Toy Making Workshop and Christmas on the Farm Offered in December at Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River

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Release dated: 
November 5, 2014
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

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

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

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

Toy Making Workshop and Christmas on the Farm Offered in December at Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River

Visit the Oliver H. Kelley Farm this December for two special holiday programs. Guests of all ages can join in a hands-on toy making workshop, while the popular Christmas on the Farm program brings the 1870s to life through 75-minute tours.

Toy Making Workshop
Date: Dec. 6, 2014
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 material fee
Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

Visit the Kelley Farm just in time to make homemade toys to give as gifts for the holidays. In the visitor center, guests will choose between making several 19th-century toys, including a ball-and-cup game, buzz saws, pick-up sticks and corn husk dolls. All tools and materials will be provided. This workshop does not include a tour of the farm.

Christmas on the Farm
Date: Dec. 13 and 14, 2014
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $10/$8 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896

Join a guide for a 75-minute tour of the Kelley Farm including a hike along the nature trail, a stop inside the historic farmhouse and a visit to the livestock pens. Discover how farm families and their animals coped with shorter days and colder temperatures, and how they prepared for the upcoming holidays 150 years ago. Enjoy a horse or oxen-drawn bobsled or wagon ride. Dress for outdoor weather. Warm refreshments follow in the Visitor Center.

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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.