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, Children can learn how to weave a dream catcher and make one to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. The cost for the dream catcher kit is $5 and includes materials and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
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.
Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, Head to Carousel Park for the 5th annual History Day at the Minnesota State Fair. This year's action-packed line-up includes music, dancing, trivia, special guest performances, hands-on art activities, History Players and more.Brought to you by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society. This event is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, Charles A. Lindbergh was a record-breaking aviator and a world-famous celebrity. Today some people consider him an American hero, while others see him as a controversial figure. In this 45-minute guided tour of his boyhood home, explore where it all began. Get to know where he came from in order to explore who he was. Following the tour, delve deeper into the stories of Lindberghs later years through interactive exhibits in the visitor center, including the popular cockpit flight simulator.Tours are offered daily, Thursdays through Sundays, June 5 through Aug. 31.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Tensions were high during the summer of 1837. New people were arriving, treaties were being negotiated, and land and power were up for grabs. In this 45-minute guided tour, discover how lives intersected at Fort Snelling through the eyes of free and enslaved blacks, Ojibwe and Dakota people, and soldiers, officers and their families.Tours are offered daily, Tuesdays through Sundays, June 17 through Aug. 31.
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. In this new program families can learn about Minnesotas role in the Great War by visiting with costumed staff and reenactors, watching military demonstrations and weapons firings and experiencing 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 Prpic 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.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids native Eric Pollard (a.k.a. Actual Wolf) has been the drummer for Retribution Gospel Choir and others. As a singer song-writer, his self-titled full-length debut made the top 10 local releases in the 2013 Star Tribune Critics Tally, and he was named Best Minneapolis Songwriter by City Pages in 2013.Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features live music every Wednesday in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show, the $5 concert fee includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 p.m. Food and drink is available for purchase by DAmico Catering.Media support for Mill City Live is provided by Vita.mn and 89.3 the Current.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Explore verchirka (party) music with the Ukrainian Village Band.Now in its 17th year, "9 Nights of Music" is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Live music and dancing starts at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Caf Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 p.m. There is a nominal fee for parking. In case of rain, performances move indoors. Call 651-259-3000 for rain updates at 4 p.m.9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy. Additional support is provided by 99.5 Classical MPR and the Tapestry Folkdance Center.
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Explore old school houses in Nicollet County, including the Robinson school located in West Newton, with historc photos and old school books. Step back in time at the Harkin Store, where a piece of the 19th century is preserved. Visit the general store, play checkers and relax on the front porch.