North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, By shaping stone into sharp tools and projectiles, ancient people were able to hunt animals as big as mastodons. Discover the craft of making spear points and arrowheads. Watch as modern flint knappers from around the country demonstrate their skills. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Flint Knappers Guild.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learn about the history of facial hair and grooming. Master barber Jon Boorom will talk about facial hair trends of the 19th century and how they changed over time. Snacks and two drink tickets included in price of admission. This program is for people age 21 and older.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, Children of all ages can join in the chores that kids did on farms more than 100 years ago. Families worked together and children had a role. Help load hay into a wagon pulled by Coulter and Toby, the farms oxen, and then help unload it into the barn. Kids can also try to get the laundry clean using a scrub board without the calves eating the soap, haul baskets of weeds out of the garden, and play Cats Cradle or Grandmothers Footsteps and other 19th century games.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Join a guide on a prairie tour to discover interesting information about the prairie ecosystem while searching for grasses and flowers. Prairie tours start at 2 p.m. each day. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them. Guide petroglyph tours are offered 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.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Calling all budding fashionistas. At this two day workshop, you'll use 21st century technology to create your own designs inspired by historic textiles. On Day 1, you'll enjoy a behind the scenes look at historic textiles, and following a conversation with design pros, you'll create an original textile design inspired by the past and your own creativity. On Day 2, you'll work with instructors to create an original, wearable T-shirt incorporating historic inspiration and your textile ideas. Open to young designers aged 12-16. Limit 12 students per workshop.Session I: June 24-5Session II: July 8-9Program funding provided by Best Buy Children's Foundation.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Davy Crockett was a living legend during the early 1800s and tales of his adventures spread across the world. Campers will learn the skills Crockett and others like him used on the frontier including tracking animals, using flint and steel and 1800s soldiering. Campers will also learn about American Indian history and much more. Space is limited to 14. For ages 9 to 12.Session I: June 24-27Session II: July 22-25
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Solve mysteries of the past in this three day camp at the Alexander Ramsey House. Campers will explore primary source materials like the Ramsey House itself, artifacts inside the home, letters, journals and even historical recipes. They will use the information they find to solve mysteries about the Ramsey family. Each day a new historical theme is explored, with a new mystery to solve. For boys and girls ages 11-13.Session I: June 23-25Session II: July 21-23
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Join Carver Creek Bluegrass for an afternoon of music. The group is a family band of five siblings from Carver, Minnesota. They play bluegrass, old-time, gospel and Irish folk music on the banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle, and some unusual pieces, like the bodhrn (an Irish frame drum) and the musical saw.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, The 1940s come to life as visitors explore World War II and Minnesotas role on battlefields and at home. Thousands of Minnesotans joined the military at Fort Snelling during the war. Costumed staff, period displays, weapon firing demonstrations and an encampment of Allied reenactors occupy the historic fort during this special weekend devoted to Minnesota's Greatest Generation. Enjoy displays of vintage vehicles, watch weapons firings and more. Guests can also participate in a 1940s radio "broadcast" and enjoy a re-created USO show.
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, Tours geared for children highlight this popular annual event. Families can learn about the children who lived at the light station, join in special games and participate in a scavenger hunt. Free admission for ages 17 and under.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Hands-on activities will capture childrens imaginations by immersing them in the lives of lumber camp workers from the early 1900s. At the camp children can help saw wood, count beans, make nails, make cookie dough, stamp a log, cross haul a sled and race gray-backs. Then it's time for fun with games like prune in a spoon races and raisin spitting.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, In the spring of 1848, two young sisters in a remote New York town became famous when they were able to communicate with the spirit of a dead man. What followed next for Kate and Maggie Fox was fame, fortune, and ultimately, ruin. Join educator and photographer Nathan Lewis for this presentation on spiritualism in the mid-19th century. Discover the story of America's most (in) famous clairvoyants, the Fox Sisters, and learn how they influenced a nation.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Enjoy a photographic journey through the petroglyphs as an interpreter shares "Hands Upon the Rock" a book containing stories and insights about the carvings.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Experience the life described in Laura Ingalls Wilders "Little House" books. Campers will sing the songs, play the games, and make the food and crafts that Wilder learned while growing up on the western frontier in the 19th century. This camp focuses on the first four of the books in the series: "Little House in the Big Woods," "Little House on the Prairie," "Farmer Boy" and "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Space is limited to 14. For ages 7-11.Session I: June 17-20Session II: June 24-27Session III: July 8-11Session IV: July 22-25Session V: July 29-Aug. 1Session VI: Aug. 5-8
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, The classic book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" serves as the basis for this camp for the adventurous and active kid. Campers will explore the book and its themes of adventure and childhood fun through hands-on activities in the unique setting of Historic Fort Snelling. Activities include fishing, hiking, cooking outdoors, canoeing and much more. Space is limited to 14 each week. This camp has received Nickelodeon's Parent's Choice Award. For ages 9 to 12.Session I: June 17-20Session II: July 15-18Session III: July 31-Aug. 1 (2-day camp)Session IV: Aug. 12-15
Historic Forestville, Preston, Campers will go on a journey of exploration and discovery back to the Forestville of 1899 in this one day camp. They will participate in a range of creative, hands-on activities inspired by the Meighen home, general store and farming operations; its collections and research. This camp focuses on history and 19th century daily life. For children 812 years. A minimum of 8 campers is required. Find the registration form here.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Young ladies 9-12 can step back in time in this unique day camp at the Alexander Ramsey House. Each day has a new historical theme where the participants explore the world of Victorian fashion, music, art and etiquette, just like Alexander Ramsey's granddaughters, Anita and Laura Furness. Wear a Victorian-inspired costume, enjoy tea on the porch, and learn a popular dance of the 1870s. Session I: June 16-18Session II: July 14-16
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Honor father with a trip to the Harkin Store to learn about leather working. Join Dan Cochran who will discuss and display his work. Then relax under the shade of the 1870s porch while learning about the general store and the former bustling riverboat stop of West Newton.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Popular pianist Don Irwin returns to the Hill House for a summer concert in the 2-story, skylit Art Gallery highlighting music from his latest CD. The 90-minute concert will be followed by a light reception and tours of the Hill House, included with admission.
Historic Forestville, Preston, Butter has been used for more than 4,000 years. For many years, butter was only produced in the home. During the 19th century, many farm wives supplemented farm income by selling butter. They churned every day or so, or whenever enough cream had accumulated. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of butter churning. 19th century traditional techniques of churning will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation.