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



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

Tuesday, Aug. 11

History Film Series: Minnesota and World War II

Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls 
View two short documentaries exploring Minnesota's involvement in World War II. In “Through a Soldier’s Eyes,” Staff Sergeant Dillon Jennings is a Minnesota soldier serving in the 34th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Red Bulls. After his 22-month deployment to Iraq he learned that his great-grandfather had also served with the 34th Infantry during World War II. In May of 2014, Dillon Jennings and then-Brigadier General Neal Loidolt accompanied a production team from Twin Cities Public Television to tour some of the WWII sites where the 34th fought in Italy.

The second film is “Reaching New Heights: Secret Stories of the Mayo Clinic Aero Medical Unit.” Go behind the scenes of Mayo's top-secret WWII aeronautical research through rare, classified films and archival material. See how Mayo discoveries, with the assistance of Charles A. Lindbergh, helped the Allies win the war, launched the era of jet aviation and led to the development of the U.S. space program. Films starts at 7 pm. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening. 


Phone: 320-616-5421 
Time: 7 pm 
Fee: Free

9 Nights of Music: Nikaido, Sorvari and Kazama

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
Nikaido, Sorvari and Kazama are a group of friends whose unique musical blend is best described as "cosmic" Japanese pop. During intermission, the Junshin Peace Singers from Nagasaki will perform. This program is offered in partnership with the St. Paul/Nagasaki Sister City Committee in celebration of 60 years of friendship. Preshow activities begin at 5:30 pm with kite making and flying. 

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 p.m. 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: 5:30 pm preshow, 6:30 pm dance instruction, 7 pm live music 
Fee: Free

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Mill City Live: Black Diet

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Black Diet is a garage/indie/soul band with a sartorial flair. They are recent winners of Vita.mn’s Are You Local? Showcase and named one of First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2013. They recently released their debut album, “Find Your Tambourine.” 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 pm 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

Grandparent's Day

Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River 
Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to spend the day together engaged in 19th-century farming. Share stories with each other and the farm hands while experiencing the garden, meeting animals and helping with the cooking. 
Phone: 763-441-6896 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17, $5 grandparents; free for ages 5 and under and MNHS members

Thursday, Aug. 13

Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy will partner on a series of weekday walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the water power from St. Anthony Falls. Today there is just one left: Xcel Energy’s Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy’s green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront. 

Tours depart from 125 Main Street SE (at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Café). The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Tours are held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours are presented by Xcel Energy. This event is for ages 18 and up. 


Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 1 pm to 2:30 pm 
Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 for MNHS members. Tour includes a voucher for Mill City Museum admission. 

Reservations: recommended, call 612-341-7555 or register online
Also August 27 

Friday, Aug. 14

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions

Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs, to séances and spirit writing. Explore the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions in this 75-minute program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family journals and play Victorian fortune telling games in the parlor. Discover how and why superstitions captured the Victorian imagination. 
Phone: 651-296-8760 
Time: 7 pm and 8:30 pm 
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Saturday, Aug. 15

Wonders of the Night Sky Festival

Forest History Center, 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids 
Join meteorologist Mike Lynch and other astronomers to view the wonders of the night sky. Mike will have his large reflecting telescopes set up for viewing, including two giant 20-inch reflector telescopes that are among the largest mobile telescopes in Minnesota. Learn about celestial photography, as Mike takes amazing photos that will be made available to participants at no additional charge. Camping and RV parking will be permitted at the Forest History Center for this event without additional charge. 
Phone: 218-327-4482 
Time: 9:30 pm to 1 am
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6 to 17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

Causes of the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862 and Battlefield Tour

Fort Ridgely, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax 
At 1 pm, independent historian John LaBatte will examine the causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, drawing on personal stories from his Dakota and settler ancestors. At 2:30 pm, LaBatte will lead a tour of the parade grounds. For the August program, the New Ulm Battery will demonstrate cannon fire and discuss what life was like for soldiers during the war, and Dan Cochran will demonstrate and sell his handmade leather work. 
Phone: 507-934-2160 
Time: 1 pm program, 2:30 pm tour 
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.

Pickling, Drying and Sugaring Day

Historic Forestville, 21899 County Road #118, Preston 
Throughout the growing season, there are periods of shortage and abundance of foods, making preservation an essential part of life. Assist the gardeners in picking the freshest and plumpest garden vegetables including peppers, cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage and other heirloom varieties, all traditionally found in Thomas Meighen’s garden. Then head inside the kitchen as interpreters demonstrate various 19th-century food preservation techniques including ways to preserve meats, vegetables and fruits, and employing sugar, vinegar, salt and alcohol as preservatives. Preserving demonstrations will depend on available produce. 
Phone: 507-765-2785 
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members. State park vehicle permit required. 
Also August 22 

Civil War Weekend: Coming Home

Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
As the Civil War drew to a close in late spring 1865, many of Minnesota’s veterans began the long trek home. Units returned to St. Paul via the Mississippi River, then reported to Fort Snelling where they awaited mustering out of federal service. This special Civil War Sesquicentennial event will recreate what homecoming was like for Minnesota's soldiers and their loved ones. Explore the fort with costumed staff and reenactors and visit interactive leaning stations. Demonstrations include cannon and musket firings, speeches, military ceremonies and more. Plus, stop in the visitor center to take in the traveling exhibit "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," view short films produced by the Minnesota Civil War Task Force and hear from guest speakers throughout the weekend.
Phone: 612-726-1171 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members. 
Also August 16 

Celebrate the Garden Harvest Family Day

Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
One thousand years ago the people of Minnesota, Iowa and the Northern Plains were farmers as well as hunters, growing crops such as sweet corn. The ripening of the first sweet corn was a time of plenty that was celebrated with the Green Corn festival. Taste fire roasted sweet corn, bean soup and other seasonal foods while learning about the people of the Great Plains Village period. Guests will also learn how New World farmers developed crops that changed the world. 
Phone: 507-628-5591 
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

Riverfront Quest Family Tour

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Try questing with a tour of the Minneapolis riverfront. A quest is a treasure hunt that guides people through, and teaches them to see, a unique part of their community. This quest includes solving rhyming riddles and searching for hidden boxes with pictures to place in a quest journal that participants can make before the tour. Journal materials and admission to Mill City Museum are included in the tour cost. The tour is designed for ages 6-11, but can be enjoyed by all ages. Adults and seniors must accompany a child. 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 (Bookmaking 1 pm to 1:30 pm, tour 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm) 
Fee: $11 adults,, $10 children ages 6-17, $9 seniors and college students, $7 MNHS members ages 6-17; free for adult MNHS members. Includes museum admission.

Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Cornerstone Academy: Old Windows Workshop

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Would you spend $50 to save $1000? In this hands-on workshop, historic window specialist Paul Schmidt of Restoration Window Systems shows how repairing original windows can save money, improve window operation, boost energy efficiency and maintain architectural integrity. Get a thorough overview on how to repair drafts, deal with glazing and sashes, fix broken glass and much more. 

Cornerstone Academy offers a series of classes on ways to preserve historic buildings, produced by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Tickets must be purchased a week before the event. 


Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm 
Fee: $50 per person. 
Reservations: required; call 612-726-1171 or register online

History Architecture Crawls: Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
From his first St. Paul apprenticeship through his 1934 design of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C., Cass Gilbert built a national reputation as one of the most prolific and stylistically versatile architects of his generation. Explore the exteriors and interiors of public buildings and gracious homes designed by Cass Gilbert. Highlights this year include the Pioneer Endicott Building (which housed Gilbert’s office) and private homes. 

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. This program is presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society.


Phone: 651-259-3000 
Time: 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm 
Fee: $35/$30 for MNHS and Cass Gilbert Society members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

History Architecture Crawls: Cass Gilbert Experience

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
This exclusive program builds on the Home and Building Tour but includes special access, additional content and a private lunch inside a Gilbert-designed home. Ted Lentz, architect and president of the Cass Gilbert Society, will provide commentary about the Pioneer Endicott Building where Gilbert had his office, and private homes on the tour. The owners of the Emerson Hadley House will host lunch and provide private tours of the home which was completed by Gilbert in 1895 and is currently undergoing restoration.

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. This program is presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society. 


Phone: 651-259-3000 
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Fee: $90/$75 for MNHS and Cass Gilbert Society members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

The Useful Art of Pickling

Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River 
The useful art of pickling provided families with a variety of foods throughout the long winter months 150 years ago. Visitors will help make pickles while learning about sweet and sour pickles and other varieties that were popular with the Kelleys and families like them. 
Phone: 763-441-6896 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm Saturday; noon to 5 pm Sunday 
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members
Also August 16 

Sunday, Aug. 16

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862: Paul Kietzmann Party

Fort Ridgely, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax 
Join Curtis Dahlin for a talk based on his new book "Friends, Betrayal and Murders: The Massacre of the Paul Kietzmann Party." Dahlin will retell the events surrounding one of the deadliest attacks of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The Paul Kietzmann Party was in Flora Township in Renville County in August 1862, when the attack happened resulting in 27 killed and 27 taken captive. 
Phone: 507-934-2160 
Time: 1 pm to 2:30 pm 
Fee: Free

Bees and Honey

Harkin Store, Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm 
Honey was found on the prairie and was also harvested by pioneers. View a display created by Crystal Bock and listen as she talks about the equipment used for making honey. 
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

Railroad History Tour

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota’s first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production and warehousing took off. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. 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. 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

Tuesday, Aug. 18

9 Nights of Music: New Riverside Ramblers

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
Join the New Riverside Ramblers for high-energy Cajun dance music from the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana up-river to Minneapolis-St. Paul. 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 p.m. 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. 19

Dakota Day

Lower Sioux Agency, 32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2, Morton 
Enjoy free admission and refreshments on this day honoring the Dakota. 
Phone: 507-697-6321 
Time: 4 pm to 8 pm 
Fee: Free

Mill City Live: Malamanya

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Malamanya is a six-member Minneapolis-based band comprised of a diverse group of musicians who share a mutual respect and enthusiasm for traditional rhythms and melodies of Latin American and Caribbean music. Their onstage energy and compositions reflect the communal, complex and celebratory spirit prevalent in these musical genres. Malamanya has performed over four years around the Twin Cities.

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 pm 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

Lincoln Lecture with Historian Harold Holzer

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
Join Harold Holzer, leading American authority on Abraham Lincoln, for this exclusive lecture about Lincoln's masterful and sometimes controversial use of the media. Holzer will focus on 1864, a time when an election loomed in the shadow of the Civil War and the nation was dealing with the aftermath of the Emancipation Proclamation. 
Phone: 651-259-3000 
Time: 7 pm 
Fee: $15/$11 MNHS members 
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Thursday, Aug. 20

Two-Part Trail Tour: The Prairie and The Big Woods

Traverse des Sioux Historic Site, 1851 N. Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter 
Join naturalist Scott Kudelka for a two-part tour of the Traverse des Sioux trails to learn about two very different landscapes on either side of the Minnesota River—the prairie and the Big Woods. Take a tour of the Big Woods to examine how the forests formed, discover some of the rare animal species that live in the woods and how the woods have changed over time. The dense forest dominated by maple and basswood once covered 3,000 square miles across southern Minnesota reaching to present-day Mankato. Called "Bois Grand" or "Big Woods" by early French explorers, it was recognized as a distinct area from other hardwood forests. Trail tours start at the Treaty Site History Center
Phone: via MHS historic sites, 507-697-6321 
Time: 7 pm 
Fee: Free. Treaty Site History Center: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

Saturday, Aug. 22

Real Horse Power

Forest History Center, 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids 
The draft horse powered much of America well into the 20th century. Logging and lumbering, one of the nation’s largest and most important industries, relied heavily on the powerful Percheron draft horse to move the huge white pine logs from the forest to landings on the river. This program features horses doing traditional tasks such as skidding, cross hauling and jammer loading. See draft horses up close and talk to the teamsters.

Phone: 218-327-4482 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm 
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6 to 17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

My Dear Wife and Children with Author Nick K. Adams

Fort Ridgely, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax 
Join Nick K. Adams as he speaks about his new book "My Dear Wife and Children." The book is based on letters that have been passed down through Adam's family, including letters written by his great-great-grandfather who served as a volunteer in company F with the 2nd Minnesota during the Civil War. The letters were written between 1861-1863. 
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