July at the Alexander Ramsey House Explores 1876, Unmentionable Victorian Topics and Vintage Baseball

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Release dated: 
June 5, 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

Quick facts: 

Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-296-8760
Email: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/ramseyhouse

July at the Alexander Ramsey House Explores 1876, Unmentionable Victorian Topics and Vintage Baseball

Visit the Alexander Ramsey House and take part in one of their signature programs. Ramsey Time Capsule is geared toward families and focuses on a specific year. Ramsey After Dark explores specific historical themes and topics. History Happy Hour provides an opportunity to drink, snack and socialize.

What: Ramsey Time Capsule 1876
When: Saturday, July 6
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 age 5 and MHS members.
Reservations: Recommended; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

ParlorFamilies are invited to go back in time to the year 1876 in this chapter of the Ramsey Time Capsule. The Alexander Ramsey House opens its doors and welcomes visitors to experience the sights and sounds that made 1857 so unique.

Guests will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House while learning about the history, inventions, food, songs and important events that came to define 1876. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.

What: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
When: Friday, July 12
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.
Reservations: Recommended; call 651-296-8760 or register online.

Irvine ParkVictorian era society has been defined, in part, by its rigid separation of the private and the public. The heavily curtained interiors of the Victorian home ensured that the secrets and "unmentionable" business of the private sphere were protected from the intrusions of the public.

In July, the ongoing Ramsey After Dark series will explore the "Victorian Secrets" of the Ramsey family. Excerpts from family letters and journals, discussing addiction, mental illness, sexuality and birth control, will provide a glimpse into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their friends and neighbors. Discover what issues they faced, the "cures" they used and what was actually revealed behind closed doors. This tour features adult content and is not suitable for children under age 18.

What: History Happy Hour: Vintage Baseball in Minnesota
When: Thursday, July 25
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 MHS members.
Reservations: Recommended; call 651-296-8760or register online.

Learn about vintage baseball in Minnesota and enjoy a drink at the Alexander Ramsey House in this installment of History Happy Hour.

Members of the St. Croix Base Ball Club will present on "America's greatest pastime" as it was played during the 1860s. After the program, presenters will field audience queries and questions. This program is for those 21 years of age and older. Price of admission includes two drink tickets. snacks 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 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.