December 2017 Events, Programs & Exhibits

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Release dated: 
October 11, 2017
Media contacts: 

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

Friday, December 1, 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.
Fri., Dec 1, 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 Dec. 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31
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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 the 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. Shop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items. The 60-minute guided tours start every half hour.
Fri., Dec 1, 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., Dec 1, 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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Saturday, December 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., Dec 2, 2017, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Every Saturday

History Forum: The Immigration Problem, 1917 & 2017
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
During the large-scale immigration of the early 20th century, many Americans feared that the foreign-born would steal jobs, lower wages, and threaten American morality and culture. After a national commission issued a study that implied certain types of immigrants might weaken the "American race," Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Acts of 1917 and 1924, two of the most restrictive immigration policies in U.S. history. Join historian Katherine Benton-Cohen as she discusses how this policy established a framework for modern immigration policy that has never been entirely dismantled.
Katherine Benton-Cohen is associate professor of history at Georgetown University and author of Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands.
 Sat., Dec 2, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$16/$14 MNHS members. Series subscription: $84/$66 MNHS members
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Christmas in the Logging Camp Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
North Woods No. 1, the Forest History Center's recreated 1900s logging camp, comes to life under a blanket of snow during this yearly event. Join the logging camp crew as they get ready to celebrate Christmas. The program includes choral singers, storytellers, sleigh rides, hot chocolate, cider and more. Bring your camera to get your picture taken with Santa.
Sat., Dec 2, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 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

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., Dec 2, 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. 9, 16, 23 & 30
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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

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., Dec 2, 2017, 11:00 am - Sun., Dec 3, 2017, 2:00 pm
$60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email.

Kid Crafts: Storybook Time & Bead a Ring
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, learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Please allow an hour to make the ring. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Sat., Dec 2, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm
$3/kit, museum admission not included

Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Get holiday baking inspiration and sample the winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Taste Holiday Cookie Contest. Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune will talk about the contest, how it's judged, and what makes a great holiday cookie. Sample the winning recipes and enjoy hot cider and coffee from 1 to 3 pm, then vote for your favorite cookie for the visitor’s choice award. Bring a holiday recipe to share and get baking tips.
Finish the day with a cookie demo by Patrice Johnson, a past winner of the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest and the author of the new book "Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions" from the Minnesota Historical Society Press.
The Star Tribune's Taste section sponsors the annual Holiday Cookie Contest in which readers submit their favorite holiday cookie recipes. The winner and runners-up are announced in the Taste section on November 30.
Sat., Dec 2, 2017, 12:30 pm - 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

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., Dec 2, 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, December 3, 2017

Family Baking Workshop: Holiday Traditions
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Bake a traditional holiday treat and learn the history of holiday traditions in Minneapolis and the people who brought them here, in a special parent-child workshop. A museum baker will discuss the rich history of Swedish traditions and lead the group in preparing a traditional Swedish recipe from the new MNHS Press book "Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions" by Patrice Johnson.
While the treats bake, participants will explore holiday traditions from a variety of nationalities through photographs, artifacts, samples and sharing stories. Participants will take home recipes and the treats they bake. Each adult registered for the workshop will also receive a Better Batter Bowl as a free gift, courtesy of Nordic Ware. 
Sun., Dec 3, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$50 one adult/child pair, $40 MNHS members, $20 each additional child in a party
Also Dec. 9, 10, 16 & 23
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

History Day Advanced Teacher Workshop
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Once you feel comfortable teaching History Day and working with your students on their projects, what else is there? Teachers can come to this workshop to find new and innovative ways to engage with students and learn new ins and outs of History Day. Workshop fee includes breakfast, lunch, parking, and materials.
Tue., Dec 5, 2017, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
$85
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Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Holidays
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., Dec 5, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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History Lounge: The 1916 Iron Ore Strike
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
On June 2, 1916, 40 mostly immigrant mine workers at the St. James Mine in Aurora, Minnesota, walked off the job. Hear from author Gary Kaunonen on how this seemingly small labor disturbance mushroomed into one of the region’s, if not the nation’s, most contentious 20th-century battles between organized labor and management. This strike had a profound impact on workers and immigrants and mining and labor relations in Minnesota and beyond. Gary Kaunonen is the author of "Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike."
Tue., Dec 5, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Friday, December 8, 2017

Evening Christmas Candlelight 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, enchanted by a soft glow of light. 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.
Fri., Dec 8, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 Dec. 9

A "Little Women" Christmas
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
The world of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" comes to life in this special holiday tour. With the Ramsey House as the setting, discover how Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March celebrated Christmas in the 1860s. Play Victorian parlor games, learn about the fashion of the era, and enjoy freshly baked gingerbread cake, a treat that was popular in the 1860s. Arrive early and make a Christmas craft in the Carriage House plus explore the museum shop, which features authentic Victorian-era reproduction ornaments and gifts. This program is suitable for ages 6 and up.
Fri., Dec 8, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm & 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$13 adults, $11 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $9 ages 5-17, $3 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 15

Saturday, December 9, 2017

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., Dec 9, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/$14 MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Also Dec. 30

Christmas on the Farm Tour
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Experience the preparations for a simple holiday celebration like Oliver Kelley and his family had. On this 90 minute-guided tour, visitors will walk to the historic Kelley Farm to meet farm animals and explore the historic house. Discover how farm families and their animals coped with the shorter days and colder temperatures and celebrated the upcoming holiday. Take a bobsled or wagon ride, weather permitting, and enjoy an outdoor bonfire. Refreshments and Christmas treats from different eras will be served in the visitor center following the tour. Please dress for the outdoors and cold weather. 
Sat., Dec 9, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm & 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
$12 adults, $10 MNHS members, free age 5 and under
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Also Dec. 10

Christmas with the Comstocks
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at the historic Comstock House, which will be decorated for the holidays. Guests will experience what a Christmas gathering would have been like for the Comstock family and their friends in the late 1800s and learn about Victorian parlor games, a traditional Christmas dinner, and the origins of some of today’s holiday traditions. Hot cocoa and holiday treats will be served.
Sat., Dec 9, 2017, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 college students and ages 5-17, free MNHS members
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Holiday Lights & Fireworks
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Spend a holiday evening at the Forest History Center and take in the music of choral singers, enjoy a horse-drawn trolley or sleigh ride, listen to winter stories in the logging camp and meet Santa. Watch as Santa throws the switch to illuminate the fire tower as his beacon in the Northwoods. Then enjoy a spectacular winter fireworks show.
Sat., Dec 9, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$5 adults, $4 seniors and college students, $3 ages 5-17, free MNHS members

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mill City String Quartet: Christmas Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a holiday performance from Mill City String Quartet featuring Christmas and Hanukkah music in classic, jazz, and bluegrass arrangements in the historic James J. Hill House. Chat with the performers and enjoy holiday cookies after the show.
Sun., Dec 10, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Thursday, December 14, 2017

An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join the Ghost of Mill City Past for an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party in this unique play set in the museum's Flour Tower elevator ride. Scenes unfold on different floors where the audience meets characters drawn from the pages of the company's employee newspaper, the Eventually News. Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, "Eventually—Why Not Now?"
Recommended for ages 8 and older. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments after the play.
Thu., Dec 14, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm & 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$20 adults, $18 seniors, veterans/active military, college students $16 ages 17 and under and MNHS members. $2 off regular adult admission with Fringe Festival button.
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Also Dec. 14, 15, 16 & 17

World War II Round Table: Victory in the Battle of the Bulge
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Martin King and Michael Collins, authors of Voices of the Bulge and four new titles on units fighting in the Ardennes, and veterans will discuss the largest land battle in western Europe. 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., Dec 14, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Birch Bark Ornament Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Create miniature ornaments from birch bark to decorate for the holidays or give as gifts. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of five participants is required. Registration is required three days prior to workshop.
Sat., Dec 16, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Victorian Christmas Stories
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
A storytelling performance by costumed actors of classic 19th-century Christmas stories, including Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Anderson and others. Light refreshments and a tour of the Hill House decorated for the holidays are included with admission.
Sun., Dec 17, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm & 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Victorian Christmas Carols
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
A lively concert by costumed singers explores the rise in popularity of Christmas carols during the 19th century. Hear familiar favorites and discover new gems! The one-hour concert in the Hill House art gallery includes light refreshments and tours, included with admission, following the performance.
Fri., Dec 22, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm & 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 23

A New Year Celebration
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate the New Year's holiday with food, music, dancing and games at this Victorian-inspired special event. Explore the Ramsey House with family and friends and participate in hands-on activities on all three floors. Try a variety of 19th-century parlor games and dances and listen (and sing along) to popular songs of the era played on the 1872 Steinway grand piano. Be sure to enjoy holiday cakes, puddings and other treats, freshly baked from the wood-burning stove.
Fri., Dec 22, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 adults, $18 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $10 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
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Also Dec. 29

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The 1968 Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The social forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. It was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war. This popular exhibit returns to Minnesota after touring the nation. This exhibit is created by the Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California.
Sat., Dec 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

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

History Hound Hijinx: Winter Break
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Spend winter break at the History Center with this make-it-take-it activity for families. Using peace imagery inspired by The 1968 Exhibit, create a keepsake to take home and hang on a tree, rearview mirror or window.
Tue., Dec 26, 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 Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 & Jan. 1

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., Dec 26, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Polar Kids Camp
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Spend winter break at the Forest History Center. Throughout the day kids can sled, snowshoe, learn about wildlife, watch movies, listen to music, make crafts, go on a sleigh ride and much more! The camp is offered twice, and kids can attend one or both days. Kids should dress for the outdoors and pack a bag lunch. This camp is for ages 6-13.
Thu., Dec 28, 2017, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$75/$55 MNHS members per day
Also Dec. 29

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Northwoods Holiday Fest
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Revel in a winter wonderland of family fun with trolley and sleigh rides, dog sleds, sledding, snowshoeing, snow sculptures, a snow fort and launching snowballs and water balloons with a giant slingshot. Visitors can also tour the logging camp under winter conditions and enjoy wildlife shows and games inside the visitor center.
Sat., Dec 30, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 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, December 31, 2017

WOW! Family Sundays: Holidays Then, Holidays 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 December, the theme is Holiday Then, Holiday 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., Dec 31, 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

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Spend New Year's Eve exploring trails by candlelight. The annual hike will include luminaries along trails connecting the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum. Guests can drop in at any time during the event and hike whatever distance is comfortable. Snowshoes are welcome if conditions allow. Both museums will be open with free admission for guests to warm up and grab a refreshment.
This program is co-sponsored by Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum and the Friends of the Lindbergh Heritage.
Sun., Dec 31, 2017, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Ongoing Exhibits

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

Opens Dec. 23, 2017  The 1968 Exhibit 
The social forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. It was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war. This popular exhibit returns to Minnesota after touring the nation. This exhibit is created by the Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California.
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.

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 March 31, 2018 

Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis
This exhibit is a companion to the new MNHS Press book of the same name. During the 1970s and 1980s, photographer Charles Chamblis captured the vibrant social and artistic life of the Twin Cities’ African American community.
Musicians and other artists are shown performing, dancing, and interacting with enthusiastic audiences at once-thriving but now lost clubs, such as the Taste Show Lounge, Riverview Supper Club, Fox Trap, Nacirema Club, and others on Minneapolis’s North and South sides. Among the legendary soul, funk, and R&B acts depicted are Flyte Tyme, Prophets of Peace, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Morris Day, Prince, and many other influential musicians who helped establish the so-called “Minneapolis Sound.”
Beyond the nightlife, Chamblis’s portraits, images of family gatherings and weddings, fashion photography, landscapes, and photos of community events offer intimate and rare glimpses into the life of African Americans in the Twin Cities at these particular moments in time.

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.