Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Homeschool students and their families are invited to participate in a variety of educational activities as we take a step back in time to the rollicking decades of the 1920s and 1930s and review the economic and social changes of this era. Students will have an opportunity to meet History Player Wanda Gag, whose story of artistic innovation despite tremendous financial hardship reflected the experience of many Americans in these decades. Students will participate in one of three age-appropriate lessons focusing on how Americans grappled with the turbulence of life in the 1920s and trials of the life during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Participants will also have an opportunity to view American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, on loan from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, The Kelley Farm has promoted the saving of rare and heirloom seed since 1981. This free Visitor Center program includes a presentation on how to save, store and plant seeds, then save them again, just as farmers and gardeners have done for thousands of years. A gardening expert will share insight into heirloom plants for the first part of the event. Then stay for the free seed exchange. Participants do not need to bring seeds in order to take seeds home. Seed art and sorting activities will be provided for children. Refreshments will be served.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Get the basics of birding with nationally renowned ornithologist Laura Erickson. Erickson will cover everything from field guides to birding equipment in a fun and interactive presentation for the whole family. Take a bird walk in the afternoon and see some of the many birds of Northern Minnesota.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, In true "test kitchen" style, Mill City Museum staff will create an original recipe on-the-spot. Guests will choose the ingredients from the Pillsbury Bake-Off official list of qualifying ingredients. Then an adventurous staff member will try to create a "winning recipe." Visitors can see and taste the new recipe to judge if it has the qualities needed to be a winner. Learn about the 45-year history of the Pillsbury Bake-Off and sample a real Bake-Off winning recipe.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, This special tour will focus on important Minnesota women involved in the suffrage movement and those who played significant roles in gaining the right to vote. Through photographs and other visual aids, learn about the struggles and success stories of Minnesota women working to persuade legislators and other elected officials in the State Capitol to support woman suffrage.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Learn to bead using the appliqu method, in which beads are applied directly to material or leather. This is an advanced type of beading used to create intricate designs on dance regalia, bags and moccasins. With the assistance of an instructor, participants will learn the craft of appliqu beadwork through hands-on learning. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Join Kathleen Dalton of Phillips Academy and Boston University, for a lecture in which she asks the question was Theodore Roosevelt a radical and how much did his words and policies impact the nations future? Roosevelt stands astride the Progressive Era like a colossus. Believing that government must be "the steward of the public welfare," Roosevelt committed to protecting American consumers from industrial irresponsibility and corporate monopolies and fought for the conservation of Americas wild places. A firm believer in racial equality, he shocked the South by inviting black activist Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House. After his presidency, he became a staunch public supporter of woman suffrage. Roosevelt also set America on the road to international empire and agitated for U.S. entry into World War I.Kathleen Dalton is the Cecil F.P. Bancroft Instructor of History at Phillips Academy Andover and an external fellow of Boston Universitys International History Institute.This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.
The Turf Club, St Paul, History of Hip, a series that explores modern trends with historic origins, returns to the venerable Turf Club. This year, the programs support American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, on display at the Minnesota History Center through March 16th. Snacks and drink samples included at each program. The Lounge at the historic Turf Club is only accessible by stairs. Please call 651-259-3015 for alternate accommodations. This is a 21 plus event.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Acclaimed basket weaver Teresa Sills will lead a one-day workshop in the fine art of basket making. Students will enjoy the small class size and take home a wonderful handmade basket that is sure to become a family heirloom.
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, The North Shore of Lake Superior is perhaps the most photographed landscape in the upper Midwest. Yet despite its popularity, it offers up a plethora of subject matter. From a rocky shoreline to pastel sunsets the shapes, forms, mood and atmosphere of Lake Superior captures the imagination of nearly everyone who visits. Spend an afternoon with four of the area's most talented emerging photographers as they share their favorite photographs of Lake Superior. The symposium will include a question and answer session. The panel features John Gregor of ColdSnap photography as the moderator, with four local photographers, Christian Dalbec, Bryan Hansel, Travis Novitsky and Emily Rose. Guests are encouraged to go on a field shoot at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park after the presentation.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 p.m. Then learn how to weave a "Gods Eye" to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Participants will receive an instructional handout and materials to make the craft item. Please allow an hour for the activity. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Experience the sights and sounds of 1861. Discover why it was an important year for both the United States and the Ramsey family. Families can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House, learn about the Civil War and new inventions of the era, help make hardtack in the kitchen and sample gingerbread cake. Before and after the event, children can create their own time capsule to take home.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Today, Guantnamo Bay makes headlines as the U.S. detention facility for alleged enemy combatants. What many Americans dont realize is that "Gitmo" was built over a century ago as the United States' first foreign military installation, and that it served many purposes before 2002 when it became a military prison for the War on Terror. Join the conversation and the debate about Guantnamo with international experts Liz Sevchenko, Founding Director of the Guantnamo Bay Public Memory Project, and Michael Strauss, professor of international relations at Paris cole des Hautes tudes Internationales, as they explore Guantnamo Bays little-known past and the historical, legal and human rights implications of its present use for the U.S. and the world.This lecture is being held in conjunction with the special exhibition, "Why Guantanamo?," produced by the Guantanamo Public Memory Project.This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, This three day workshop will give participants the personalized instruction and hands on experience that will allow them to master the skills of twilight and landscape photography. Spend three fun filled days at Split Rock Lighthouse with professional photographers John Gregor and Randy Hagar of ColdSnap Photography and learn how to make great photographs using your SLR digital camera. On Saturday, participants will join the "Lake Superior Photography Symposium," a presentation by four of the area's most creative and prolific emerging photographers. Registration information to come.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Have some bathtub gin with your friends at the Ramsey House. Choose from two different times, happy hour at 5:30 p.m. or an evening cocktail hour at 8:30 p.m. Hear from bartender Jesse Held, cocktail director and bar manager at Parlour and Borough in Minneapolis, while he prepares cocktails reminiscent of the spirits and recipes used during Prohibition. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets and snacks.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, The Hill House Chamber Players present their 28th season with concerts performed in the restored art gallery of the James J. Hill House.The evening features Part, Spiegel im Spiegel for violin and piano; Prokofiev, Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 119; Paganini, Sonata Concertata for violin and guitar; followed by Rachmaninoff, Piano Trio No. 1 in G minor, "Elegiaque". The guest artist is Ivan Konev, piano.Complimentary refreshments are served during intermission and admission includes a tour of the Hill House following the performance. Co-Sponsored by the Schubert Club.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, The postwar years of the late 1940s and 1950s ushered in a new era of kitchen conveniences. Many of the technologies that made this possible were developed by the American food industry during the Second World War. Did housewives want these easy-to-use products and appliances or were food companies creating a market for their goods by exaggerating the drudgery of home cooking? Using the example of the cake mix, this demonstration will answer this question, highlighting the dramatic changes in cooking habits during this era and how those innovations affect our lives today. Visitors will learn about food history, sample cakes made from scratch and from mix and take home a copy of a recipe.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Get out of the house and enjoy a snowshoe trek around the Forest History Center with interpreter Wanda Bunes. During the program, participants will navigate an obstacle course and use GPS units and digital cameras to record coordinates and imagery of flora and fauna. The program also includes a winter picnic in the cookshack. Guests should bring their own lunch.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, Learn techniques of working with leather at this two-day workshop. Participants will make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. 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. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Wisk those winter blahs away and warm your heart with delightful entertainment for the entire family. The Big Wow Family Variety Show, now in its 7th year, is a mash-up of music, dancing, comedy, stories and songs featuring multicultural, intergenerational performers. Come for the pre-show fun at 1:15 pm in the History Center rotunda, enjoy amazing talent and be a part of the dance-along finale. This is a two-part series, so be sure to check out both the February and March dates.
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