Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Dedicated entirely to Minnesota history, Then Now Wow is the largest exhibit ever created by the Minnesota History Center, with 14,000 square feet of gallery space. Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesotas 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 Minnesotas diverse people and historic events.Then Now Wow, is made possible by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Major support provided by the 3M Foundation, the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, and the Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation. Additional support from the BNSF Foundation, Rosemary & David Good Family Foundation, Grotto Foundation, Hardenbergh Foundation, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, A playfully interactive exhibit, Open House: If These Walls Could Talk, brings to life the adage if these walls could talk by using a single, existing housein the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Pauls East Sideas a window into the daily lives of people of the past.Stories of families, from the first German immigrants through the Italians, African-Americans, and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Visitors become detectives, piecing together lives of the families who made this house their home.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, This exhibit is the capstone of the Minnesota Historical Societys Minnesotas Greatest Generation project. It features more than 6,000 square feet of artifacts, interactive displays, and innovative multimedia experiences to reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and who went on to create the phenomenal postwar boom. The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, and reminiscences and letters in which a generation of Minnesotans narrates its own story, creating a fascinating collective autobiography in recorded interviews, images, film and audio.
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Explore life in an early 1800s fur trade wintering camp. Learn about the global economy of the time, the lives of workers in the fur trade, cross-cultural communications, women's roles and archeological tools used to uncover information about the fur trade. Discover why a hat was the driving force behind the earliest European exploration and settlement of the region. Then try on various hats, including a stovepipe top hat made of felt. View a 24 foot long north canoe loaded with merchandise typical of the time. And try lifting a pack typical of what a voyageur would have carried.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minnesotans do more than talk about the weather. They 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 along trails through the forests. No matter the weather, it's always a nice day at the History Center when you visit the "Weather Permitting" exhibit.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, 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, colder temperatures and 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.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, Disney's animated feature about a crop-dusting plane with a fear of heights who lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race. Film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening. This fillm is provided courtesy Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as the servants of the James J. Hill House prepare for the holidays. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill family in a dramatized portrayal of servant life and holiday preparations at the Hill familys Summit Avenue mansion. The one-hour program moves through the elegant first floor spaces and then to the basement servant work areas. The script is based on letters and oral histories of people who worked for the Hill family during the first decade of the 20th century.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Get inspired for holiday baking when the finalists in the Star Tribunes annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest bake their winning recipes in the Mill City Museum Baking Lab. Visitors can drop in and meet the finalists as they bake their award-winning cookies, learn more about the history of the recipes and why they are so good and get baking tips for the holiday season. Visitors will also be able to sample each of the winning cookies.The Star Tribunes Taste section sponsors the annual Holiday Cookie Contest in which readers submit their favorite holiday cookie recipes. The winner and runners-up will be announced in the early December Taste section.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, When C.A. Lindbergh did not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917, he, his wife Evangeline and teenage son Charles spent the winter in their Little Falls home for the first time. Step back in time and visit the Lindbergh home as costumed characters portray family members and hired workers readying the house for Christmas 1918. Tour the home and hear why C.A. didnt seek re-election, then lost his bid for the U.S. Senate, see "improvements" made to the house at the time, learn about the recent end of World War I in Europe, and find out what everyones hopes are for the new year of 1919. The gallery exhibits in the Visitor Center will be open and visitors also can shop for holiday items at a special sale in the gift shop and receive a 10-percent discount on all merchandise.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Oliver H. Kelley was from Boston and like many others he migrated west as soon as he turned twenty-one, settling in Minnesota in 1849. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first day of Thanksgiving. Visit the Kelley Farm to explore what Thanksgiving was like on a "Yankee" farm in the 1860s. Guided tours will lead visitors on a hike along the wooded trails to the farm yard to meet the animals. Then guests can explore the farm house, filled with the aromas of a harvest celebration. Following the tour, pie and refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center. Be sure to dress for the weather.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the tour, visitors can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the familys Steinway piano and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Shop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, The development of more sophisticated airplanes eventually made twin-engine, long-distance travel feasible. A new standard was introduced, known as Extended Range Twin-Engine Operation. Film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, This popular annual event commemorates the 1975 sinking of the freighter "Edmund Fitzgerald" and the loss of her 29 crew members. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open from noon to 6 p.m. A film about the Fitzgerald will be shown in the visitor center continuously throughout the afternoon. At 4:30 p.m. the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship's bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit and the tower once again opened for visitors to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb to the top of the tower and see the beacon lit and revolving.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Birds are a valuable resoure for gardners and farmers, aiding in insect control and pollination of plants. The Kelley Farm has hundreds of bird species that pass through on migration or that live at the farm year round, including woodpeckers, orioles, blue birds and more. Participants will make a bird feeder to take home complete with directions for mounting. All materials and tools are provided. Workshop does not include a tour of the farm.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Learn techniques of working with porcupine quills in this two-day workshop. Participants will make earrings, necklaces and hair ties out of quills. They will also learn how to dye, string and cut off the barbed tips. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of 5 participants is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, Minnesota's first ladies have made many contributions to the state of Minnesota. This 90-minute guided tour of the State Capitol will focus on 13 of the state's first ladies and their contributions and achievements during their husbands' time in office. Guides will also examine important events and locations within the Capitol where first ladies have been influential, such as inaugurations, teas, military deployments, press conferences and State of the State addresses. The program will be followed by a coffee-and-dessert reception in the Capitol's restored Rathskeller restaurant.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Enjoy happy hour at the Alexander Ramsey House. Sip, snack and socialize in the Ramsey mansion while learning about a variety of history topics and themes. Snacks and two drink tickets included in price of admission. This program is for people age 21 and older.
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery at the fur post? Armed with a candle lantern and a list of suspects, youll view the scene, collect clues and conduct interviews. The spooky, but family-friendly, event begins at 7 p.m.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Explore Fort Snelling at night during this special mystery program. Guests will be led through the fort and must work together to interview witnesses, piece together clues and finally decide the fate of one of the fort's soldiers. This program is appropriate for ages 14 and older.
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