Love Letters, Prohibition-era Cocktails and Kids Programs this February at Alexander Ramsey House

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Release dated: 
January 8, 2014
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

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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

Love Letters, Prohibition-era Cocktails and Kids Programs this February at Alexander Ramsey House

Alexander Ramsey House offers a variety of programs in February, ranging from family activities and baking for kids to a history of love letters and a Prohibition-themed happy hour for adults.

Event: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1872
Date: Saturday, Feb. 1
Time: 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.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760

time capsuleThe year was 1872 and the Ramsey family had recently moved into their new home in the fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood. The mansion boasted the latest amenities including hot and cold running water, gas lighting and hot water-heated radiators. Mrs. Ramsey had filled two box cars with furnishings for the home on a recent shopping trip to New York.

During the Ramsey Time Capsule program, families can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover the new foods and inventions that were making life easier in 1872. Before and after the program, children can create their own time capsule to take home.

Event: History Chef!: Valentine's Day Cookies for Kids
Date: Saturday, Feb. 8
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Cost: $13/$11 for MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760

Visit the Ramsey House's restored 1870s kitchen, where Mrs. Ramsey's favorite sugar cookie recipes will be used in the mixing, baking and decorating of Valentine's Day cookies. While the cookies bake in the wood-burning stove, the young chefs will take a tour of the house and discover how the Ramsey grandchildren celebrated Valentine's Day. After the tour, there will be time to enjoy the freshly baked treats. Children will be able to take home cookies to share.

This program lasts two-hours and is designed for children ages 8-12.

Event: Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love
Date: Friday, Feb. 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760

letterValentine's Day became enormously popular in America during the Victorian era, partly due to advancements in mass printing and design.Love letters, floral bouquets and small gifts were used to indicate a suitor's intention of marriage. In this one hour Valentine's themed program, discover what secret messages could be conveyed by these gifts. Enjoy freshly baked Valentine's Day treats, listen to excerpts from Ramsey family love letters and play Victorian courtship games in the parlor.

Event: History Happy Hour: Prohibition Era Cocktails
Date: Thursday, Feb. 27
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 for MNHS members.
Reservations: recommended; register online.

HHHProhibition-era drinks were often distilled and fermented in the bathtub, bottled and then topped off with water from the tap. Hear from Jesse Held, cocktail director, bar manager and bartender at Parlour and Borough in Minneapolis, whilehe prepares cocktails reminiscent of the spirits and recipes used during Prohibition.

Choose from two different times, happy hour at 5:30 p.m. or an evening cocktail hour at 8:30 p.m. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets and snacks.

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.

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.