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Adventures in Nature: Travois

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:00am
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Discover how American Indian families packed up a travois to move their belongings on the prairie. Reproduction items will be available for hands-on use. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours 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.

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Washington Avenue

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:00am
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Discover Minneapolis' rich history and satisfy your thirst with a history pub crawl along Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy thoroughfare and hear about the importance of railroads, warehousing, flour milling, immigration, entertainment and vice to the story of Minneapolis. An air-conditioned bus will take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington Avenue from 35W to Plymouth Ave. N, with stops at a number of historic sights, including two watering holes housed in historic buildings. The tour includes two blocks of moderately paced walking. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Tours are held rain or shine. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations.

History Film Series: The Aviator

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:00am
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, Directed by Martin Scorsese this epic biopic depicts the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale and John C. Reilly. Film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.This film is provided courtesy Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

Railroad History Tour

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 12:00am
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Beginning with the arrival of Minnesotas first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population. Flour milling, lumber production and warehousing took off as a rail network extended throughout the Upper Midwest. Take a guided tour to discover the impact of railroads on the Mill City, visiting railroad landmarks such as the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. The tour includes 1.5 miles 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, where participants can visit the museums gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine.

Flag Day

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 12:00am
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Learn about our nation's flag, how it has evolved, what the design means and what the flag looked like in the 1870s. View a display of different American flags. The gift shop will have flag-related items for sale along with books, toys and handcrafts.

A Living Legacy: A Choice of Weapons

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 12:00am
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, View an exhibit featuring 30 works created by Minneapolis high school students alongside images by photographer Gordon Parks. The exhibit is part of One Minneapolis One Read which has chosen Parks' autobiography A Choice of Weapons as its 2013 selection. Taking inspiration from the book, the students are working with acclaimed photographer Jamel Shabazz at Juxtaposition Arts to create their own photographs.On Oct. 24 the public is invited to a panel discussion and exhibit opening reception at 7 p.m. at Mill City Museum.One Read's goals are to promote through literature and discussion a better understanding of race and the impacts of racism on our communities. "A Choice of Weapons" is a compelling autobiography, first published in 1966, about how Parks struggled against extreme poverty to find his purpose as a photographer, writer, director and musician.The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be on display Oct. 24, 2013 - June 8, 2014.

The Civil War of 1812 with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Alan Taylor

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Join Alan Taylor for this exclusive lecture about an international war that helped shape the future of the United States and Minnesota. Taylor will discuss how, like the American Revolution, the War of 1812 was a civil war between competing visions of America, one still loyal to the British empire and the other defined by its revolution against that empire. But neither side would reap what it expected from the war. Frustrated in their fantasies of smashing the other, Canada and the United States had to learn how to share the continent and to call coexistence victory. By ending in a standoff, and concluding America's revolution, the War of 1812 had the greatest of consequences for North America.Alan Taylor is Distinguished Professor of History at UC Davis and author of seven books including "The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies." He is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, most recently for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832."This lecture is sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada and offered in conjunction with the travelling exhibit "War of 1812," created by the Canadian War Museum, on display June 3-Sept. 14.

History Architecture Crawls: Mid-Century Modern

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Explore hallmarks of mid-century modern design in Minneapolis and St. Paul on a guided bus tour. Stops include a walking tour of the University Grove neighborhood, an architectural "time capsule" of houses designed by Minnesota architects including Elizabeth and Winston Close, and Ralph Rapson; the interior of the Saarinen-designed Christ Church Lutheran; and a rare cluster of prefabricated, colorful, all-steel Lustron houses along Nicollet Avenue. The tour also includes a stop at Forage ModernWorkshop, a retail store which focuses on modern interior dcor. The tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to two blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The bus departs from the Minnesota History Center. Guests are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m.

Dean Urdahl Author Presentation

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, Join Dean Urdahl, Minnesota politician, member of the House of Representatives and retired history teacher, for a discussion based on his latest books. Urdahl has written about the Minnesota Twins, famous Minnesotans and most recently, historical fiction based in Minnesota during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

The Many Faces of Henry Sibley

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Sibley Historic Site, Mendota, Henry Hastings Sibley is known as one of Minnesotas Founding Fathers. He was a national politician, a founder of the Minnesota Territory, leading architect of its constitution and the first governor of Minnesota. Some view Sibley as a cultural leader who bridged Dakota and European American cultures. However, Sibley is also known for his role in controversial treaty negotiations, as well as in battles and trials against the Dakota, the exile of Dakota people, and punitive expeditions against them after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. This guided experience explores the complicated and controversial life and career of Henry Hastings Sibley.

Bread Making Day

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Historic Forestville, Preston, Bread is the staff of life and is the most widely consumed food in the world. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of bread making. Nineteenth-century techniques of bread making will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation. Bread-making process from start to finish is an all-day event with the mixing beginning at 10 a.m. and the finished product coming out of the oven around 3 p.m.

Time Capsule for Kids: 1857

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Experience a year in the life of the Ramsey family when some of the sights and sounds of 1857 come to life in this children's program. Children and their parents can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover what events made 1857 so special. Hunt for hidden pictures in the parlor, taste a popular dessert and learn a song from the year. Children can create their own time capsule to take home.

Farm Animal Weekend

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, The animals on a farm all have specific uses and require different kinds of care. June means time to shear the sheep. Encourage the Kelley Farmers as they hand-sheer the sheep to help them get out of their "winter coats." Toby and Coulter, the farms oxen, will be finishing up field work. Meet the spring newborns, and discover how farm animals have been used in the past and the different ways they are used today. Take time to explore the nature trails.

War of 1812 Family Day

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Its the War of 1812 and the Americans are attacking British territories. The North West Company is enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs to help defend the business of the fur trade. Join in musket drills, march in formation and make a militia hat to show your support.

Gold Medal Walking Tours

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Learn the stories of our city's past on a walking tour with the Minneapolis history experts from Mill City Museum. One of seven special theme tours begins each Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., June through September. A schedule will be released April 1, 2014. Price includes admission to the Mill City Museum exhibits.

Kids Crafts: Shoulder Bag Activity

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Children will learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag. This activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. The price includes supplies needed to decorate the bag. Please allow an hour for the activity. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

Soldier One-Day Camp

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Attention all recruits! Enlist in the 5th Regiment for an afternoon at Historic Fort Snelling. "New recruits" will learn about the lives of soldiers during the 1820s at Fort Snelling. Campers will learn to march and drill, watch musket and cannon firings, and much more. Space is limited to 12. For ages 8 to 12.

Living History: Meet the Lindberghs

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:00am
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 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 to 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 an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things.

History Pub Crawls: Working the West End

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Take a tour of St. Pauls oldest neighborhood and hear vibrant tales of the Yankees, Czechs, Germans and Italians who gave it life. Roll from beautiful Irvine Park to the German Brewery District and on to the lost world of the Upper Levee, enjoying stops at two great neighborhood bars along the way. An air-conditioned bus will take participants to historic stops and watering holes. The tour includes at least four blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price.

Adventures in Nature: American Indian Games

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00am
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Play games popular among American Indians of the past including the bone and pin game, moccasin game, awl game and the double-ball game. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours 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.