July 2015 Events, Classes and Exhibits Wednesday, July 1



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July 2015
Events, Classes and Exhibits

Wednesday, July 1

Adventures in Nature: Atlatl


Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
Learn about the atlatl, or spear thrower, an ancient hunting device used by people of this area before the bow and arrow. A symbol of power, it was used for thousands of years and there are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite rock at the site. During this program, learn how to use an atlatl while trying to “hunt” a life-size buffalo target. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them with the new guided tour at 10:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. 
Phone: 507-628-5591 
Time: 2 p.m. 
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. 
Also July 2-6 

Arts on the River Day Camp


Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Play music, get creative, bake bread and construct books while exploring the rich culture along the Minneapolis riverfront district. Children will explore a new experience each day at four arts centers, including Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and MacPhail Center for Music. The Mississippi River and the wonders of water will inspire camp activities this year. Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and will walk with camp leaders, less than three blocks, to each art organization. For ages 9-11.
Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 9 am to 3:30 pm 
Fee: $250/$225 for MNHS members
Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online
Also July 2 

History HiJinx: Hmong Bag


Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 
Cloth bags with intricate hand-stitched patterns, colorful pom poms, beaded fringe and silver coins are traditional and symbolic accessories worn by men and women, girls and boys for the Hmong New Year’s celebration. Design and color your own cloth bag. Discover what the symbols represent in Hmong culture and wear your finished creation with pride. This activity is free with museum admission. 
Phone: 651-259-3000 
Time: 11 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday 
Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. 
Also Every Tuesday through Friday, through Aug. 14 

Thursday, July 2

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.



Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm

Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children age 6-17 and MNHS members. Tour includes a voucher for Mill City Museum admission.

Also July 30

Saturday, July 4

Time Capsule for Families: Civil War, 1861


Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
Discover why 1861 was an important year for the United States and for the Ramsey family in this one-hour children's program. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect time capsule tokens along the way. Learn about the Civil War and the new inventions of the era, help make hardtack in the kitchen and sample gingerbread cake. Children can create their own time capsule to take home. 
Phone: 651-296-8760 
Time: Noon, 12:30 pm and 1 pm
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS 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 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members
Also July 18 

America's Flags


Fort Ridgely, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax 
Learn about the history of Old Glory, and how the current flag came to be the symbol of the United States. View nine flags from the past and join a presentation at 1 pm about the changes the flag has gone through since the Revolutionary War. 
Phone: 507-934-2160 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm 
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required.

1899 Independence Day Celebration


Historic Forestville 21899 County Road #118, Preston 
Experience Independence Day as it was celebrated in Historic Forestville in 1899. Take part in a grand ceremony, listen to a local glee club and political speeches, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and watch an old-time 1860s baseball game featuring the Rochester Roosters and the Lanesboro Excelsiors. Guests can also enjoy pie- and watermelon-eating contests and sack and three-legged races for the kids. The Friends of Forestville will provide a concession stand. 
Phone: 507-765-2785 
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. 
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State park vehicle permit required.

Independence Day Celebration


Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
Celebrate our nation’s independence with activities that showcase what life was like in the early 1800s. Hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch a War of 1812 "mock battle" on the parade ground celebrating Colonel Snelling's victory at the Battle of Oak Woods, witness a military dress parade, hear patriotic and military fife and drum music, and try your hand at historic games. Visit the Dred Scott quarters to explore the history of slavery in Minnesota and the part Fort Snelling played in the great debate over freedom during the 1800s. 
Phone: 612-726-1171 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm 
Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members

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. The popular tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday, May through September. 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 children 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 

American Indian Survival Skills


Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
Explore some of the survival skills used by early American Indians. Throughout the afternoon visitors can try to start a fire using primitive methods and view a display of atlatls (spear thrower); from 1 to 3 pm they can make an atlatl and then learn how to throw a spear at a bison target; and from 3 to 5 pm they can observe a flintknapper demonstrate how to create stone projectile points (arrowheads) and then try making one themselves. 
Phone: 507-628-5591 
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children 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 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission
Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Fourth of July Fireworks


Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
Visit Mill City Museum on July 4th from 10 am to 5 pm, then head outside for family fun and entertainment with the Minneapolis Riverfront 2015 Red, White and Boom celebration. A limited number of tickets will be available to view the fireworks display from the museum’s Koch Observation Deck. Tickets include museum admission. Entrance to the Observation Deck begins at 9:30 pm; fireworks begin at 10 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 
Phone: 612-341-7555 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm; fireworks at 10 pm 
Fee: $35/$30 MNHS members
Reservations: required; call 612-875-5544 or register online

Kids Crafts: Dream Catchers


Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
Children can learn how to weave a dream catcher and make one to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. The cost for the dream catcher kit is $5 and includes materials 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: $5 per kit (museum admission not included)

Farmer's Fourth of July


Oliver H. Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River 
Celebrate the Farmer's Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn and watch the spring lambs and calves prance about. Visitors can also join in 19th-century games such as town ball, the precursor to modern baseball, and participate in an oratory and debate from the front porch. Enjoy the company of family and friends along with the farm's costumed staff and celebrate the most important holiday in America in the 19th century. 
Phone: 763-441-6896 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.



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