June 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
April 11, 2018
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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June 2018 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Garden Mulching Workshop 
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In this hands-on workshop, learn about the variety of mulches that gardeners can use in different situations. Examine mulch types and practice using it in vegetable and perennial gardens.
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
$10/MNHS members save 20%
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War of 1812 Family Day
Snake River Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
It's the War of 1812, and the Americans are attacking British territories. The North West Company is enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs to help defend the business of the fur trade. Join in musket drills, march in formation, and make a militia hat to show your support.
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Urban St. Paul Walking Tour
SW corner of Kellogg Blvd and Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Investigate the transformation of Lowertown, St. Paul's hardest-working neighborhood, from sleazy river port to bustling rail hub and industrial center, and from failing urban enclave to thriving urban village. Explore architectural gems like Union Depot and the Pioneer-Endicott and uncover tales of the magnates, thieves, and dreamers who built the Capital City's hippest neighborhood. This tour includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Farm Animals Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Farm animals have long been an important part of Minnesota's agriculture. Meet animals and their offspring, watch farmers as they shear off the sheep's wool coats, and discover how farm animals were used and cared for in the 19th century. Then meet modern-day animals in the Farm Lab Barn and discover the many ways farm animals continue to impact our lives today. Explore the use of animal products in the historic farmhouse kitchen and the visitor center’s Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also June 3

Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
When the United States entered World War I, its citizens were called to do their patriotic duty and support the war effort. Costumed interpreters portraying the Lindbergh family and neighbors will provide insights into the daily lives of Minnesotans at home during the war. Hear inside stories about farming for the war effort, assist a Red Cross volunteer, and learn about the ways Minnesota life changed during the war.
Tours begin every 30 minutes between 10 am and 4 pm.
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also June 16

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.
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
May-September: Saturdays 10 am, Noon and 2 pm, Sundays Noon and 2 pm
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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).
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$18, MNHS members save 20%
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Ragamala Dance Company Student Recital
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy performances from Ragamala Dance Company students of all ages and levels, who received classical training by Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy. Ranee and Aparna are dedicated to teaching the aesthetic of Bharatanatyam created by their teacher, the internationally renowned Padma Bhushan Alarmel Valli, widely considered to be one of India's greatest living masters. In addition to rigorous dance training, Ragamala students learn about the multidimensionality of the Indian arts and their ongoing relevance in our contemporary society. 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.
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$10 adults, $5 age 17 and younger, MNHS members save 20%
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An Evening Look at the Carvings
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Explore the rock face in bare feet in the evening to see petroglyphs off the regular path when the lighting is best to view them. Over the past several years, an extensive conservation project identified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently have been covered in lichen. Visitors can explore on their own, but an interpreter will be available to answer questions and direct visitors to carvings. Visitors should be prepared to walk barefoot on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Jun 2, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
Also June 16

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Dollar Day
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
The historic site shows its appreciation to the community with $1 admission all afternoon. Tours of Lindbergh's boyhood home will be available every half hour with the last tour at 4 pm. Learn how Lindbergh developed interests in aviation, technology, and the natural environment while touring the historic home and the interactive exhibits in the visitor center, including the popular Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator.
Sun., Jun 3, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
$1/free MNHS members and ages 4 and under

"Ragamala Dance Company: Six Yards of Memory" Installation Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
This multimedia installation of fabric art and photography 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. 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.
Sun., Jun 3, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

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. 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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Railroad History Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production, and warehousing took off. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot, and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jun 3, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Dairy Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about the dairy industry and sample delicious dairy products all afternoon. 
Sun., Jun 3, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Monday, June 4, 2018

Yoga on the Lawn
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
This summer join free evening yoga classes on the Comstock House lawn. Classes are taught by certified instructor Amanda Nordic and designed for all levels of ability. A limited number of yoga mats will be available; participants should bring a water bottle.
Class will be cancelled due to rain or temperatures below 60 degrees. Updates will be posted on the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Comstock House Facebook pages.
Mon., Jun 4, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members free
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June 11, 18 & 25

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Summer on Summit
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., Jun 5, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Nooks & Crannies Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault, and more on this tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and peek inside the gatehouse overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today.
Tours run 90 minutes and leave every half hour between 5 pm and 7:30 pm.
Tue., Jun 5, 2018, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students, $14 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Every Tuesday in June, July & August

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Crime & Justice
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota were covering the murder trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of poisoning her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. In this guided tour, learn about 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 what 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., Jun 8, 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, June 9, 2018

Open House
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
Enjoy the beauty and history of Minnesota's North Shore during a free open house day at Split Rock Lighthouse and the state park on National Get Outdoors Day. Tour the light station, keeper's house, and fog signal building. Stop by the visitor center to see exhibits on the North Shore's tourism and commercial fishing industries and view a film about the early shipping industry on Lake Superior.
Sat., Jun 9, 2018, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Free

Queer St. Paul Walking Tour
NW corner of Wabasha St. and Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102
Walk in the same footsteps as Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Oscar Wilde. Stand on the site of the city's earliest-known gay bar. Find out where two transgender pioneers made history simply by seeing a movie, and which building has housed seven queer bars and a bathhouse annex since 1977.
This tour is curated by Stewart Van Cleve, author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota. It includes about two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 9, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Engineering the Falls Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis riverfront, the west side milling district, and the Stone Arch Bridge and hear about the many ways the falls have changed over the years.
William de la Barre, an Austrian engineer, arrived in Minneapolis in 1878 and was hired by C.C. Washburn to oversee reconstruction of the Washburn A Mill after its 1878 explosion. De la Barre was soon involved in the management of waterpower companies at St. Anthony Falls, and spent a 50-year career engineering the falls to maximize the power available to Minneapolis millers.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jun 9, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Kid Crafts: Dream Catcher
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Please allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Jun 9, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$5/kit, museum admission not included

Capitol Art & Artists Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
See the grand murals, sculptures, and lavish decorations and learn about the elaborate conservation work recently performed to bring the art back to its original appearance. Visit legislative chambers, the Governor's Reception Room, Rathskeller Cafe, and the new exhibit space on the 3rd floor. View works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Garnsey, Howard Pyle, and others.
Hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America, and see how the art, architecture, and overall decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.
Sat., Jun 9, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm & 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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Pottery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn about traditional Native American pottery and make a pinch or coil pot to take home.
Sat., Jun 9, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Mendota After Hours: Historical Markers in Minnesota
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. In June, learn about the monuments and memorials that the Daughters of the American Revolution have erected across Minnesota to commemorate state history. Faye Leach, DAR state regent and author of the book Historic Markers Monuments and Memorials: Placed by the Minnesota Daughters of the American Revolution, will present on the history of these monuments and preservation efforts.
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 presented by the Dakota County Historical Society.
Sat., Jun 9, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$20/$15 for MNHS, DCHS and Friends of the Sibley Historic Site members
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Flag Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about the US flag, how it evolved, what its design means, and what the flag looked like in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. Visitors can also view a display of different American flags, and the gift shop will have flag-related items for sale along with books, toys, and handicrafts.
Sun., Jun 10, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

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.
Sun., Jun 10, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Lindbergh's Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
What makes a person a good American? What makes someone a hero? Can someone stop being a hero? These questions and more will be explored in this program that examines Charles Lindbergh leading up to World War II. Lindbergh meant many things to many people. To some, he was the "golden boy" who could do no wrong: a young, handsome, brave pilot who suffered the kidnapping and death of his first child. To others, he was un-American, a traitor in support of Hitler and an isolationist against the United States' entry into World War II.
The program will include a staff presentation followed by a discussion session to gain a greater understanding of Lindbergh's complex legacy.
Sun., Jun 10, 2018, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also June 24

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Farm Breakfast Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Learn to use farm-fresh ingredients to make a quick nutritious breakfast and then enjoy eating on the visitor center porch in this hands-on workshop for children with an adult helper. Participants can take home recipes to make again. This workshop is appropriate for age 6 and up who must be accompanied by an adult helper.
Sat., Jun 16, 2018, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
$15/MNHS members save 20%
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Original St. Paul Walking Tour
St. Stanislaus Church
187 Western Ave St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the delightful peculiarities of West 7th Street, St. Paul's original neighborhood. Discover hidden gems of St. Paul architecture along the twisting side streets, and dive into the stories of the veterans, entrepreneurs, opportunists, and German, Italian, and Czech immigrants who lived and worked in the Capital City's first neighborhood. This tour includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 16, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon
$14/MNHS members save 20%
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Be a Lumberjack Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Kids are invited to be a lumberjack for a day. At the logging camp, children can help saw wood, count beans, mix cookie dough, stamp a log, cross haul a sled, and race "gray-backs." Then it's time for fun with games like "prune on a spoon" racing, musical stumps and raisin spitting, and craft projects that bring out the creativity in kids.
Sat., Jun 16, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Father's Day Weekend Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
On Father's Day weekend, enjoy theme tours exploring James J. Hill's life as the father of 10 children on Saturday. Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm. 
Or learn about Hill's role as a father while exploring the Hill House on your own during a Self-Guided Sunday on June 17
Sat., Jun 16, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Riverfront Quest Family Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Explore the Minneapolis riverfront with a family treasure hunt. Make a quest journal from 10:30-11 am and then solve rhyming riddles, search for hidden boxes and discover the stories of Minneapolis' history along the way from 11 am to noon. The tour is designed for ages 6-11, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
The 60-minute tour includes no more than one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Jun 16, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%, museum admission included
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
This Father's Day join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th-century farm chores, like woodworking and machinery repairs. Then visit the Farm Lab Barn to explore animal husbandry skills of today. Fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.
Sun., Jun 17, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members and fathers accompanied by a child free

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational, and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis, and learn about the many people who have worked and lived in the area over the years. Plus, explore the riverfront renaissance going on today through the historic preservation of Mill Ruins Park, Mill City Museum, Milwaukee Road Depot, historic loft condominiums, and new developments, including the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music, and riverfront housing.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jun 17, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Father's Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate Father's Day with a trip to the Harkin Store. Visit with artist Dan Cochran who will discuss and display his leather work. Then learn about what hobbies were popular among men in the 19th century. 
Sun., Jun 17, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Friday, June 22, 2018

Ramsey After Dark: Advocates & Activists
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
As reform movements gained momentum in the 19th century, many women began joining and leading organizations that advocated for much-needed change. From women's and workers' rights, to education and health care reform, these women were working to create better conditions for those in their communities. This tour focuses on the contributions of several women in Minneapolis and St. Paul who were committed to changing their world. Learn about the uphill battles they faced, how they created change, and the impact their legacies have today.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jun 22, 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, June 23, 2018

Engineers & Grenadiers One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
There is more to history than meets the eye at Historic Fort Snelling; this army post was home to scientists and engineers as well as soldiers. Along with soldiering, learn how the Army worked, how it kept time, coped with the weather, fed itself, stayed healthy, and maintained equipment. Kids can delve beneath the surface to investigate the reasons things are the way they are, how they came to be, and the effects they have on us today.
This camp is appropriate for ages 9-14.  
Sat., Jun 23, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$75/MNHS members save 20%.
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Children's Day
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
A day of tours geared for children and free admission for ages 17 and under. Families can learn about the children who lived at the light station and join in special games, crafts, and activities.
Sat., Jun 23, 2018, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, free age 17 and under and MNHS members

"Somalis + Minnesota" Exhibit Opening Celebration
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore Somali culture, from traditional life in Africa, through the massive migration that began in the 1990s, to today’s large, well-established Minnesota Somali community. This exhibit was developed in partnership with the Somali Museum of Minnesota.
On opening day, celebrate with free admission to the museum, activities for the entire family, and a chance to meet friends and neighbors during a Sambusa Saturday while enjoying a sambusa and Somali tea. Activities are offered through 3 pm and include performances by the Somali Museum Dance Troupe, poetry, storytelling, weaving demonstrations, book signings of Soo Fariista/Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook, film screenings, and an art project to take home.
Free admission is provided by the Knight Foundation and 3M.
Sat., Jun 23, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Dairy Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover how farmers cared for their dairy cattle in the mid-19th century versus today and meet the cattle of the 1860s and cows of 2018. Help make butter and cottage cheese in the historic house kitchen and sample ice cream and cheeses made in the visitor center’s Learning Kitchen.
Sat., Jun 23, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Also June 24

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., Jun 23, 2018, 10 am - 11:15 am, Noon-1:15 pm, & 2-3:15 pm
Sun., Jun 24, 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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Historic Main Street Walking Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Stroll through Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood on a guided tour and learn about the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony and the immense changes along Main Street throughout the years. Founded in 1848, a few years before Minneapolis, St. Anthony has been a crossroads for many diverse peoples, including Dakota, Ojibwe, Yankees, German and Irish immigrants, métis, free blacks, and Southern tourists accompanied by enslaved people. Tour landmarks include the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill, and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.
This tour begins and ends at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Lofts' main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). It includes about one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Jun 23, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: 11 am-3 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-2 pm

A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to the workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants with 10 days’ advance reservations.
Sat., Jun 23, 2018 - Sun., Jun 24, 2018
$75/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $40 supply fee

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., Jun 23, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with $6-10 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., Jun 23, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Sunday, June 24, 2018

"St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift" Exhibit Closing
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
View a new exhibit of photographs, “St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift,” 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.
The exhibit of framed photographs will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons through June 24, 2018.
Sun., Jun 24, 2018, Noon - 5:00 pm
Free

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses, and other natural and human-created calamities. Visitors will learn about the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires, and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Jun 24, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$14, MNHS members save 20%
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Music by Carver Creek Bluegrass
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Join Carver Creek Bluegrass, a family band of five siblings from Carver, Minnesota, for an afternoon of music. The group plays bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and Irish folk music on the banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle, and some unusual pieces, like the bodhrán (an Irish frame drum) and the musical saw.
Sun., Jun 24, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Fete de Jean Baptiste Rendezvous
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
The Sibley Historic Site has partnered with the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site and the French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota to throw a rendezvous in honor of the Fete de St. Jean Baptiste. Traditionally, June 24 is the Feast of St. Jean Baptiste, a French-Canadian holiday celebrating the patron saint of Canada. To celebrate French Canadian/American heritage this rendezvous will be held on the Sibley Historic Site grounds where Jean Baptiste Faribault’s house stands. Born in Quebec, Faribault worked at multiple fur posts around the Midwest and first settled in Minnesota around 1805.
On-site activities will include live music, guided dance, costumed interpreters, children’s games, an evening fire with marshmallow roasting, and historical guides will be stationed around the site to answer questions. 
Sun., Jun 24, 2018, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Monday, June 25, 2018

Arts on the River Day Camp
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Come to the Mississippi waterfront to play music, get creative, bake bread, and construct books all while looking at how water connects our creativity! Children can enjoy new experiences each day at four top arts centers, including the Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and MacPhail Center for Music.
Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and will walk with camp leaders, less than three blocks, to each art organization. Early drop off is from 8:30-9 am, and late pick-up is from 3:30-4 pm. This camp is for ages 9-11. 
Mon., Jun 25, 2018, 9:00 am - Thu., Jun 28, 2018, 3:30 pm
$250/20% off MNHS members.
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Tuesday, June 26, 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., Jun 26, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, registration required
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hennepin Island Hydropower Walking Tour
A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Explore the history of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including special access to view the exterior of an operating Xcel Energy hydroelectric plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the waterpower from St. Anthony Falls, today just one is left: Xcel's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant.
On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling, and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy's green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront. This tour is presented in partnership with Xcel Energy.
This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces, as well as climbing up and down several flights of stairs. Some historic locations on this tour are not wheelchair accessible. 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).
Thu., Jun 28, 2018, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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History Happy Hour: Servant Stories
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink and learn about what it was like to work as a domestic servant in the Victorian era. Through stories and photos, explore the lives of those who lived and worked in the Alexander Ramsey House. 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., Jun 28, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
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Nature Scavenger Hunt
Traverse des Sioux
1851 N. Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN 56082
Get in touch with nature by going on a scavenger hunt to look for items you might not have paid attention to before. Search for natural items like leaves, flowers, plant products (i.e. fruits, berries, nuts, or seeds), animal tracks, trees, and other signs of the environmental world around us. This program takes place outside; please dress for the weather. This program is appropriate for all ages.
Thu., Jun 28, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Friday, June 29, 2018

Arrowheads & Stone Tools Day
Snake River Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
By shaping stone into sharp tools and projectiles, ancient people were able to hunt animals as big as mastodons. Discover the craft of making spear points and arrowheads. Watch as modern flintknappers demonstrate their skills. See dozens of finished points, projectiles, blades, and tools on display.
Fri., Jun 29, 2018, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
Also June 30

Saturday, June 30, 2018

"Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience" Exhibit Opening
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience chronicles the stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, and highlights the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within 10 communities across the country during that turbulent time. 
Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunged the United States into WWII and forever changed the lives of Japanese Americans across the nation. Those living on the West Coast of the mainland United States were forced from their homes to isolated incarceration camps scattered across the American West and South. Denied their constitutional rights and imprisoned without trial, approximately 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry—nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were forced to leave their lives behind simply because they looked like the enemy.
Through the use of images, audio and interactive elements, Courage and Compassion provides a 360-degree perspective of the WWII experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry while exploring its relevance today. The exhibit honors everyday people in cities and towns across America who rose above the wartime hysteria to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.
Courage and Compassion is made possible through a collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and select communities across the country. Each community has reached into its past to recognize local voices of conscience that embody the American ideal of justice for all.
Go For Broke collaborated with the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and Historic Fort Snelling to explore the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School, which trained soldiers as Japanese linguists during WWII and helped shape Minnesota's Japanese American community today.
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program. Additional support provided by the Earl K. and Ruth N. Tanbara Fund for Japanese American History in Minnesota.
The exhibit runs through June 30-Sept. 3, 2018. 
Sat., Jun 30, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

West Bank Walking Tour
Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55455
As the Minnesota History Center remembers the 50th anniversary of pivotal events of the 1960s in the “The 1968 Exhibit,” on this tour, discover stories of the Minneapolis West Bank/Cedar Riverside neighborhood during this era. The neighborhood is one of the city's most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, famous for the 1960s folk and blues scene and protest movements of the 1970s.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the neighborhood became home to college students, hippies, and artists, and citizens who successfully resisted urban renewal plans that threatened to destroy the character of the neighborhood. The tour will visit some iconic watering holes, and tour participants will hear stories from neighborhood insiders.
This tour includes 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Some historic locations on this tour offer limited accessibility.
Sat., Jun 30, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Civilian Conservation Corps Walking Tour
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
As a work relief program of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed young men to work on projects that benefited conservation and natural resources. Projects included constructing beautiful stone buildings in many Minnesota's state parks, including Fort Ridgely State Park. Take a walking tour of the grounds to learn about the history of the CCC and what life was like for these young men.
Sat., Jun 30, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Included with $4-6 site admission/MNHS members free

Make a Spearthrower Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Learn about the atlatl, or spearthrower, considered by many anthropologists to be one of the world's greatest inventions. Make an atlatl and try throwing spears at a life-size bison target. A collection of atlatls from around the world will also be on display.
Sat., Jun 30, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-8 site admission/MNHS members free

Ongoing Exhibits

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

Opens June 23, 2018  Somalis + Minnesota 
See this new exhibit on Somali history and culture, developed in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Somali Museum of Minnesota. The exhibit will showcase Somali culture—from traditional life in Africa, through the massive migration that began in the 1990s, to today’s large, well-established Minnesota Somali community. Find out more.
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. 
Close June 3, 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.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Opens June 30, 2018 

Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience
This exhibit chronicles the stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, and highlights the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within 10 communities across the country during that turbulent time. 
Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunged the United States into WWII and forever changed the lives of Japanese Americans across the nation. Those living on the West Coast of the mainland United States were forced from their homes to isolated incarceration camps scattered across the American West and South. Denied their constitutional rights and imprisoned without trial, approximately 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry—nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were forced to leave their lives behind simply because they looked like the enemy.
Through the use of images, audio and interactive elements, Courage and Compassion provides a 360-degree perspective of the WWII experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry while exploring its relevance today. The exhibit honors everyday people in cities and towns across America who rose above the wartime hysteria to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.
Courage and Compassion is made possible through a collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and select communities across the country. Each community has reached into its past to recognize local voices of conscience that embody the American ideal of justice for all.
Go For Broke collaborated with the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and Historic Fort Snelling to explore the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School, which trained soldiers as Japanese linguists during WWII and helped shape Minnesota's Japanese American community today.
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program. Additional support provided by the Earl K. and Ruth N. Tanbara Fund for Japanese American History in Minnesota.

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

Closes Sept. 3, 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.