Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, The draft horse powered much of America well into the twentieth century. Logging and lumbering, one of the nations largest and most important industries relied heavily on the powerful Percheron draft horse to move the huge white pine logs from the forest to landings on the river. This event features horses doing traditional tasks such as skidding, cross hauling and jammer loading. See draft horses up close and talk to the teamsters. Bring your camera.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Take a short walk around the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Powwow grounds and earn a free gift courtesy of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Registration for the walk is located at the pavilion on the powwow grounds. Please note this event does not take place at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Call 320-532-3632 for more information.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Explore the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post during the annual Open House when the historic site is open for special Sunday hours and offers free admission. Visit the exhibits including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas then head next door to shop for Ojibwe arts and crafts at the Trading Post.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, The useful art of pickling provided families with a variety of foods throughout the long winter months 150 years ago. Visitors will help make pickles while learning about sweet and sour pickles and other varieties that were popular with the Kelleys and families like them.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Travel back to the year 1864 and explore Fort Snelling's Civil War history with costumed staff and reenactors. Visit interactive learning stations to find out about Minnesota's soldiers, life on the home front, the important presidential election of 1864 and much more. Demonstrations include cannon and musket firings, Civil War medicine, cooking and an 1860s fashion show.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, One thousand years ago the people of Minnesota, Iowa and the Northern Plains were farmers as well as hunters, growing crops like sweet corn. The ripening of the first sweet corn was a time of plenty that was celebrated with the Green Corn festival. Visit Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site for a taste of fire roasted sweet-corn, bean soup and other seasonal foods while learning about the people of the Great Plains Village period. Guests will also learn how New World farmers invented crops that changed the world.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, In this episode of "Birth of Flight" learn how flying at the speed of sound was made a reality when traditional rivals Britain and France collaborated to build the world's first Concorde, a jet that could traverse the Atlantic in just 3 hours, at twice the speed of sound, around about 1400 miles an hour. The film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Take a guided tour of the carvings when they are best seen, just before sunset at 6 p.m. After the tour head to the Visitor Center for a 7:15 p.m. presentation about nocturnal animals and how they survive at night. The presentation will include a variety of hands-on activities. Following the presentation, guests can go on a twilight hike of the prairie (bring a flashlight!)
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.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Help celebrate the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's 54th Birthday. Cupcakes and refreshments will be provided. Explore the exhibits including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas then head next door to shop for Ojibwe arts and crafts at the Trading Post. As part of the celebration there will be 10-percent off purchases for the day.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Mill City Live returns for its 11th season with live music every Wednesday evening in August. Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features four evenings of outdoor music by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit the museum's exhibits before or after the show, the $5 concert fee includes admission from 4 to 9 p.m. Food and drink is available for purchase by DAmico Catering.
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, Learn how to weave a "Gods Eye" to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Participants will receive an instructional handout and materials to make the craft item. Please allow an hour for the activity. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, The classic book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" serves as the basis for this exciting camp for the active kid. Campers will explore the book and its themes of adventure and fun through hands on activities including fishing, hiking, cooking over an open fire, and more! Space is limited to 14. For ages 9 to 12.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learn about Minnesota's history of transportation through maps. Minnesota Historical Society acquisitions staff (and lovers of old maps) Patrick Coleman and Lori Williamson will share some of the oldest and most interesting transportation maps from the MNHS collections. Snacks and two drink tickets included in price of admission. This program is for people age 21 and older.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Learn about the animals that live on the prairie by examining animal pelts and making plaster animal tracks to take home. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. Offered daily at 2 p.m. Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme will be explored each week.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Explore the Jeffers Petroglyphs when the carvings are best seen in this special twilight tour at 6:30 p.m. Following the tour, gaze at the sky and learn about constellations from astronomers and through stories from cultures around the globe. Bring your own telescope or use one provided to view stars and planets.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to spend the day together engaged in 19th-century farming. Share stories with each other and the farm hands while experiencing the garden, meeting animals and helping with the cooking. Grandparents are admitted free when accompanied by a grandchild.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Become a super-sleuth and use clues to solve a mystery at the Ramsey House. During this 3-day camp, kids will explore primary source materials like the Ramsey House itself, artifacts inside the home, letters, journals and recipes. Campers will comb through the evidence to reveal the mystery. A new mystery will be presented each day. At the end of camp, each child will be certified a Ramsey House History Detective. For boys and girls ages 11-13.
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, Join independent historian Vickie Wendel as she brings to life experiences from the Civil War. Dressed in 1860s clothing, Wendel will share the stories of the men who fought and the women who stayed at home. Guests will be able to taste the staple food of marching armies.