May Events at the Alexander Ramsey House Feature Fun for Families and for Adults

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Release dated: 
April 3, 2013
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Phone: 651-296-8760

May Events at the Alexander Ramsey House Feature Fun for Families and for Adults

What: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1879
When: Saturday, May 4
Time: Tours at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children under 5 and MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

Time CapsuleTravel back in time to the year 1879 at the Alexander Ramsey House. This program, designed for children ages 6 and up and their parents, invites visitors to experience the sights, sounds and events that defined 1879.

Guests will explore the Gilded-Age mansion using a timeline map and will have the opportunity to sample popular foods of the era while learning about 19th century inventions, technologies and a popular 1879 dance. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.

What: Ramsey After Dark: Medical Confidential
When: Friday, May 10
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MHS members.

Ramsey FamilyThis episode of Ramsey After Dark delves into the Ramsey family's veiled medical history.

Like many Victorian families, the Ramsey's faced medical issues both big and small. This 90 minute program details the Ramsey's medical history, from mumps to measles, to whooping cough and mental illness. Hear excerpts from letters and journals of family members and from the physicians who treated them. Learn which treatments and cures worked for different ailments in the Victorian era.

This program features adult content and is not suitable for children under 18.

What: History Happy Hour: Fashion, Form and Function
When: Thursday, May 30
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 for MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 651/296-8760

Join local fashion designer and Project Runway alum Danielle Everine as she gives a presentation on the role of function in women's fashion. Everine will show images of historical garments, relating them to her own inspiration and modern designs.

This program is for people 21 years or older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres and presentation.

About the Alexander Ramsey House

The Alexander Ramsey House is located at 265 S. Exchange St. one block south of West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul. One of the nation’s best preserved Victorian-era houses, the home offers a glimpse into the 1870s life of Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor, and his family. The rebuilt carriage house contains a gift shop. The home is open during the holiday season for regular tours. For more information, call 651-296-8760.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at 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.