Learn how to Build a Birdhouse and Drive Oxen at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

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Release dated: 
March 13, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 • bob.quist@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelleyfarm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Learn how to Build a Birdhouse and Drive Oxen at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

What: Build a Birdhouse Workshop
When: Saturday, April 6
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $10 per birdhouse, $8 for MHS members
Reservations: Required; call 763-441-6896

Birds are an asset to gardeners and farmers, contributing to insect control and pollination of many different plant varieties. This workshop encourages visitors to give birds a place to call home. Held in the Visitor's Center, participants will build a birdhouse to take home. All tools and materials will be provided. This event is great for families. Reservations and prepayment are required.

What: The Mighty Ox Team Driving Workshop
When: Saturday, April 20
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $50/$45 MHS members
Reservations: Required; call 763-441-6896

Oxen have been an integral part to agricultural work for thousands of years. In this workshop, participants will return to their agrarian roots, learning the basics of ox driving and care. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Guests should dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch and wear sturdy work-shoes. Prepayment for this workshop is required.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

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

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.