Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, "Girl from Birch Creek" is a documentary film about the late Justice Rosalie Wahl, a lifelong advocate for those who had no voice and the first woman appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. As a young girl who faced the tragedy and hardship of the Great Depression and World War II, Wahl decided to dedicate her life to helping others, becoming a civil rights activist and a justice on the Minn. State Supreme Court. The film is directed and co-produced by Emily Haddad. This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, See the world through the eyes of a professional photographer. Enjoy a walk through the forest with John Connelly who will share tips on taking nature photographs. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera. Connelly has built his business on taking photographs that "help show that rural American life is vibrant, diverse and continuously evolving. Even better, that its relevant."This program is part of the Into the Woods series offered September through April.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Birds are a valuable resource for gardeners and farmers, aiding in insect control and pollination of plant varieties. In the warmth of the visitor center, workshop participants will build a birdhouse to take home. All tools and equipment are provided. This program is ideal for families, grandparents and grandchildren and other groups such as Scouts. The workshop does not include a tour of the farm.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Experience the sights and sounds of 1876 in this one-hour, family-friendly program. Children (ages 6 and up) and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover the events that made 1876 so special. Along the way, guests will sample popular foods of the era, learn about the new inventions and technology of the day and play an 1876 parlor game. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 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.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, See how history is revealed in food in the Baking Lab. Museum staff demonstrate making brownies from scratch versus a mix and share the history of the development of baking mixes. Visitors will be able to taste the results and vote on their favorite, learn home baking tips and take home a copy of the recipe.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Wisk those winter blahs away and warm your heart with delightful entertainment for the entire family. Join host, comedian Tou Ger Xiong and the house band, Daddy Squeeze for a mash-up of music, dancing, comedy, stories and songs featuring multicultural, intergenerational performers. All About Animals will feature Chinese lion dancers, dog tricks, duck calling and coyote stories. Come for the pre-show fun at 1:15 pm in the History Center rotunda, enjoy amazing talent and be a part of the dance-along finale.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Greet our fantastic, feathered friends as they return from their winter migration. Join local ecologist Harry Hutchins of Itasca Community College, for a tour of the Forest History Center's Mississippi River shoreline to discover more about the areas waterfowl. This program is part of the Into the Woods series offered September through April.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, The wedding of Marion Ramsey to Charles Furness on March 29, 1875 was one of St. Paul's most prestigious events. This 75 minute program explores the behind-the-scenes drama of the event: from the lavish gifts the couple received to the wedding dress fiasco which almost ruined the big day. Learn about Victorian wedding traditions, enjoy wedding cake and take a peek at some of the wedding gifts the couple received.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, What does a teen wearing jeans have in common with a uniformed UPS delivery driver or a fashion model walking the runway or a business woman in a well-cut suit? Their clothing serves as a cultural reference and an identity that is clearly defined. But what does the folk clothing worn by Europeans in the 1800s tell us about them? Join the artists of the Ethnic Dance Theatre (EDT) as they explore the evolution, craftsmanship and dance traditions of folk costuming in Europe. The historical thread is woven using multi-media as well as presenting examples from the EDTs extensive costume collection.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House. Join Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman for a conversation about Saint Paul's labor history. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets (white wine and beer only) and snacks.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Al Lathrop, historian of the CBI Theater; Ted Farmer, a historian of China; John McLaughlin, a historian who has written about General Wedemeyer; along with veterans of the theater will discuss the harsh conditions and bitter fighting in China.The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. The series is presented the second Thursday of each month from September through May (some exceptions may occur).
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, Discover the role Minnesota played in the American Civil War and how the Capitol serves as a memorial to the veterans of the war through stories, artwork and newly conserved battle flags. Explore the life of a Union soldier through reproduction uniform pieces and equipment.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Start at the Visitor Center to learn about the history and science of maple syrup then head to the sugar bush and pavilion area for demonstrations of traditional and modern syrup making techniques. Visitors will enjoy samples.This program is part of the Into the Woods series offered September through April.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Celebrate Womens History Month with performances by four Mill City Museum History Players and a series of family activities. Families can enjoy portrayals throughout the day of women in Minneapolis and the region in the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors also take a short quiz to discover which "womens work" of the 18th and 19th centuries would suit them best, and try their hand at the "Piecework Challenge," testing their speed against nineteenth century work standards.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Join museum staff for a demonstration about traditional and contemporary methods for harvesting and processing maple sap. Participants will observe the process of gathering maple sap and boiling it into syrup and sugar. Samples of maple sugar will be available for tasting. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In case of bad weather, event will be rescheduled to March 29.
William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Book launch for Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement by Lori Sturdevant with a foreword by Senator Amy KlobucharThe remarkable story of the first woman to be named to the Minnesota Supreme Court.While there is no single hero of the Minnesota womens movement, Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, changed the way her fellow judges saw the cases they decided. A champion of both womens rights and civil rights, she brought new attention to the problems that faced women impoverished by divorce, women abused by their partners, and others who coped with poverty and discrimination. With sharp intelligence and hard work, Wahl herself had overcome childhood tragedy and a difficult marriage to become a defense attorney, a respected judge, and a mentor to many.As essential backdrop to Wahls inspiring story, Lori Sturdevant charts the progress of the womens rights movement in Minnesota and showcases notable leaders on both sides of the aisle. Meet Arvonne Fraser and Emily Anne Staples, founders of the Minnesota Womens Political Caucus; Joan Growe, the first Minnesota woman elected to state office; and many more who paved the way for womens rights in Minnesota.Her Honor is both a powerful record of an era and a tribute to a humble leader.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, What was it like to pilot a crippled airliner, to be in the vanguard of the new profession of stewardess, to ride in the cabin of a luxurious Stratocruiser for the first time? These experiences come alive as author Jack El-Hai shares an historic and pictorial overview of Northwest Airlines from its humble beginnings in 1926 to its triumph as the envy of the airline industry to its ultimate decline in 2010 when all vestiges of Northwests existence vanished.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Since 2012, students at 11 universities around the country, including the University of Minnesota, asked the question, what can Guantnamo's (GTMO) history tell us about whats happening there now and here at home? The students dug through historical and visual archives; talked to people who worked there, lived there, or were detained there; and explored how GTMO relates to issues, people and places in their own communities. Each student team created a piece of the Projects first traveling exhibit, sharing their discoveriesand the difficult questions they struggled with.The exhibit explores GTMOs history from U.S. occupation in 1898 to todays debates and visions for its future, from a wide variety of perspectives. It includes video testimonies and a "Shape the Debate" text-message voting activity.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation. Created by the National Constitution Center, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is the first comprehensive exhibition about Americas most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring 20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life.