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PROGRAMS & EVENTS JAN–APRIL 2020

Explore Native Minnesota

OUR HOME EXHIBIT PAGES 3-5

TAKE A MUSIC BREAK

Exhibits, events & books PAGES 6–9

WINTER READING LIST from MNHS Press PAGES 12–13


WELCOME TO MNHS MNHS is not only the name of this magazine, it’s also shorthand for our state’s first cultural organization: the Minnesota Historical Society. Formed in 1849, MNHS is nine years older than Minnesota itself! Since that time, we’ve grown to serve you with 26 historic sites and museums and amazing programs statewide. Learn more at mnhs.org.

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ACT NOW: SUPPORT HISTORY! Don’t miss your last chance to help support MNHS in 2019! Make a year-end gift by Dec 31 and help MNHS to use the power of history to transform lives every day.

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FEATURES

NEW! Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit Take a dive into music history with these exhibits, events & books Winter reads from MNHS Press DESTINATIONS

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Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, Onamia Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul James J. Hill House, St. Paul Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul Greater Minnesota historic sites Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Cover: Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit team, L to R: Rita Walaszek, collections associate; Ben Gessner, curator; Mattie Harper DeCarlo, senior historian; Kate Beane, director of Native American Initiatives. Photo: Angela Jimenez.

MNHS is published three times a year (January, May, and September) by the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102. MNHS promotes the programs and events of the Minnesota Historical Society’s 26 historic sites and museums in Minnesota. mnhs.org • 651-259-3000 • 888-727-8386 © 2020 Minnesota Historical Society.

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MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER ST. PAUL • 651-259-3000

The Dakota and Ojibwe people have dwelled in this area for thousands of years. They still live here today. Our Home shares their stories, enduring presence, and deep connection to the land. • Explore the historical and contemporary lives of Indigenous peoples through six themes: Dakota homeland, Ojibwe homeland, relationships and identities, enduring connections, resiliency and agency, and service to community. • View 60+ items, including photographs, rare objects, textiles, contemporary artworks, maps, cultural items, and games that illustrate the presence and resilience of Native communities. • Through interviews and profiles, learn about Native people in Minnesota today who are bringing back traditional foodways and lifeways. • Discover more about Ojibwe and Dakota place names in Minnesota.

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Exhibit consultants include members of the MNHS Indian Advisory Committee and Native educators from St. Paul Indian Education, Minneapolis Indian Education, Bdote Learning Center, and the University of Minnesota.


MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER ST. PAUL • 651-259-3000

EXHIBIT-RELATED EVENTS

Warrior Women Film Screening & Conversation

Dakota & Ojibwe Winter Sky Family Day

Hear the story of mothers and daughters fighting for Indigenous rights during the American Indian Movement (AIM) of the 1970s, including Madonna Thunder Hawk, an AIM leader, and her activist daughter, Marcy. A conversation with Madonna Thunder Hawk and Dr. Beth Castle follows the film.

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Tue, Feb 25 • 7–9 pm • FREE

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Sat, Jan 11 • 11 am–3 pm • Included with $6–12 museum admission M

Join educators from the Native Skywatchers program to learn more about Native star maps and constellation guides through art activities, large-format images from the MNHS Press book The Forever Sky, and fun for the whole family.

Dakota & Ojibwe Language Family Day & Lecture

Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian Film Screening

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Sat, Feb 15 • 10 am–3 pm • Included with $6–12 museum admission M

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At 10 am, hear a talk from Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, about his new MNHS Press book, The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds. From noon to 3 pm, enjoy family-friendly language activities.

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Tue, Mar 31 • 7–9 pm • FREE

Kate Beane—Dakota scholar and MNHS director of Native American Initiatives—and her family trace the remarkable life of their relative, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), an important author, activist, lecturer, and one of the first Native American doctors.

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A PLACE TO EXPLORE OJIBWE CULTURE

MILLE LACS INDIAN MUSEUM & TRADING POST ONAMIA • 320-532-3632

Learn how to create traditional Ojibwe art forms during artisan-led workshops at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Shop the region’s largest selection of handcrafted Native American art in the trading post, year-round. And discover the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in the museum itself, open April through October. Maple Sap, Syrup & Sugar Demo Sat, Mar 28 • 11 am–4 pm • Included with $6-10 site admission M

See hourly demonstrations of traditional and contemporary methods of harvesting and processing maple sap into syrup and sugar. Samples included.

Beading 101 2-Day Workshop Apr 18 & 19 • Sat, 1–5 pm; Sun, 10 am–2 pm R $75/MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members save 20%, $15 supply fee

Learn basic beading styles and techniques by creating a project, like a necklace or a bracelet, to take home.

MORE TO EXPLORE Learn more about Native American history with these resources.

MNHS historic sites

MNopedia articles

These sites feature Native American history. Hours at mnhs.org/visit.

Browse 60+ articles connected with Native history at mnopedia.org.

MNHS collections

• Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia • Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul • Jeffers Petroglyphs, Comfrey • Snake River Fur Post, Pine City • Lower Sioux Agency, Morton • Traverse des Sioux, St. Peter

MNHS Press books Begin with these titles, or browse the entire list at mnhs.org/mnhspress. • Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White • Ojibwe in Minnesota by Anton Treuer

• Native American topic guides: libguides.mnhs.org/americanindians • Oceti Sakowin: The Seven Council Fires website of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota cultural objects in the MNHS collections: mnhs.org/sevencouncilfires​ • Ojibwe Material Culture website, an overview of cultural objects in the MNHS collections: collections.mnhs.org/ojibwe

Ojibwe boys at Leech Lake, 1911. MNHS collections.

Native American family history research guides connect you to records, oral histories, and more: • Dakota ancestry: libguides.mnhs.org/dakotafh • Ojibwe ancestry: libguides.mnhs.org/ojibwefh • Métis ancestry: libguides.mnhs.org/metis

For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.

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• Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer

Topics guides link you to books, articles, newspapers, photographs, web pages, and research sources.


MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER ST. PAUL • 651-259-3000

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Heading out to catch some local music? First, boost your local music knowledge at The First Avenue exhibit. It’s like a front row seat to 50 years of First Avenue legends, from Prince and the Replacements to Doomtree and Lizzo. Tickets mnhs.org/firstavenue

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EXHIBIT-RELATED EVENTS Music History Trivia with Let It Be Records Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Tue, Jan 7, Feb 11 & Mar 10 • 7–9 pm • FREE

Compete for prizes! Join Ryan Cameron of Let It Be Records and special guests from the Twin Cities music scene. Music nerds and novices can team up for rounds of trivia with clues that include audio, photo, and video clips. Support provided by the Marney and Conley Brooks Fund.

First Tuesdays / First Avenue: DJ Michel.Be Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Tue, Feb 4 • 7–9 pm • FREE

Groove to the spiritual power of music with DJ Michel.Be during a dance night at the History Center. Cash bar.

First Tuesdays / First Avenue: Women in Music Conversation with PaviElle French Tue, Mar 3 • 7–9 pm • FREE

WANT TO SEE MORE PRINCE?

Join a conversation with women in the Twin Cities who book, play, and make the local music world go around. Interdisciplinary artist PaviElle French will moderate the conversation.

After you check out Prince’s Purple Rain outfit in the First Avenue exhibit, head to the next exhibit gallery to view Prince: Before the Rain. See photos documenting Prince’s progression from rising star to superstar in the late 1970s and early 1980s (companion book on page 8).

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For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.

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MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER ST. PAUL • 651-259-3000

LOVE MUSIC? READ ON Shop for these MNHS Press books at the History Center museum store or online at mnhs.org/shop. MNHS members save 10%.

PRINCE Before the Rain PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLEN BEAULIEU $29.95 • 300 color/B&W photos

An inside look at the early years of Prince through iconic and never-before-seen images. MNHS • 8 M = MNHS MEMBERS and children age 4 and under FREE

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I LIVE INSIDE Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland MICHELLE LEON $19.95 • 45 B&W photos

A founding member of Babes in Toyland takes readers on the rollercoaster ride of the rockand-roll lifestyle and her own journey of self-discovery.

HEYDAY 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL CORRIGAN, TEXT BY DANNY SIGELMAN $24.95 • 483 color/B&W photos

A photographic look at more than three decades of music in Minneapolis.

HIJINX AND HEARSAY Scenester Stories from Minnesota’s Pop Life MARTIN KELLER, PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HELGESON $24.95 • 150 B&W photos

Stories and photos capture famous artists, musicians, and entertainers who came through Minnesota in the 1980s.

FIRST AVENUE Minnesota’s Mainroom CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER $34.95 • 320 color/B&W photos

A glorious look back at one of rock’s most storied clubs and the musicians who played there.

TAKE A MUSIC BREAK MLK WEEKEND & BEYOND EVENTS VocalEssence Together We Sing Festival MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER, ST. PAUL Sat, Jan 18 • 1–5 pm • FREE R N

Join VocalEssence to raise your voice and give back through a service project to support healthy black pregnancies and families. Participating artists include the youth choir VocalEssence Singers of This Age and VocalEssence Teaching Artists. Tickets at 612-547-1451.

MLK Jr. Community Day MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER, ST. PAUL Mon, Jan 20 • 11 am–3 pm • Included with $6-12 museum admission M

Join a family day of music and celebration in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hear the VocalEssence youth choir and Sankofa youth drummers from ARTS-Us and assemble kindness kits as part of a service project to support people experiencing homelessness.

Minnesota Jazz Legends MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER, ST. PAUL

WHEN THE STONES CAME TO TOWN Rock ‘n’ Roll Photos from the 1970s FRED CASE, WITH ERIC DREGNI $29.95 • 150 B&W photos

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with some of Minnesota’s most notable jazz legends, hosted by awardwinning vocalist and KBEM radio host Patty Peterson in an intimate afternoon of live music and inspiring stories.

For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.

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Stunning images of some of the greatest musicians in rock ’n’ roll history, onstage and behind the scenes.

Sun, Apr 19 • 2–3:30 pm $10-20/MNHS members save 20% R


MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER ST. PAUL • 651-259-3000

HISTORY FORUM Unpack the history behind today’s headlines. Join national scholars of American history as they explore the history that helps us understand and unravel the issues we face right now. Attend, engage, and draw your own conclusions. Individual tickets: $16/MNHS members save 20% American Populism’s Rise, Fall & Legacy with Kevin Gaines Sat, Jan 25 • 10 am & 2 pm R N

Find out how the history of American populism—which first arose in the 19th century to take on the power of corporations and banks, and wrestle with racial conflicts in the South—offers a rich context for understanding contemporary struggles over democracy and voting rights in the United States.

The Historical Role of “Big Government” in American Life with Steve Conn Sat, Feb 22 • 10 am & 2 pm R N

How has Americans’ dislike of “big government” driven political movements both past and present? Explore the pivotal role government has played in our lives—and find out how, despite this history, the idea of “small government” has achieved the potency it has today.

The Murky Past & Contested Future of the Electoral College with Rosemarie Zagarri Sat, Mar 21 • 10 am & 2 pm R N

How and why did the Electoral College emerge as a compromise solution after the conflicts of the Constitutional Convention of 1787? And what might be done today to remedy its structural flaws and inadequacies?

More history that resonates today Drop in for our free monthly history talks. History Lounge: Frederick Douglass in MN, 1867 Tue, Jan 28 • 7–8 pm • FREE

Join historian Wayne Gannaway to learn about Frederick Douglass’s visit to Winona in 1867. Local reactions to Douglass’s visit began shaping the future of race and politics in the North Star State.

History Lounge: The Japanese & Japanese American Experience During WWII Minnesota Tue, Feb 18 • 7–8 pm • FREE

Join historian Krista Finstad Hanson for a discussion of her research of largely untold accounts of Japanese and Japanese Americans’ World War II experience in Minnesota.

History Lounge: Recovering Chippewa City Tue, Mar 17 • 7–8 pm • FREE

Join a conversation with Staci Drouillard, author of Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe. Drouillard will share her journey to recover Ojibwe voices that were silenced long ago.

History Lounge: Minnesota Women in WWII Tue, April 28 • 7–8 pm • FREE

Explore the changing role of women in American society with historian Virginia Wright-Peterson, author of A Woman’s War, Too: Women at Work During WWII (April 2020, MNHS Press).

The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table Minnesota History Center • 7 pm • FREE

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.

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• Evolution of the Russian Army, Jan 14 • Return to the Philippines – The Battle Of Manila, Feb 11 • Operation Varsity – 75th Anniversary, Mar 10 • The Chief of Staff for Eisenhower, Mar 24 • The First American Tank Battles of WWII, Apr 9 • Remembering the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day, May 12

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MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL ST. PAUL • 651-296-2881

A DAY TO CELEBRATE MINNESOTA Make a day of it! Start at our incredible State Capitol. Take a free guided tour to appreciate its amazing art and architecture. Then head up the street to the History Center, where you can have lunch, shop, and explore six great exhibits that tell our state’s stories. Capitol Daily Guided Tours

Drop in for a free 45-minute tour of one of Minnesota’s premier landmarks, now restored to awe-inspiring glory. Check mnhs.org/capitol for times.

THEME TOURS

Capitol Art & Artists Tour Sat, Jan 18 • 11 am & 1 pm • $8-10/MNHS members save 20% R

View the capitol’s grand murals, sculptures, and paintings, and hear about the artists behind the art.

Capitol Civil War Tour Sat, Feb 15 • 11 am & 1 pm • $8-10/MNHS members save 20% R

See famous art depicting Minnesota regiments, original battle flags, and more commemorating our state’s role in the war.

“Votes for Minnesota Women” Capitol Tour Sat, Mar 14 • 11 am & 1 pm • $8-10/MNHS members save 20% R

For the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, discover the Minnesota women who played significant roles in securing suffrage.

Capitol Builders Tour Sat, Apr 18 • 11 am & 1 pm • $8-10/MNHS members save 20% R

Find out about the people, work, and methods used to build the capitol in 1905 and to complete its recent restoration.

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For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.


WINTER READING LIST

A GOOD TIME FOR THE TRUTH Race in Minnesota EDITOR SUN YUNG SHIN

Winter is the bookworm’s friend. Treat yourself to one of these perfect wintertime reads published by MNHS Press, and support history. Find these titles and more at the History Center museum store and online at mnhs.org/shop.

$18.95

Essays that challenge, discomfort, disorient, galvanize, and inspire all of us to evolve now, for our shared future.

MNHS members save 10%!

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INDIANS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK ANTON TREUER $17.95

More than 100 stereotype-debunking questions—thoughtful, awkward, and searching— answered with solid information, humor, and compassion.

MINNESOTA ON THE MAP A Historical Atlas DAVID A. LANEGRAN & CAROL URNESS $27.95

This magnificent volume brings together for the first time stunning but rarely seen maps of Minnesota through five centuries, showing what happened in the past and what was planned for the future.

CLOSING TIME Saloons, Taverns, Dives, and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities BILL LINDEKE & ANDY STURDEVANT $27.95

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An entertaining journey into the highs, lows, bright spots, and dark corners of the Twin Cities’ most famous and infamous drinking establishments. Mary Theresa Mehegan Hill, wife of James J. Hill, about 1890. MNHS collections.

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MINNESOTA, 1918 When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State

DIESEL HEART An Autobiography

CURT BROWN

MELVIN WHITFIELD CARTER JR.

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A story of trauma, tragedy, and perseverance in a year that proved to be a turning point in the making of modern America.

Full of humor, toughness, hard work, and surprising vulnerability, this book shows the bitter weight of racism and the power of principled resistance.

SLAVERY’S REACH Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State

WILD AND RARE Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest

CHRISTOPHER P. LEHMAN

ADAM REGN ARVIDSON

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A set of mutually beneficial relationships between Southern slaveholders and Minnesotans kept the men and women whose labor generated the wealth enslaved.

PRECIOUS AND ADORED The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890–1918 EDITORS LIZZIE EHRENHALT & TILLY LASKEY $19.95

Captivating letters, published in their entirety, that document almost 30 years of love between two women of the Gilded Age.

SPIRIT CAR Journey to a Dakota Past DIANE WILSON $17.95

A child of a typical 1950s suburb unearths her mother’s hidden heritage, launching a rich and magical exploration of her own identity and her family’s powerful Native American past.

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Compelling stories of Minnesota’s endangered species, the landscapes that nurture them, and the people who are discovering their secrets.

MY GRANDFATHER’S KNOCKING STICKS Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation BRENDA CHILD $19.95

Explores the innovative ways Ojibwe men and women on reservations around the Great Lakes sustained their families and cultural identity in the face of extreme prejudice and hardship.

QUEER VOICES Poetry, Prose, and Pride EDITORS ANDREA JENKINS, JOHN MEDEIROS, LISA MARIE BRIMMER $18.95

Forty-four LGBTQIA+ voices provide a vibrant, necessary, and dazzling component of Minnesota’s cultural and historical fabric.

For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.

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Curious? Explore the Queer Voices Storied video series at mnhs.org/storied.


JAMES J. HILL HOUSE ST. PAUL • 651-297-2555

BRINGING THE WORLD’S STAGE TO ST. PAUL Welcome to the home of railroad titan James J. Hill and his family. Built to the opulent standards of the Gilded Age, this mansion and its inhabitants brought the art and fashion of the East Coast and beyond to Summit Avenue. Today’s Hill House is a multi-layered experience—an active performance space, an exhibit gallery, and the perfect setting for tours that focus on the Hills’ relevance to the social movements of their time ... and ours.

EXHIBIT Art From the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity On view Jan 8–Jun 21 Free gallery-only admission or included with $6-10 site admission M

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Works by botanical artists Vicki Barth, Wendy Brockman, Marj Davis, Kathy Franzen, Nancy Gehrig, Debra Greenblatt, Julie Martinez, Mary Anne O’Malley, Kathleen Reeves, and Bruce Wilson explore 10 Minnesota trees highly vulnerable to climate change. Vessels by woodturner Bob Carls also on display.

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GUIDED HILL HOUSE TOURS Wed–Sat, 10am–3:30 pm $6–10 tour admission M R Take a 75-minute tour to see and hear about impressive house details and upstairs-downstairs life.

SELF-GUIDED SUNDAYS

For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.

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Sundays, May 3-Sep 27 • noon–3:30 pm $6–10 tour admission M Go at your own pace and spend more time in your favorite rooms at the Hill House.


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JAMES J. HILL HOUSE EVENTS Master of Illusion Live Performance Fri & Sat, Jan 10 & 11 • 7, 8 & 9 pm $18-20/MNHS members save 20% R

See for yourself a performance of the ultimate of illusions: the Selbit Sawing, performed by Michael Callahan.

Winter on the Hill Sat & Sun, Jan 25 & 26, Feb 1 & 2 • Sat, 10 am–4 pm; Sun, 1–4 pm Included with $6-10 site admission M

Take a house tour focused on ways that the Hills and other 1800s St. Paulites celebrated winter and see a display of items from the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Daddy Long Legs by the Minneapolis Musical Theatre Weekends in February • 7:30–9:45 pm $36/$28 MNHS members R

A perfect outing for Valentine’s Day. This two-person, off-Broadway chamber musical and love story follows an orphan whose mysterious, spidery benefactor sends her to college to become a writer. Tickets at 612-440-6681.

Teddy Bear Story Time Tue, Feb 18 • 10–11 am $6/MNHS members save 20% • Ages 2–6 R

Little ones can bring their teddy bears along for story time featuring favorite teddy tales.

Hill House Chamber Players Concert: The Inspiration of Youth Mar 2 & 3, May 18 & 19 • 7:30–9 pm $12-23/MNHS members save 20% R

Easter Egg Hunt Apr 5 & 11 • 10–11 am $8/MNHS members save 20% • Ages 2–7 R

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Search for eggs on the lawn, enjoy a snack, hear stories, and explore the mansion’s first floor.

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Enjoy performances of extraordinary compositions by remarkable teenagers. Tickets at 651-237-2169.

Irish Heritage Weekend Sat & Sun, Mar 14 & 15 • Sat, 10 am–4 pm; Sun, 1–4 pm • Included with $6-10 site admission M

Themed tours include favorite Irish songs and stories of the Hills and their servants that speak to the history of Irish Americans in Minnesota.

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UNVEILING THE VICTORIANS

ALEXANDER RAMSEY HOUSE ST. PAUL • 651-296-8760

ALEXANDER RAMSEY HOUSE At a Ramsey After Dark program this winter, you can explore the lives of the Victorians at the sumptuous 1870s home of Minnesota’s first territorial governor. As you are guided through the home by a costumed interpreter, you’ll have the opportunity to admire walnut woodwork and hundreds of original furnishings as you learn what made the Victorians tick— from their everyday customs to their darkest secrets.

RAMSEY AFTER DARK 7 & 8:30 pm • $11-12/MNHS members save 20% • 18+

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Victorian Superstitions Fri, Jan 10 & Apr 10

From wedding cakes to mourning rituals, explore the mysterious world of Victorian superstitions and why they captivated the Victorian imagination.

Angels and Madams Fri, Jan 24 & Apr 24

Discover the history behind St. Paul’s not-so-hidden red-light district circa 1881.

The Language of Love Fri, Feb 14

The perfect date with your Valentine. Learn the secret Victorian language of love, enjoy fresh-baked treats, and play courtship games.

Victorian Secrets Fri, Feb 28

Discover Victorian customs and cures around mental illness, addiction, sexuality, and birth control.

Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind Fri, Mar 13

Explore mental illness in an era where health issues were not publicly discussed and treatment options were limited.

Crime and Justice Fri, Mar 27

For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.

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In 1859, a St. Paul woman was executed for poisoning her husband, but her guilt remains in doubt. Hear the evidence and make up your own mind.


GETAWAYS IN GREATER MINNESOTA Get your MNHS membership now to enjoy historic adventures with your family year-round!

CHARLES LINDBERGH HOUSE AND MUSEUM, LITTLE FALLS Candlelight Snowshoe & Hike Sat, Jan 4 • 5–8 pm • FREE

Explore park trails by candlelight on foot or by snowshoe. Both the Lindbergh museum and Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum feature free admission for the evening so you can warm up and grab refreshments. MNHS • 18

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Pack your weekends and spring break staycations with activity and discovery for all ages at MNHS historic sites.

SNAKE RIVER FUR POST, PINE CITY Winter Frolic Sat, Jan 18 • Noon–4 pm • $6-10/MNHS members save 20% R

Play Ojibwe snow snake, throw a curling stone, snowshoe the trails, then play indoor games and warm up by the fire.

Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball Sat, Feb 8 • 6:30–9 pm • $25/MNHS members save 20% R

Dress up and dance the hours away during an evening of lively country dancing. Dance steps will be taught and called at the ball. Includes refreshments.

FOREST HISTORY CENTER, GRAND RAPIDS Winter Adventure Family Day Sat, Jan 25 • 10 am–4 pm • Included with $6-10 site admission M

Make the most of winter with a day of outdoor fun, from snowshoeing to sledding, skiing, and sleigh rides.

Maple Syrup Family Day Sat, Mar 21 • 10 am–4 pm • Included with $6-10 site admission M

Learn the process of making maple syrup from sap, sample maple treats, see a local sugar bush, and tour a commercial syrup production facility.

Conservationist Aldo Leopold Day Sat, Apr 4 • 10 am–4 pm • Included with $6-10 site admission M

Hear a reading from Leopold’s Sand County Almanac, see a screening of a documentary about his life and demo on how to build a Leopold bench, or go on a nature walk.

SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE, NORTH OF TWO HARBORS Peregrine Falcons on the North Shore Sat, Apr 18 • 1–3 pm • Included with $6-10 site admission M

Meet Jackie Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society and two live falcons to learn more about these amazing birds. MNHS • 19

For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.


MILL CITY MUSEUM MINNEAPOLIS • 612-341-7555

KNOW YOUR CITY. KNOW ITS STORIES. Discover the origins of Minneapolis at Mill City Museum—from its start on the banks of the Mississippi to its boom as the hub of the flour milling industry—while taking in spectacular views and architecture. Get hands-on with water power in the updated Water Lab, ride the 8-story Flour Tower, and more.

TOURS

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Washburn A Mill Tour

Strike! The Workers’ Rights Tour

Jan 5, 19 & 25, Feb 9, 23 & 29, Mar 14 & 29, Apr 11, 18 & 26 1–2:30 pm • $18/MNHS members save 20% R

Sun, Feb 2, Mar 7 & Apr 4 • 1–2:45 pm $16/MNHS members save 20% R

Go behind the scenes to see this award-winning Mill City Museum building’s nooks and crannies. Includes museum admission.

Discover the dramatic story of labor, activists, unions, and strikes in Minneapolis from the 19th century to today. Includes museum admission.

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Danger & Disaster at the Mill Tour

DEPARTS A-MILL ARTIST LOFTS, MINNEAPOLIS Sun, Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 5 & 19 1–2:30 pm • $18/MNHS members save 20% R N

Sat, Mar 28 & Apr 25 • 1–2:30 pm $16/MNHS members save 20% R

See remnants of the greatest direct drive waterpower system in history, architectural highlights, and more.

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Find out about the dangers of working in the flour milling industry, from workplace hazards to explosions. Includes museum admission.

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EVENTS STEM Family Day Sat, Feb 22 • 11 am–3 pm Included with $6-12 museum admission M

Enjoy hands-on activities focusing on the role of STEM on the Minneapolis riverfront. Meet costumed history player William de la Barre, the engineer who advanced Minneapolis milling and waterpower. Witness a flour dust explosion and learn the science behind the Washburn A Mill explosion of 1878. Learn about kitchen chemistry and more! Sponsored by General Mills.

Logging & Lumber Family Day Sat, Mar 14 • 11 am–3 pm Included with $6-12 museum admission M

Learn about lumberjack life through hands-on activities and demonstrations from special guests from the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids. Try food samples, create a craft, join a north woods storytime, sort logs at a water table, and more.

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MILL CITY MUSEUM My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story ON VIEW NOW–MARCH 29

For complete event information and tickets: mnhs.org/calendar or 1-844-MNSTORY.

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Explore artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Gaylord Schanilec that tells the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River and the changes it has witnessed over 12,000 years. Features images of Schanilec’s artwork from the MNHS Press book My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Journey by author John Coy, available at the museum store or mnhs.org/shop.


JEWELRY & CHOCOLATE SALE Minnesota History Center, St. Paul • Feb 1–14

Just in time for Valentine’s Day: shop at the museum store and save 10% on jewelry by Minnesota designers and delicious chocolates. MNHS members save 20%! Not a member? Join at mnhs.org/join.

SAVE THE DATE! History Matters Day at the Capitol Thu, Mar 5 • Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Join us! Advocate for history while meeting with legislators. Learn about state and local history resources. Network with members of the history community and take a free guided tour of the capitol. Please plan to attend and support Minnesota history! MNHS • 22

Find out more and register at mnhs.org/historymatters.

M = MNHS MEMBERS and children age 4 and under FREE

R = RESERVATIONS or tickets required

N = Cost does NOT INCLUDE site/museum admission


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FROM THE MNHS COLLECTIONS

MNHS COLLECTIONS ARE VAST: from 6,000 works of art and 250,000 objects to 300,000 photographs, 500,000 printed works and books, and 100,000 cubic feet of manuscripts and state archives.

HERE ARE 6 ARTIFACTS FROM HILL HOUSE HISTORY See more during a guided house tour at the James J. Hill House (details on page 15).

James J. Hill’s Bodmer Atlas, 1844

Peacock feather fan, 1880 This blue and green folding fan was owned by Mary Theresa Mehegan Hill, and is made from peacock feathers and tortoiseshell.

Karl Bodmer, a German artist who traveled across America in the 1830s, had 81 aquatints made from his portraits of Native people and their way of life, to illustrate the book by Prince Maximilian of Wied, Travels in the Interior of North America (English translation published 1844). Hill donated his personal copy of this incredibly beautiful and important work to MNHS and it is still one of the most valuable items in our collections.

Servant’s apron, about 1910 This white, cotton apron with white embroidery belonged to Celia Tauer Forestner, second cook at the Hill House 1909-1911.

“Automobile & Spilled Eggs” jigsaw puzzle, 1915 Our collections hold several jigsaw puzzles owned by the Hill family, including this wooden puzzle by the Whatami Puzzle Company of Massachusetts that features a mischievous pig upsetting a basket of eggs.

Sterling silver punch bowl, 1893 Photo of North Oaks Farm, 1900

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James J. Hill owned demonstration farms focused on producing advances in cattle raising and other agricultural practices—including North Oaks Farm, which the Hill family also used as a rural escape. This photo documents one of the cattle breeds raised there.

This 5-gallon bowl, engraved with a map of the Great Northern Railway, was presented to James J. Hill by the people of St. Paul to celebrate the completion of the railway across the United States. See it at the Hill House.


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LAST CALL!

CLOSES MAY 3 MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER

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MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER, ST. PAUL Blast for iron ore, crawl into a tipi, ride out a tornado, slide through a model grain elevator, board a WWII troop transport plane, and more.

JAMES J. HILL HOUSE, ST. PAUL

MILL CITY MUSEUM, MINNEAPOLIS

Take a guided tour of this impressive 1891 mansion. Admire its fine details and hear stories of railroad titan Hill... his family, workers, and guests...and his largerthan-life influence.

At Mill City Museum, kids can discover how Minneapolis rose from flour. Get hands-on with waterpower, sample fresh-baked goods, watch the Flour Tower elevator show, explore the museum, and enjoy rooftop views of the riverfront.

PLAN YOUR VISIT AT MNHS.ORG/VISIT • 1-844-MNSTORY

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