Victorian Era Medicine and More at the Alexander Ramsey House this September

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Release dated: 
August 6, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

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 Era Medicine and More at the Alexander Ramsey House this September

This September, the Alexander Ramsey House presents programs for adults featuring cocktails and the dark side of Victorian Era medicine. Children and their parents can explore the inventions, foods and fashions of 1876.

Time CapsuleTime Capsule for Kids: 1876
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6
Time: Noon and 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

1876 was a landmark year for the Ramsey family as new inventions, foods and fashions brought the world into a new era. In this program, children and their parents can use a timeline map to explore the house firsthand and collect "time capsule tokens" as they venture into the past. Guests will have the unique opportunity to discover the new inventions that changed lives during this period. Visitors can also sample popular food of the era and make their own time capsules.

Ramsey After Dark: Medical Confidential
Date: Friday, Sept. 12
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.

In this 75 minute program, guests are given an exclusive view into the medical history of the Ramsey family, from mumps and measles to whooping cough and mental illness. Hear firsthand accounts from letters and journals of Ramsey family members, as well as the physicians who treated them. Here you can learn about the different cures of the era and what it really meant to be a patient in this time period. This program contains adult content.

History Happy HourHistory Happy Hour: Hysteria
Date: Thursday, Sept. 25
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/$16 for MNHS members.

Enjoy drinks and a journey through the twisted history of "Hysteria" in Victorian Era medicine. In this informative, wickedly entertaining feature, two local opera stars join University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic medical director Dr. Jon Hallberg to explore the enigmatic mystery diagnoses of Hysteria. This Hippocrates Cafe production will leave guests with a revealing look at women's health and medical remedies of the 19th century. This program is for people 21 and older. Complementary with admission are 2 drink tickets, snacks, presentation with Q&A and time to mix and mingle in the mansion.

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 for special events throughout the year. 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.

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.

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