James J. Hill House, St. Paul, "Enlightened Piano Radio" presents three internationally recognized contemporary pianists for a concert in the Hill House art gallery. Amy Skjei of Minneapolis MN and Matthew Mayer and Donovan Johnson of Omaha NE. "Enlightened Piano Radio" is an online radio station and network of artists that promotes the music of original piano artists to the public. The radio station currently has 50 artists on its roster and "Enlightened Piano Concerts" featuring these artists are sprouting up across the nation. The concert will be fun and interactive with lots of laughter and storytelling. This is a two-hour concert with one intermission.Short tours of the Hill House will be offered following the concert.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Try out questing with a family-focused tour of the Minneapolis riverfront outside Mill City Museum. A Quest is a community 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 611, but can be enjoyed by all ages. Adults and seniors must be accompanying a child.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Individuals who have participated in the Blacksmith For a Day I program are encouraged to join the skilled tradespeople the fort and further sharpen their blacksmithing skills. In this newly retooled program, a class limit of four students allows for a more intimate experience and greater hands-on opportunities with the instructors. Students will work on an advanced smithing project to make a real working knife. Children ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, The Minnesota History Center and the Council of Black Minnesotans present the 2013 Minnesotans of African Descent Summit. The public is invited to attend discussions and presentations on topics including migration stories, African American contributions to Minnesota, ancestral traditions, spirituality and genealogy. Local artists and musicians will perform, there will be interactive craft activities, and documentary films will be screened. The event will conclude on Sunday with a family picnic. Find more information at www.minnesotahumanities.org/COBM
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Learn about the skilled art of making spear points and arrowheads and how modern flint knappers keep this ancient craft alive. This annual event attracts knappers from around the country who will demonstrate their skills, the same as those used thousands of years ago to hunt wild game. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Flint Knappers Guild.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Join author Penny Petersen for an illustrated presentation and book signing to celebrate the publication of "Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront." In her book, Petersen tells the surprising and riveting account of the Minneapolis red-light district and the powerful madams who ran it. In their heyday Minneapolis brothels were not only open for business but constituted a substantial economic and political force in the city. Petersen brings to life this nearly forgotten chapter of Minneapolis history, tracing the story of how these houses of ill fame rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century and then were finally shut down in the early twentieth century. Following her presentation, Ms. Petersen will sign copies of the book which can be purchased in the Mill City Museum store. A cash bar will open at 6 p.m.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Enjoy a glass of wine at the Alexander Ramsey House. Socialize, sip and snack in the Ramsey mansion while you learn about vintage bicycles. The Wheelmen, a local vintage cycling club, returns for a follow-up to their sellout 2012 program. They will be giving short presentations on topics in Minnesota's cycling history, displaying their own vintage bicycles and offering riding demos including how to mount and dismount a high-wheel bicycle. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres and presentation. This History Happy Hour will serve wine only.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Join a guide on a prairie tour to discover interesting information about the prairie ecosystem while searching for grasses and flowers. Prairie tours start at 2 p.m. each day. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them. Guide petroglyph tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.Offered daily at 2 p.m. Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme will be explored each week.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Homeschool students and their families are invited to participate in a variety of educational activities as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg and its legacy for all Americans. Explore the Minnesota and the Civil War exhibit and view fascinating artifacts including a Confederate battle flag, military weapons, uniforms, personal letters from soldiers and their families, and some very well-preserved hard tack. Students will learn about the heroism, sacrifice and determination of Minnesotas men and women during Americas greatest challenge. This special program is designed to meet the learning needs of homeschool students in grade levels P-3, 4-6 and 7-12. Reservations are required and must be made by June 24.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Join in the chores that children did on farms more than 100 years ago like helping with the laundry, gardening, animal care and field work. Then take part in 19th century games, such as Townball, Grandmother's Footsteps and Hoops and Sticks.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, *CAMP IS FULL. FOR WAIT LIST OPTIONS, PLEASE CALL 612-970-2844* Davy Crockett was a living legend during the early 1800s and tales of his adventures spread across the world. Campers will learn the skills Crockett and others like him used on the frontier including tracking animals, using flint and steel and 1800s soldiering. Campers will also learn about American Indian history and much more. Space is limited to 14. For ages 9 to 12.**This program is SOLD OUT. For waiting list options, please call 612-970-2844.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Davy Crockett was a living legend during the early 1800s and tales of his adventures spread across the world. Campers will learn the skills Crockett and others like him used on the frontier including tracking animals, using flint and steel and 1800s soldiering. Campers will also learn about American Indian history and much more. Space is limited to 14. For ages 9 to 12.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Become a super-sleuth and use clues to solve a mystery at the Ramsey House. During this 3-day camp, kids will explore primary source materials like the Ramsey House itself, artifacts inside the home, letters, journals and recipes. Campers will comb through the evidence to reveal the mystery. A new mystery will be presented each day. At the end of camp, each child will be certified a Ramsey House History Detective. For boys and girls ages 11-13.
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Carver Creek Bluegrass consists of five siblings who range in ages from 5 to 20 from Carver, Minnesota. They play bluegrass, folk, country and old-time music on the banjo, guitar, fiddle, penny whistle, ripsaw and cow fiddle.
Mill City Museum, 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 the 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 will begin and end at Pracna Restaurant, 117 Main Street S.E. Tours include admission to Mill City Museum.
Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota, Visit Mendota for an evening of live jazz. Local jazz legend Butch Thompson will serve as bandleader and guest speaker, telling stories of Mendota's rich jazz history. Butch will be on piano and clarinet and will be joined by special guests Charlie DeVore on trumpet, Tom Andrews on drums, Steve Pikal on bass and guest vocalist Lee Engele. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic basket. Cash bar provided by Lucky's 13 Pub. In-kind donation from Wells Piano. Made possible by the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site.
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Quilts will be displayed outside on porches and clotheslines along a four-block stretch. View them from trolley rides along "the quilting trail." See nationally-known designers, local teachers with classes and a morning "tea and trunk show."
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, At 1 p.m. independent historian John LaBatte will examine the causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, including why some Dakota wanted war while others opposed it. At 2:30 p.m. LaBatte will lead a tour of the parade grounds where he will discuss battles from August 1862. LaBatte has both Dakota and white ancestors who were involved in the war.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Learn how to harvest, store and work with birch bark in this two-day workshop. During the first class participants will go into the woods and harvest bark. During the second class participants will be make a basket out of the bark. Registration is required by June 19. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A portion of the class will take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly. In case of inclement weather, alternate dates will be June 29 and 30.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, See how tenants performed much of the work on the Lindbergh family farm a century ago, from 1901 into the 1920s. A costumed character portraying Gustav Gertz, who lived in the tenants house in 1917-1918, will share tales about the Lindbergh family and what it was like to be a citizen of German descent in Minnesota during World War I. Mary Hannah Stevens who lived on the Lindbergh property from 1906 to 1913 and worked the farm with her husband, will share inside stories about life in Little Falls at that time. Visitors will meet young Lindberghs mother Evangeline, who will welcome them into the house where they can experience everyday family life.