James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Mary Theresa Mehegan's parents came from Ireland to the United States, eventually locating in St. Paul in 1850. At the age of 21 Mary wed James Jerome Hill, an up-and-coming young man of Scotch-Irish stock who had come to St. Paul from Rockwood, Ontario. The couple eventually had 10 children and achieved great financial success through Hill's transportation empire, the Great Northern Railway. Though proudly American, Mary retained attachments to Irish values and culture. A devout Catholic, she carefully oversaw her large family while often attending to the sick and needy of the city. She excelled in fine needlework and her knit lace is on display during the tour. Theme tours will include favorite Irish songs, organ music and needlework demonstrations. Stories of the Hills and their servants (many of them Irish) will engage visitors in the history of Irish-Americans in Minnesota.
Minnesota Historical Society Library, St. Paul, For many family history researchers the trail ends when it comes to finding a womans parents, locating a distant relative's daughter, or identifying major life events for a female family member. These are common genealogical challenges, but ones that also provide great opportunity: women were the "social glue" that kept generations together, but their stories were often not told. This workshop focuses on the challenges and the opportunities of researching your female ancestors. Instructor Alice Eichholz will cover traditional genealogical approaches and introduce some lesser known ones while stirring in a bit of DNA research. This is a "hands-on" workshop--part lecture, part group work and all problem-solving! Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG, has more 30 years of professional research experience, with a specialization in New England and colonial America. She is the editor of Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, a leading genealogy guidebook, and a full-time faculty member at Walden University.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Jump into spring with John Latimer the phenologist. Host of The Phenology Show on KAXE, Latimer describes phenology as the study of rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate. During the day, visitors will meet up with John in the field and learn how to identify the first signs of spring.This program is part of the Into the Woods series offered September through April.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the buildings many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time.This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control all were a part of Victorian life, but were never spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this 90 minute adult-themed program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals which provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors and friends. Discover what issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Jim Carafano, author of After D-Day, will be joined by WWII combat veterans to discuss the bold attack that cut the German defenses and encircled them at Falaise.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 History Center, St. Paul, Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, changed the way her fellow judges saw displaced homemakers, women abused by their partners and other disadvantaged people. She was a champion of both womens rights and civil rights. With sharp intelligence and hard work, Wahl overcame childhood tragedy and a difficult marriage to become a defense attorney, a respected judge and a mentor to many. Join Lori Sturdevant, author of "Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Womens Movement" (MHS Press, March 2014) for an exploration of Wahls life and her place in Minnesotas womens movement.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, Inspired by the true story of the legendary Lafayette Escadrille, this action-packed epic tells the tale of America's first fighter pilots. These courageous young men distinguish themselves in a manner that none before them had dared, becoming true heroes who experience triumph, tragedy, love and loss amid the chaos of World War I. Starring James Franco and Jean Reno. Film starts at 7 p.m. 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.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Homeschool students and their families are invited to explore the 1920s and 1930s and review the economic and social changes of the era from the post World War I boom years to the economic downturn marked by the Great Depression. Students will meet history player Wanda Gag, whose story of artistic innovation despite tremendous financial hardship reflected the experience of many Americans of the time. Students will participate in one of three lessons and will be able to view "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition," a travelling exhibit created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, Join fellow history lovers at the Minnesota State Capitol for History Matters Day. Each year, history supporters gather at the Capitol to learn more about history activities across the state and to let legislators know about the great educational work taking place with the help of state general fund dollars, Legacy funding and capital budget dollars.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, The Kelley Farm has promoted the saving of rare and heirloom seed since 1981. This free Visitor Center program includes a presentation on how to save, store and plant seeds, then save them again, just as farmers and gardeners have done for thousands of years. A gardening expert will share insight into heirloom plants for the first part of the event. Then stay for the free seed exchange. Participants do not need to bring seeds in order to take seeds home. Seed art and sorting activities will be provided for children. Refreshments will be served.
Minnesota Historical Society Library, St. Paul, The library contains an array of sources for finding family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of a house, business, organization or neighborhood; or just discovering more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. This free class held each Saturday year round, introduces these resources and offers tips on how to use catalogs, request materials and purchase photocopies.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Get the basics of birding with nationally renowned ornithologist Laura Erickson. Erickson will cover everything from field guides to birding equipment in a fun and interactive presentation for the whole family. Take a bird walk in the afternoon and see some of the many birds of Northern Minnesota.This program is part of the Into the Woods series offered September through April.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, In true "test kitchen" style, Mill City Museum staff will create an original recipe on-the-spot. Guests will choose the ingredients from the Pillsbury Bake-Off official list of qualifying ingredients. Then an adventurous staff member will try to create a "winning recipe." Visitors can see and taste the new recipe to judge if it has the qualities needed to be a winner. Learn about the 45-year history of the Pillsbury Bake-Off and sample a real Bake-Off winning recipe.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, This special tour will focus on important Minnesota women involved in the suffrage movement and those who played significant roles in gaining the right to vote. Through photographs and other visual aids, learn about the struggles and success stories of Minnesota women working to persuade legislators and other elected officials in the State Capitol to support woman suffrage.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Learn to bead using the appliqu method, in which beads are applied directly to material or leather. This is an advanced type of beading used to create intricate designs on dance regalia, bags and moccasins. With the assistance of an instructor, participants will learn the craft of appliqu beadwork through hands-on learning. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Join Kathleen Dalton of Phillips Academy and Boston University, for a lecture in which she asks the question "was Theodore Roosevelt a radical and how much did his words and policies impact the nations future?" Roosevelt stands astride the Progressive Era like a colossus. Believing that government must be "the steward of the public welfare," Roosevelt committed to protecting American consumers from industrial irresponsibility and corporate monopolies and fought for the conservation of Americas wild places. A firm believer in racial equality, he shocked the South by inviting black activist Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House. After his presidency, he became a staunch public supporter of woman suffrage. Roosevelt also set America on the road to international empire and agitated for U.S. entry into World War I.Kathleen Dalton is the Cecil F.P. Bancroft Instructor of History at Phillips Academy Andover and an external fellow of Boston Universitys International History Institute.This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.