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.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, From his first St. Paul apprenticeship through his 1934 design of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C., Cass Gilbert built a national reputation as one of the most prolific and stylistically versatile architects of his generation. Gilbert's Minnesota legacy includes his design for the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul and many homes and churches on and around Summit Avenue.This bus tour offers offers unprecedented access to several Cass Gilbert designs. Stops include Roselawn Cemetery and several privately owned homes in the Summit Hill neighborhood. The tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to two blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The bus departs from the Minnesota History Center.The tour is presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society.
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Celebrate the last days of summer with toys, games and tests of skill and knowledge. Discover how playing games helped develop hunting skills and toys prepared children for their adult lives. Create a toy to take home, try to win a game of cat-and-mouse and learn the skills of a voyageur.
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, Independent historian Curtis 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.
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. Real Horse Power 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.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Bethany Larson and The Bee's Knees, one of Twin Cities best kept secrets as declared by Twin Cities Metro, brings a preachers daughter from Austin, Minn. to the local music scene. In the process of recording her sophomore album she joined forces with the "Bees Knees" her brother Chris Larson on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals, Sara Horishnyk on drums and Sam Johnson on bass.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, Join us for an American Folk "shindig" with the Okee Dokee Brothers. This program is offered in conjunction with the History Center exhibit Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Families are invited to participate in pre-show activities including lawn games, bubbles and toys.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.
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.
Historic Forestville, Preston, Throughout the growing season there are periods of shortage and abundance of foods, making preservation an essential part of life. Assist the gardeners in picking the freshest and plumpest garden vegetables including peppers, cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage and other heirloom varieties, all traditionally found in Thomas Meighens garden. Then head inside the kitchen as interpreters demonstrate various 19th century food preservation techniques including ways to preserve meats, vegetables and fruits, and employing sugar, vinegar, salt and alcohol as preservatives. Preserving demonstrations will depend on available produce.
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.
Traverse des Sioux Historic Site, St. Peter, Join naturalist Scott Kudelka for a two-part tour of the Traverse des Sioux trails to learn about two very different landscapes on either side of the Minnesota River the prairie and the Big Woods. In August, take a prairie tour to learn how the tall grass prairie dominated the landscape throughout the Minnesota River basin before European-American settlers arrived. Hike through a restored prairie to learn how the grasses benefit the environment, how people and animals have used the grasses and which animals make their home on the prairie.In September, take a tour of the Big Woods to examine how the forests formed, discover some of the rare animal species that live in the woods and how the woods have changed over time. The dense forest dominated by maple and basswood once covered 3,000 square miles across southern Minnesota reaching to present-day Mankato. Called "Bois Grand" or "Big Woods" by early French explorers, it was recognized as a distinct area from other hardwood forests.Trail tours start at the Treaty Site History Center.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, The Cloak Ox is made up of indie rock vets Andrew Broder and longtime friends and sometimes bandmates Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mark Erickson and Martin Dosh. In 2011 the group topped City Pages new artist Picked to Click list and in 2013 their full length Shoot the Dog made top ten lists by the Star Tribune and City Pages.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, Mix it up with Gertie and the T.O. Boyz and Finn Hall as they present an evening of Waila (chicken scratch) and Finnish polkas.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.
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.
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Visit the Harkin Store for games from the old days such as pick-up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces and rolling hoops. Many of the games can be purchased at the gift shop, along with toys, books, 10-cent candy, and hand-crafted items.