Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Discover Minneapolis' oldest neighborhoods and satisfy your thirst with a history pub crawl of the east bank of the Mississippi River. The town of St. Anthony began in 1849, several years before its neighbor Minneapolis across the river. Although annexed by Minneapolis in 1872, the area's unique character and history remained distinct. Hear about the people who lived and worked there and about the historic flour mills, churches, red light districts, Victorian residences, pubs, immigrant enclaves, commercial centers, breweries and more. The tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes stops at a number of historic sights, including two watering holes housed in historic buildings.The tour includes three blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. 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.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this 90-minute tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gate house overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today. The 7 p.m. tours are led by a costumed interpreter portraying a construction workers or house servant.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, The Hill House Chamber Players present their 28th season with concerts performed in the restored art gallery of the James J. Hill House.The evening is devoted to Schubert and features Arpeggione Sonata for cello and guitar (arr. J. Van); Songs with guitar; and String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804. The guest artist is Maria Jette, soprano.The Hill House Chamber Players are Julie Ayer (violin), Tanya Remenikova (cello), Catherine Schubilske (violin), Thomas Turner (viola) and Jeffrey Van (guitar).Complimentary refreshments are served during intermission and admission includes a tour of the Hill House following the performance. Co-Sponsored by the Schubert Club.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Asian and Pacific Americans make up more than 5 percent of the U.S. population, over 17 million peopleand those numbers are growing. Their ancestral roots represent over 50 percent of the world, extending from East Asia to Southeast Asia, and from South Asia to the Pacific Islands and Polynesia. This exhibit celebrates Asian Pacific American history across many diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation's history. Using stories and images, this 30-banner exhibit takes a sweeping look at this history, from the very first Asian immigrants centuries ago to the complex challenges facing Asian Pacific American communities today. I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Leather moccasins were essential to voyageurs, clerks and the Ojibwe alike. Watch as costumed interpreters process deer hides into leather. Help scrape the hair from the hide, learn how voyageur moccasins are made, and explore how animal brains can be used to tan hides.Traditions of the Trading Post is a series that teaches visitors about the skills used in the early 1800s fur trade. Each program includes a hands-on project such as hide scraping, sewing birch bark and making twine.
Harkin Store, New Ulm, The Harkin Store will honor the dairy industry with Sylvia Reinhardt's homemade ice cream and other dairy products to sample. Enjoy a cold treat while relaxing on the 1870s porch and watching the river.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site shows its appreciation to the community for its support with $1 admission all afternoon. Tours of Lindbergh's boyhood home will be available every half hour with the last tour at 4 p.m. Learn how Lindbergh developed interests in aviation, technology and the natural environment while touring the historic home and the interactive exhibits in the visitors center, including the newly installed Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, **Sold Out**Try your hand at blacksmithing under the direction of the Fort's skilled smiths. Students will select a project, work the forge, pound out the hot metal and shape the iron using hammer and tongs as it was done two centuries ago. Participants will be able to take their finished projects home. Children ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learn about the history of the Underground Railroad in St. Paul. Museum educator Dwight Scott will tell the story of "station agent" Joseph Farr, who was instrumental in guiding enslaved people through St. Paul to freedom. Snacks and two drink tickets included in price of admission. This program is for people age 21 and older.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Learn how American Indians kept track of history by recording symbols that represented memorable events in their lives on hides called winter counts. Create a winter count symbol to take home. 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 and 3 p.m.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring Americas soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See large-scale military demonstrations throughout the day, play childrens games and explore Minnesotas oldest military fort.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Join museum staff and community members at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum's annual Memorial Day Powwow. Bring the family to participate in a social gathering honoring American Indian veterans past and present and experience firsthand the excitement of a contemporary pow-wow. This outdoor event is free and open to the public, but regular admission prices apply to visit the museum.
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Visit on Memorial Day Weekend to hear musician Bill Cagley as he plays "music for all ages" on the porch. Cagley sings and plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. Come sit on the porch or bring a lawn chair for an afternoon of enjoyable music.
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, At 1 p.m. independent historian John LaBatte will examine the causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, drawing on personal stories from his Dakota and settler ancestors. At 2:30 p.m. LaBatte will lead a tour of the parade grounds, where visitors will meet up with the New Ulm Battery as they demonstrate canon fire. The Battery will demonstrate the use of black powder and talk about life for the soldiers during the war. Dan Cochran will demonstrate and sell his handmade leather work.
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.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, African and Native peoples came together in the Americas. Over centuries, they created shared histories, communities, families and ways of life. Prejudice, laws, and twists of history often divided them from others, yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom. For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible. This panel exhibit sheds light on the dynamics of race, community and creativity and addresses the human desire to belong. On view May 24-July 20."IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas" was developed by the Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian with the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Historic Forestville, Preston, Explore the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters present a look back at the lives of some of the people who built the town of Forestville more than 150 years ago. This program is free with the price of a regular tour. Meet at historic site for shuttle transport to the Zumbro Hill Cemetery trail head. The cemetery is another 20 minute hike up a moderate grade hill. Wear weather appropriate attire and footwear.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Gather friends and family for the opening weekend of the season at Historic Fort Snelling. Explore the historic buildings, visit with costumed interpreters and learn about life in early Minnesota. Children can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt, earn a special Fort Kids button and play games that were popular in the 1800s. Other activities include cannon and musket firings, hearth cooking demonstrations and American Indian history presentations. Special tours will be given focusing on African American history in Minnesota.On Memorial Day, guests can travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring Americas soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See large-scale military demonstrations throughout the day, play childrens games and explore Minnesotas oldest military fort.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Help construct a house out of willow saplings just as it would have been done 2000 years ago. The house will remain on display at the site throughout the summer.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Learn about the atlatl, or spearthrower, an ancient hunting device used by people of this area before the bow and arrow. A symbol of power, it was used for thousands of years and there are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite rock. During this program learn how to use an atlatl while trying to hunt a life size buffalo target. 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.