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Adventures in Nature: Hands Upon the Rock

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00am
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.

History HiJinx: Robot Mania!

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, For centuries scientists and artists, such as Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci, made sketches and models of movable figures. In the years following World War II, space travel and technology drove the popularity of robots, with comic book and Television characters like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers hitting the scene. View toy robots in the new History Center exhibit, Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s and then cut, color and add a dash of flash, to create your own paper and cardboard contraption.

Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:00am
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

Huck Finn Day Camp

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:00am
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

19th-Century Homestead Day Camp

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00am
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.

Finishing School for Young Ladies

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00am
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Young girls 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

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sun, 06/15/2014 - 12:00am
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Walk the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Participants will visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, which was once the milling center of the world and is now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. A guide from Mill City Museum will lead visitors onto the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of the falls, the historic buildings surrounding it and downtown Minneapolis, and tell stories of the people who have worked and lived in the area and how it has changed over the years. The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museums gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine.

Father's Day

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sun, 06/15/2014 - 12:00am
Harkin Store, New Ulm, Honor father with a trip to the Harkin Store. Visit with author Pell Johnson who will answer questions about his books on hunting at Swan Lake in Nicollet County. And join craftsman Dan Cochran who will discuss and display his leather 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.

Engineering the Falls Tour with History Player William de la Barre

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Participants will visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west-side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls has changed over the years.The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museums gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine.

History Food Crawls: University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Ride through the history, culture and cuisine of one of St. Pauls most changeable districts, University Avenue. From a country road, streetcar line and urban highway, the avenue is now a light rail route that both divides and defines the district. Investigate Frogtown and the Hmongtown Marketplace and discover what was lost in Rondo, the city's historic African American neighborhood. Experience the beauty of St. Agnes Catholic Church, one of St. Pauls architectural gems, and get to know the story of Pilgrim Baptist, home of Minnesotas oldest black congregation. Along the way enjoy hearty samples from the neighborhoods best purveyors of food. The two-and-a-half hour tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to three blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The bus leaves from the Minnesota History Center. Food samples are included in ticket price.

We Are Anishinaabe: Our Migration Journey

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, According to oral tradition, ancestors of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe moved westward from the Atlantic coast of North America. By the mid-1700s they had established themselves in the region around Mille Lacs lake. Discover the origins of Ojibwe people in Minnesota in this 30-minute discussion and explore the stories, values and traditions that traveled with them and remain today.

Blacksmithing II (Advanced)

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Individuals who have participated in the Blacksmithing I program are encouraged to join the skilled tradespeople the fort and further sharpen their blacksmithing skills. Students will work on an advanced smithing project to make a real working knife. Children ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Piano Concert by Don Irwin

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, Popular pianist Don Irwin returns to the Hill House for a summer concert in the two-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.

Butter Making Day

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
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. Nineteenth-century traditional techniques of churning will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation.

Jazz in June

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Sibley Historic Site, Mendota, Celebrate Mendota's rich jazz history with an evening of great music from the Jack Brass Band. The Minneapolis-based band plays energetic New Orleans-style jazz reminiscent of the music that used to fill the clubs around Mendota in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Bring a blanket or chair, your friends and family, and enjoy music on the Sibley Historic Site lawn. In case of bad weather, the show will move to the Mendota VFW. Due to limited indoor seating, advanced tickets are strongly recommended. A decision to move indoors will be made by 3 p.m. on June 14 and will be posted on the Sibley Historic Site website and on this calendar entry.

Split Rock Lighthouse Open House

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, Enjoy the beauty and history of Minnesota's North Shore during an open house at Split Rock Lighthouse and State Park. Admission is FREE to both the Lighthouse and the State Park on this day only. Tour the light station, keepers house and fog signal building. Stop by the Visitor Center to see exhibits on the North Shore's tourism and commercial fishing industries, and view a film about the early shipping industry on Lake Superior.

Father's Day Weekend

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River, This Fathers Day join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th-century "fancy chores," such as building feed boxes, repairing equipment and fences, and caring for the livestock. Guests can also bake treats in the farm house and help water and weed in the garden. Fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.

The American Indian Travois

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey, Discover the material culture and innovations that American Indians developed in order to survive on the prairie. Visitors will take part in a hands-on activity investigating reproduction items that would have been used in daily life and packed on a travois. The roles and responsibilities of various members of an American Indian family will be explored. Plus, guests can compete to see who can hitch up and pack their travois the quickest and race to a finish line.

Wild Edibles

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Sip sumac lemonade, savor sauteed day lilies, nibble on a fresh fiddlehead and munch on acorns. Learn which common plants growing in northern Minnesota forests are edible and how to harvest them responsibly. Join a nature hike to learn where certain plants grow and the best time to pick them. Then head back to the visitor center where you'll learn how to prepare the items. There will be an opportunity to sample nature's delicacies and to learn the cook's recipes. The spring class will feature very different edibles from the fall class.

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions

Events at the Minnesota Historical Society - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:00am
Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs to seances and spirit writing. In this one hour program, explore the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play fortune-telling games in the parlor. Discover how and why superstitions captured the Victorian imagination.