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Death of the Empire Builder

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 12:00am
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, James J. Hill, known as the Empire Builder for his work building a network of rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77. Hill left behind a personal fortune of $63 million. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures of Americas Gilded Age, Hill embodied the era of Manifest Destiny. Tours will emphasize Hills career and the publics reaction to his death. Guests can view displays of photographs and newspaper articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one given to the family by the Great Northern Railway, created by Tiffany and Company. Guest organists will play music used at the Hill funeral which was held at the house in 1916.

State Capitol LEGO

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:00am
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 River and Riverboats

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sun, 05/18/2014 - 12:00am
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Enjoy a Sunday afternoon program about the riverboats that went up and down the Minnesota River, where the town of West Newton thrived in the 1870s. Find out why the town dock was the last one that riverboats could come to regularly and why the riverboat trade gradually stopped.

Baking Memories: Pillsbury Bake-Off Through the Years

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sun, 05/18/2014 - 12:00am
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, See how history is revealed in a demonstration of Chocolate Cherry Bars, a Bake-Off winning recipe from 1974. Learn about the 60-year history of the Pillsbury Bake-Off, sample treats, get baking tips and take home a copy of the recipe.

Topics on Family History: On Granddads Trail: Getting the Most out of Your Research Trip

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota Historical Society Library, St. Paul, Research trips can be one of the highlights of your genealogy efforts. This class focuses on making your trip more enjoyable and rewarding. Good planning is the key. Learn how to best plan your activities before the trip, during the trip and after you com home, and get the most out of your visits to cemeteries, relatives houses, courthouses, archives and libraries.The class is taught by Tom Rice, a board-certified genealogist, professional genealogy researcher and past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society.

From Pigs Eye to SummitSt. Pauls Brewing History Tour

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, **May and June dates are SOLD OUT**Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about St. Pauls hoppy past with this tour based on original research by Doug Hoverson, author of "Land of Amber Waters." New breweries, brew pubs and taprooms springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to our fascination with the sudsy stuff. St. Pauls first brewery opened in 1849 by German immigrant Anthony Yoerg. Today, new breweries like Summit share the city with historic breweries like Hamm's and Schmidt. This three-hour tour on an air-conditioned bus features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way. Tours depart from the Minnesota History Center and include up to two blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Ages 21 and up only.

Book Launch for Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:00am
Women and Children First Bookstore, Chicago, Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research Book LaunchThirteen writersincluding historians, journalists, novelists, a scriptwriter, and moreoffer powerful arguments for the value of hands-on research.Inspired by Richard Alticks The Scholar Adventurers and Nicholson Bakers Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, editor Bruce Joshua Miller commissioned original pieces that read like fiction but narrate true stories of research beyond the Internetbe it chasing documents, cracking mysteries, interviewing long-lost subjects, or visiting exotic and not-so-exotic locales.Bruce Joshua Miller and Steve Yates will share the importance and wonder of research--valuable not only because of the product that may result from it, but because of what writers may unexpectedly learn in the process.

RetroRama: Fashion with Soul

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Revel in the fashions at this year's RetroRama as local designers take inspiration from the new exhibit Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities through the lens of Charles Chamblis. Chamblis, known around town as "The Pictureman," took photographs of African American musicians, fashion models and everyday people in Minneapolis in the 1970s and '80s. This years designers are Samantha Rei, Ariel Simone, Kerry Riley, Emma Berg and Max Lohrbach. Cynthia "Funkytown" Johnson will perform a short set during the evening and will model some of the designs on the runway. The fashion show will be emceed by Twin Cities phenom Fancy Ray McCloney and DJ'd by Larry "Spider" Hamilton, a popular DJ of the '70s and '80s who also appeared in photographs by Chamblis.

Design Diaries International Fashion Show

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Join Twin Cities teens and teens from the Palestinian Heritage Museum in Jerusalem as they showcase original fashions that speak about history, culture and personal beliefs. The two groups of girls have been working together by teleconference since fall 2013. Through conversation with each other, meetings with textiles historians and guidance from fashion design professionals, the girls have created garments to express what theyve learned. In addition to the fashions, the teens will create a backdrop of media, music and informative displays that reflect how clothing represents who we are. Design Diaries International is part of the Museums Connect program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Additional funding provided by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

Hmong American Day Celebration

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Celebrate a shared history at the second annual Hmong American Day. The day honors the sacrifices of the Hmong people throughout the Vietnam War era, while inspiring the community to claim and define a Hmong American legacy. It calls on Hmong and non-Hmong Americans to recognize this shared history, celebrate common determination to strengthen Minnesotas social fabric and envision an interwoven future together. The day features an opening ceremony from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol mall with speeches and a photo exhibit, and a closing ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center with a stage program and childrens activities.

Seniors in Mind: Behind the Scenes with Working Boys Band, Featuring History Theatre Cast

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, In a world before child labor laws, many young people worked in factories to help their families get by. One visionary educator, Prof. C.C. Heintzman, saw music as a way to bring structure and meaning into the lives of those rough-and-tumble children and so in 1918 he formed the Working Boys Band. Learn how the band became a Twin Cities institution with playwright Dominic Orlando and cast members from St. Pauls History Theatre as they share this fascinating true story illustrated with samples of the original music from the show.

History Film Series: Birth of Flight - Early Commercial Aviation

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:00am
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, In this episode of "The Birth of Flight" learn about the years following the First World War when flying took off as big business. Flying became a feature of life all around the world, not just as a novelty "adventure" for rich people but as a mode of transport available to just about anyone. The film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.

Mother's Day Aprons

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sun, 05/11/2014 - 12:00am
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Women in the 1870s had many chores to do but they still took time for creative work, including making decorative aprons. Visitors will see a display of old and new aprons at this Mother's Day event, including some made by Harkin granddaughter Janet Massopust. The gift shop features books, unique handcrafted items and popular 10-cent candy.

Family Day: Keystones of the Stone Arch Bridge

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 05/10/2014 - 12:00am
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Celebrate Mothers Day a day early with a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family. Young visitors can join in a storytime led by Mill City Museum interpreter Carolyn Ruff, author of the new book "Keystones of the Stone Arch Bridge." Other activities include building a Roman arch like those on the Stone Arch Bridge, making a cast of local fossils, viewing a flour dust explosion demonstration and more.

An Evening at the Hill House: Music of the Hill Family Era

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 05/10/2014 - 12:00am
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, The Twin Cities chamber music ensemble Pavia Winds presents a concert in the art gallery of the James J. Hill House. The one-hour concert feaures music from the early part of the 20th century, when the Hill family lived in the mansion home. Works include Theodor Blumer, quintet; Maurice Ravel, Le tombeau de Couperin; and Emile Pessard, Aubade en quintette. The Pavia Winds performers are Gina Goettl, horn; Lindsey Thompson, oboe; Justin Windschitl, bassoon; Ryan Golden, clarinet; and Erica Bennett, flute.The one-hour concert will be followed by a light reception and tours of the Hill House (included with admission).

Mother's Day Weekend

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 05/10/2014 - 12:00am
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother's Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the garden, harvest the first greens and meet the new baby animals as they try out their young legs. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child. Parents, children and grandparents are encouraged to enjoy this event together.

Woodland Pottery Workshop

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 05/10/2014 - 12:00am
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, During the first class participants will learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct a clay vessel. Then the pots will dry for a week. During the second class participants will finish the surface details and temper the clay vessel in a firing pit. 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 by May 7.

Ramsey After Dark: Politics, Scandal and Intrigue

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:00am
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, As Minnesota approached statehood, Alexander Ramsey and Henry Sibley, political rivals and good friends, were locked in a heated campaign for state governor. This one-hour program explores the gubernatorial race of 1857 where allegations of voter fraud and intimidation were rampant. See newspaper headlines and accounts of the election drama, hear excerpts from letters and journals of those involved in the campaign and discover the details of the political intrigue that engulfed the candidates.

Book Launch for Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:00am
Magers and Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, Minnesota-born lawyer Jeff and his partner, Dean, enjoyed a successful and fashionable life in London. They shopped at Harvey Nichols, walked their dogs in Kensington Gardens, and vacationed in France and Tibet. Yet, they dreamed of a new life. In January, Jeff was promoted to a coveted position at his bank; in March, he resigned. Jeff and Dean sold their house, packed the dogs, and moved to the sleepy resort town of Hayward, Wisconsin, where they acquired a nostalgic ice cream shop and a rundown Victorian mansion.Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop is the chronicle of Jeff and Deans first year in Haywardhow they are welcomed by a collection of colorful characters and how they are humbled by the challenges of operating both the ice cream shop and a bed and breakfast. It is also a story of Hayward and how the traditions and the stories of those who built the town helped our entrepreneurs adjust to the rhythm of life in their new home.

World War II History Roundtable: Omaha Beach, The Deadliest Fighting on D-Day

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:00am
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, John McManus, author of the upcoming book "The Dead and Those About to Die," and combat veterans will discuss the event on its 70th anniversary.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).