February 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
December 13, 2017
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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February 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Talk & Tour: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Enjoy a talk from NDSU graduate student Emma Novak on her research on Harriet Tubman. Novak will track Tubman's life from her time as an enslaved woman in the American South to her life as an activist changing ideas about slavery and women's rights. Through her actions, Tubman became a role model for women today. After the lecture, enjoy light refreshments from Rustica Eatery & Tavern and explore one of the Fargo-Moorhead area's most historic homes.
Thu., Feb 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/college students and MNHS members free
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Saturday, February 3, 2018

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., Feb 3, 2018, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Every Saturday

Winter on the Hill
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate winter in Minnesota with special displays of St. Paul Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes, a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket, and more. Tours of the James J. Hill House (occurring about every half hour) will focus on the Hill family's involvement with the St. Paul Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and celebrated, Minnesota's most famous season. Guests can also put together old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles, and play games made from household items.
Sat., Feb 3, 2018, 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
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Also Feb. 4

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.
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., Feb 3, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also Feb. 18

Time Capsule for Families: President's Visit, 1878
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1878, Alexander and Anna Ramsey entertained a very special guest: the president of the United States. Learn why President Rutherford B. Hayes visited the Ramsey family and discover more about what made 1878 so special. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way for a time capsule to take home. Taste one of President Hayes' favorite foods and learn about fashions of the era. This 60-minute program is offered at noon, 12:30, and 1 pm.
Sat., Feb 3, 2018
$10 adults, $9 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $7 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under, MNHS members save 20%
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: The Servant's Life
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. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month.
This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Tue., Feb 6, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Reading the Raw Materials of History: 1968 Edition
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join a discussion about the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Report, which was released on Feb. 29, 1968, by a presidential commission studying race riots of the 1960s. 
This series is built on a book club model where participants examine historical materials from 1968, including letters, articles, and speeches, and join in a facilitated discussion. A new topic will be presented every other month through the run of “The 1968 Exhibit." Participants should preregister to get a reading list, discussion questions, and related materials to review before the 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.
Tue., Feb 6, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free, registration required
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Handcrafted Snowshoe 3-Day Workshop
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join a master woodworker to learn to make a pair of traditional Ojibwe-style snowshoes. Learn the processes of bending ash frames, mortising cross pieces, lacing webs using hollow nylon, and creating bindings using lamp wick materials. Pointed at both ends, this design is well suited for travel in wooded areas and on frozen lakes. Materials and tools are provided.

The workshop runs:

  • Feb. 7: 6-9 pm
  • Feb. 10: 9 am-5 pm
  • Feb. 11: 9 am-5 pm

Wed., Feb 7, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$225/MNHS members save 20%
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

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., Feb 8, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/free MNHS and HCSCC members
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World War II Round Table: The Berlin Airlift - First Allied Victory of the Cold War
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Roger G. Miller, author of To Save A City, and veterans of the Berlin Airlift will discuss Stalin’s attempt to starve out a city devastated by war and struggling to rebuild and establish a new future.
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., Feb 8, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Throughout the Victorian era, a suitor would use love letters, floral bouquets, and small gifts to indicate his intention of marriage. In this Valentine's Day-themed program, discover what secret messages could be conveyed by these gifts. Enjoy freshly baked Valentine's Day treats, listen to excerpts from Ramsey family love letters, and play Victorian courtship games in the parlor.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Feb 9, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Kitchen Know-How: Stock to Soup Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Learn the basics of making several types of stocks, then explore ways to use stocks to make sauces and soups.
Kitchen Know-How is a new workshop series for adults that explores the basics of a variety of cooking, baking, and preserving techniques. Participants will experiment with different foods, cooking techniques, and kitchen equipment, and take home recipes and experience. Workshops take place in the visitor center Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Feb 10, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon
$25/MNHS members save 20%
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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., Feb 10, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, registration required
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Introduction to DNA for Family Historians
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This class is targeted to DNA beginners: those who are thinking about testing DNA of or have recently done testing and want to understand the results. Learn the basic differences between X, Y, autosomal, and mitochondrial DNA, who to test, and about the different kinds of DNA test. This class will also cover the match lists and data DNA companies provide.
Instructor bio: J. H. Fonkert is a board-certified genealogist, lecturer, researcher and has his own research service, Four Generations Genealogy. He has been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and his research and articles have appeared in numerous publications.
Sat., Feb 10, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$32/MNHS members save 20%
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Capitol Art & Artists Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
See the grand murals, sculptures, and lavish decorations and learn about the elaborate conservation work recently performed to bring the art back to its original appearance. Visit legislative chambers, the Governor's Reception Room, Rathskeller Cafe, and the new exhibit space on the 3rd floor. View works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Garnsey, Howard Pyle, and others.
Hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America, and see how the art, architecture, and overall decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.
Sat., Feb 10, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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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

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 with 10 days’ advance reservations.
Sat., Feb 10, 2018, 11:00 am - Sun., Feb 11, 2018, 2:00 pm
$75, MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $40 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email

Kid Crafts: Storybook Time & Dream Catchers
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy Native American stories from noon to 1 pm, then from 1 to 3 pm, children can weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Allow an hour to make the craft. Light snacks will be available. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Feb 10, 2018, Noon - 3:00 pm
$5/dream catcher kit, story book time free, museum admission not included

Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love” -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
Enjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance at the fur post. Country dancing was a favorite diversion for the genteel classes in the early 1800s. Dance steps will be taught and called
at the ball. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Period or semiformal attire is requested.
Doors open at 6:30 pm; dancing begins at 7 pm.
Sat., Feb 10, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$40/MNHS members save 20%
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

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., Feb 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"A Good Time for the Truth" Panel & Discussion
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore race relations in the Twin Cities today with three of the contributors to the MNHS Press book, A Good Time for the Truth. David Lawrence Grant, Shannon Gibney, and Taiyon Coleman will talk about their experiences in a panel presentation followed by a discussion about everyday activism and what Minnesotans can do to address it in their lives and communities. Before the panel discussion, guests can meet with community organizations who address issues of race in the Twin Cities.
This program is appropriate for middle school students and up. This program is co-sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Phi Omega chapter. It is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Tue., Feb 13, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Talk & Tour: Narrative 4 and Concordia College
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Hear from Concordia College Moorhead student Sabina Beck about the work of the Concordia branch of Narrative 4 started in 2016. Narrative 4 is an international initiative with the mission of building “a community of empathic global citizens who improve the world through the exchange of personal narratives.”
Reflecting on her knowledge and experiences as a member, ambassador, and intern for the organization, Beck will present about the work Concordia’s Narrative 4 group has been doing to build bridges across differences in the Fargo-Moorhead community, particularly between the local immigrant and U.S.-born populations. Attendees will also learn how they can participate in story exchanges themselves and branch out to meet members of their community who they may otherwise not have the opportunity to meet.
After the presentation, guests can enjoy light refreshments and take a tour of one of Moorhead’s most historic homes. Admission to this event is free, but a free-will donation will be taken to support the continuing great work of Narrative 4 in the community.
 Tue., Feb 13, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, reservation recommended
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Indie Lens Pop-Up: "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities" Screening & Discussion
TPT Street Space
172 E. 4th St Paul, MN 55101
At Indie Lens Pop-Up series, watch full-length documentaries and stay for discussion guided by experts on the important issues portrayed in each film. In February, view the documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and explore 150 years of the history of black colleges and universities in America, which have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field.
Doors open at 6 p.m. This series is a partnership between TPT and MNHS. The program is appropriate for high school students and up.
Tue., Feb 13, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Victorian Poetry Slam
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th-century poetry in the elegant drawing room of the James J. Hill House. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson, and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning, and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports, and war—even poems about James J. Hill!
Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening. Light refreshments and tours of the Hill House will follow the program.
Wed., Feb 14, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12/MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

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., Feb 17, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also Feb. 25

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Teddy Bear Story Time
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Young visitors are invited to bring their teddy bears to the Hill House in celebration of Presidents Day and the beloved toy named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, a friend of the Hill family who they visited at the White House. A tour of the house will be combined with favorite teddy bear stories.
This tour is designed for preschool through first grade children accompanied by an adult.
Tue., Feb 20, 2018, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$6 adults and age 2 and up, MNHS members save 20%
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Spark! Pine City Memory Cafe
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
Individuals with memory loss, their caregivers, and families are invited to enjoy fellowship and support with peers in a historic setting. Coffee, snacks and activities are included. The North West Company Fur Post is a member of Spark!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss.
Tue., Feb 20, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, registration required
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History Lounge: The Scott Collection & African American Life
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Minneapolis resident Walter R. Scott produced a series of books about African American life in the Twin Cities. The people and stories presented in the three original volumes reflect a vibrant community of businesspeople, artists, educators, athletes, and other public figures while providing an intimate look at everyday life in black homes, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses.
Join Scott's children, Walter R. Scott Jr., Dr. Chaunda Scott, Anthony R. Scott, George Scott, and his widow, Mary McCormack-Scott, as they discuss the impact and legacy of this “pictorial resume of the black community, its achievements, and its goals.”
Tue., Feb 20, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, February 22, 2018

History Happy Hour: Pioneers & Renegades of Sound
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink while learning about the work of early renegades and pioneers in sound. How do we have physical recordings of sound waves from 1861? Is the piano–like the one in the Ramsey House–one of the most marvelous technological achievements in Western culture? Is it possible there was a synthesizer that streamed live concerts all over Manhattan in 1906? Come see how fascinating and unexpected the early world of sound recording is.
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., Feb 22, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
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Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series: Solomon & Sarah Comstock, the Building of a Vibrant Community
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Recent public history master's graduate Jennifer Johnson will discuss the topic of her thesis: how Solomon and Sarah Comstock used their love of education and literacy to help build Moorhead into a vibrant community. She will focus on Solomon's contributions to higher education, and Sarah's activities with the Moorhead Women's Club, including bringing the first public library to Moorhead. 
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., Feb 22, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS members free
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness, addiction, sexuality, and birth control were all part of Victorian life but were never spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this evening program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals which provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors, and friends. Learn about the issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Feb 23, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Plan Your Vegetable Garden Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Create a plan for your home vegetable garden in this hands-on workshop located in the new visitor center classrooms. Learn fundamental principles for planning and installation, the vegetables that are easiest to grow, and the proper techniques to be successful. Topics will include seed and plant selection, garden design, soil amendments, irrigation, mulching, weed suppression, and harvesting.
Sat., Feb 24, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$10/MNHS members save 20%
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History Forum: LBJ, Nixon & the Making of Today's Supreme Court
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Warren Court of the 1950s and 1960s was the most liberal Supreme Court in American history. Yet within a few short years, new appointments shifted the court in a more conservative direction. Historian Laura Kalman will explore the court's shift and the fierce ideological battles of the late 1960s and early 1970s that reframed the Warren Court’s work in a negative light. She will also examine how the events of the 1960s and 1970s still impact the U.S. Supreme Court today.
Laura Kalman is a history professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara and author of The Long Reach of the Sixties: LBJ, Nixon, and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court.
Lectures are offered at 10 am and 2 pm.
Sat., Feb 24, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am or 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$16/MNHS members save 20%, museum admission not included
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Stomping on Winter Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Enjoy winter with indoor and outdoor games, sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, wildlife presentations featuring live animals, tours of the logging camp, and more.
Sat., Feb 24, 2018, 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

STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
History and science come together in a day of family activities focusing on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the past and present of the Minneapolis riverfront.
Hands-on programs are designed for all ages and include:

  • Learn about kitchen chemistry in a Baking Lab demonstration
  • Discover how simple machines helped the Washburn A Mill operate and design a solution to a mill problem using K'nex
  • Splash around in the Water Lab at four stations exploring the importance of waterpower to the city of Minneapolis
  • Work together at two new interactive stations about mechanical waterpower and hydroelectricity
  • See a flour dust explosion and learn the science behind the Washburn A Mill explosion of 1878
  • Learn about wheat and flour quality testing and its effects on baking with a member of General Mills’ Grain and Flour Quality Lab
  • Meet scientists from the University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
  • Enjoy a performance by History Player William de la Barre, the engineer who developed Minneapolis milling and waterpower
  • Take part in activities offered by the National Park Service and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Sat., Feb 24, 2018, 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

Puzzle Pouch 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of working with leather and create an Ojibwe puzzle pouch to hide your treasures in and amuse your friends. 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 with 10 days’ advance reservations.
Sat., Feb 24, 2018, 11:00 am - Sun., Feb 25, 2018, 2:00 pm
$75, MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $30 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email

Sunday, February 25, 2018

WOW! Family Sundays: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In February, the monthly WOW! Family Sunday celebrates the 1968 debut of “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.” This program offers the opportunity for families to learn together through songs, puppets, games, and the chance to meet interesting people living in the community. 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. Designed for ages 4 and up.
Sun., Feb 25, 2018, 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
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Monday, February 26, 2018

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., Feb 26, 2018, 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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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans" by Dr. Ashley Baggett Author Event
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Attend a book talk by NDSU professor Dr. Ashley Baggett. Baggett’s book Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans: Gender Race, and Reform, 1840-1900 seeks to uncover the voices of abused women in New Orleans who used the legal system to address their concerns through the antebellum era.
Poring over 26,000 records, Baggett analyzed 421 criminal cases involving physical or emotional abuse of a partner in a romantic relationship, revealing a significant demand among women, the community, and the courts for reform in the postbellum decades. Her findings reveal previously unseen dimensions of women's lives both inside and outside legal marriage and women's attempts to renegotiate power in relationships. Highlighting the lived experiences of these women, Baggett tracks how gender, race, and location worked together to define and redefine gender expectations and legal rights.
After the talk, enjoy light refreshments and explore one of Moorhead’s most historic homes.
Wed., Feb 28, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/college students and MNHS members free
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Ongoing Exhibits

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

Closes Jan. 21, 2019 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’ 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 April 2, 2018  "Parades, Palaces, and People: St. Paul Celebrates Winter"
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.