Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learn about the history of the Underground Railroad in St. Paul. Museum educator Dwight Scott will tell the story of "station agent" Joseph Farr, who was instrumental in guiding enslaved people through St. Paul to freedom. 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.
Fort Ridgely, Fairfax, At 1 p.m. independent historian John LaBatte will examine the causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, drawing on personal stories from his Dakota and settler ancestors. At 2:30 p.m. LaBatte will lead a tour of the parade grounds, where visitors will meet up with the New Ulm Battery as they demonstrate canon fire. The Battery will demonstrate the use of black powder and talk about life for the soldiers during the war. Dan Cochran will demonstrate and sell his handmade leather work.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, African and Native peoples came together in the Americas. Over centuries, they created shared histories, communities, families and ways of life. Prejudice, laws, and twists of history often divided them from others, yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom. For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible. This panel exhibit sheds light on the dynamics of race, community and creativity and addresses the human desire to belong. On view May 24-July 20."IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas" was developed by the Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian with the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
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.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, See a monumental and detailed model of the Minnesota State Capitol made entirely of LEGO bricks. Built by LEGO ambassador Roy Cook, the six-foot-long, four-foot-wide and three-foot-high model is made of more than 75,000 bricks and took more than 150 hours to build. Free guided tours of the State Capitol building are available on the hour daily during regular hours.
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.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Pauls hoppy past with Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters. This meandering three hour bus tour features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to todays fascination with the sudsy stuff. But St. Pauls first brewery opened in 1849 by German immigrant Anthony Yoerg. Today, remnants of St. Pauls historic brewing past include the imposing old Hamms and Schmidt breweries. For ages 21 and up only. Tours start and end at the Minnesota History Center and include up to four blocks of walking on uneven terrain. Please alert staff if you need alternative accommodations.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, This year, RetroRama celebrates the first exhibit of the pictureman Charles Chambliss work, "Sights, Sounds, and Soul: Twin Cities through the lens of Charles Chamblis," opening at the Minnesota History Center on April 26th. Inspired by Chambliss photographs of African American musicians, fashion models and everyday people in Minneapolis (circa the 1970s and 80s) this years fashion show features vintage looks of that era and some of Chambliss own subjects modeling garments made especially for them by Twin Cities designers. The show will be emceed by Twin Cities phenom Fancy Ray McCloney and DJd by Larry Spider Hamilton, also a subject of Chambliss camera.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, The Minnesota History Center has collaborated with the Palestinian Heritage Museum to study historical and contemporary clothing and determine how clothes reflect history, culture and personal beliefs. Though conversation with each other, meetings with textiles historians and guidance from fashion design professionals, girls have created garments to express what theyve learned through this collaboration. Join us for an innovative fashion event featuring girls from both the Twin Cities and Jerusalem modeling their original garments against the backdrop of media, music and informative displays all curated or created by them to encourage all of us to reflect on the many ways that what we wear represents who we are. Design Diaries International is part of the Museums Connect program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Additional funding provided by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, In a world before child labor laws, many young people worked in factories to help their families get by. One visionary educator, Professor C.D. Heintzman, saw music as a way to bring structure and meaning into the lives of those rough-and-tumble children by forming the Working Boys Band. Learn how the band became a Twin Cities institution with playwright Dominic Orlando and cast members from St. Pauls History Theatre as they share this fascinating true story illustrated with samples of the original music from the show.
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, In this episode of "The Birth of Flight" learn about the years following the First World War when flying took 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. The film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, The Twin Cities Chamber music ensemble Pavia Winds presents a concert in the art gallery of the James J. Hill House. Works include Theodor Blumer, quintet, Maurice Ravel, Le tombeau de Couperin and Emile Pessard, Aubade en quintette. The Pavia Winds performers are Gina Goettl, horn, Lindsey Thompson, oboe, Justin Windschitl, bassoon, Ryan Golden, clarinet and Erica Bennett, flute.The one hour concert will be followed by a light reception and tours of the Hill House (included with admission).
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.