Celebrate the Season at Minnesota Historical Society Sites this Fall and Winter

For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 17, 2021
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org

Julianna Olsen, 651-259-3140, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

Celebrate the Season at Minnesota Historical Society Sites this Fall and Winter

Fall is here, beckoning Minnesotans to explore and enjoy seasonal and holiday activities. Minnesota Historical Society historic sites have just the answer with events to entertain from Thanksgiving and into the New Year. Full details and admission information can be found at www.mnhs.org/holidays.

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Thanksgiving Break History Hijinx: Sinclair Lewis
Friday, Nov. 26, Saturday, Nov. 27, 11 am - 3 pm
Sunday, Nov. 28, 12 - 3 pm
During Thanksgiving break dive into the world of Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street. Enjoy crafts, puzzles, and a special viewing of "Reading Sinclair Lewis: Country, Critiques, City Satires."

Winter Break History Hijinx: Extraordinary Women
Dec. 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, Jan. 1 - 2, 11 am - 3 pm
Enjoy family-friendly activities after exploring our exhibit, Extraordinary Women during winter break. Make a banner that shares your favorite cause, join a suffrage parade and snap a pic. Enjoy a scavenger hunt and discover more extraordinary women throughout the galleries.

Folsom House, Taylors Falls

Christmas at the Folsom House
Friday, Nov. 26 - Sunday, Nov. 28
Friday 4 - 8 pm, Saturday 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday 1- 4 pm
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Folsom House during the Lighting Festival weekend in Taylors Falls, Minn.

James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Holidays on the Hill
Friday, Nov. 26 & Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, Nov. 28, 11 am - 4 pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout December, 10 am - 4 pm
Sundays throughout December, 11 am - 4 pm
Experience Christmas in 1910—both upstairs and downstairs—in the sumptuous Gilded Age mansion of railroad titan James J. Hill. Admission includes self-guided access to holiday-themed exhibits and a 60-minute guided tour highlighting holiday stories and memories from both the Hill family and their staff. 

Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, Little Falls

Christmas on the Lindbergh Farm
Friday, Nov. 26 & Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, Nov. 28, 11 am - 4 pm
Friday, Dec. 3 & Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, Dec. 5, 11 am - 4 pm
Experience what Christmas was like for the Lindberghs during World War I. Meet costumed interpreters and learn about early 20th-century holiday traditions and the challenges wartime presented. Learn about the impact of food rationing, help decorate the tree, and create a Christmas decoration to take home.  

New Year’s Hike
Saturday, Jan. 1 - Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, 7 am - 5 pm daily
Grab your boots and sleds and enjoy the winter beauty in Little Falls along the Mississippi River. Explore the groomed trails connecting the Charles Lindbergh House, the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, and Charles Lindbergh State Park. Guests can drop in at any time and hike whatever distance is comfortable. If you are looking for an extra challenge, pick up a scavenger hunt form at the state park office and turn in the complete form to be entered for a variety of fun prizes!

Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River

Farm Frolic
Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 am - 4 pm
Hike the trails of the historic Oliver Kelley Farm and enjoy a complimentary hot beverage in the crisp late-fall air. Frost your own farm animal cookies will be available for a small fee, and the museum store will be open for holiday shopping with double discounts for members of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Baking Traditions: Winter Holidays
The Baking Traditions series explores holiday traditions from some of the many different cultures and nationalities that call Minneapolis home. Visitors can sample baked goods, view historic photographs and artifacts, try an activity, and take a craft to do at home.

Baking Traditions: Hanukkah
Saturday, Dec. 4, 12 - 4pm
Join us in Mill City Museum’s Baking Lab to learn about Hanukkah traditions and to watch a baking demonstration at 2 pm.

Baking Traditions: St. Lucia Day
Saturday, Dec. 11, 12 - 4pm
Join us in Mill City Museum’s Baking Lab to learn about St. Lucia Day and watch a baking demonstration at 2 pm with Erin-Swenson Klatt, the Food and Handcraft Programs Coordinator at the American Swedish Institute.

Baking Traditions: Las Posadas
Saturday, Dec. 18, 12 - 4 pm
Join us in Mill City Museum's Baking Lab to learn about Las Posadas and watch a baking demonstration at 2 pm with executive chef Jose Alarcon and pastry chef Ngia Xiong from fantastic local restaurant VIVIR in northeast Minneapolis. Las Posadas is a religious festival celebrated in Mexico and some parts of the United States between December 16 and 24. It commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus.

Baking Traditions: Maslenitsa
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, 12 - 4pm 
Join us in Mill City Museum’s Baking Lab to learn about Maslenitsa (Pancake Day) and to watch a baking demonstration at 2 pm. 

Snake River Fur Post, Pine City

Winter Frolic
Saturday, Jan. 22, Noon - 4 pm
Shake off the winter blues by heading outdoors at the fur post. Learn about winter travel during the fur trade and join in activities like tossing a curling stone, playing a round of Ojibwe snow snake, snowshoeing around the site or visiting the historic ice fishing tent. Guests can also relax indoors, enjoy a cup of cocoa before a blazing fire and watch the outdoor festivities from the visitor center.

Snowshoe Saturdays
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, 12 - 4 pm
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 12 - 4 pm
Take in the winter beauty at Snake River Fur Post as you explore the site by snowshoe. Museum admission is free, snowshoe rental is $10 (MNHS members save 20%). 

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Health and Safety

Protocols designed to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 can be viewed on the health and safety procedures page of each site’s website, which can be found on our visit page. MNHS requires a mask while indoors at all MNHS sites. For more information, visit our website at mnhs.org/covid-19.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.