Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Enjoy happy hour at the Alexander Ramsey House. Sip, snack and socialize in the Ramsey mansion while learning about a variety of history topics and themes. 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 how American Indians kept track of history by recording symbols which represented memorable events in their lives on hides called winter counts. Create a winter count symbol 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 and 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.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring Americas soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See large-scale military demonstrations throughout the day, play childrens games and explore Minnesotas oldest military fort.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Join museum staff and community members at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum's annual Memorial Day Powwow. Bring the family to participate in a social gathering honoring American Indian veterans past and present and experience firsthand the excitement of a contemporary pow-wow. This outdoor event is free and open to the public, but regular admission prices apply to visit the museum.
Historic Forestville, Preston, Explore the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters present a look back at the lives of some of the people who built the town of Forestville more than 150 years ago. This program is free with the price of a regular tour. Meet at historic site for shuttle transport to the Zumbro Hill Cemetery trail head. The cemetary is another 20 minute hike up a moderate grade hill. Wear weather appropriate attire and footwear.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Gather friends and family for the opening weekend of the season at Historic Fort Snelling. Explore the historic buildings, visit with costumed interpreters and learn about life in early Minnesota. Children can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt, earn a special Fort Kids button and play games that were popular in the 1800s. Other activities include cannon and musket firings, hearth cooking demonstrations and American Indian history presentations. Special tours will be given focusing on African American history in Minnesota.On Memorial Day, guests can travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring Americas soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See large-scale military demonstrations throughout the day, play childrens games and explore Minnesotas oldest military fort.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Help construct a house out of willow saplings just like it would have been done 2000 years ago. The house will remain on display at the site throughout the summer.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, The atlatl is an ancient hunting device used by people of the area before the bow and arrow. Considered a symbol of power, it was used for thousands of years. There are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite at the site. During this program learn how to use an atlatl while trying to hunt a life-size buffalo target. 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.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, James J. Hill, known as the Empire Builder for his work building a network of rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77. Hill left behind a personal fortune of $63 million. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures of Americas Gilded Age, Hill embodied the era of Manifest Destiny. Tours will emphasize Hills career and the publics reaction to his death. Guests can view displays of photographs and newspaper articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one given to the family by the Great Northern Railway, created by Tiffany and Company. Guest organists will play music used at the Hill funeral which was held at the house in 1916.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, See how history is revealed in a demonstration of Chocolate Cherry Bars, a Bake-Off winning recipe from 1974. Learn about the 60-year history of the Pillsbury Bake-Off, sample treats, get baking tips and take home a copy of the recipe.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, The years following the First World War saw flying take off as business. Flying became a bigger feature of life all around the world, not just as a novelty "adventure" for rich people but as a mode of transport available to just about anyone. Film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother's Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the garden, harvest the first greens and meet the new baby animals as they try out their young legs. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child. Parents, children and grandparents are encouraged to enjoy this event together.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, During the first class participants will learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct a clay vessel. Then the pots will dry for a week. During the second class participants will finish the surface details and temper the clay vessel in a firing pit. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by May 7.
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.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, John McManus, author of the upcoming book The Dead and Those About to Die, and combat veterans will discuss the event on its 70th anniversary.The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. The series is presented the second Thursday of each month from September through May (some exceptions may occur).
Historic Forestville, Preston, Historic Forestville is open on Saturdays in May, then for regular weekend hours starting Memorial Day Weekend. The site is also open for Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.Walk across the Carnegie Steel Bridge into 1899 Forestville. Explore the Meighen family store which is filled with original 19th-century merchandise, discover what's cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hands with chores in the garden and farm buildings. Costumed guides portray residents and their daily activities.Special events are held year round. Check back for more listings. Call for group tours.
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.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Spring is on the way and the Oliver Kelley Farm is starting to come alive. Visit opening weekend to see this years baby animals, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce and travel the nature trails by foot or on the horse drawn trolley.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Children will learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made out of the outer covering of an ear of corn and are typically made during the fall. Participants will receive a kit that includes materials for the doll and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Take a 90-minute tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The walking tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. The popular tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday, May through September. Call for group tour information.
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