Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Visit the History Center for free programming each weekend in February. Explore the Minnesotas Greatest Generation exhibit and learn about Harold Brown, a WWII Tuskeegee airman. Try on a parachute pack and make your own model aircraft.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House. Hear the story of an infamous St. Paul gangster. Star Tribune editor, history blogger and author Ben Welter will tell the story of "Dapper" Dan Hogan - a speakeasy owner and underworld leader during Prohibition. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets (white wine and beer only) and snacks.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, In the 1920s and 1930s, bootleggers, kidnappers and thieves held St. Paul hostage. Names like John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly and Alvin Creepy Karpis still captivate Americans. Join Paul Maccabee, nationally-recognized expert and author of the classic "John Dillinger Slept Here," for an evening of storytelling about gangland romances and feuds, bank robberies and assassinations. It will be a fascinating armchair tour of the Twin Cities most notorious Prohibition speakeasies, gambling dens and gangland hideouts from the era when St. Paul was Minnesotas capitol of crime.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Historian James Neagbour traces the development of the St. Paul Winter Carnival with an illustrated talk in the drawing room of the James J. Hill House. Hill helped found the Carnival in 1886, and his son Louis served as Carnival president when the festival was revived in 1917. Neagbour will focus on the early years of the "St Paul Outdoor Sports Carnival" with images of ice castles and competitions, including the great 1917 dog sled race from Winnipeg to St. Paul. Light refreshments will be served and tours of the Hill House will follow the one-hour program. Visitors will also see the display of early carnival memorabilia, including Louis Hill 1917 Carnival uniform.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, See how history is revealed in food through a baking demonstration focusing on the story behind white and whole wheat flour. Discover how Minneapolis millers perfected a way to make white flour on an industrial scale, hear about the popularity of white flour in the 19th century, what effects this had on nutrition and why flour today is frequently enriched. Visitors will also learn why Sylvester Graham developed a whole wheat cracker "to improve health and morality," hear the pros and cons of each type of flour, sample baked goods and take home the recipes.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 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 5 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.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Celebrate the outdoor and the indoor activities of winter in Minnesota with special displays of Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes and a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket. Tours of the house will focus on the Hill familys involvement with the Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and even celebrated, Minnesotas most "famous" season.Visitors can also participate in indoor activities of the time, including old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles and games made from household items. Guests can work on knitting, crocheting or small quilting projects in the Art Gallery and Drawing Room.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Prohibition leaps onto the musical stage in this delightful look at the history and humor behind Minnesota's longstanding love/hate relationship with the saloon. Semi-staged and fully costumed, this performance features the songs of Carrie Nation and 19th-century Temperance Union meetings, balanced by a full cup of good ol' anti-Prohibition tunes. Narration from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and projections of historical images compliment the show as our performers prance to Victorian waltzes, croon 1920s jazz, launch into Irish reels, ragtime and gospel, and belt out some of Irvin Berlin's best showstoppers.This Rose Ensemble concert series and CD-release is produced in association with the Minnesota History Center and is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008."American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, On a cold winter night, the creator of "A Prairie Home Companion" is visited by his characters Guy Noir, Private Eye and the cowboys Dusty and Lefty, residents of Lake Wobegon and his own family ghosts who are dissatisfied with their lives to which he simply cays, "Lighten up." Song and dance is the cure. Cheerfulness is a choice. Sorrow is generic: what truly shines is comedy. He persuades them one by one and sends them away singing and at the end, confesses his own skepticism. "We are walking toward the cliff and as we come closer to it, we need to walk faster."
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Fight the winter blahs by heading outdoors for exciting winter activities. Come to the Forest History Center to snowshoe, x-country ski, or try your fat-bike on the winter trails. Visitors can also ice skate on our new outdoor rink.
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.
Minnesota Historical Society Library, St. Paul, Most Americans owned land and lived on farms up until the 20th Century. This makes land records a key source of information for family history research. During this two-hour class students will look at: How government distributed land to individuals and the various types of records that were created. How to find various types of land records. How to locate and plot an ancestor's land from the description in a deed. How to read a deed and find the genealogical information in land records. Tax records relating to land holdings.The class is taught by Tom Rice, a board-certified genealogist, professional genealogy researcher and past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Join Annette Atkins, professor of history at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University, for a lecture on Minnesota's role in shaping the Progressive era.When the United States entered World War I, it was relying on Minnesota to provide much of the wheat that would feed the troops, and the iron ore that would be turned into military equipment and weapons. The state had one of the largest foreign-born populations in the nation, and was home to active labor unions and farm cooperatives. Fearing that immigrants and political agitators might interfere with the states duty to the nation, politicians and business leaders created the Commission of Public Safety (C.P.S.), which authorized Minnesotans to root out "the enemy among us." Ordinary citizens tarred and feathered neighbors, hung effigies of prominent figures on light posts, hounded union members and reported on each other to "loyalty committees." What impact did the Commission of Public Safety have on a state renowned as progressive? Annette Atkins is Professor of History at the College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University, where she teaches local, state and national history. Atkins is a frequent historical advisor to the Minnesota Historical Society.This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, The mansion. The money. The marriage. The murders. The mystery. Now - The Musical.The RAW STAGES Festival is an important opportunity for new works to take their first brave steps from the page to the stage, in the hands of a cadre of talented actors and directors. RAW STAGES consists of four scripts-in-progress performed as staged readings on four different evenings.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Around Valentine's Day, local Filipino-Americans get together for the annual Debutante's Ball. It's an event filled with pageantry and elegance - plus a fair amount of teen angst and rebellion. Through hip-hop and Filipino love songs, this new play explores the struggles between tradition and assimilation, parental pressure and independence.The RAW STAGES Festival is an important opportunity for new works to take their first brave steps from the page to the stage, in the hands of a cadre of talented actors and directors. RAW STAGES consists of four scripts-in-progress performed as staged readings on four different evenings.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, This film looks at the beginnings of flight, with innovators such as Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo DaVinci coming up with new ways to give man wings. It chronicles the invention of hot air balloons, Zeppelins, box kites and the story of the most influential inventors of all - Wilbur and Orville Wright. Film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short period before and after the film screening.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, George Bonga was a fur trader and Voyageur in the Boundary Waters, living on the boundaries of Black, White, and Ojibwe. In the Minnesota winter of 1837, over the course of five days and six nights George Bonga tracks down an Ojibwe man accused of murdering a white man at the trading post on Cass Lake. Is Bonga really tracking down a murder or is he chasing his own demons?The RAW STAGES Festival is an important opportunity for new works to take their first brave steps from the page to the stage, in the hands of a cadre of talented actors and directors. RAW STAGES consists of four scripts-in-progress performed as staged readings on four different evenings.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Join master woodworker John Beltman for a six day workshop where he guides participants through the process of making a pair of high quality Ojibwe-style snowshoes. Materials and tools are provided.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Learn to put your life experiences onto paper in dramatic, engaging stories. Join Will Weaver, author of "Red Earth," "White Earth," and the short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat?" for a full-day writers workshop. Designed for all skill levels, particpants will enjoy the winter scenery at the Forest History Center while learning writing techniques.
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