Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Learn to apply porcupine quills using the appliqu method, a method that applies quills directly to craft material, birch bark and leather. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of 5 participants is required. Children under 18 must by accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Grab a trowel and get ready for an archeological dig at Historic Fort Snelling. Campers will spend the day with archeologists and historians who will help them learn how to do archeological work including research, digging and sifting at a recreated dig site and working with scientific equipment in a lab. Space is limited to 10 per camp. For ages 10-14.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, There is more to pie than meets the eye. A good cook and plenty of food held a logging camp together. While meat, potatoes and beans were the cook shack staples, it was the pies the men loved most. Cooks worked with ingredients they had on hand to make delicious and wholesome pies. This event allows visitors to compare and contrast pies served in the logging camps with modern day creations. Visitors are encouraged to bring a recipe to share.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, In todays fast paced world the art of social graces can get lost along the way. Victorian girls, like the Ramsey granddaughters Anita and Laura Furness, were expected to attend finishing school where they learned the arts of personal interaction and good manners. In this one-of-a kind day camp, young ladies will dress up in Victorian outfits and learn about Victorian fashion, etiquette, dancing and poise. Open to girls 9-12.
Lac qui Parle Mission, Montevideo, Visit on Mission Sunday, held annually the second Sunday in July. Join Missionary and Dakota descendants for worship and to celebrate the Lac qui Parle Mission. Worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. with a guest pastor each year. The Dakota Ascension Choir will sing several hymns from the Dakota Odowan, and the entire congregation will sing the Dakota hymn "Lac qui Parle" written by Joseph Renville. A potluck picnic will follow at noon near the Lac qui Parle dam area. Please bring a dish to share, serving spoon and your own plate and utensils. Coffee and juice will be provided. At 1 p.m. speakers will lead a program of reflection. For more information got to www.chippewacohistory.org.
Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota, In the 1890s, Minnesota artist Burt Harwood taught a summer art school at the Sibley house. On Family Art Day, visit the site and get creative. Try different kinds of art inspired by history and nature, at art stations around the site. Have a picnic, play old-fashioned games on the lawn and stay in Mendota for the Mendota Day festival.
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 History Center, St. Paul, For nearly three decades, John Howe was Frank Lloyd Wrights chief draftsman and the person who created many of the most famous drawings to emanate from the Taliesin studio. In addition to being one of the 20th Centurys finest architectural renderers, Howe also was a noted architect who practiced in Minnesota for twenty-five years. This illustrated talk will consider Howes architecture and artistry. Jane King Hession is co-author with architect,Tim Quigley of the upcoming book "The Land is the Beginning: The Architectural Life of John H. Howe," to be published by the University of Minnesota Press, spring 2014.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, In this episode of "The Birth of Flight" learn about Seaplane development went from strength to strength, with Seaplanes becoming the largest aircraft in the world by the end of the First World War. Seaplanes saw the dawn of the aviation industry as they could accommodate large numbers of passengers between continents and only required a smooth body of water to land. The film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Play music, learn acting games, bake bread and construct books while exploring the rich culture along the Minneapolis riverfront district. Arts on the River Camp offers children a new experience each day at four arts centers, including Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and MacPhail Center for Music. The Mississippi River and the wonders of water will inspire camp activities this year. Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and will walk with camp leaders, less than three blocks, to each art organization. For ages 9-11.
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, Visit Fort Ridgely for a day of games and crafts. Visitors can play games on the parade grounds and create crafts inside the commissary building. Games for children include field ball, stilts and graces. Crafts include making a hanky doll or a catapult.
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 will learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Stories and refreshments are free, the beaded ring kit is $3 and includes materials for the ring and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the ring. This project is recommended for children age 8 and up.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Explore some of the survival skills used by Early American Indians. Throughout the afternoon visitors can try to start a fire using primitive methods; from 1 to 3 p.m. they can make an atlatl (spear thrower) and then learn how to throw a spear at a bison target; and from 3 to 5 p.m. they can observe a flintknapper demonstrate how to create stone projectile points (arrowheads) and then try making one themselves. A collection of atlatls will be on display throughout the day.
Historic Forestville, Preston, Experience Independence Day as it was celebrated in Historic Forestville in 1899. Take part in a grand ceremony, listen to local Glee Club and political speeches including a reading of the Declaration of Independence and watch an old-time 1860s baseball game. Guests can also enjoy pie and watermelon eating contests and sack and three-legged races for the kids. The Friends of Forestville will provide a concession/lunch stand.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Reserve your spot on the museums Koch Observation Deck for the best view of the Minneapolis Red White and Boom fireworks display. A limited number of tickets are available for this unique package, which includes same-day admission to the museum between 10 and 5 p.m. Entrance to the Observation Deck begins at 9:30 p.m. fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Celebrate the Farmer's Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, watch the spring lambs prance about and take a horse-drawn trolley ride along the nature trail. Visitors can also join in 19th-century games like townball, the precursor to modern baseball, and participate in an oratory and debate from the front porch. Enjoy the company of family and friends along with the farm's costumed staff and celebrate the most important holiday in America in the 19th century.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Celebrate our nations independence at Historic Fort Snelling with activities that showcase what life was like in the early 1800s. At every turn, guests will encounter costumed interpreters, performances, exhibits and hands-on learning fun. Hear the roar of cannon salutes, explore the history of slavery in Minnesota and the part Fort Snelling played in the great debate over freedom during the 1800s, watch a War of 1812 "mock-battle" on the Parade Ground celebrating Colonel Snelling's victory at the Battle of Oak Woods, witness a military dress parade, hear patriotic and military fife and drum music and try your hand at historic games.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Discover Minneapolis' past and present in a fun-filled week at Mill City Museum and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Campers aged 9-11 will spend each morning at Mill City Museum exploring a different museum theme through a variety of activities. Campers will create a photographic history of the area, bake bread, tour St. Anthony Falls lock and dam, create recipes in the Baking Lab, hike the Minneapolis riverfront, and participate in several hands-on projects. After lunch, campers will walk to Minnesota Center for Book Arts for related book projects. These include making a journal to record memories throughout the week, operating the printing press to produce illustrations for a recipe book, making paper and constructing other book projects. Participants will be dropped off and picked up each day at Mill City Museum. Early drop-off at 8:30 a.m. and late pickup by 4 p.m. will be available.
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, Join Company B for a drill weekend as soldiers demonstrate what life was like at the Fort during the 1860s. Watch as Soldiers drill on the parade ground, explore a recruitment tent, and much more. Dan Cochran will demonstrate his handmade leather work including making saddles and wallets. Items will be for sale.