March 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
January 10, 2018
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March 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Friday, March 2, 2018

"Hamlet" Performance
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join Wayward Theatre Company for a production of the Shakespeare classic Hamlet. We are all searching for truth. What will happen when we find it? We are at the brink of war; the King is dead and the players have arrived. Hamlet takes us through the journey of a man dealing with the death of his father and the crumbling of everything he knows around him. Utilizing multiple spaces at the James J. Hill House, we will follow Hamlet on his search for truth, meaning and the pursuit of doing what’s right. 
Fri., Mar 2, 2018, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$30-35/MNHS members $2 off with code MNHS
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Also March 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23 & 24

Saturday, March 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., Mar 3, 2018, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Every Saturday

Time Capsule for Families: Civil War, 1861
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover why 1861 was such an important year for the United States and for the Ramsey family in this children's program. Learn about the Civil War and the new inventions of the era. Help make hardtack in the kitchen and sample gingerbread cake, a popular food of the 1860s. Children and their parents can create their own time capsule, using a timeline map to explore the Ramsey mansion and collecting "time capsule" tokens along the way. This 60-minute program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., Mar 3, 2018, Noon - 1:00 pm, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
$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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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., Mar 3, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also March 17 & 25

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pillsbury A Mill Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 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. This tour is presented in partnership with A-Mill Artist Lofts.
The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). 
Sun., Mar 4, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also March 18

Monday, March 5, 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., Mar 5, 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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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Irish Heritage
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., Mar 6, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Thursday, March 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., Mar 8, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/free MNHS and HCSCC members
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World War II Round Table: American Airpower in WWII
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Conrad C. Crane, author of American Airpower Strategy in World War II, and veterans who participated in air operations will describe the strategy and individual experiences that contributed to a victory in WWII. 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., Mar 8, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Friday, March 9, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. Families had to make difficult decisions about how to handle their loved one's illness in an era where health issues were not discussed in public and treatment options were limited or experimental.
Both Alexander Ramsey's brother, Justus, and son-in-law, Charles, suffered from mental illness, which impacted the entire family. In this theme tour, hear excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters and journals and discover how an influential family handled a very human reality. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Mar 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, March 10, 2018

Plan Your Garden for Seed-Saving Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover how to design your garden for seed saving in this hands-on workshop located in the new visitor center classrooms. Learn about seed selection, planting and growing methods and harvesting techniques. Topics will include hand pollination and isolation techniques, proper tools for seed saving, how to identify the best seeds to save, seed preparation and proper storage techniques. Participants will leave with a garden plan, seed saving tools and some seeds for spring planting.
Sat., Mar 10, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon
$15/ MNHS members save 20%
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Appliqué Beading 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of appliqué beading and make an appliqué beaded coin purse 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

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., Mar 10, 2018, 11:00 am - Sun., Mar 11, 2018, 2:00 pm
$75, MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email

Capitol Civil War Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
See famous art of Minnesota regiments depicted in battle, original battle flags and the plaques and statues added over the years to remember Minnesota's role in the Civil War. Learn about the governors who as young men participated in some of the pivotal events of the war and see a battle flagstaff that survived the Battle of Gettysburg.
Sat., Mar 10, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $8 age 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Kid Crafts: Storybook Time & Corn Husk Doll
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 make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls were traditionally made during the fall out of the outer covering of an ear of corn. Allow an hour to make the craft. Light snacks will be available. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Mar 10, 2018, Noon - 3:00 pm
$6/corn husk doll kit, storybook time free, museum admission not included

Sunday, March 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., Mar 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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36th Annual Seed Exchange
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
The Oliver Kelley Farm has promoted saving rare and heirloom seeds for more than 35 years. The annual seed exchange takes place in the visitor center and begins with a seed saving expert sharing insights into heirloom plants and gardening, followed by the seed exchange. Participants do not need to bring seeds in order to take seeds home. Seed art and sorting activities will be provided for children.
Sun., Mar 11, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Indie Lens Pop-Up: "Dolores" Screening & Discussion
TPT Street Space
172 E. 4th St. St. Paul, MN 55101
MNHS is partnering with TPT’s 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 March, view the documentary Dolores, which tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. Doors open at 6 p.m. 
This series is a partnership between TPT and MNHS. This program is appropriate for high school students and up.
Tue., Mar 13, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series: Moorhead's WW2 POW Camp
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Join North Dakota State University graduate student and collections manager at the Fargo Air Museum, Angela Beaton, for a discussion about the use of German prisoners of war by local farmers during WWII. Beaton will show photographs during her presentation about two local farmers who housed 150 POWs in a Moorhead onion warehouse during 1944 and 1945.
After the presentation, guests can explore the house and enjoy light refreshments provided by Rustica Eatery and Tavern. This program is part of the Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series.
Thu., Mar 15, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members free
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Irish Heritage Weekend
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the Irish heritage of one of the most influential families of the Gilded Age. Mary Theresa Mehegan, the daughter of Irish immigrants, wed James Jerome Hill, a young Canadian immigrant of Scotch-Irish stock, who went on to achieve incredible success and fortune with the Great Northern Railway. Though proudly American, the Hill family retained their Irish values and culture through their love of traditional Irish music as well as women's needlepoint and lace-making. Themed tours will include favorite Irish songs and organ music. Stories of the Hills and their servants, many of them Irish, will engage visitors in the history of Irish Americans in Minnesota.
Sat., Mar 17, 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 March 18

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Talk & Tour: Progressive Era Women, 1880- 1920
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
In honor of Women's History Month, enjoy a talk by Dr. Ashley Baggett, assistant professor at NDSU, entitled "Progressive Era Women: Public Housekeeping and Beyond." From 1880 to 1920, Progressive women created what one historian dubbed “a female dominion in American reform.” Substantial female networks often overlapped with women participating in and supporting various measures, such as Prohibition and labor regulations. These contacts and networks, however, went far beyond what many have assumed.
The carefully constructed language of “public housekeeping” gave women a foothold into politics by claiming women’s need to maintain the house extended to cleaning up the larger community. Some women in the Progressive Era went beyond public housekeeping alone and wielded these new positions to push for women’s rights, leaving a legacy that still impacts women today. 
After the talk, enjoy light refreshments from Rustica Eatery & Tavern and explore one of Moorhead's most historic homes.
Tue., Mar 20, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/college students and MNHS members free
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History Lounge: Miles Lord, Minnesota's Maverick Judge
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join Roberta Walburn, author of "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," for a look at his path to the bench Miles Lord (1919–2016) rose from humble beginnings on Minnesota’s Iron Range to become one of the most outspoken and powerful judges in the country on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Described as “an unabashed prairie populist” and “a livewire slayer of corporate behemoths.” Lord was part of a group of young Midwestern social-gospel progressives, including Hubert H. Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy and Walter Mondale.
Lord teamed with Bobby Kennedy as a hotshot prosecutor in pursuit of Jimmy Hoffa; served as the secret envoy between Humphrey and McCarthy in their battle for the soul of the Democratic Party in the historic 1968 presidential campaign; and reshaped jurisprudence with historic rulings on women’s rights, consumer protection, education reform and environmental law. And in the most sensational trial of the early environmental era, he ordered the shutdown of the Reserve Mining Company in northern Minnesota, which was accused of spewing waste into Lake Superior.
Tue., Mar 20, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, March 22, 2018

History Happy Hour: Early Western Movies
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Beginning with some of the very first movies made, the Western film has created, popularized and cemented a mythic telling of American history that lives on in the popular imagination today. Enjoy a drink while viewing some of the earliest Westerns, produced between 1894 and 1920 and examine the ways in which these early films continue to influence our views of the American past.
This program is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 pm and is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Mar 22, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
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Talk & Tour: Sarah Comstock and the Moorhead Women's Club
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Hear from NDSU graduate student Kate Savageau as she discusses her research on the women’s club movement in Fargo-Moorhead during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and Sarah Comstock's experience in the movement.
Far from upholding the domestic ideal of the Victorian era, Sarah Comstock helped establish the first public library in the city and institute changes in local education through active engagement in the public sphere. Like other clubwomen, Comstock also helped women gain a foothold in local government by applying maternalist arguments for women’s involvement and leadership in reform activities.
After the lecture, enjoy refreshments from Rustica Eatery & Tavern and explore one of the Fargo-Moorhead area’s most historic homes.
Thu., Mar 22, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/college students and MNHS members free
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World War II Round Table: One Woman's Covert War
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Ann Todd, author of OSS - Operation Black Mail, will tell the story of Betty McIntosh and how as part of the OSS she used her journalism skills to develop black propaganda that greatly influenced the war against the Japanese in the CBI Theater. 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., Mar 22, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Friday, March 23, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota were covering the trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of murdering her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty.
This tour focuses on those involved with the case, from Bilansky and her lawyers to politicians and newspaper reporters. Hear excerpts from records detailing court testimony, see newspaper articles chronicling the timeline of events and discover the role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Mar 23, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm or 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Family Food Frolic Workshop: Eggstravaganza
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
This interactive "eggstravaganza" workshop helps family members explore ways to color and decorate hard-boiled eggs and also prepare and eat them in salads, snacks and main dishes. Participants will take home a finished food product, recipes and instructions. This workshop takes place in the visitor center Learning Kitchen.
Family Food Frolic is a new workshop series for families that explores new ways to use different foods to create meals and snacks for seasonal, regional, ethnic and holiday events. Participants will take home finished food products and recipes. 
This workshop is designed for families with school-age children. One adult per child under age 10 must attend to assist.
Sat., Mar 24, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$25 per family/MNHS members save 20%
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History Forum: Sweet Land of Liberty
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Most histories of the civil rights movement focus on places like Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. But battles were also fought on the streets of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston and Minneapolis-St. Paul, where many whites believed that the absence of explicit segregation implied the absence of racial inequality. Join historian Thomas Sugrue as he explores the stories of Northern activists who challenge racial crises above the Mason-Dixon Line.
Thomas Sugrue is a professor at New York University and author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North.
Sat., Mar 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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How to Evaluate Conflicting Records
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
How do you know if the genealogy information you saw on the Internet or received from a cousin is correct? How do you decide between conflicting information your own research has uncovered about an ancestor? This class will include case studies and look at the questions we need to ask about information we gather and evaluate its trustworthiness.
Instructor bio: Tom Rice, CGSM, is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer and writer. He is a past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society, serves as a genealogy help desk volunteer at the Gale Family Library and has his own research business, Heritage Hunters.
Sat., Mar 24, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$32/MNHS members save 20%
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Maple Sap, Sugar & Syrup Demo
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Join museum staff for a demonstration of traditional and contemporary methods of harvesting and processing maple sap. Guests will observe the process of gathering maple sap and boiling it into syrup and sugar. Samples of maple sugar will be available. 20-minute demonstrations will happen on the hour between noon and 3 pm.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, this event will be moved indoors.
Sat., Mar 24, 2018, Noon - 3:30 pm
Included with museum 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, March 25, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate spring at the James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt on the lawn. Participants can search for eggs, enjoy a snack, hear stories and explore the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. When the Hill children enjoyed their own egg hunt in 1898, Mrs. Hill noted in her diary, "A large gray and stray rabbit joined them most unexpectedly."
Doors open at 9:30 am; the hunt begins promptly at 10 am. This event is for children age 2-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sun., Mar 25, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$8, age 2 and under free, MNHS members save 20%
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Also March 31

WOW! Family Sundays: Nature Around Us
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In March, the monthly WOW! Family Sunday celebrates the Minnesota landscape and the people who live here. Pose for a wintry portrait, be inspired by Native American artists who use natural materials in their art and designs, experience the effects of a tornado and discover how natural disasters like grasshopper plagues and winter blizzards made history.
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., Mar 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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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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., Mar 27, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Backyard Chicken Farming Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Learn the ins and outs of raising chicks to egg-producing chickens in an urban or suburban backyard. Topics will include hardy breeds, types of coops and strategies for successful backyard chicken farming.
Sat., Mar 31, 2018, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
$20/MNHS members save 20%
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Conservationist Aldo Leopold Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast. On this day, learn more about the man who many consider the father of wildlife management. Activities include readings from Leopold's collection of essays, "Sand County Almanac," screenings of Green Fire, a documentary about his life, Dutch oven cooking, demonstrations on how to build a Leopold bench and nature walks.
Sat., Mar 31, 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

“Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis” Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
The exhibit “Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis" 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.
The exhibit of framed photographs and a slideshow of many unpublished photos will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons through March 31, 2018. 
Sat., Mar 31, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Women of Mill City Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate Women's History Month with a day devoted to the women of Mill City. Enjoy performances by Mill City Museum History Players portraying 19th and 20th-century women from Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Explore the museum exhibits for stories of women who contributed to Minnesota history and Minneapolis' flour milling, like the female flour packers who began working at the Washburn A Mill in 1902.
Visitors can also dress up and have their picture taken as a 1950s mill worker and make their own paper hat like women flour packers wore in 1919. By 1919, dozens of women worked as packers on the fifth floor of the Utility Building, which became known as “No Man’s Land.”
Sat., Mar 31, 2018, Noon - 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

Time Capsule for Families: New Baby, 1882
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1882 was an exciting year for Alexander and Anna Ramsey. Their newest grandchild, Laura, was born and they were making changes to their house. Discover more about what made 1882 so special in this children's program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way for a time capsule to take home. Learn about new inventions that were making life easier and taste a popular treat of the era.
This 60-minute program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., Mar 31, 2018, Noon - 1:00 pm, 12:30-1:30 pm or 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
$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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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.