April 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
February 13, 2018
Media contacts: 

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

April 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Parades, Palaces, and People: St. Paul Celebrates Winter" Exhibit Closing
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Examine Winter Carnival traditions over the years, from ice palaces to parades, through photographs, posters, clothing, and works of art from MNHS' collections. In 1885, disparaging comments about St. Paul’s weather by a New York journalist prompted a group of local business leaders to establish an outdoor festival in the depths of Minnesota winter. Kicking off in 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival was modeled after a similar festival in Montreal and borrowed many features that make up the rich tradition we know today. Today the Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States.
Mon., Apr 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$2 art gallery admission or included with $6-10 site admission

Fifty Years Later: Has the Dream Been Realized?
Dowling Studio, Guthrie Theater
818 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55415
Please join the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Historical Society, and an impactful group of local panelists in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. It will be a special evening of reflection, readings, and community conversation. 

Schedule
6 pm: Networking with cash bar
6:30 pm: Doors open
7 pm: Program begins 

Panel Moderator: Harry Colbert, managing editor of  Insight News 
Panelists: 
-Chanda Smith Baker, senior vice president of Community Impact at The Minneapolis Foundation
-Dr. Josie Johnson, human rights and social justice activist
-Dr. Keith Mayes, associate professor, University of Minnesota
-Anthony Newby, executive director at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

“Fifty Years Later” is part of the Guthrie’s series of “Happenings,” which are periodic and timely events responsive to the world around us. Happenings are made possible through generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Mon., Apr 2, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free, reservation required
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Art at the Hill House
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., Apr 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Reading the Raw Materials of History: MLK's "I've Been to the Mountaintop"
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join a discussion about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop,” delivered on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. 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., Apr 3, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free, registration required
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series: Ice on the Red River of the North
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Join North Dakota State University graduate student and environmental historian Lauren Wiese for a discussion about how ice from the Red River provided recreation and business opportunities as well as problems for local communities throughout history. In the early 20th century, ice was a source of recreation for residents and was used to keep perishables fresh. It also shortened the construction season, caused ice jams on the river, and increased pollution during the winter.
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., Apr 5, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members free
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Saturday, April 7, 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., Apr 7, 2018, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Free
Every Saturday

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., Apr 7, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also April 21 & April 29

Sunday, April 8, 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., Apr 8, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

History Lounge: Sisterhood of War
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Approximately 9,000 women served as nurses during the Vietnam War. Though women did not serve in combat in Vietnam, they encountered casualties daily. And, like so many other veterans, they struggled with their wartime experiences once they returned home. Join historian Kim Heikkila, author of Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam, for a discussion of the experiences these women faced and about a handful of Vietnam veteran nurses who came together to provide each other with the help, support, and recognition they needed.
Tue., Apr 10, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, April 12, 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., Apr 12, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/free MNHS and HCSCC members
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World War II Round Table: The Greatest Field Commander - Lucian Truscott
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Harvey Ferguson, author of The Last Cavalryman, and veterans who served under Gen. Lucian Truscott will discuss Truscott, rated as the greatest field commander of WWII, and his time leading in Italy and France. 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., Apr 12, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. Explore the mysterious world of Victorian superstitions in this theme tour. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play Victorian fortune-telling games. Discover how and why superstitions captivated Victorian society.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Apr 13, 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, April 14, 2018

Children's Gardening Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
This hands-on messy workshop will introduce young children and their adult helpers to the amazing world of gardening in Minnesota. Young hands will play with seeds, explore gardens, meet vegetables, and pot a plant to take home. This workshop is for ages 4-10 with an adult guide. The workshop is held in the visitor center classrooms and Farm Lab Garden. Refreshments provided.
Sat., Apr 14, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$10 per child/MNHS members save 20%
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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). 
Sat., Apr 14, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also April 22

Kid Crafts: Bead a Ring
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn a basic stringing technique and bead a ring to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Apr 14, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$3/kit, museum admission not included

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 with 10 days’ advance reservations.
Sat., Apr 14, 2018, 11:00 am - Sun., Apr 15, 2018, 2:00 pm
$75, MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Indie Lens Pop-Up: "Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry" Screening & Discussion
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
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 April, view the documentary Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, which explores the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky. 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., Apr 17, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free, reservation recommended
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

"St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift" Exhibit Opening Reception
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
A public reception and talk will open a new exhibit of photographs, “St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift,” by renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock. At 7 pm, Blacklock will discuss the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that designated the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers as part of the National Park system. A cash bar will be available. The exhibit of framed photographs will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons through June 24, 2018.
Thu., Apr 19, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Saturday, April 21, 2018

How to Use Family History Databases
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The availability of family history information on the Internet continues to grow quickly. In this class, learn techniques to find online databases and creative ways to use these search tools to find results.
Instructor bio: Mary Wickersham is a longtime member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and a past director of MGS. She has over 12 years’ experience as a professional genealogist and lecturer and has her own research business, Midwest Ancestor Research. Her background is in software and websites.
Sat., Apr 21, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$32/MNHS members save 20%
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Peregrine Falcons on the North Shore
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
Meet Jackie Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society and two live falcons and learn more about these amazing birds. Fallon has worked on peregrine research in Minnesota for nearly 30 years and has many stories to share and information about protecting these animals.
Sat., Apr 21, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, April 22, 2018

"AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
A portrait exhibit by photographer Xavier Tavera of Mexican and Mexican-American military veterans who live in 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.
Sun., Apr 22, 2018, Noon - 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
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"Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
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. Funding for the Native American Artist-in-Residence exhibit is made possible in part by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Summer Fund. Additional support is provided by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. 
Sun., Apr 22, 2018, Noon - 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
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Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Presented by Jazz88 and hosted by award-winning vocalist and KBEM radio personality Patty Peterson, enjoy an intimate afternoon of live music and inspiring stories with several Twin Cities' jazz legends who have achieved local and national acclaim. These legends will entertain with their favorite music and discuss how their journeys became a part of Minnesota music history. Set in a live concert/radio format, guests will experience what the musical environment was like in the Twin Cities in the second half of the 20th century and how it shaped today's thriving jazz scene.
The performance will be recorded for later broadcast on Jazz88 and will be archived on the station's website. This production is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Sun., Apr 22, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20 adults, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

History Happy Hour: Sleight of Hand Live Performance
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn about the history of Victorian magicians—as well as Victorians' fascination with spiritualism, the occult, and science—and see a live performance of tricks of the trade. Michael Callahan has been performing magic professionally since 1998. He learned his craft from a solitary study of 200 magic books, most of which were written in the late 19th century.
This program is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Apr 26, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Spark! Pine City Memory Cafe
Snake River 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 Snake River Fur Post is a member of Spark!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss.
Fri., Apr 27, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Ramsey After Dark: Angels and Madams
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This 90-minute program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city?
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Apr 27, 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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Sunday, April 29, 2018

WOW! Family Sundays: Playing Games
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In April, the monthly WOW! Family Sunday celebrates the games people play from traditional Hmong games to spin-the-wheel trivia, and vintage board games that endure. Create a board game to play with friends and family, and make a bobblehead figure wearing your favorite team's sports jersey.
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., Apr 29, 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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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

Opens April 19, 2018 

St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift
View a new exhibit of photographs by renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock. The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that designated the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers as part of the National Park system. This exhibits will be on display in the museum's Mill Commons through June 24, 2018.

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.