Build a Bird Feeder and Celebrate Thanksgiving this November at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

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Release dated: 
October 8, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 763-441-6896

Build a Bird Feeder and Celebrate Thanksgiving this November at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

The Oliver H. Kelley farm offers a bird feeder building workshop and a Thanksgiving celebration in November.

BarnBuild a Bird Feeder Workshop
Date: Saturday, Nov. 8
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $10 materials fee.
Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

Birds are a valuable resource for farmers, aiding in insect control and pollination of plants. The Kelley Farm has hundreds of bird species that pass through on migration or that live at the farm year round, including woodpeckers, orioles, blue birds and more. Participants will make a bird feeder to take home complete with directions for mounting. All materials and tools will be provided. Workshop does not include a tour of the farm.

A Yankee Thanksgiving
Date: Sunday, Nov. 23
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $10/$8 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

When President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first day of Thanksgiving in 1863, farmers like Oliver H. Kelley, who hailed from New England, joined in the celebration. Guests will explore what this holiday was like on a "Yankee" farm 150 years ago.Guides will lead visitors along the wooded trails to the farm to meet the animals. Then guests can explore the farm house, filled with the aromas of a harvest celebration. Following the tour, pie and refreshments will be served in the visitor center. Be sure to dress for the weather.

About the Oliver H. Kelley Farm:

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

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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