James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Enjoy an hour-long concert tracing the rise and popularity of holiday songs in the 19th and early 20th century as well as Hill family Christmas traditions. Eight costumed singers, a pianist and narrator present a broad selection of period tunes in the art gallery of the James J. Hill House. The narration will draw on excerpts from Mrs. Hill's diaries, servant letters and grandchildren's memoirs. Light refreshments will be served and tours will follow each performance.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, See a monumental and detailed model of the Minnesota State Capitol made entirely of LEGO bricks. Built by LEGO ambassador Roy Cook, the six-foot-long, four-foot-wide and three-foot-high model is made of more than 75,000 bricks and took more than 150 hours to build. Free guided tours of the State Capitol building are available on the hour daily during regular hours.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, As part of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Making Seasons Bright 2013 events, Bruce "the Bug Guy" Giebink and Bill Johnson will sign copies of Minnesota Bug Hunt at the Arboretum Gift Shop.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, *6 p.m. PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT* Costumed actors bring 19th-century Christmas literature to life with warmth and humor in this reader's theater performance of holiday stories, including works by Mark Twain, Willa Cather, O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" and selections from Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The performers, Craig Johnson and Kirby Bennett, will discuss the development of popular Christmas traditions, including Christmas literature during the 19th century. Admission to the one-hour program includes light refreshments and tours of the Hill House, decorated for the holidays.
Magers and Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, The 1970s were more than big hair, mirror balls, and leisure suits. These were the years that bridged the chasm between the anti-establishment tumult of the 1960s and the morning-in-America conservatism of the 1980s. In Minnesota, this evolution unfolded in ways that defied expectations. No longer was Minnesota merely a vague, snow-covered outpost in the American consciousness. It was a place of note and consequencea state of presidential candidates, grassroots activism, civic engagement, environmental awareness, and Mary Tyler Moore. Its governor appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Its city skylines shot up with uncharacteristic immodesty. Its farmers enjoyed some of their best years ever. Minnesota forged an identity during the 1970s that would persist, rightly or wrongly, for decades to come.Minnesota in the '70s tells the stories of people, places, and events that defined the state: colorful individuals, including Allan Spear, Arlene Lehto, Wendell Anderson, and Herb Brooks; significant groups like the Willmar 8, American Indian Movement, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, and Save the Met; and news-making events, including the first Earth Day, the Daytons bombing, school desegregation battles, and highway construction protests. Richly illustrated with evocative photos, cartoons, and ephemera, this book helps bring the 1970s back to life.Look for the companion documentary co-produced by the Minnesota Historical Society Press and Twin Cities Public Televisions Minnesota Productions & Partnerships (tptMN) airing this fall.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, New breweries and distilleries are opening in Minnesota at a rate not seen since prior to Prohibition. Explore the new exhibit American Spirits: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition then stop by and chat with local brewers/distillers. Adults can sample their products and learn more about the recent boom in hand-crafted beer, soda and liquor. $5 includes either 3 alcoholic and 2 non-alcoholic samples, or 5 non-alcoholic samples.Dec. 14, 2013 and Feb. 15, 2014: Summit BrewingDec. 21, 2013 and Jan. 4, 2014: Great Waters BrewingJan. 11 and Feb. 1, 2014: Dashfire Bitters"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, The public is invited to an opening reception for the new exhibit, Iraqi Cultures Through Young Eyes, created by and featuring the youth of Baghdad, Iraq on display Dec. 3 to 31. The reception will include music, souvenir activities and cultural presentations as well as the opportunity to meet the American teens who participated in this unique, collaborative project.Developed in partnership with the Al-Baghdadi Museum in Iraq and the U.S. State Department, a group of Iraqi youth helped to create this collaborative exhibit. They met weekly with current and former members of the Minnesota Historical Societys Teen Advisory Council via secure teleconference equipment to discuss daily life, culture and hopes for the future. Through objects, photos and independent research, the Iraqi youth have captured and documented Baghdad through their young eyes. The resulting exhibit at the Minnesota History Center includes additional context and reflection pieces by the American teens who collaborated on this project.
Birchbark Books Herbs and Native Arts, Minneapolis, You've heard him on the radio, you've seen him at The Fitzgerald Theater and other Twin Cities venues, and now he's signing his TWO new books at Birchbark Books!Big Little Mother is Kevin's newest book for kids with illustrator Chris Monroe, and On Stage with Kevin Kling is the new collectable volume of many of Kevin's stage pieces, unpublished poems, short pieces, as well as a conversation on the collaborative process with Tony Bol of the Fitzgerald Theater.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, This unique play performed in the museum's Flour Tower elevator ride, features "The Ghost of Mill City Past" guiding an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party. The script is based on real stories taken from the pages of the company's employee newspaper. Scenes unfold on different floors of the mill and visitors will meet different characters along the way. Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith; and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, "Eventually-Why Not Now?" This piece is written by playwright Joseph Scrimshaw, directed by Laura Salveson, and stars a cast of professional Twin Cities' actors. Not recommended for children under the age of 8. This program is supported by the David and Barbara Koch Fund.
Minnesota Historical Society Library, St. Paul, Sharing Family Stories During the Holidays. Family holiday gatherings are a great time to collect the stories of ancestors and immediate family members. This session will offer suggestions for integrating storytelling into family celebrations. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas that have worked in their own families.Getting Grandma To Talk. Sometimes relatives are reluctant to talk about their lives. "You've already heard about that" or "It's not very exciting" are two common responses. This session will offer tips for engaging relatives in telling the stories of their lives and the lives of their family. Instructor Linda Coffin is a personal historian and owner of HistoryCrafters.
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.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, *DEC. 7 PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT* The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as the servants of the James J. Hill House prepare for the holidays. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill family in a dramatized portrayal of servant life and holiday preparations at the Hill familys Summit Avenue mansion. The one-hour program moves through the elegant first floor spaces and then to the basement servant work areas. The script is based on letters and oral histories of people who worked for the Hill family during the first decade of the 20th century.
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.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Create miniature ornaments from birch bark that can be used to decorate for the holidays or given as gifts. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of 5 participants is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Join a guide for a 75-minute tour of the Kelley Farm including a hike along the nature trail, a stop inside the historic farmhouse and a visit to the livestock pens. Discover how farm families and their animals coped with shorter days, colder temperatures and the upcoming holidays 150 years ago. Enjoy a horse or oxen-drawn bobsled or wagon ride. Dress for outdoor weather. Warm refreshments follow in the visitors center. (This event has been rescheduled from Dec. 9. )
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