Historic Forestville, Preston, Experience 19th century harvesting in southeast Minnesota. Visitors will learn about planting, cultivating and harvesting different varieties of crops through hands-on demonstrations. They will see corn harvesting, grain fanning, cider pressing, corn shelling, as well as quilting and apple pie baking. Children can harvest their own pumpkins to take home.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Learn techniques of working with porcupine quills in this two-day workshop. Participants will make earrings, necklaces and hair ties out of quills. They will also learn how to dye, string and cut off the barbed tips. A minimum of five participants is required. An adult must accompany children under 18 years. Pastries and refreshments will be provided along with a light lunch. Pre-registration required by Sept. 25. Discount hotel rooms available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for their seventh 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. Actitivies including cooking and baking demos, music, dancing, beer sampling, food and beverage sales, and brewing history.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Join the Kelley Farm hands as they make prairie sugar, also known as sorghum molasses. Help strip the leaves off the sorghum canes, press the canes through a horse-powered press to extract the juice, and stir the juice as it boils down to make a sweet, syrupy molasses. Then, enjoy a sweet treat of molasses confections such as gingerbread and molasses candy.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Fort Snelling was a major induction and training center for troops from across the Midwest during World War II. More than 300,000 soldiers began their military life at the fort. As a result special schools for Military Police, railroad engineers and translators were set up. Participants can view uniform and weapon displays, firing demonstrations, learn about life on the Minnesota homefront and try a WWII-style obstacle course.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Take in a lively performance about the history of influenza and the common cold presented by Hippocrates Caf. Dr. Jon Hallberg, medical director of the University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic and founder of Hippocrates Caf, will be joined by local performers as they use stories and period music to explore this topic. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, snacks and presentation at 6 p.m.
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Pioneers spent many months preparing for winter, including putting up their gardens, cutting enough fire wood and getting the stocks ready for the animals. Learn more about the domestic side of preparing for winter with displays of candlemaking, canning and sauerkraut making. View historic equipment and pictures of farm life.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, The U.S. joined World War I in 1917 and Fort Snelling was mobilized to support thousands of recruits preparing to head to the Western Front. Visit Historic Fort Snelling for this new event and learn about Minnesotas role in the Great War. Interact with costumed staff and reenactors, watch military demonstrations and weapons firings and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial era.
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. Prepayment is required.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Oxen have provided farm power for thousands of years. This workshop will teach the basics of ox driving and care. Work with Toby and Colter, an experienced team of shorthorns who have a gentle nature and a measure of patience for new teamsters. Participants will learn how to yoke, properly command and drive the team. In addition, guests will use various pieces of equipment (harrow, plow and wagon) and feed a generous ration of hay to the team at the end of the day. Participants must be 16 years or older. Prepayment is required. Wear sturdy shoes, clothing for variable weather and bring a bag lunch.
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Celebrate a 19th-century fall gathering as hundreds of re-enactors portraying Ojibwe, voyageurs and fur traders prepare for winter trading along the Snake River. Watch as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Competitions will test strength and cunning. Shop at historic vendors for handcrafted wares and clothing. Hands-on children's activities include candle dipping, a scavenger hunt and the popular game "bead scramble." A highlight of the weekend is a festive, country dance with live fiddle music and lessons held outside Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, The U.S. joined World War I in 1917, and Fort Snelling was mobilized to support thousands of recruits preparing to head to the Western Front. Families can visit Historic Fort Snelling for this new event and learn about Minnesotas role in the Great War. Participants can visit with costumed staff, watch weapons demonstrations, learn about life on the home front and much more.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Bring your educational group (classes, School-Age Care groups, home school students) to experience this NEW program geared towards students. When the U.S. joined WWI Fort Snelling was mobilized to support thousands of recruits to join the fighting in Europe. The war affected daily life in Minnesota though the war was thousands of miles away. Join us for this new event and 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 time.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, During WWII, over 300,000 members of Minnesotas Greatest Generation began their military careers at Fort Snelling. They were introduced to military life, were tested and assigned to units, and finally sent on to training bases around the country. Military police and railroad engineers, as well as translators of the Military Intelligence Service Language School received their specialized training at Fort Snelling.Friends of Fort Snelling tours are 90 minutes and cover various aspects of Fort Snelling's 20th century history, including officers' row and administrative areas (walking and architectural tours), as well as the stables and warehouse district (biking tours). All tours start at 9 a.m. in front of the HQ building, which is the main building on the post with the clock tower on the corner of Taylor Ave. and Colville Ave. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water!
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Visitors can cook their way through history in the "History Chef!" cooking series at the Alexander Ramsey House. Participants make foods of the past by using history-inspired techniques and Ramsey family recipes. Classes are offered for both adults and children and there are always delicious samples to taste! Specific program information will be forthcoming.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, The attack on Fort Sumter in 1861 spurred thousands of Minnesotans to join the Union cause. The Fort had closed in 1858 but reopened and became the entry and training point for nearly 25,000 Minnesota soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Learn about soldier life, technology of the period, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and how slaves at Fort Snelling influenced the lead up to the Civil War.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, "Ramsey After Dark" explores specific historical themes and topics. Visitors have the opportunity to experience history in new and creative ways, such as theatre, food, music, and Victorian parlor games. Specific program information will be forthcoming.