, historians, and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it.
Thu., Nov 9, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, November 10, 2017

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting 
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
This annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open. Costumed guides will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center.
At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship's bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.
Fri., Nov 10, 2017, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Free Admission for Veterans
All MNHS historic sites & museums
In honor of the contributions of our military service members, all veterans and active military enjoy free admission at MNHS historic sites and museums on Veterans Day. The admission discount does not apply to family members. Don't miss the final day of WW1 America, an exhibit that tells the story of extraordinary people and nation-shaking movements — from mass immigration, women's suffrage, racial politics and the Great Migration, to daily life and popular culture.
Sat., Nov 11, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free admission for veterans and active military

Forgotten Stories of WW1: 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn about the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division, a National Guard division based in Minnesota, and its WW1 stories. The division was formed in late summer 1917 and trained for many months at New Mexico's Camp Cody before arriving in France just before the 1918 Armistice. The division went on to have more days in combat during World War II than any other American division, and since September 11, 2001, “Red Bulls” have deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. National Guard officers and experts will speak about the division's 100 years of service. 
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., Nov 11, 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. 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., Nov 11, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/$14 MNHS members, museum admission not included
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Lumberjack Cooking for Kids
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Kids can experience the challenge of cooking at a logging camp in the 1900s. They'll learn how to prepare foods like "cold shuts" (donuts), "sweat pads" (pancakes) and pies using recipes and ingredients that would have been used in a historic cook shack.
Sat., Nov 11, 2017, 11:00 am - 2:00 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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Faces of Minnesota" Exhibit Closing
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.
Sun., Nov 12, 2017, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

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.
Sun., Nov 12, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

State Review Board Meeting on NRHP Nominations
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The MNHS State Review Board meets four times a year to consider nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation Office staff will present briefly on the history of the nominated property, and the board will hear comments from attendees. Following discussion, the board will act on the nomination, rendering an opinion of whether the property meets National Register Criteria. Nominations and photographs of the properties to be considered are placed online here a few weeks before the meeting.
Tue., Nov 14, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

History Lounge: Scandinavians in the Statehouse
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Beginning in the 1850s, thousands of immigrants from Nordic countries settled in Minnesota and quickly established themselves in the political life of their new home. Join MNHS Press author Klas Bergman to explore the stories of these Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Finns and Icelanders who first sowed their political seeds at the local level and then broadened their sights to the state and national realm, leaving a lasting legacy for modern Minnesota. Klas Bergman is a journalist and author of the 2017 MNHS Press book Scandinavians in the State House: How Nordic Immigrants Shaped Minnesota Politics.
Tue., Nov 14, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Crucial Conversations: A Nation of Nations
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1917 and 1924, nativism and economic anxiety fueled the passage of laws to broadly restrict immigration on the basis of race, religion, sexuality and education. Join a small group dialogue to explore the history of our first era of immigration restriction and exchange ideas about what you think it means to be "a nation of immigrants" today. 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., Nov 18, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Free, registration recommended
Get Tickets: 10 am & 1 pm

Ojibwe Mitten 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of leatherworking to make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.
The workshop runs:

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

Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs with 10 days' advance registration.
Sat., Nov 18, 2017, 11:00 am - Sun., Nov 19, 2017, 2:00 pm
$65/$60 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $40 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email.

A Yankee Thanksgiving Tour
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. At Kelley Farm, experience what preparations for a Thanksgiving celebration were like 150 years ago. On a 90-minute guided tour, visitors will hike along the wooded trails to the historic Kelley Farm to meet farm animals and visit the historic house filled with the sights and smells of a harvest celebration. Following the tour, pie and refreshments will be served in the visitor center.
Sat., Nov 18, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 MNHS members, free age 5 and under, registration required
Also Nov. 19
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
In the 1890s, St. Paul’s Summit Avenue was a holiday destination where friends and neighbors would gather together to celebrate the Christmas season and welcome the New Year. On this holiday tour, discover holiday celebrations of the past through the stories of those who lived and worked on Summit Avenue, including excerpts from Hill family letters and journals and rare historic photographs of the neighborhood. Tours run 60 minutes with the last tour time at 3:30 pm.
Wed., Nov 22, 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $8 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Also Nov. 24, 26, 29, 30, Dec. 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31
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Friday, November 24, 2017

A Victorian Christmas
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During this guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood-burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family's 1875 Steinway grand piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Be sure to stop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items.
60-minute guided tours start every half hour.
Fri., Nov 24, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $8 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members, free age 4 and under
runs Thursdays through Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 2017
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A WW1 Christmas 
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Experience what Christmas was like for the Lindberghs during World War I in this living history program. Meet costumed interpreters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors as they provide insights into early 20th-century holiday traditions and the challenges wartime presented. Learn about the impact of food rationing, create a Christmas decoration to take home, and write a note or draw a picture for a soldier as Charles Lindbergh might have done. Notes will be distributed to Minnesota soldiers in time for the holidays. Visitors are encouraged to explore the gallery exhibits in the visitor center and shop for holiday items in the gift store.
Fri., Nov 24, 2017, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Also Nov. 25, 26, Dec. 1, 2, & 3
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History Hound Hijinx: Thanksgiving Break
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Spend Thanksgiving break at the History Center with this make-it-take-it activity for families. Design and create "Thanksgiving" cards to send to someone you are thankful for. We will mail one card per participant.
Fri., Nov 24, 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 Nov. 25 & 26

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Christmas Saturdays for Families
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Make a Victorian cornucopia in the parlor, then go room-to-room collecting special items to put inside of it as you explore three floors of the mansion during the holidays. Staff will be stationed throughout the house for questions. Visitors can drop in for this program; however, the art activity ends at 4 pm. We suggest allowing 1.5 hours for this visit. This program is designed for families with younger children.
Sat., Nov 25, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
Also Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
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Afternoon Christmas Tour
W.W. Mayo House
118 N. Main St. Le Sueur, MN 56058
View the Mayo House fully decorated for Christmas at the turn of the 20th century. Enjoy Christmas music in the parlor, performed by local musicians, while sipping on hot cider and snacking on cookies. Children can make a small gift and ornament from the past at the craft table. Tours will focus on holiday traditions from the 1850s through the early 1900s, incorporating traditions that both the Mayo and Cosgrove families would have celebrated while living in the home.
Sat., Nov 25, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

WOW! Family Sundays: Dancing Then, Dancing 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 November the theme is Dancing Then, Dancing 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., Nov 26, 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

Tuesday, November 28, 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., Nov 28, 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

Closes Nov. 12, 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.