April 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
February 13, 2019
Media contacts: 

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

April 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Art at the Hill House
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month.
Tue., Apr 2, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 Civil War Symposium
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Attend the annual Civil War Symposium to explore the 2019 theme of working women and the Civil War.

Schedule of Events

  • 8:30 am: Registration
  • 9 am: Welcome, Introduction, and Announcements, Stephen Osman
  • 9:15 am: Working Women and the Civil War, Annette Atkins
  • 10 am: Minnesota Civil War Round Tables Brief Introductions 
  • 10:10 am: Break 
  • 11:15 am: Prostitution in the Civil War, Elizabeth Topping
  • Noon: Lunch Break
  • 1 pm: Women Under Fire: The Battles of New Ulm, Daniel Hoisington
  • 1:45 pm: Minnesota Families Surviving the Terror, Mary Bakeman
  • 2:40 pm: A Visit with Clara Barton
  • 3:15 pm: Closing Announcements, Stephen Osman

This program is presented by the Rochester, St. Croix Valley, Moorhead, Cannon Valley, Central Minnesota, Hiawatha Valley, Minnesota Valley, Albert Lea, Twin Cities and Litchfield G.A.R. Civil War Round Tables, and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sat., Apr 6, 2019, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
$10/students free, registration recommended. Limited lunches are available for advanced purchase of $15.
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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Starch Madness: Baking a Cookie Champion, Finals
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
As Minneapolis hosts the 2019 NCAA Final Four basketball championship, join Mill City Museum for Starch Madness, a cookie competition to decide the ultimate cookie champion! In March, vote on Facebook to nominate your classic favorites and rookie cookie recipes that will make up the field of 16 Sweets. In the following weeks, cast your votes online to decide which cookies move on to the round of eight and the top four.
A taste-off of those Fresh Four will take place in the museum's Baking Lab on March 30 and 31. Then visit on Sunday, April 7 for the live, high stakes, bake-off between the top two cookies. Come see our bakers in action, taste-test the cookies, and decide the champion.
Sun., Apr 7, 2019, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Concerts in the Parlor
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
On the second Thursday of each month, students from the Concordia College music department will perform recitals in the Comstock House parlor. Doors open at 6 pm for light refreshments and house tours. Concerts start at 6:30 pm.
Thu., Apr 11, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members and students free
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World War II Round Table: Lt. Gen. J.C.H. Lee - The Chief of Logistics in the European Theater
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Hank Cox, author of The General Who Wore Six Stars—along with veterans of logistical operations in support of offensive operations—will tell the value of support from supply operations. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table brings together authors, historians, and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. 
Thu., Apr 11, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 suggested donation/students and WWII veterans free=

Friday, April 12, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. Explore the mysterious world of Victorian superstitions in this 75-minute tour. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play Victorian fortune-telling games. Discover how and why superstitions captivated Victorian society.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Apr 12, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Family Food Frolic Workshop: Eggstravaganza
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
In this interactive, hands-on workshop, learn ways to color and decorate hard-boiled eggs and prepare them to eat in salads, snacks, and main dishes. Participants will take home a finished food product, recipes, and instructions. This workshop takes place in the visitor center's Learning Kitchen.
This cooking series encourages families to discover new ways to use different kinds of foods to create dishes and snacks. This class is designed for families with children ages 6-14. One adult per child under age 10 must attend.
Sat., Apr 13, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$15/MNHS members save 20%
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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 (weather permitting) 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 and includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).
Sat., Apr 13, 2019, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
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Also April 27

Kid Crafts: Bead a Ring
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn a basic stringing technique and bead a ring to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Apr 13, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$3/kit, museum admission not included

Capitol Builders Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Discover locations throughout the building that show the immense work and talented craftsmen who created the Minnesota State Capitol in 1905. Then explore recent restoration work in the over 100-year-old building completed in 2017.
Hear about the contractors, construction workers, politicians, and others involved in building the Capitol over the years, and learn about architect Cass Gilbert, who at age 35 created one of the most magnificent public buildings in the nation.
Sat., Apr 13, 2019, 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%
Get Tickets: 11 am & 1 pm

Appliqué Quillwork 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Before trade beads, the Ojibwe used quillwork to adorn their baskets, clothes, and tools. Learn how to work with porcupine quills by dyeing them and applying them to a small leather pouch.
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided on Sunday only.
The workshop runs:

  • Saturday: Noon-4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am-2 pm

Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs with 10 days' advance registration.
Sat., Apr 13, 2019, Noon - Sun., Apr 14, 2019, 2:00 pm
$75, MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate spring at the James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt on the lawn. Participants can search for eggs, enjoy a snack, hear stories, and explore the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. Plus, when the Hill children enjoyed their own egg hunt in 1898, Mrs. Hill noted in her diary: "A large gray and stray rabbit joined them most unexpectedly."
Doors open at 9:30 am; the hunt begins promptly at 10 am. This event is for children age 2-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sun., Apr 14, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$8, age 2 and under free, MNHS members save 20%
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Also April 20

SPARK! Baking Workshop for People with Memory Loss
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Whip up a delicious treat in this baking experience tailored to all ability levels for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Mill City Museum is a member of SPARK!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss.
Sun., Apr 14, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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Danger & Disaster at the Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided tour of the historic Washburn A Mill to discover the dangers of working in the flour milling industry. Workers were exposed to constantly moving machinery, high-powered water turbines, and tall grain elevators where one wrong move might have disastrous consequences.
Hear about the deadly 1878 mill explosion that led to the destruction and rebuilding of the riverfront industrial district, as well as daily workplace hazards, such as the "Humphrey manlift" that took the life of a worker in 1936. The tour will also discuss dangers faced by workers in the related railroad and lumber industries.
This tour includes about 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sun., Apr 14, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$16/MNHS members save 20%
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Minnesota Jazz Legends - The Elders
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with some of Minnesota's most notable jazz legends, hosted by award-winning vocalist and KBEM Radio host Patty Peterson in an intimate afternoon of live music and inspiring stories.
Peterson will reminisce with several Twin Cities jazz legends who have achieved local and national acclaim. These jazz legends will entertain with music that they love and discuss how their individual journeys have become the musical history of Minnesota.
This program is presented by KBEM's Jazz88 and will be recorded for later broadcast, and archived for on-demand listening at www.jazz88fm.com.
Support for this program has been provided by the Marney and Conley Brooks Fund and an Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund to KBEM.
Sun., Apr 14, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$20 adults, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Indie Lens Pop-Up: "Charm City" Screening & Discussion
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together for film screenings and community-driven conversations about what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city's future.
This program includes a screening, presentation, and Q&A. Doors open at 6:30 pm; the film begins at 7 pm. Limited space is available, and tickets do not guarantee entry. This film series is offered in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television.
Tue., Apr 16, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Lecture Series: Pioneer Preacher Oscar Elmer
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Hear from historian and NDSU doctoral candidate Robert Foresman as he shares the history of early Moorhead preacher Oscar H. Elmer. Elmer came to Moorhead in October 1871 when Moorhead was little more than a shanty town. He immediately went to work establishing the first church in the area. During his lecture, Foresman will discuss Elmer's work as a preacher as well as the other areas of early Moorhead that he influenced during his time in the city.
After the lecture guests are welcome to enjoy refreshments, mingle, and explore one of Moorhead's most historic homes.
Thu., Apr 18, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members and students free

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Tour highlights include:

  • The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and the other dangers that mill workers faced on a daily basis
  • "The Octopus," a large machine that directed wheat into nine storage bins
  • The Humphrey Manlift, a vertical conveyor belt that carried workers from floor to floor
  • The Rail Corridor where hundreds of boxcars arrived each day to unload wheat and carry away flour
  • Millstone plaza, originally paved with retired millstones and the location for lunchtime concerts by the Washburn-Crosby employee band in the 1920s
  • Evidence of the three major fires that have damaged the building in 1878, 1928, and 1991
  • The East Engine House, once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car pulling machinery

The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Apr 20, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also April 28

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 to learn more about these amazing birds. Fallon has worked on peregrine research in Minnesota for nearly 30 years and has many stories to share and information about protecting these animals.
Sat., Apr 20, 2019, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with $5 site admission/MNHS members free

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

History Lounge: Love Letters of Rose Cleveland & Evangeline Simpson Whipple
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Hear from Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey, co-editors of the new MNHS Press book Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890–1909, about the romance between two extraordinary women. In 1890, Rose Cleveland, sister of President Grover Cleveland, began writing to Evangeline Simpson, a wealthy widow and soon-to-be second wife of Minnesota's Episcopal bishop Henry Whipple. The women corresponded across states and continents about their humanitarian work and their love for one another. In 1910, after Evangeline Whipple was again widowed, the two women sailed to Italy and began a life together.
Books will be available for purchase at the event, and the authors will sign copies after the presentation.
Tue., Apr 23, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, April 25, 2019

History Happy Hour: Victorian Paleontology
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink with friends while learning about the sometimes tempestuous history of paleontology in the Victorian era. Explore the rivalries and collaborations between hobbyists, "gentlemen scientists," and academic trailblazers. Hear about the development of scientific knowledge leading up to the Victorian period and how discoveries during this era shaped future generations.
This program is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Apr 25, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Angels and Madams
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This 75-minute program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city?
This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Apr 26, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 7 pm & 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Children's Gardening Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
This hands-on, messy workshop will introduce young children and their adult helpers to the world of gardening in Minnesota. Young hands will play with seeds, explore gardens, meet vegetables, and pot a plant to take home.
This workshop is for children ages 4-10 with an adult helper. This workshop is held in the visitor center and Farm Lab garden. Refreshments provided.
Sat., Apr 27, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
$10 per child/MNHS members save 20%
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Monday, April 29, 2019

Hill House Chamber Players Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Hill House Chamber Players return for the 2018-2019 season with concerts selected around the theme "Trio Masterworks." Enjoy an exploration of piano/violin/viola, cello, and clarinet trio variations, with one major trio as the centerpiece for each concert. The players are Catherine Schubilske, violin; Thomas Turner, viola; Tanya Remenikova, cello; and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano. 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., Apr 29, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 adults, $12 students, MNHS members save 20%
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Also May 6

Ongoing Exhibits

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

Closes June 9, 2019  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 May 27, 2019 Green Card Voices: Immigrants Telling Their Life Stories
This exhibit explores stories of the diverse immigrant population that has shaped the Twin Cities. Featuring immigrants from 22 different countries, it tells stories of coming to Minnesota from countries all around the world, from Bangladesh to Cameroon to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The participants represent a diverse range of professions and ages and arrived in Minnesota through many immigration routes, including as refugees, DACA recipients, and through family reunification, but they all share one important trait: They now call the Twin Cities home.
This exhibit was created by the Twin Cities nonprofit Green Card Voices. In 2013, Green Card Voices produced its first touring photo exhibit as part of its mission to share personal narratives of America’s immigrants, fostering tolerance, and establishing a better understanding between the immigrant and non-immigrant populations. Since 2013, the exhibit has traveled to more than 35 locations around Minnesota. 


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.


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.


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.


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.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Closes Sept. 8, 2019

Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer

This exhibit highlights artist Nicholas Brewer’s remarkable career with more than 30 paintings drawn from the MNHS permanent collection and several private collections.
Nicholas R. Brewer (1857-1949) was born in Olmsted County in what was then Minnesota Territory and came to maturity during the Gilded Age. With only scant formal training, Brewer quickly earned recognition in Minnesota, New York, and Chicago and became one of Minnesota’s most celebrated portrait and landscape painters.
A personal friend of James J. Hill, Brewer often brought students to Hill’s home on Summit Avenue to view his art collection. His later career took him across the country, from California to Florida, exhibiting his work and delivering public lectures.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 

Opens April 3, 2019

One Hundred Years of Healing: The Ojibwe Jingle Dress Dance Tradition
The global influenza epidemic that killed millions of people worldwide in 1918-19, including thousands of North American Indians and Alaska Natives, was the tragic inspiration behind a revolutionary new tradition of healing that emerged in Ojibwe communities of the United States and Canada, the jingle dress dance. Through photographs, oral tradition, and a display of jingle dresses from the MNHS collections, visitors will learn about the jingle dress dance and how its origin can be traced to the Mille Lacs Ojibwe.
The exhibit commemorates the epidemic and the 100th anniversary of the jingle dress dance. It is being developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota Department of American Studies and the Mille Lacs Ojibwe community.