Victorian Magic, Washington Connections and a Time Capsule for Kids at Alexander Ramsey House in April

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Release dated: 
March 5, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

Jayne Becker • Alexander Ramsey House • 651-296-8760 •

Quick facts: 

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

Victorian Magic, Washington Connections and a Time Capsule for Kids at Alexander Ramsey House in April

The Alexander Ramsey House is excited to offer several programs this April that will connect visitors with Minnesota history in unique ways.

Time Capsule for Kids: 1876Ramsey time capsule
Date: Saturday, April 5
Time: tours at noon and 1 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children 6-17, free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760.

Experience the sights and sounds of 1876 in this one-hour, family-friendly program. Children (ages 6 and up) and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House, sample popular foods of the era, learn about the new inventions of the day and play an 1876-era parlor game. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.

Ramsey After Dark: Washington ConnectionsAlexander Ramsey House
Date: Friday, April 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760.

Alexander and Anna Ramsey befriended the most powerful people in Washington, D.C., including presidents and Supreme Court justices. In this 75-minute program, hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals detailing behind the scenes drama. With invitations to grand galas, private dinners at the White House and presidential inaugurations, the Ramseys had access to the best events Washington D.C. had to offer.

Victorian ladies at Ramsey HouseHistory Happy Hour: Victorian Magic
Thursday, April 24
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 / $16 for MNHS members.
Reservations: recommended, register online.

Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while you learn about the history of magic and magicians. Join comedian Michael Callahan for card tricks and a discussion of the illusions magicians have been using since the Victorian era. Admission includes two drink tickets (white wine and beer only), snacks and presentation at 6 p.m. Ages 21+ only.

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 and special events throughout the year. For more information, call 651-296-8760

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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.