Alexander Ramsey House January Programs Include Time Capsule, Ramsey After Dark and History Happy Hour

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Release dated: 
December 4, 2013
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Place: Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-296-8760

Alexander Ramsey House January Programs Include Time Capsule, Ramsey After Dark and History Happy Hour


There is something for everyone at the Alexander Ramsey House in January. The Ramsey Time Capsule program provides an opportunity for families to explore the home, try a tasty treat and create time capsules, while Ramsey After Dark brings the mysterious and spooky superstitions of the Victorian era to life. Those of legal drinking age are invited to hear the story of Prohibition-era gangster "Dapper" Dan Hogan during History Happy Hour.

What: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1857
Date: Saturday, Jan. 4
Time: Tours at noon and 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.capsule
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760

The year was 1857 and Alexander Ramsey was campaigning against his good friend and political rival, Henry Sibley, to become Minnesota's first state governor. Discover the events that made 1857 so special in this family-friendly program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and hunt for hidden pictures in the parlor. Taste a dessert that was popular in 1857 and learn a song from the same year. Before and after the event, children will enjoy creating their own time capsule to take home.

What: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Date: Friday, Jan. 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760

superstitionsIt is no secret that people of the Victorian era could be superstitious, particularly in matters of death. Mirrors were covered, clocks were stopped and the living kept a watchful eye out for omens of their own demise. From séances and spirit writing to wedding cakes and dating customs, superstitions were a big part of Victorian society. Remnants of some of those superstitions continue to have a presence today. Discover how and why people of the Victorian era were so captivated by superstitions during this one-hour exploration of the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstition. During the program, visitors will hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and then gather in the Ramsey House parlor to play fortune telling games.

What: History Happy Hour: Dapper Dan's Demise
Date: Thursday, Jan. 30
TIme: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 MNHS members
Reservations: recommended; register online

"Dapper" Dan Hogan was well known around St. Paul as a speakeasy owner and a leader in the Prohibition-era underworld. Well-liked by many, Dan Hogan was known to give criminals money along with orders to get out of town, while providing a safe haven to criminals who kept a low profile during their stay in the Twin Cities. Share a drink with friends and hear the tale of this infamous St. Paul gangster who met with an untimely death. Join Star Tribune editor, history blogger and author Ben Welter as he shares the story of "Dapper" Dan Hogan, the infamous gangster. Price of admission includes two drink tickets (white wine and beer only) and snacks. This program is for people 21 years and older.

About 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.

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.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.