May 2018 Events, Programs, and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
March 13, 2018
Media contacts: 

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

May 2018 Events, Programs, and Exhibits

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

"Ragamala Dance Company: Six Yards of Memory" Installation Opening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This multimedia installation of fabric art and photography by Ed Bock encapsulates Ragamala Dance Company's 25 years as an early incubator of collaborative performance works that forge together ancestry and continuity. The installation highlights the journey of artistic directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy as immigrant women artists, their creative vision weaving the wisdom of their ancestry, and the openness of their new home to become a vital part of the fabric of contemporary American dance.
This installation is located in a new exhibit space on the History Center's first floor and is included with admission. It is on display through June 3, 2018.
During Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the Minnesota History Center is partnering with Ragamala Dance Company on several programs to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary season.
Tue., May 1, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

"Native Skywatchers - Earth-Sky Connections," a Community Art Exhibit Opening
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn about Ojibwe star knowledge in an exhibit featuring paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics created by local community members who participated in a Native Skywatchers art workshop. Each work of art weaves together art, science, and culture in relation to the stars and Earth.
This exhibit is offered in partnership with Native Skywatchers and the Minnesota State Arts Board. It is on view through May 24, 2018.
Tue., May 1, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, does not include museum admission

"Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" Film Screening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored. Cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging, and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.
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., May 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Saturday, May 5, 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., May 5, 2018, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Every Saturday

Planting Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Visitors can participate in the science of planting and explore plant varieties in the Farm Lab garden. Examine equipment, planting methods, and seeds while helping staff complete spring planting activities. Then compare planting methods using historic equipment and heirloom plant varieties on the historic farmstead.
Sat., May 5, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also May 6

Summit Avenue Walking Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history, and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. Tours do not include home interiors.
The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House. All areas are accessible for those with mobility issues, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs.
May-September: Saturdays 10 am, Noon and 2 pm, Sundays Noon and 2 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Quillwork Earrings Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Before trade beads, the Ojibwe primarily used quills to adorn their clothing and tools. Learn to apply porcupine quills to birch bark to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind earrings to take home.
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat., May 5, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $10 supply fee

Time Capsule for Families: European Vacation, 1868
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
1868 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family. Construction had started on their new home and they were planning a trip to Europe. In this hands-on program, children and their families can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste a popular food of the era and learn why the Ramseys' new house would be so special and what other events happened in 1868. Children can make their own time capsule to take home.
Sat., May 5, 2018, Noon - 1:00 pm, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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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., May 5, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also May 19 and 27

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Self-Guided Sundays
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Visit the James J. Hill House as the Hill family and their servants would have, without a guide. Spend more time in your favorite rooms and go at your own pace to explore the first, second, and third floors of the mansion. This experience also includes hands-on activities for children. Last entry is at 4 pm.
Sundays in May-September, Noon - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Pillsbury A Mill Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. 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., May 6, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%
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Egg Coffee & Newtons
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate the Harkin Store opening for the season by enjoying a hot cup of egg coffee made on the original stove and fig newton cookies. Then explore the 1870s general store, full of original merchandise, which was once part of the bustling riverboat town of West Newton.
Sun., May 6, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Monday, May 7, 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., May 7, 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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Also May 14

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Minnesota Literacy Council Awards Ceremony and Journey Student Reading
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join an end-of-year celebration for the Minnesota Literacy Council's adult literacy programs, featuring program participants reading their original stories and poems. Many of these stories and poems are featured in Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing, which shares the journeys and perspectives of adult literacy learners enrolled in reading, English as a Second Language, GED, and basic skills classes across the state of Minnesota.
The evening begins at 6 pm with an awards ceremony for students, staff, and volunteers, followed by public readings at 7:15 pm and a reception.
Tue., May 8, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free, RSVP required
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

World War II Round Table: To Save the Victory After Defeat
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Benn Steil, author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War, and veterans will highlight the successes that sealed victory in Europe and led to peace, eventually resulting in the establishment of NATO and the European Union. 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., May 10, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mendota After Hours: Saloons in St. Paul with Waldmann's Tom Schroeder
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Have a drink with friends while learning about Minnesota history in the beautiful setting of the Sibley Historic Site. A new topic will be offered each month.
Even before the Sibleys' time and for many decades afterward, the alcohol trade and saloons, in particular, fueled the region's economy and helped define its culture. In May, Tom Schroeder, the owner and restorer of the recently reopened Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery in St. Paul, will discuss the history of early saloons in St. Paul, including their regulation, sometimes colorful owners, the impact of the Temperance movement, and how a humble lager yeast from Germany changed the drinking habits of Americans forever.
Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the presentation begins at 6 pm. Light food and one drink ticket will be provided with each paid admission for ages 21 and up. This program is offered by the Dakota County Historical Society.
Fri., May 11, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$20/$15 for MNHS, DCHS and Friends of the Sibley Historic Site members

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 rarely spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this evening program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals that provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their friends, and neighbors. 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 up.
Fri., May 11, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm, 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, 20% discount MNHS members
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother's Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the gardens, harvest the first spring greens, and meet the baby animals on the historic farmstead and at the Farm Lab Barn. And be sure to see what's cooking in the historic farmhouse and the Learning Kitchen in the visitor center. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.
Sat., May 12, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members and mothers accompanied by a child free
Also May 13

Mother's Day Weekend Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
On Mother's Day weekend, enjoy theme tours exploring the life of Mary Hill, the wife of James J. Hill, who raised 10 children and managed a dozen servants at their home. Or explore Mrs. Hill's life on your own during a Self-Guided Sunday on May 13
Sat., May 12, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Kid Crafts: Shoulder Bag
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Sat., May 12, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$7/kit, museum admission not included

Minnesota State Band 120-Year Celebration Concert
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
To celebrate its 120th anniversary, the Minnesota State Band will perform music from throughout its history, particularly from the community band heyday in the early 1900s. The program will also include images and stories of the history of band music in Minnesota.
Sat., May 12, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free, RSVP recommended
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day - A Day in the Life of a Pioneer Woman
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate Mother's Day by exploring the lives of pioneer women in Minnesota. Pioneer women worked alongside men and were an important part of the development of the territory, and eventually state, of Minnesota. Through various displays, visitors can learn about the lives of women on the prairie in the 1870s from housekeeping to entertainment. 
Sun., May 13, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Indie Lens Pop-Up: "Served Like a Girl" Screening & Discussion
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
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 May, view the documentary Served Like a Girl, which provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.
This series is a partnership between TPT and MNHS. This program is appropriate for high school students and up.
Tue., May 15, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free, reservation recommended
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Objectivity '68 to Today: The Language of Protest
Two Rivers Gallery
1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
The year 1968 reflected turbulent times in the United States socially, politically, musically, racially, and culturally. In 2018, 50 years later, do we see change? Join MNHS staff in exploring this question by examining 1968-themed artifacts related to the Native American community, hearing stories surrounding some of the objects, engaging in multigenerational community dialogue, and enjoying light food and refreshments. 
This program was created in partnership with Two Rivers Gallery. 
Fri., May 18, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring Phenology Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Join naturalists and phenologists, who study the rhythmic biological events of nature as they relate to climate, for a day observing the Forest History Center in spring. Learn what to look for and how to record your findings while watching migratory birds return and plants begin to grow. Kids can also join in nature and ecology activities and take a wildlife walk to experience spring in the Northwoods.
Sat., May 19, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

"Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass" Film Screening
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Watch a screening of Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass, a documentary about an elite moonshine produced in central Minnesota during Prohibition, and a St. Paul microdistillery's attempts to revive the brand as a premium craft whiskey today. Local filmmakers Kelly Nathe and Norah Shapiro will introduce the film and participate in a post-film discussion.
Sat., May 19, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$8/MNHS members save 20%
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Minnesota Riverboats
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about the riverboats that traveled the Minnesota River when the town of West Newton thrived in the 1870s. Learn how steamboats arrived in the Minnesota River valley as early as 1853 and why riverboats, and the town of West Newton, eventually disappeared.
Sun., May 20, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

25-Year Journey, a Talk with Ragamala Dance Company
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
As Ragamala Dance Company celebrates its 25th anniversary, hear from the Ragamala family—Ranee Ramaswamy and daughters Aparna and Ashwini Ramaswamy—about the company's journey, including film clips of music and dance. Discover how first-generation immigrant artists created the company and turned it into an internationally celebrated touring ensemble that weaves together the historical, the ancestral, and the personal.
During Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the Minnesota History Center is partnering with Ragamala Dance Company on several programs to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary season.
Tue., May 22, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free, reservation recommended
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

"Native Skywatchers - Earth-Sky Connections," a Community Art Exhibit Closing
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn about Ojibwe star knowledge in an exhibit featuring paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics created by local community members who participated in a Native Skywatchers art workshop. Each work of art weaves together art, science, and culture in relation to the stars and Earth.
This exhibit is offered in partnership with Native Skywatchers and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Thu., May 24, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, does not include museum admission

Friday, May 25, 2018

"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" Exhibit Opening
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave Native American and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today's conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.
The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibit announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian n in Washington, DC.
This exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners, plus additional banners developed by MNHS with content about the efforts of Native Americans from Minnesota and the surrounding area. It is on view May 25-Sept. 3, 2018.
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" is produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Fri., May 25, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" Opening Reception
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy light refreshments and a presentation for the opening of the exhibit "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces," which runs May 25-Sept. 3, 2018. As part of the program, AM VETS Post 53's Color Guard will also honor newly inducted veterans to the honor wall in the museum.
Fri., May 25, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

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 guided 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 up.
Fri., May 25, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm -9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, 20% discount MNHS members
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Kitchen Capers: Asparagus
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Celebrate the early spring arrival of asparagus by learning to use this vegetable in a variety of ways. In this hands-on workshop, participants will sample a variety of dishes made with asparagus, try different cooking methods, make their own dish, and take home recipes.
Kitchen Capers is a new lighthearted and playful workshop series for adults that features changing seasonal ingredients. Participants will experiment with cooking techniques, flexible ingredient uses, sample a variety of dishes, and take home recipes. Workshops take place in the visitor center's Learning Kitchen.
Sat., May 26, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Death of the Empire Builder Day
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
James J. Hill, known as the "Empire Builder" for building rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77. Hill left behind a personal fortune of $63 million. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures of America's Gilded Age, Hill embodied the era of Manifest Destiny. Tours will emphasize Hill's career and the public's reaction to his death. Guests can view displays of photographs, newspaper articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one by Tiffany and Company given to the family by the Great Northern Railway.
Sat., May 26, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Over Memorial Day Weekend, explore the grounds and engage with the many stories that make up this location's history. |
Learn about Native American history and the fort's role in U.S. expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, including Dred and Harriet Scott whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War. Join in activities and watch demonstrations like cannon firings, blacksmithing, and more. Kids can try out historic games as well as a brand-new, STEM-focused activity to earn a special prize.
Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks to learn about the experiences of U.S. soldiers and the role of the military in the growth of the nation. On Monday, don't miss a special "living timeline" of America's military past on the fort's parade ground with costumed staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.
 Sat., May 26, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also May 27 & 28

F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour
Commodore Bar & Restaurant
79 Western Ave N St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the childhood haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. Participants will hear about Fitzgerald's early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his writing, and his connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. Guides will also discuss the importance of the neighborhood to other writers, like Sinclair Lewis, Patricia Hampl, and August Wilson.
The tour begins at the Commodore Bar & Restaurant at 79 Western Ave. and includes stops at 599 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and his birthplace at 481 Laurel Ave. Tour stops do not include interiors.
Sat., May 26, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Noon-1:15 pm, & 2-3:15 pm
Sun., May 27, 2018, Noon-1:15 pm, & 2-3:15 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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They Built This Town Cemetery Tour
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Explore the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters take on the persona of some of the earliest residents of Forestville, who were instrumental in settling the village over 150 years ago. Hear the stories of the trials and tribulations of early settlement.
Meet at the historic site between 10:15-10:25 am for shuttle transport to the Zumbro Hill Cemetery trailhead. The cemetery is a 20-minute hike up a moderate-grade hill.
Sat., May 26, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Flintknapping Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn how early hunters created arrowheads for their spears or arrows by observing a flintknapper demonstrate the process of creating stone projectile points.
Sat., May 26, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Minnesota American Indian Stories & Storytellers Film Festival 
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
View short and feature films by and about Minnesota's Native American community throughout the day. Each screening will include an introduction by the directors or subjects of the films and will be followed by a Q&A session.
The festival will include films on Native veterans, films by Minnesota native filmmakers, and the feature films, “Little Crow and the Dakota War” and “A Good Day To Die: Dennis Banks and the American Indian Movement.”
Sat., May 26, 2018, 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Sunday, May 27, 2018

American Indian Music Fest
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Enjoy a day of music performed by some of Minnesota's premier Native musicians.

Schedule
11 am: Welcome and Opening
11:15 am:  Traditional Hand Drum Song, Arlyn Sam (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)
11:30 am: Native American Flute, Max Blake (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)
12:45 pm: Singer/Songwriter Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)
2 pm: Hip Hop Rapper Tall Paul (Leech Lake Ojibwe)
3:30 pm: Native American Blues Band Blue Dog (Dakota)
4:45 pm: Closing and Traveling Hand Drum Song, Arlyn Sam 

Sound provided by DJ Austin Owen (Dakota).

Sun., May 27, 2018, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Music by Bill Cagley
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
On Memorial Day weekend, enjoy an afternoon of music from Bill Cagley as he sings and plays a variety of instruments. 
Sun., May 27, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Powwow
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Bring the family and join museum staff and community members In this social gathering honoring veterans past and present. Experience firsthand the excitement and joy of a contemporary powwow. This event is sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band and AM Vets Post 53 & Ladies Auxiliary.
Mon., May 28, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free, museum admission not included

Tuesday, May 29, 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.
Tue., May 29, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Kolam Workshop with Ragamala Dance Company
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Each day before sunrise, millions of women in southeast Asia create intricate designs made of rice flour on the ground in front of their homes. Known as Kolams, this daily ritual creates a sacred space that becomes the link between the intimate home and the vastness of the outside world.
Ragamala Dance Company artists will introduce participants to the history and background of Kolam and its philosophy of interconnectedness between humanity and nature. Participants will learn to draw several Kolam designs on paper, and then create them with rice flour on the floor to experience the traditional method.
During Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the Minnesota History Center is partnering with Ragamala Dance Company on several programs to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary season.
Tue., May 29, 2018, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm & 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free, reservation recommended
Get Tickets Online: 5 & 6:30 pm

Thursday, May 31, 2018

History Happy Hour: Victorian Courtship & Weddings
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink while learning about Victorian courtship rituals and wedding traditions. Learn how many of our modern notions of love and marriage were shaped by the Victorian era from fashion to food to etiquette.
This program is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., May 31, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets Online: 5:30 & 8:30 pm

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. Find out more. 
Opens May 1, 2018 Ragamala Dance Company: Six Yards of Memory Installation|
This multimedia installation of fabric art and photography by Ed Bock encapsulates Ragamala Dance Company's 25 years as an early incubator of collaborative performance works that forge together ancestry and continuity. The installation highlights the journey of artistic directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy as immigrant women artists, their creative vision weaving the wisdom of their ancestry, and the openness of their new home to become a vital part of the fabric of contemporary American dance. 
This installation is located in a new exhibit space on the History Center's first floor and is included with admission. It is on display through June 3, 2018.

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 June 24, 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.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Open May 1-24, 2018

 

Native Skywatchers - Earth-Sky Connections, a Community Art Exhibit 
Learn about Ojibwe star knowledge in an exhibit featuring paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics created by local community members who participated in a Native Skywatchers art workshop. Each work of art weaves together art, science, and culture in relation to the stars and Earth. This exhibit is offered in partnership with Native Skywatchers and the Minnesota State Arts Board. 
Opens May 25, 2018  Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave Native American and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today's conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.
The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibit announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
This exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners, plus additional banners developed by MNHS with content about the efforts of Native Americans from Minnesota and the surrounding area. 
"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" is produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.