August 2015 Events, Classes and Exhibits Saturday, Aug. 1 Time Capsule for Families: New House, 1872 Alexander Ramsey House



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August 2015
Events, Classes and Exhibits


Saturday, Aug. 1

Time Capsule for Families: New House, 1872

Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
1872 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family. They were able to move into their new mansion house in St. Paul. Discover what other exciting events made 1872 so important for the Ramsey's in this children's program. Children and their parents can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Learn about the new foods and discover what new inventions were making life easier. Children can make their own time capsule. 
Phone: 651-296-8760 
Time: Noon, 12:30 and 1 pm
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Living History: Meet the Lindberghs

Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls 
Learn what life was like for Charles Lindbergh growing up on a farm during the First World War. Costumed characters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors will provide insights into young Charles’ interests in aviation, technology and nature. Hear inside stories about the Lindbergh family and have the chance to try some of the chores Charles did around the farm. Experience the life of this ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things. 
Phone: 320-616-5421 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm. Last tour leaves at 4 pm. 
Fee: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free age 5 and under and MNHS members
Also August 15 

Civilian Conservation Corps Tour

Fort Ridgely, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax 
The Civilian Conservation Corps was an essential part of the Great Depression. As a public work relief program, the CCC employed young men to work on projects that benefited conservation and natural resources. Projects included constructing the beautiful stone buildings in many of Minnesota's state parks, including Fort Ridgely State Park. Take a walking tour of the grounds to learn about the history of the CCC and what life was like for these young men. 
Phone: 507-934-2160 
Time: 2 pm
Fee: $3

Summit Avenue Walking Tours

James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul 
Take a 90-minute tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The walking tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Call for group tour information.
Phone: 651-297-2555 
Time: 11 am and 2 pm. Saturdays; 2 pm Sundays 
Fee: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online
Also Every Saturday and Sunday, May through September

Women’s Work Tour with History Player Eva Valesh

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Join a costumed actor portraying labor writer Eva Valesh for a walking tour that highlights working conditions along the Minneapolis riverfront in the late 1880s. The guide will discuss jobs that were available to women in the late 19th and early 20th century, key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis, and the factories that Valesh exposed including the North Star Woolen Mill, which still stands two blocks from Mill City Museum. Valesh served as labor editor for the Saint Paul Globe and the Minneapolis Tribune before going on to national acclaim working for Samuel Gompers as assistant editor of the American Federationist.

The tour includes 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine.


Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 1 pm
Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 6-17 and MNHS members
Reservations: recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Kids Crafts: Cornhusk Dolls

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
Children will learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made out of the outer covering of an ear of corn and are typically made during the fall. Participants will receive a kit that includes materials for the doll and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up. 
Phone: 320-532-3632 
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Fee: $6 per kit (museum admission not included)

History Architecture Crawls: Mid-Century Modern

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
Explore hallmarks of mid-century modern design by the likes of Ralph Rapson, Close Architects, Eliel Saarinen and more. The tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to two blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The bus departs from the Minnesota History Center. Guests are asked to arrive by 8:45 am.
Phone: 651-259-3000 
Time: 9 am to noon 
Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Bars, Bootleggers and Booze Bus Tour

Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
*SOLD OUT*
Cocktail rooms and high end mixology are trends matched only by our current thirst for microbrews. Booze and hooch have a rich history in the Twin Cities, including legacy brands like Phillips, founded in 1912; and Minnesota 13, a high quality distilled spirit beloved throughout the Midwest during Prohibition. Today’s microdistilleries are growing quickly, with local upstarts 11Wells and Du Nord opening cocktail rooms this year. Hop on the bus and bring your ID for a tour of the twin cities’ boozy past and future, samples included! 
Phone: 651-259-3000 
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm 
Fee: $35/$30 for MNHS members. 
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015

Sunday, Aug. 2

36th West Newton Day

Harkin Store, Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm 
This 36th-annual event celebrates the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton, which was located halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901. View historical photos from Bob and Agnes Gleisner and read about the history of Alexander Harkin and his family, the founders of the 1870s Harkin Store.
Descendants of West Newton's earliest settlers are invited to share their stories and any old photographs. Historic site staff will copy information and photos.
Phone: 507-354-8666 
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm 
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Walk the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Participants will visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, which was once the milling center of the world and is now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. A guide from Mill City Museum will lead visitors onto the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of the falls, the historic buildings surrounding it and downtown Minneapolis, and tell stories of the people who have worked and lived in the area and how it has changed over the years. The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum. Tours are held rain or shine.
Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 1 pm 
Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission. 
Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online
Also August 29 

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Huck Finn Day Camp

Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 

*SOLD OUT*


The classic book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" serves as the basis for this camp for the adventurous and active child. Campers will explore the book and its themes of adventure and childhood fun through hands-on activities in the unique setting of Historic Fort Snelling. Activities include fishing, hiking, cooking outdoors, canoeing and much more. Space is limited to 14 each week. This camp has received Nickelodeon's Parent's Choice Award. For ages 9-12.
Phone: 612-726-1171 
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Fee: $250/$225 for MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 
Also August 5, August 6, August 7 

Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp

Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 

*SOLD OUT*


Experience the life described in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s "Little House" books. Campers will sing the songs, play the games, and make the food and crafts that Wilder learned while growing up on the western frontier in the 19th century. Sessions I, II and III focus on the books "Little House in the Big Woods," "Little House on the Prairie," "Farmer Boy" and "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Sessions IV, V and VI focus on the books "Shores of Silver Lake," "The Long Winter," "Little Town on the Prairie," and "These Happy Golden Years." Space is limited to 16. For ages 7-11.
Phone: 612-726-1171 
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Fee: $250/$225 for MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 
Also August 5, August 6, August 7 

Tours for People with Memory Loss

James J. Hill House 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul 
*SOLD OUT* 
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House and is followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month. Tours are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation.
Phone: 651-297-2555 
Time: 10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: Free 
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015

Nooks and Crannies Tour

James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul 
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this 90-minute tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gatehouse overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today. The 7 pm tour is led by a costumed interpreter portraying a construction worker or house servant. 
Phone: 651-297-2555 
Time: 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 pm 
Fee: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 for ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online
Also August 11, August 18, August 25 

9 Nights of Music: The Kong and Shu Project

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
Join the Kong and Shu Project, two brothers who write folk-rock and pop songs in their native Hmong language. This performance is being offered in conjunction with the History Center exhibit "We Are Hmong Minnesota." 9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. No outside alcoholic beverages allowed. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 pm to 8 pm. There is a nominal fee for parking. In case of rain, performances move indoors. Call 651-259-3000 for rain updates at 4 pm. 9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy. Additional support is provided by MPR and Tapestry Folkdance Center. 
Phone: 651-259-3000 
Time: 6:30 pm dance instruction, 7 pm live music 
Fee: Free

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Mill City Live: PaviElle

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
PaviElle French is a neo soul vocalist, activist, dancer, and actress. Her new endeavor is a musical collaboration with bassist, producer and composer Casey O’Brien to present 10 years of her songwriting, all of it deeply personal and autobiographical. Fear Not is a new independently produced record that represents her return to performing after a five year hiatus.

Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features four outdoor concerts in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show, the $5 concert fee includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering is available for purchase. 


Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm 
Fee: $5/free for MNHS members; includes museum admission from 4 pm to 9 pm 
Reservations: recommended; call 612-341-7555

History Pub Crawls: Summit Hill

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
Bask in the Victorian grace of St. Paul’s Summit Hill and discover the stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again of one of the city’s most fashionable historical addresses. Follow the path of the old streetcars past 19th-century homes, luxury hotels and the former haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and enjoy stops at W.A. Frost and the University Club. This tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes four blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. 
Phone: 651-259-3000 
Time: 7 pm to 9:15 pm (bus departs at 7 pm) 
Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members 
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online
Also August 12, August 19, August 26

 

Thursday, Aug. 6



Children's Day

Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River 
Children of all ages can join in the chores that kids did on farms more than 100 years ago. Help load hay into a wagon pulled by Coulter and Toby, the farm’s oxen; help unload the hay into the barn; try to get the laundry clean using a scrub board without the calves eating the soap; haul baskets of weeds out of the garden; and play 19th-century games including Cat’s Cradle or Grandmother’s Footsteps. 
Phone: 763-441-6896 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free age 5 and under and MNHS members

Friday, Aug. 7

55th Birthday Celebration

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
Help celebrate the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's 55th birthday. Cupcakes and refreshments will be provided. Explore the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas, then head next door to shop for Ojibwe arts and crafts at the Trading Post. As part of the celebration there will be 10-percent off purchases for the day. 
Phone: 320-532-3632 
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

Farm Fresh Fridays

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post hosts Farm Fresh Fridays during select Fridays this summer. Local farmers and growers are invited to set up booths to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and other regionally grown food products. 
Phone: 320-532-3632 
Time: 4 pm to 7 pm
Fee: Free

Mendota After Hours: A Part of this Great Struggle: The Civil War Experiences of Thomas and William Christie

Sibley Historic Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota 
Have a drink with your friends at the Sibley House while learning about the Civil War experiences of Thomas and William Christie. Minnesota was the first state to promise troops to the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War, and among those answering the call were two brothers, Thomas and William Christie. Together they enlisted in the 1st Minnesota Light Artillery and fought in some of the most ferocious battles of the war. Both survived the war and returned home to Minnesota changed men. Join historian Hampton Smith, editor of the book "Brother of Mine: The Civil War Letters of Thomas and William Christie," as he shares stories of the brothers' experiences. Smith is a reference librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society with expertise in Civil War and military history. Cash bar provided by Lucky’s 13 Pub in Mendota. This program is for ages 21 years and older. 
Phone: 651-452-1596 
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
Fee: $15/$12 MNHS members 
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Saturday, Aug. 8

Vince Botz, Stearns County and the Dakota War of 1862

Fort Ridgely, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax 
Author Vince Botz will discuss the collection of information he has compiled for his book "Stearns County and the Dakota War of 1862." The Minnesota River Valley communities suffered the most devastation, but Stearns County was also touched by events during this dangerous time in our history. 
Phone: 507-934-2160 
Time: 1 pm
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required.

Soldier One-Day Camp

Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
Attention all recruits! Enlist in the 5th Regiment for an afternoon of fun at Historic Fort Snelling. "New recruits" will learn about the lives of soldiers during the 1820s at Fort Snelling. Campers will learn to march and drill, watch musket and cannon firings and much more. Space is limited to 12. For ages 8-12.
Phone: 612-726-1171 
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Fee: $50/$45 for MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Geology Discovery Day

Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
Discover the unique geological features of the Jeffers Petroglyphs. At 2 pm, a tour highlighting the interesting features of the rock will take place with American Indian and geological perspectives. Throughout the day explore displays about the geology of Southern Minnesota.
Phone: 507-628-5591 
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm; tour at 2 pm 
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

Engineering the Falls Tour with History Player William de la Barre

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Participants will visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west-side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls has changed over the years. The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum. Tours are held rain or shine.
Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 1 pm
Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission. 
Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online
Also August 30 

Henry Sibley: Minnesota's Controversial Founding Father

Sibley Historic Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota 
In this 60-minute guided tour, visitors will explore the controversial life and career of Minnesota's first governor, Henry Hastings Sibley. Sibley was a national politician, a founder of the Minnesota Territory and leading architect of its constitution. He was also a newly arrived fur trader in 1834. Join a walking tour of the Sibley Historic Site as guides lead a discussion about the many views of Sibley, including his reputation as a leader who bridged Dakota and European-American cultures, but also his role in controversial treaty negotiations, as well as in battles and trials against the Dakota, the exile of Dakota people and the punitive expeditions against them after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. 
Phone: 651-452-1596 
Time: 11 am, noon, 1 pm and 2 pm
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online
Also August 22 

Sunday, Aug. 9

Best of the Wurst Old Time Music

Harkin Store, Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm 
Listen to old time music by the "Best of the Wurst" band featuring Marv, Vern and friends. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, or take a seat on the porch for the afternoon. Visit the 1870s general store and chat with costumed staff as you learn how the town of West Newton was built around river trade and what happened when railroads took over. 
Phone: 507-354-8666 
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm 
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

Washburn A Mill Tour

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. 
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