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					May 2009

Friday, May 1
Adventures in Nature: Artifact I.D.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey
Learn how archaeologists uncover information about past cultures through examination of
remains. Participate in the process of identifying actual projectile points. Then spend the day
searching the rock outcroppings for animal and human forms.
Phone: 507-628-5591
Time: 2 p.m.
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.
Also May 2, 3, 8, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 24, 29, 30, and 31

Saturday, May 2
May Day Program
Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Take part in a May Day Program with crafts and a special children-friendly tour that will focus
on popular May Day traditions and how the Ramsey’s granddaughters participated. Families can
make their own May Day baskets and mini-May Pole in the Carriage House. Tour are offered on
the hour, crafts are available throughout the day.
Phone: 651-296-8760
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17, $3 children age 5 and
under; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: recommended; call 651-296-8760
Saturday, May 2
Historic Fort Snelling Craft Event: Featuring Kirsten
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Join in a free craft activity featuring American Girl Kirsten, and have a chance to win a Kirsten
doll. During this hour-long program children will learn how Kirsten’s story relates to Minnesota
history. Space is limited for the craft activity, but the drawing to win a Kirsten doll is open to any
child under 16. Craft sessions are held at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. The Kirsten doll drawing will be
held at 4:30 p.m. Entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. This program is offered as part of Historic
Fort Snelling’s Opening Weekend.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. (Drawing at 4:30 p.m.)
Fee: Craft event is free; Fort Opening Weekend programs are included with admission of $10
adults, $8 seniors and college students, $5 children age 6-17.

Opening Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Discover new family fun activities, including the History Hunt program for kids and pick up a
special Fort Kid’s button. Participate in an interactive schoolhouse demonstration that shows
how children lived and learned at the Fort in the early 1800s. See military drills, try out period
games and visit with the Colonel and Mrs. Snelling in the Commandant’s House.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.
Also May 3

Summit Avenue Walking Tours
James J. Hill House 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008, take a 90-minute tour of the Summit Avenue
neighborhood. The popular walking tours include a discussion about the Gilded-Age mansions
that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them, as well as the
architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. Tours
start at the James J. Hill House, but do not include House admission. Tours are offered every
Saturday and Sunday, May through September.
Phone: 651-297-2555
Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS
members. Call for group tour information.
Reservations: recommended; call 651-297-2555
Also May 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31
Saturday, May 2
Family Storytime
Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Listen to classic tales including "The Little Red Hen," sing along and do a book-making project
for recording the steps wheat goes through from the field to the table. Also grind wheat into flour
and taste freshly baked bread. This 30-minute program is for preschoolers and their families.
Phone: 612-341-7555
Time: 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Fee: Programs included with museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students,
$5 children ages 6-17.

I'm New Here: Introducing the Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
The library contains an array of sources for finding family history; researching a term paper;
looking into the history of a house, business, organization or neighborhood; or just finding out
more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. This free class held each Saturday year
round, introduces these resources and offers tips on how to use catalogs, request materials and
purchase photocopies.
Phone: 651-259-3300
Time: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Fee: Free
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3300
Also May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27

State Capitol Art Treasures Hunt
Minnesota State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul
Go on a treasure hunt to discover 12 decorations in the State Capitol building using a self-guided
booklet. When an item is found, place a gold star next to the image in the booklet. At the end of
the hunt, visitors are awarded a gold state seal, a stamped autograph of architect Cass Gilbert and
become Junior Art Historians.
Phone: 651-296-2881
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Self-guided brochure available for $2 at the Capitol Information Desk.
Also May 9, 16, 23 and 30

Sunday, May 3
Opening Weekend at Harkin Store
Harkin Store Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Help kick-off the summer season at Harkin Store with an afternoon of home-made egg coffee
and "Newtons." Enjoy programs, displays, demonstrations and music throughout the day.
Phone: 507-354-8666
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $2 seniors and children 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS
members.
Tuesday, May 5
Whose House Was This?
Minnesota Historical Society Library 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
Discover the many ways to learn about the history of an urban house and the resources at the
Library that can help. Tracey Baker, assistant head of reference, will describe the use of maps,
city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals and State Archives
records.
Phone: 651-259-3300
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10, $8 for MHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3300

History Lounge: Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1860
Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Happening just two years after Minnesota became a state, Minnesotans voted overwhelmingly
for Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. As part of the national commemoration of
Lincoln’s bicentennial, join Society Librarian Hamp Smith and Collections Associate Lori
Williamson for a conversation about what tied Minnesotans to Lincoln and why the new
president was so popular in the North Star state. Guests can also view rarely seen 1860 campaign
materials and other Lincolnalia from the Society's collections on display in the Society's library.
Phone: 651-259-3000
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: Free

Thursday, May 7
Minneapolis Riverfront Rebirth - Panel Discussion
Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
By the early 1970s the Minneapolis riverfront was an industrial wasteland. The Milwaukee Road
Depot was closed, the Stone Arch Bridge was abandoned and virtually all the milling was
defunct. Thirty-five years later, high-end condos stand next to cultural landmarks like the
Guthrie Theater and the Mill City Museum in what has become the city’s most urbane
neighborhood. Journalist Linda Mack will lead an “interactive history” event bringing together
some of the key peopled involved. Panelists include former Minneapolis City Council Members
Kathleen O’Brien and Louis DeMars, Minnesota State Archaeologist Scott Anfinson, and
longtime Nicollet Island resident John Chaffee. Audience members will be encouraged to ask
questions and contribute to this discussion about the riverfront’s rebirth.
Phone: 612-341-7555
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: Free
Saturday, May 9
Mother’s Day at Historic Fort Snelling
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a self-guided tour that explores motherhood through the eyes of the
women who called Fort Snelling home. Presentations will be made throughout the day of famous
women, including Abigail Snelling, who raised her children in the wilderness fort; and Harriet
Scott, a slave, who with her husband Dred, sued for the freedom of themselves and their family.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.

Archaeology Fair and Open House at Fort Snelling
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Join the Minnesota Historical Society Archeology Department and the State Archeology office
for this annual free event. Events are set up outside the Fort and include displays, artifact
identification activities, pottery-making and flint-knapping demonstrations, videos, and
archaeology lab tours. Inside the fort, visitors can join in historic games, cooking, and a
scavenger hunt with a prize. Fort programs are offered with the cost of admission.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Fee: Archaeology fair is free; Fort programs are included with admission of $10 adults, $8
seniors and college students, $5 children age 6-17.
Also May 10

Archaeology Discovery Day
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey
Spend the day learning about archaeology through hands-on activities including the 2 p.m.
"Adventures in Nature" program on identifying projectile points. Join a simulated dig at 1 and 4
p.m. and take a guided tour of the petroglyphs at 3 p.m.
Phone: 507-628-5591
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.

Intermediate Genealogy
Minnesota Historical Society Library 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
The 10 a.m. class "Immigration and Naturalization" explores how to use passenger arrival and
naturalization records to find information about migration, family relationships and foreign
origins of ancestors. At 11:30 the class "Migration and Finding European Origins" provides an
overview of major American migration routes and offers tips for tracing ancestors back to
Europe. The classes will be taught by J. H. Fonkert of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
Phone: 651-259-3300
Time: 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $32 for non-members, $28 for members
Reservations: required; call 651-259-3300
Saturday, May 9
Europe Day: A Family Celebration
Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Celebrate the European "Year of Creativity and Innovation" and Europe's links to Minnesota
during this family day presented by Concordia Language Villages and sponsored by the
European Union. Events include learning about eco-building and the energy efficienct German
Passive House; dressing up in folk costume for a picture to download at home; leaving a
YouTube message; creating art projects; dancing to popular European music; traveling across
Europe on a jumbo map; and meeting global speakers including Eric Dregni, author of "In Cod
We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream," "Midwest Marvels" and "Weird Minnesota."
Phone: 651-259-3000
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Free admission made possible by Concordia Language Villages

Baby Animals Weekend
Oliver H. Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River
Celebrate the farm's new baby animals on this Mother’s Day weekend event. Meet the baby
chicks, lambs, calves, kittens and piglets. Explore the farm as it springs to life as new plantings
are undertaken, spring greens are harvested and those new babies try out their young legs in their
surroundings. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child. Enjoy a slice of
birthday cake, too.
Phone: 763-441-6896
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members. Mothers admitted free with a paid child.
Also May 10

Hands-on Archeology for Kids
Sibley House Historic Site 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota
The people who lived and worked at Henry Sibley's early 19th-century fur trading post are long
gone, but the archaeological resources at this site have yielded detailed information of the people
who lived here, including what they wore, what they ate, what they did in their free time. In this
popular annual activity, kids will work with site staff in simulated digs to find and identify actual
artifacts from the site. Dig into the dirt, operate the sifter, or take a turn sorting the finds and try
to put some broken finds back together. See examples of Minnesota’s prehistoric objects from
the Site’s collection. Visitors can bring their own gloves, pails and sand shovels.
Phone: 651-452-1596
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $2; $1 for MHS members
Also May 10
Sunday, May 10
Mother's Day Apron Celebration
Harkin Store Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Visit Harkin Store this Mother's Day for a look at how aprons have been used over the years.
Also, view a display of aprons.
Phone: 507-354-8666
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $2 seniors and children 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS
members.

Relax into Mother’s Day
James J. Hill House 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Spend Mother’s Day with a special tour focusing on women’s roles at the Hill House followed
by a relaxation class taught by life coach Beth Freschi. The tour will highlight the lives and
changing relationships of the women at the Hill House at the turn of the 20th-century, including
Mrs. Hill and her social circle; her daughters and their lives; and the many female servants who
lived and worked at 240 Summit Avenue. After the tour, gather in the Drawing Room for an
hour-long class on modern day relaxation techniques that calm the mind and body. The class will
begin with deep breathing, followed by a muscle relaxation exercise, guided imagery and
meditation. Freschi holds a masters degree in counseling psychology and has more than 15 years
experience working in the mental health field.
Phone: 651-297-2555
Time: 4:30 p.m. tour, 5:30 p.m. class
Fee: $12, $10 for MHS members
Reservations: recommended; call 651-297-2555

Baking Memories: Winning Recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off
Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
See how history is revealed in food as Mill City Museum staff lead a demonstration in the
Baking Lab. Learn about the history of the Pillsbury Bake-Off and try samples from Bake-Off
winning recipes from throughout the 58-year history of the contest. Visitors can learn about
baking history, sample treats, get baking tips, and take home a copy of the recipe.
Phone: 612-341-7555
Time: 2 p.m.
Fee: Programs included with museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students,
$5 children ages 6-17.
Also June 7
Monday, May 11
Hill House Parlor Concerts: 23rd Season
James J. Hill House 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Enjoy the Hill House Chamber Players as they perform concerts in the restored art gallery of the
James J. Hill House. Complimentary refreshments will be served and a tour of the Hill House
will be available. The Players are Rees Allison, piano; Julie Ayer, violin; Thomas Turner, viola;
Tanya Remenikova, cello; and Jeffrey Van, guitar. The program includes Duo for clarinet and
viola by Rebecca Clarke; Concerto, Op. 140 for guitar and piano by Ferdinando Carulli; Las
Presencias No. 6 (1966) by Carlos Guastavino; and Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 by
Johannes Brahms. The guest artists for these performances will be Joseph Longo, clarinet;
Catherine Schubilske and Helen Chang, violin; and Nathalie Cruden, viola. The Hill House
Chamber Players have released two CD’s featuring works performed at the Hill House. Both
CD’s will be available for purchase.
Phone: 651-297-2555
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $16; $14 for MHS members or Schubert Club subscribers.
Reservations: recommended; call 651-297-2555

Tuesday, May 12
Seniors in Mind: The Songs She Sang Back Home with Andrea Leap and Friends
Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Vocalists Andrea Leap and Patty Nieman with pianist Jerry Rubino perform popular American
music of the 1940s by such breakthrough artists as Harry James, Johnny Mercer, and Frank
Loesser. These composers made their mark in the history of music with witty lyrics, innovative
melodies and the uncanny ability to capture and reflect the cultural changes in America. This
program is offered in conjunction with the Minnesota's Greatest Generation Project.
Registration is required for groups of five or more. There is a 10-percent at the History Center’s
Museum Stores. Café Minnesota will be open for lunch following the program.
Phone: 651-259-3000
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Fee: Free. Does not include $8 senior admission to museum galleries.
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3015

Wednesday, May 13
Minnesota's Greatest Generation: Preserving Family History
Benton County Historical Society 218 1st St, Sauk Rapids
Bob Herskovitz, outreach conservator for the Minnesota Historical Society, will lead a workshop
on protecting and preserving different types of memorabilia, how to organize family papers,
photos and other family treasures, and how to create a successful oral history of your family.
Participants are encouraged to bring items about which they have preservation questions that can
be transported safely. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Historical Society. This program is
offered in conjunction with the “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Project.”
Phone: For more information, call 320--253-9614.
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Thursday, May 14
World War II History Roundtable: Glider Operations in WWII
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Gerard Devlin, author of "Silent Wings," will relate how successful German glider operations led
to the development of a U.S. Army glider program. Minnesota companies built almost 1,600
gliders used in every major campaign from Sicily to the final victory in Asia. Veterans that flew
and fought with gliders will tell their stories about the "flying coffins."
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: $5; free for students

Minnesota's Greatest Generation: Preserving Family History
Swift County Historical Society West Highway 12, Benson
Bob Herskovitz, outreach conservator for the Minnesota Historical Society, will lead a workshop
on protecting and preserving different types of memorabilia, how to organize family papers,
photos and other family treasures, and how to create a successful oral history of your family. Co-
sponsored by the Swift County Historical Society.
Phone: For more information, call 320-843-4467.
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: Free

Saturday, May 16
Annie's Kitchen: Breakfast with Annie
Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Enjoy an old fashioned breakfast on the front porch of the Ramsey House. Start in the Ramsey
house kitchen with Annie Robertson, the Ramsey family’s cook for 37 years, and make a
Swedish omelet on the wood-burning stove and learn about the life of a servant in the Victorian
era. Then enjoy the results with a full breakfast on the front porch.
Phone: 651-296-8760
Time: 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
Fee: $20; $17 for MHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760

The Natural Environment of Charles A. Lindbergh
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site 1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls
Charles A. Lindbergh was an aviator and a well-known environmentalist. Celebrate nature with a
guided tour of the trails surrounding the historic site and State Park and learn about Little Falls
and the state's long history of preservation and the environmental movement today. Walks are
offered at 1 and 3 p.m. and will take visitors past wildflowers at their peak. Visitors can also take
part in a hands-on museum experience, which includes exhibits on Lindbergh’s life, a special
program on Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis flight and guided tours of Lindbergh’s boyhood
home. This program is presented by the Lindbergh Historic Site and Lindbergh State Park.
Phone: 320-616-5421
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.
Saturday, May 16
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Get an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City
Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building's many nooks and
crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building
functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time.
Also covered will be the challenges of preserving the 120-year-old, fire-damaged building; its
art, architecture and interior design; and the St. Anthony Falls Historic District.
Phone: 612-341-7555
Time: 1 p.m.
Fee: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17 and MHS
members. Tour includes museum admission.
Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555
Also May 30

Ojibwe Moccasin Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Learn techniques of leather working at this two-day workshop. Create a pair of Ojibwe
Moccasins of any size to take home. A minimum of 5 participants is required to hold this
workshop. An adult must accompany children under 18 yrs. Pastries and refreshments provided
along with a light lunch. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, May 13. Discount hotel
rooms are available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Phone: 320-532-3632
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $50, $45 MHS member; $25 Supply Fee
Reservations: required; call 320-532-3632
Also May 17

North West Company & the War of 1812
North West Company Fur Post 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City
It’s 1812 and Mr. Madison has declared war. The North West Company is raising a corps of
voyageurs to protect its interests in the West. Come prepared to march, make your own militia
hat, experience camp life and talk with soldiers about military life.
Phone: 320-629-6356
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $6 senior and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5 and
under and MHS members.
Saturday, May 16
Rendezvous at Mendota
Sibley House Historic Site 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota
Once the headquarters for the American Fur Company operations in the early 1800’s, the site
houses six of the oldest buildings in the state, including the 1836 Sibley House. Experience an
old-time rendezvous with costumed reenactors, games, contests of strength and cunning, and
tours of the historic homes of trader Jean-Baptiste Faribault and Minnesota’s first governor,
Henry Sibley. Historic craft vendors and demonstrators will also be on hand.
Phone: 651-452-1596
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.
Also May 17

Sunday, May 17
Heirloom Gardening
Harkin Store Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Learn about heirloom gardening with Brian Vessar, a professional heirloom gardener, as he
shares insights and information. Also on display will be 1870s groceries.
Phone: 507-354-8666
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $2 seniors and children 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS
members.

Guest Baker: Dog Biscuits with Klecko
Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Join master bread baker Klecko for a series of baking demonstrations of dog biscuits, as featured
in his new book "K-9 Nation Biscuit Book". With decades of culinary experience, Klecko has
baked for presidents, rock stars, and professional athletes. Now, he shares his favorite recipes for
four-legged clients. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Phone: 612-341-7555
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Programs included with museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students,
$5 children ages 6-17.

City of Mendota Walking Tour
Sibley House Historic Site 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota
On this 90-minute walk view many original landmarks in one of the oldest towns in the state, see
historical photographs and hear how the town evolved from its beginning as an early 19th-
century fur trading center. After the walk, enjoy light refreshments at the Dupuis house.
Phone: 651-452-1596
Time: 1 p.m.; meet at Dupuis House
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS
members.
Reservations: recommended; call 651-452-1596
Also June 21
Wednesday, May 20
Victorian Nights: Victorian Secrets Primer
Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Join the Ramsey House for this popular adults-only theme tour exposing the private side of
Victorian life. Primer topics include how "proper" Victorians approached the birds and the bees,
mental illness, restrictive undergarments, medical ailments, and the sins of the flesh. Learn about
some of the very human, but unmentionable problems that the Ramsey family had to cope with
and see artifacts in the house from a different perspective.
Phone: 651-296-8760
Time: 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations: recommended; call 651-296-8760

Thursday, May 21
RetroRama: Fashion Comes Full Circle
Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Old is new again when RetroRama returns for a rollicking review of the popular culture of the
last century. Produced by Anna Lee, DJ’d by Jake Rudh and styled by Eclecticoiffeur, the
runway show “Fashion Comes Full Circle” features Twin Cities designers who’ve taken
inspiration from five decades of style: the 20s through the 60s. Enjoy shopping at a vintage
boutique courtesy of Via’s Vintage Wear and Swank Retro. Try a round of mid-century trivia
with Chuck and Sean of Trivia Mafia and make a souvenir corsage or boutonniere. Pick up a few
tips on old school entertaining with Chow Girls catering as they share a few recipes. Bartenders
from Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant will demonstrate classic mixology. To round out the
night, enjoy the foot-stomping, gritty tunes of A Night in the Box! In addition to the planned
events, partygoers will have the opportunity to check out the new exhibit, “Minnesota’s Greatest
Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom.” This generation lived through it all, and their
stories - tragic to heroic, dramatic to ordinary - are captured in one of the Society’s most
extensive exhibits to date.
Phone: 651-259-3000
Time: 7 to 11 p.m.
Fee: $15, $12 members
Reservations: recommended; call 651-259-3015

Saturday, May 23
Opening Day: “They Built This Town” Pioneer Cemetery Program
Historic Forestville 21899 County 118 Road, Preston
The Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery is where 30 of Forestville's original residents have been at
rest for more than 100 years. These settlers established roots, raised families and built the town
of Forestville. Costumed interpreters will bring history to life with a cemetery walk and first-
person accounts of several of these early settlers. Meet at HIstoric Forestville.
Phone: 507-765-2785
Time: 10 a.m.
Fee: Free. State park vehicle permit required.
Saturday, May 23
Freedom Day Tours
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Take a special tour that focused on the lives and experiences of Dred and Harriet Scott, their two
daughters, Eliza and Lizzie, and the more than twenty slaves who lived and worked at the fort
during the mid-1800s. Visit the Officer’s Quarters, Commandant’s House, and the new Dred
Scott Quarters, where the Scotts likely lived from 1836-1840. In this 200th anniversary of
Abraham Lincoln's birthday, the tour will also focus on Lincoln's opinions on the Dred Scott
Decision and his role in ending slavery.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: Tours leave at 11, 12:30, and 2 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.

Death of the Empire Builder
James J. Hill House 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
When James J. Hill died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, his death made front-
page news across the country. These special tours mark the career of the man known as the
"Empire Builder" for his work in opening the American Northwest with the Great Northern
Railway. Visitors will hear about Hill's career, patriotism, funeral and the history of Memorial
Day. A display of photographs and newspaper articles will give a sense of the impact he had on
the nation and elaborate memorial volumes created for his family will be on display, including a
volume made by Tiffany and Company. A guest organist will play selections from the funeral
service throughout the day.
Phone: 651-297-2555
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Fee: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and college students; $5 for children ages 6-17. Free for MHS
members. $2 for exhibit only.
Reservations: recommended; call 651-297-2555
Also May 24

Bringing Light to the Carvings: Illuminating a 7000 Year Pictorial History of
North America
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey
Join site staff for a new interpretive program which highlights the beauty and history of the
petroglyphs. Guided tours are offered at 1, 3 and 4 p.m. which include selected and shaded
carvings illuminated with sunlight directed by a mirror. In case of clouds a battery operated light
will be used. At 6:30 p.m. take a twilight tour of the carvings. During each tour, learn about the
American Indian carvings and their 7-thousand year history, including their sacred use in
ceremonies and for prayer by many cultures and communities across North America. Families
can also participate in the 2 p.m. program Adventures in Nature: Artifact ID.
Phone: 507-628-5591
Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.
Saturday, May 23
Following the Footprints of History Guided Tour
Lower Sioux Agency Morton
Join a guided “footprints of history” tour which will give you insight into traditional Dakota
culture; how the lives of the Dakota changed because of government policies and treaties; the
role and purpose of the Lower Sioux Agency; how the Agency would have looked 150 years
ago; and the events that led up to the U.S.-Dakota Conflict.
Phone: 507-697-6321
Time: 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays; 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and adult group tours, $4 children ages 6-17. Free for children under 6
and MHS members.
Also May 24, 31, June 6, 7, 14, 20, 21 and 28

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: Exhibit Opening Weekend
Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Enjoy three days of family activities in celebration of the opening of the Minnesota’s Greatest
Generation exhibit. Activities include:
       Saturday: Historic dance workshops and performance with the Twin Cities group the
       Swing Cats; a sing along program of hits from the "golden age" with Prudence Johnson
       and Dan Chouinard; retro bingo and great prizes; and cooking demonstrations of WWII
       menu favorites including, SPAM! with Susanna Short, author of Bundtcake Bliss.
       Sunday: A discussion with exhibit curator Brian Horrigan about the origins of the term
       "Greatest Generation" with input from authors Dave Kenney (Minnesota Goes to War)
       and Tom Saylor (Remembering the Good War); a review of eight short documentaries,
       all entries in the Moving Pictures Film Festival; and In Focus: USS Minneapolis and USS
       Ward, excerpts from crew reunions of the storied WWII cruiser and destroyer.
       Monday, Memorial Day: Honor and Remembrance ceremony MC’d by news anchor
       and WWII aficionado Stan Turner, featuring a WWII aircraft flyover, WWII era songs
       with "Five By Design," and a Color Guard ceremony by Arlington High School’s award-
       winning NJROTC; WWII Veterans panel MC’d by Stan Turner; cooking demonstration
       of WWII menu favorites including, SPAM! with Susanna Short, author of Bundtcake
       Bliss; jazz classics performed by Jazzfly featuring Dorothy Doring; and care package
       assembly for active servicemen and women overseas with "Operation Minnesota Nice."
       Offered each day: artifact displays; a World War II military encampment with re-
       enactors from the 105th Engineer Combat Battalion, 30th Infantry Division; short plays
       about "Minnesota’s Greatest Generation"; opportunities to meet history player Virginia
       Mae Hope and other notable figures from "Minnesota’s Greatest Generation"; and
       "History HiJinx: Silent Wings:" A souvenir WWII glider construction activity.
Phone: 651-259-3000
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, and $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age
5 and under and MHS members.
Also May 24 and 25
Sunday, May 24
Memorial Day Music
Harkin Store Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Spend an afternoon with Bob Bovee and Gail Heil, as they perform "traditional" music of the
American Midwest including dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, and fiddle tunes. The pair also
includes stories, history and folklore in their sets performed on the front porch.
Phone: 507-354-8666
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $2 seniors and children 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS
members.

Scratch versus Mix: Which Brownie is Better?
Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Learn more about the history of test kitchens and convenience foods, including brownie mixes.
Staff members will discuss the important role these foods played in the flour milling history of
Minneapolis. Visitors will then be able to sample scratch and mix versions of one of today’s
most popular foods, fudge brownies.
Phone: 612-341-7555
Time: 1 and 3 p.m.
Fee: Programs included with museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students,
$5 children ages 6-17.

Monday, May 25
Timeline of the American Soldier
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Explore a living timeline of military life from 225 years of U.S. history during this special day
honoring America’s soldiers. Costumed staff will interpret all eras of United States military
history through period clothing, accoutrements, artifacts and firing demonstrations.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students and $5 for children ages 6-12. Free for
MHS members and military veterans and their families.

Memorial Day Pow-Wow
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
Join museum staff and community members at this annual cultural event and participate in this
social gathering honoring our Veterans past and present. Experience the excitement and joy of a
contemporary Pow-Wow at this free outdoor event, featuring song, dance and food vendors.
Regular admission prices apply to the museum.
Phone: 320-532-3632
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Thursday, May 28
Minnesota's Greatest Generation: Preserving Family History
Cottonwood County Historical Society 812 4th Ave., Windom
Bob Herskovitz, outreach conservator for the Minnesota Historical Society, will lead a workshop
on protecting and preserving different types of memorabilia, how to organize family papers,
photos and other family treasures, and how to create a successful oral history of your family. Co-
sponsored by the Cottonwood County Historical Society.
Phone: For more information, call 507-831-1134
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: Free

Saturday, May 30
Lincoln and Alexander Ramsey: A Political Connection
Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
Both Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Ramsey were members of the early Republican Party and
lived in Washington City during the Civil War: Mr. Lincoln as President and Mr. Ramsey as
Minnesota Senator. On this special 1-hour tour learn more about the connection between these
two men, including stories about the Lincoln family taken directly from the letters and diaries of
the Ramsey family, Mr. Ramsey’s experience on President Lincoln’s funeral train and the
political and social circles that operated in the 1860s.
Phone: 651-296-8760
Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students; $6 children ages 6-17; $3 discount for MHS
members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760

Bread Baking at Fort Snelling
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Learn the secrets of baking in a wood heated brick oven and iron bake kettle – what is now
known as a dutch oven. Working with bakeshop interpreters, guests will use period recipes and
ingredients to make a loaf to bring home, and take a special tour of the site as the bread bakes.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $33; $30 for MHS members
Reservations: required; call 612-726-1171

Twilight Tour: A 7,000 Year Pictorial History of North America
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey
View the petroglyphs at dusk when they are best seen. A tour guide will highlight specific
groups of carvings to illustrate a particular time period, geographic distribution throughout North
America, climate type and way of life of the people who made the carvings.
Phone: 507-628-5591
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.
Also June 6, 13, 20 and 27
Saturday, May 30
Spring Planting Day
Lower Sioux Agency Morton
Learn about the planting techniques that were used by the Dakota Indians long ago and how
gardening has changed over the years. Take a guided walking tour at 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. At 2
p.m. join in the Children's Program on spring planting and help plant corn, beans and squash in
the Dakota garden. Children can take home a plant.
Phone: 507-697-6321
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and adult group tours, $4 children ages 6-17. Free for children under 6
and MHS members.

Historic Fishing for Kids
North West Company Fur Post 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City
Sit on the banks of the Snake River, watch the clouds go by, wait for the fish to bite. Relax and
enjoy learning about historic fishing methods while using a cane pole and cork bobber. Other
methods used during the era will be discussed as well. Adults wishing to fish are required to have
a Minnesota Fishing License. An exhibit of historic fishing methods will be on display on site.
Phone: 320-629-6356
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $6 senior and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5 and
under and MHS members.

Farm Animals Weekend
Oliver H. Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River
Explore the farmyard as the farmers pay special attention to their animals this weekend.
Experience the challenges of hand shearing and help get the sheep out of their winter coats. Toby
and Coulter, the farm's oxen, Scythe and Tip, the young oxen in training, and Pete and Cody, the
farm's draft horses, will also be working. Meet the spring newborns -- calves, lambs, chicks and
piglets. Discover how these animals were used on farms long ago and how they are used today.
Phone: 763-441-6896
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Fee: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5
and under and MHS members.
Also May 31

Sunday, May 31
Wildlife Hunting Adventures
Harkin Store Nicollet County Highway 21, New Ulm
Join Pell Johnson of St. Peter as he recounts memories from more than 60 years of hunting in his
new book "Fowl Stories - The Adventures of Waterfowlers on Swan Lake, A Prairie Jewel."
Phone: 507-354-8666
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $2 seniors and children 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS
members.
Sunday, May 31
Blacksmith for a Day
Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
Join the skilled tradesmen of the fort at blacksmithing. Select a project with the smith, work the
forge, pound out the hot metal and shape the iron using hammer and tongs as it was done two
centuries ago. Bring the project home to impress family and friends. Children ages 12-17 must
be accompanied by an adult. Groups of up to eight people can participate with advance
reservations.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $33; $30 for MHS members
Reservations: required; call 612-726-1171
Also June 21

Children's Programs: Spring Planting
Lower Sioux Agency Morton
In this program, children will learn about the planting techniques used by the Dakota Indians
long ago and how gardening has changed over the years. Help plant corns, beans, and squash in
the Dakota Garden. Children may take home a plant.
Phone: 507-697-6321
Time: 2 p.m.
Fee: $6 adults, $5 seniors and adult group tours, $4 children ages 6-17. Free for children under 6
and MHS members.
Exhibits
Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Opens May 23       Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
                   This exhibit is the capstone of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota’s
                   Greatest Generation project. It features more than 6,000 square feet of artifacts,
                   interactive displays, and innovative multimedia experiences to reveal the lives and
                   stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World
                   War II and who went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies
                   substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published
                   memoirs, and reminiscences and letters in which a generation of Minnesotans
                   narrates its own story, creating a fascinating collective autobiography in recorded
                   interviews, images, film and audio.

Opens May 23       Native Words, Native Warriors American Indian “code talkers” in World War
                   I and II used their native languages to transmit secret tactical messages over
                   telephone or radio signals. These encoded messages proved undecipherable by the
                   enemy and helped the United States achieve victory. This Smithsonian travelling
                   exhibit uses graphic panels and oral histories by veterans themselves to describe
                   code, battlefield experiences and the sharp turnaround many experienced from being
                   punished for speaking their native language to using it to serve their country.

Closes May 10      The Art of Eastman Johnson Eastman Johnson was one of America’s finest
                   portrait, figure and genre scene painters. Originally from Maine, Johnson studied
                   extensively in Europe before journeying to Grand Portage, Minnesota and Superior,
                   Wisconsin in 1856-57. During his year long stay, Johnson created numerous
                   drawings and paintings of Superior and Grand Portage’s Ojibwe residents,
                   preserving the faces and homes of the region's native people. This exhibit features
                   approximately 40 oils, charcoals and pastel works from this time period.

Through Sept. 7    Minnesota on the Map View dozens of maps, atlases and artifacts from the
                   Society’s collection, including an atlas from 1595, displayed alongside current road,
                   city and tourist maps. The Society’s extensive collection of early exploration and
                   travel maps of North America includes document maps and atlases used by
                   Europeans to understand the geography of the "new world" and illustrates how that
                   understanding changed over time.

Ongoing            Going Places: The Mystique of Mobility Travel back through time to celebrate the
                   promise of the new, reflect on the consequences of the past, and debate and dream of
                   ways of moving transportation into the 21st century. “Going Places,” part of the
                   Minnesota History Transportation Network, is funded in part by the Transportation
                   Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) through the U.S. Department of
                   Transportation.

Ongoing            Grainland/Boxcar Trace the journey of wheat and corn from farm to town to grain
                   elevator. Children can climb through a replica grain elevator where bins and chutes
                   are replaced with steps and slides and curving nooks and crannies can be explored.
Ongoing            Homeplace Minnesota This 20-minute film presentation uses voices, images and
                   artifacts to address a range of emotions about Minnesota as home. Listen to readings
                   from literary sources including diaries, poetry and memoirs while you view
                   photographs and objects from the Society’s collections.

Ongoing            MN150 This exhibit, developed to celebrate Minnesota’s sesquicentennial year,
                   allows visitors to experience 150 people, places and things that helped shape our
                   state. Plus, take the interactive quiz and see how Minnesota-smart you are.

Ongoing            Open House: If These Walls Could Talk This interactive exhibit uses a single,
                   existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a
                   window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the
                   German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African-Americans and
                   Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of
                   the house.

Ongoing            Weather Permitting Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch
                   for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s
                   day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multi-media
                   tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin
                   Cities by City Pages.


James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Through July 12     Minnesota Prints and Printmakers, 1900 – 1945 View more than 50 prints by
                    40 artists that highlight Minnesota's rich history of printmaking from 1900 to
                    1945. It was during this period that both traditional printmaking methods of
                    etching and engravings and new techniques and bold experimentation of color
                    lithograph and screen prints flourished. This exhibit is offered in conjunction
                    with the new book "Minnesota Prints and Printmakers, 1900-1945" by Robert
                    Crump published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press


Mill City Museum
704 South Second St., Minneapolis
Through Sept 13      From Mill to Museum: The Hidden History of the Washburn Complex,
                     1965-2003 Dramatic images and words tell the story of the Washburn A Mill from
                     the years it sat abandoned between 1965 and 2000. After General Mills shut down
                     the mill in July 1965, this National Historic Landmark sat unused except for a few
                     tenants, curiosity seekers and homeless people. This exhibit features photos from
                     the final years of flour milling, redevelopment plans by preservation pioneer Peter
                     Nelson Hall, depictions of the abandoned mill by artist Mike Lynch, photographs by
                     Matt Porath and Daniel Corrigan, words and photographs by JobyLynn Sassily-
                     James who took shelter in the building during a period of homelessness in the
                     1990s, and studies by Tom Meyer, the architect of Mill City Museum.

				
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