Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Skiiers of all skill levels are invited to participate in an afternoon ski clinic and moonlight trek led by Catherine McLynn of the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club. The program begins with local artisan John Beltman as he makes an authentic set of wooden skis. After the sun sets the group will explore the Forest History Center's four miles of cross-country ski trails by the light of the moon. Warm up in the cookshack with hot drinks and entertainment by storyteller and musician Casey Aro.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, Take a 90-minute guided tour of one of the grandest and most architecturally significant public buildings in the United States. Along the way, learn about the Capitol's renowned architect, Cass Gilbert, and the building's Beaux-Arts style. The tour will include stops in the legislative chambers, rotunda, and a special rooftop visit to see stunning views of the city and a close-up look at the Quadriga (golden horses) weather permitting. Visitors can also see a cut-away drawing of the unique dome and photographs documenting the 1905 construction of the building. Books on the life and career of Cass Gilbert will be available for purchase at the Information Desk.
Minnesota Historical Society Library, St. Paul, Genealogists working on African-American research face challenges of name changes, elusive identities, missing records and records never kept. Celebrate Black History Month by reviewing six key principles for success: Pose the question carefullyget on the right path by specifying what youre looking for. Pay attention to family photos, home sources and oral history. Research whole families, not just individuals. Watch for changes and variations in namesaccidental or deliberate. Capture all the sources you can such as funeral notices and obituaries, not just the death certificates. Learn about the unique sources available for the time and place youre researching and the information you can find in them.This class is taught by Jerry Blue, a Hennepin County librarian and storyteller and professional genealogist Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Celebrate Valentines Day the old fashioned way by enjoying classic poems of the 19th century in the elegant drawing room of the Hill House. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems. Visitors will hear works by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and others dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports, war and even poems about James J. Hill himself. Audience members are invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud. The one-hour program will be followed by light refreshments and tours of the Hill House.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Throughout the Victorian era, love letters, floral bouquets and small gifts were used to indicate a suitor's intention of marriage. In this one hour Valentine's themed program, discover what secret messages could be conveyed by these gifts. Enjoy freshly baked Valentine's Day treats, listen to excerpts from Ramsey family love letters and play Victorian courtship games in the parlor.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, On Valentines Day eve, snuggle up to your sweetie and enjoy a delectable evening of songs and lore about the places and faces that defined Twin Cities society during the dry days of Prohibition. The evening will be hosted by Dan Chouinard and featuring soprano Maria Jette, with Jim ten Bensel and the Minnesota Showboat Ramblers. Bootleg Valentine will remember some of the great restaurants and venues of the day, from St. Paul gangster hangouts like the Castle Royal and the Green Lantern to elegant supper clubs. Put on your spiffiest duds and get ready to sing along to some memorable tunes amd revel in the glamour and (sometimes illicit) fun of a bygone era. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine with chocolate pairing during the pre-show reception from 7 to 8 p.m."American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Historical Society team up to present a program for Black History Month, focusing on African Americans in transportation. Join us as we navigate through the history of Black voyagers and sailors who explored the Great Lakes and Northern Territories.
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Jonathan Jordan, author of Brothers, Rivals, Victors, will discuss the officers that won the war, and veterans will describe their encounters with these influential figures.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).
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, The first decades of aviation brought both triumph and tragedy. A new breed of adventurers looked to the heavens for their challenges and thrilled audiences around the world. The advent of the movie camera meant that their exploits could be broadcast to every corner of the globe and recorded for posterity. Film starts at 7p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Attend a community open house for Why Guantnamo?, a traveling exhibit produced by the Guantnamo Public Memory Project. View the exhibit and meet the University of Minnesota undergraduate and graduate students who, along with students from eleven other American universities, created this exhibit that examines the long history of the American naval station and military prison at Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. Join them in exploring the historical and current connections between Gitmo and Minnesota.This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Wildland firefighters work under extreme conditions as they travel the country aiding in the suppression of fires. Find out what its like to be a wildland firefighter in this special program. Visitors can try out firefighting tools and equipment, eat a firefighter's lunch, and listen to tales of firefighters in action.
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, Enjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance. Country dancing, a pastime frequently mentioned by Jane Austen, was a favorite evening diversion for the young as well as the mature ladies and gentlemen of the genteel classes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dance steps will be taught and called at the ball. During a mid-dance break visitors will enjoy a selection of delicious refreshments. Period or semi-formal attire is requested.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, In this two hour program, children ages 8-12 will use one of Mrs. Ramsey's favorite sugar cookie recipes to mix, bake and decorate Valentine's Day cookies in the restored 1870's kitchen. They will measure ingredients, mix dough and roll out cookies. While the cookies bake in the wood-burning stove, the young chefs will take a tour of the house and discover how the Ramsey grandchildren celebrated Valentine's Day. After the tour, there will be time to enjoy the freshly baked treats. Children will be able to take home cookies to share.
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Join Spencer Crew, professor of history at George Mason University, for a lecture on the forces at play in the northern migration of more than more than 6 million African-Americans between 1915 and 1970. Propelled out of the South by the boll weevil, economic discrimination and Jim Crow, African-Americans headed north in search of new industrial jobs, better education and living conditions for themselves and their children. This movement was especially intense around the time of the First World War, when the temporary suspension of foreign immigration left factories in need of new workers. Called "The Great Migration," this black exodus out of the South transformed the racial landscape of northern cities, introduced African American music and literature into the national culture, and, despite the hopes of millions, brought the color line North.Spencer Crew is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of American, African American, and Public History at George Mason University.This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, See how history is revealed in food as Mill City Museum staff lead a demonstration in the Baking Lab. Explore the history of the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off Second-place winning recipe, The Tunnel of Fudge Cake, its connection to local company Nordic Ware, makers of the Bundt Pan, and the fascination bakers today hold for replicating the recipe. Visitors can learn about baking history, sample the cake, get baking tips and take home a copy of the recipe.
The Turf Club, St Paul, Midways strategic location, industries and community have always contributed to its distinctive character and make it a great neighborhood from which to explore the lofty ambitions and deep flaws of Americas Noble Experiment, Prohibition. The neighborhood was annexed by the City of Saint Paul as a dry community, but from the outset its residents and businesses struggled with illicit activity, bootlegging and even murder: a gangland hit at the corner of Snelling and University in 1932. Historian and author Brian McMahon shares his own research about auspicious moments in this neighborhoods unique history during Prohibition and today. Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo of Bang Brewing discuss their fledgling Midway brewery, share samples and thoughts on commerce and drinking in the neighborhood. 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, Add a touch of class to your wild game cooking with classic French techniques and unique ingredients. Participants will enjoy demonstrations and samples of a variety of different dishes. This class is held in the Visitor Center.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, See the grand murals, powerful sculptures, exquisite decorations and restored Rathskeller Caf and view works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Garnsey and others. Hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America (1890s-1910s), which used allegory and symbolism in public building artwork, and see how the art, architecture and overall decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, From noon to 1 p.m. children can join in as museum staff read storybooks while enjoying a light snack and refreshments. Then from 1 to 3 p.m. they can learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Storybook time is free. The cost for the beaded ring kit is $3 and includes materials for the ring and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the ring. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Experience the sights and sounds of 1872. It was an exciting year for the Ramsey family as they moved into their new mansion in St. Paul. Families can use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover the new foods and inventions were making life easier. Before and after the event, children can create their own time capsule to take home.
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