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



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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.

Date Night at the Fort

Fort Ridgely, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax 
Explore the prairie with a friend or someone special, at its most peaceful time, in the evening. Watch the stars as they come out, take a walk, enjoy food and drinks and a few other surprises. 
Phone: 507-934-2160 
Time: 7 pm 
Fee: $10

Historic Main Street Tour

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Stroll through Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood with a Mill City Museum guide, and learn about the rich past and exciting future of historic Main Street. The tour will highlight life in the village of St. Anthony, changes along Main Street throughout the years, and such landmarks as the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs. 

This tour begins and ends at 125 Main Street SE (at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Café). The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Tours are held rain or shine.


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

Mill City Harvest Day

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Mill City Museum and the Oliver H. Kelley Grange present Mill City Harvest Day, a series of family activities about harvest time in the nineteenth century. Families can make seed art, observe a traditional drill and meeting opening, help thresh grain as farmers did in the 1860s and check out the Science of Butter demonstrations in the Baking Lab. History Player Mary Dodge Woodward will share about harvest time on a bonanza farm. There will be story time with a book-making project and fresh bread to taste in the baking lab. Come early to enjoy entertainment and other late summer related activities at the Mill City Farmers Market. 
Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: Noon to 3 pm 
Fee: Programs included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free for MNHS members

St. Paul’s Brewing History Tour

Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St Paul 
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today’s fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul’s first brewery dates back to 1849. Today, remnants of St. Paul’s historic brewing past include the imposing old Hamm’s and Schmidt breweries. This meandering three-hour bus tour features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way.

The tour starts and ends at Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul. It takes place 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. Ages 21 and up only. 


Phone: 651-259-3015
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm 
Fee: $35/$30 MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

Sunday, Aug. 23

A Day in the Life of a Pioneer Woman

Harkin Store, Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm 
Pioneer women worked alongside men in the development of the state of Minnesota. Through various displays learn about the work they did around the house in the 1870s including sewing, cooking, cleaning, gardening and child-rearing. 
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

Disasters of the Riverfront Tour

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
The rise and fall of the St. Anthony Falls milling district led to some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. On this tour, hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses and other calamities; explore the consequences for the people involved; and learn what these tales reveal about Minneapolis history. Stories include the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires and massive landscape changes. 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 begins and ends 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: recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Open House

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
Explore the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post during the annual open house, when the historic site is open for special Sunday hours and offers free admission. Visit 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. 
Phone: 320-532-3632 
Time: 11 am to 4 pm 
Fee: Free

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Fun Run

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
Take a short walk around the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Powwow grounds and earn a free gift courtesy of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Registration for the walk is located at the pavilion on the powwow grounds. Please note this event does not take place at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum.

Phone: 320-532-3632 
Time: 9 am to 10:30 am 
Fee: Free

Tuesday, Aug. 25

9 Nights of Music: Justin Roberts with Liam Davis Present A Family Music All-Star Show

Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
Grammy-nominated Justin Roberts and Liam Davis present original power rock tunes for kids and families. Drawing on the audience, the duo create participatory music that gets kids moving. Come early for preshow lawn games and bubble blowing beginning at 5:30 pm. 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: 5:30 pm preshow, 6:30 pm dance instruction, 7 pm live music 
Fee: Free

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Mill City Live: Davina and the Vagabonds

Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Davina and the Vagabonds is a band known for their high-energy stage performances and their genre-busting mix of jazz, blues and roots music. Led by Florida transplant Davina Sower’s powerful and evocative voice, this guitar-less, horn-heavy band has the ability to make any crowd happy. The band’s 2011 recording "Black Cloud," was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune. In 2014, they released "Sunshine."

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

Thursday, Aug. 27

History Happy Hour: Historical Hoaxes

Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about historical hoaxes. Join Jenny McElroy, reference specialist with the Minnesota Historical Society, as she shares the stories and details about the greatest historical fakes, frauds and flimflams in Minnesota history, from Lord Gordon-Gordon to the Minnesota Iceman. This program is for people 21 years and older. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion. 
Phone: 651-296-8760 
Time: 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm 
Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members. 
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online

History On-A-Schtick! at the Fair

Minnesota State Fair, 1265 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul 
Experience a lighthearted, vaudevillian romp through Minnesota’s past at the Minnesota State Fair's Schilling Amphitheater in the West End Market. This new daily show is 23 minutes of wacky fun, with sing-alongs, trivia, prizes and astonishing historical tidbits presented by the Minnesota Historical Society. Brought to you by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society. This event is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. 
Phone: 651-288-4400 
Time: 9:30 am 
Fee: Free with State Fair admission
Also August 28, August 29, August 30, August 31 

Saturday, Aug. 29

Children’s Games and Craft Day

Fort Ridgely, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax 
Families can play games on the parade grounds including field ball, stilts and graces. Inside the commissary building make a hanky doll or a catapult to take home. 
Phone: 507-934-2160 
Time: Noon to 4 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.

Animals of the Night

Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
Take a guided tour of the carvings when they are best seen, as the sun begins to set at 6 pm. After the tour, head to the visitor center for a 7:15 pm presentation about nocturnal animals and how they survive at night. The presentation will include a variety of hands-on activities. Following the presentation, guests can go on a twilight hike of the prairie (bring a flashlight!). 
Phone: 507-628-5591 
Time: 5:30 pm to 9 pm 
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 ages 6-17; free for age 5 and under and MNHS members

Ojibwe Mitten Workshop

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
Learn techniques of leather working at this two-day workshop. Participants will make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of five participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. 
Phone: 320-532-3632 
Time: 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm Sunday 
Fee: $65/$60 for MNHS members; additional $25 supply fee

Reservations: required; call 320-532-3632 
Also August 30 

Sunday, Aug. 30

Old Schools Day

Harkin Store, Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm 
Explore old school houses in Nicollet County, including the Robinson school located in West Newton, with historic photos and old school books. Step back in time at the Harkin Store, where a piece of the 19th century is preserved. Visit the general store, play checkers and relax on the front porch. 
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

Ongoing Exhibits

Minnesota History Center

345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul



Through Aug. 16, 2015

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair View 40 garments from the Ebony Fashion Fair including pieces from Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Patrick Kelly, Bob Mackie and others. “Inspiring Beauty” explores how a world-renowned traveling fashion show, with works from the icons of the fashion world, became a vehicle for African American empowerment, pride and achievement. This exhibit was organized by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company. For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/ebony

Through Nov. 29, 2015

We Are Hmong Minnesota November 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to Minnesota following the war in Southeast Asia. Today, the Twin Cities metro area is home to 66,000 Hmong, the largest urban Hmong population in the United States. Developed in partnership with the Hmong community, the new exhibit "We Are Hmong Minnesota," will commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the significant political, social and economic contributions the Hmong have made to Minnesota and the nation. For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits/we-are-hmongminnesota.

Ongoing

Then Now Wow Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/thennowwow.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. For more information visit www.mngreatestgeneration.org.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. For more information visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/openhouse.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. For more information visit www.mnhs.org/weather.

James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave., St. Paul



Through Nov. 29, 2015

Paj Ntaub: Hmong Textiles from the Permanent Collection View 60 highly colorful and intensely intricate pieces of Hmong textile art created by Hmong women who settled in St. Paul. The exhibit showcases appliqué, reverse appliqué, embroidery and cross stitch in traditional art forms, called Paj Ntaub or flower cloth, as well as commercial tourism items including pillowcases, tablecloths, coin purses and clothing. The exhibit draws on the collection of Corrine Pearson who operated the Hmong Handwork consignment store in St. Paul from 1981 to 1999. Labels will be in both Hmong and English. www.mnhs.org/hillhouse.

Historic Fort Snelling

200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul



Closes Aug. 21, 2015

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Explore how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit will provide a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s most serious constitutional crisis. The exhibit is presented by the American Library Association and National Constitution Center, and funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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