March is Women's History Month at Mill City Museum

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Release dated: 
February 5, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Laura Salveson • Mill City Museum • 612-341-7499 •

David Stevens • Mill City Museum • 612-341-7524 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Mill City Museum
Address: 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis MN 55401
Cost: Programs included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.
Phone: 612-341-7555

March is Women's History Month at Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum honors Women's History Month with a family day program, plus, bakers take on a baking challenge and demonstrate scratch versus commercial mixes this March. All programs are included with museum admission.

Baking activities at Mill City Museum

Baking Memories: Mill City Bake-Off Challenge
Date: Saturday, March 8
Time: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. demonstrations and tasting at 2 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum admission

In this "test kitchen" style experiment, guests will choose the ingredients from the Pillsbury Bake-Off official list of qualifying ingredients. Then an adventurous staff member will try to create a "winning recipe." Visitors can see and taste the new recipe to judge if it has the qualities needed to be a winner. Learn about the 45-year history of the Pillsbury Bake-Off and sample a real Bake-Off winning recipe.

Women of Mill City Family Day
Date: Saturday, March 22
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum admission

Celebrate Women's History Month with performances by four Mill City Museum History Players and a series of family activities. Families can enjoy portrayals throughout the day of women in Minneapolis and the region in the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors can also take a short quiz to discover which "women's work" of the 18th and 19th centuries would suit them best and try their hand at the "Piecework Challenge," testing their speed against 19th century work standards.

Baking Memories: Scratch vs. Mix Brownies
Date: Sunday, March 30
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum admission

See how history is revealed in food in the Baking Lab. Museum staff demonstrate making brownies from scratch versus a mix and share the history of the development of baking mixes. Visitors will be able to taste the results and vote on their favorite, learn home baking tips and take home a copy of the recipe.

Also, visitors can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washburn A Mill on Saturday, March 1 and Saturday, March 15. More information can be found online.

Mill City Museum

Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.

The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The site is also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. For more information, call 612-341-7555 or visit

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.