Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for their eighth annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard, and in the Farmers Market area in the Train Shed and Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater. Activities include cooking and baking demonstrations, music, dancing, beer samples, food and beverage sales, and brewing history.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Learn techniques of working with leather at this two-day workshop. Participants will make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. 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. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Enjoy happy hour at the Alexander Ramsey House. Sip, snack and socialize in the Ramsey mansion while learning about a variety of history topics and themes. Snacks and two drink tickets included in price of admission. This program is for people age 21 and older.
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Rendezvous! Two hundred years ago, fur traders celebrated the success of the trading season with a giant party. Amidst the crisp air and bright fall colors, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds created by 250 re-enactors come to camp on the Snake River. Witness feats of strength and skill as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Shop for historic crafts and join children's activities. On Saturday evening learn the steps of a lively country dance as live fiddle music plays.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, Sept. 24, 1896, with a 75-minute guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. The tour begins at the Commodore Hotel at 79 Western Ave., and includes stops at 599 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel This Side of Paradise, and his birthplace at 481 Laurel Ave. Tour stops do not include interiors. Participants will hear about Fitzgeralds early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his stories and novels, and connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. Guides will also discuss the importance of the neighborhood to other writers -- from Sinclair Lewis to Garrison Keillor, Patricia Hampl and August Wilson.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Ramsey After Dark explores specific historical themes and topics of the Victorian era. Experience history in new and creative ways such as through theatre, food, music and games.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, Enjoy a panoramic view of the City of St. Paul at night from the unique vantage point of the Capitol roof on this special 90-minute evening tour. Meet historical characters with stories to share about the Capitol's history, view spectacular artwork and architecture. The tour culminates in a climb to the rooftop for a rare opportunity to view the Quadriga the golden horses against the backdrop of the lighted skylines of the Twin Cities.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Hot Wheels and Atari. Theres something about an old toy that brings back memories. MNHS senior exhibit developer and author Kate Roberts, who developed the Minnesota Historical Societys national traveling exhibit Toys of the '50s 60s and 70s, places memorable toys in their historical context while examining their impact on kids and the larger community. Roberts will share firsthand stories from adults who revered these toys as kids, as well as insights gleaned from primary sources, toy experts and collectors. If you happen to have a favorite toy from your childhood, bring it along and share a story at the conclusion of the program.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, A WWII throwback about a heroic and fearless group of young airmen, their beloved B-17 aircraft, the Memphis Belle and its final bombing run to Dresden. Starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and John Lithgow. Film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.This fillm is provided courtesy Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Explore an important year for the United States and for the Ramsey family in this children's program. Children and their parents can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and learn about new inventions of the era. Children will be able to sample just baked goodies from the kitchen. Children can create and take home their own time capsule.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice including how to dry, parch, thresh and winnow the rice. Visitors will be able to see the entire process from raw to finished product during 20 minute demonstrations offered on the hour. Demonstrations may be cancelled due to bad weather. Regular admission fees apply to visit the museum.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Local photographer Shelley Olson will be available to give instruction on photographing prairie plants. Explore landscape, close-up and lighting techniques. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera to take photographs and enjoy the beauty of one of Minnesotas most unique prairies. The event will be held rain or shine.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Groups are invited to bring their buses to Historic Fort Snelling for a special step on tour that goes inside the historic fort gates as well as past the Upper Post. A costumed guide will spend an hour with the group discussing the history of the fort and share stories of the people who lived there. The tour will stop at one of the historic buildings where the group will meet one of the Fort's History Players. Before or after the tour, guests can go inside the Visitor Center to look through exhibits, shop in the gift store and watch the 20 minute film "Where the Waters Meet: Stories of Fort Snelling." The fort's gate opening accommodates buses up to 13 ft. wide. Sorry no motor coaches. The group minimum is 8 people. The last step on tour starts at 3 p.m.
Historic Forestville, Preston, Experience Historic Forestville at dusk when the residents are in evening business and repose. Visitors can explore the site as farm laborers interact and unwind in the barn, ladies of the house discuss such important topics as voting rights, medicines are compounded in the general store, and Thomas Meighen finishes points of business in his office at the end of the day. Live music will be played throughout the evening.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, The U.S. joined WWI in 1917 and Fort Snelling was mobilized to support thousands of recruits preparing to head to the Western Front. Learn about Minnesotas role in the Great War. Visit with costumed staff and reenactors, watch military demonstrations and weapons firings and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial era.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Kelley Farm. Threshing the grain harvest was the culmination of an entire growing seasons toil. Join the Kelley Farm hands as they bring grain bundles in from the fields, thresh the grain in an 1856 horse powered Cox and Roberts Threshing machine, help bag up the grain and rake away the straw.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Participants will learn through hands-on experience the art of loom beading. Create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth once it is finished. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learn about 19th century and contemporary Daguerreotype photography. Librarian and photographer Lacey Pripic Hedtke will walk guests through the process and discuss how these first photographs were used, from post-mortem mementos to photo hair jewelry. Snacks and two drink tickets included in price of admission. This program is for people age 21 and older.
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, Independent historian Curt Dahlin will discuss the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and the roles played by Fort Ridgely and St. Peter. Curtis Dahlin grew up on a farm near Sisseton, South Dakota, on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation. He has spent decades researching the history of the Minnesota River Valley.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Discover the unique geological features of the Jeffers Petroglyphs. At 2 p.m. a tour highlighting the interesting features of the rock will take place with American Indian and geological perspectives.