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  • Ramsey Time Capsule: 1857
    Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
    Experience the sights and sounds of 1857 in this one-hour, family-friendly program. Children (ages 6 and up) and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and discover the events made 1857 so special. Along the way, guests will sample popular foods of the era, learn about the new inventions and technology of the day and learn a song from 1857. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home. 
    Phone: 651-296-8760 
    Time: Tours at Noon, 1 and 2 p.m. 
    Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. 
    Reservations: recommended; register online
    Dakota Drum and Dance
    Historic Forestville 21899 County Road #118, Preston 
    Join a day of Dakota drumming and dancing including a Pow Wow with a Grand Entry, music and traditional dance styles. Learn about Dakota dance including the fancy, grass, jingle dress and other styles for men, women and children. Dakota crafts will be on display and for sale along with a food concession provided by the Friends of Forestville. 
    Phone: 507-765-2785 
    Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children; $1 discount for MHS members.
    Soldier One-Day Camp
    Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
    Attention all recruits! Enlist in the 5th Regiment for an afternoon at Historic Fort Snelling. "New recruits" will learn about the lives of soldiers during the 1820s at Fort Snelling. Campers will learn to march and drill, watch musket and cannon firings and much more. Space is limited to 12. For ages 8 to 12. 
    Phone: 612-726-1171 
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $50; $45 for MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Also June 22 
    Summit Avenue Walking Tours
    James J. Hill House 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul 
    Take a 90-minute tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The walking tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. The popular tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday, May through September. Call for group tour information. 
    Page 2 of 18 - Phone: 651-297-2555 
    Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays 
    Fee: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members. Library passes not accepted for these tours. 
    Reservations: recommended; call 651-297-2555 
    Also June 2, June 8, June 9, June 15, June 16, June 22, June 23, June 29, June 30 
    Adventures in Nature: American Indian Games
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
    Play games popular among American Indians of the past including the moccasin game, awl game and the double-ball game. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. Offered daily at 2 p.m. Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme will be explored each week. 
    Phone: 507-628-5591 
    Time: 2 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. 
    Also June 2, June 3 
    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 discovering 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 or  register online
    Also June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 
    Voyageur Militia Day
    North West Company Fur Post 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City 
    Costumed reenactors portraying North West Company agents will be enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs (visitors) to help defend the business of the fur trade when the United States declares war on England in 1812. Learn how to march in formation, make a militia hat to take home and experience military camp life in the early 1800s. 
    Phone: 320-629-6356 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
    Farm Animal Weekend
    Page 3 of 18 - Oliver H. Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River 
    With spring planting just about completed, the Kelley farmers turn their attention to the livestock. June means time to shear the sheep. Experience the challenges of hand-sheering or helping to get the sheep out of their "winter coats." Toby and Coulter, the farm’s oxen, will be finishing up field work. Meet the spring newborns, and discover how farm animals were used long ago and the different ways they are used today. Take time to explore the nature trails. 
    Phone: 763-441-6896 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday 
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. 
    Also June 2 
     
    Sunday, June 2
    Free Family Day
    Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site 1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls 
    On the first Sunday in June each year, the museums and attractions in Little Falls hold an appreciation day for the community and surrounding areas by offering free admission and special programming to visitors. Enjoy a free day of family activities at the Charles A. Lindbergh House and Visitor Center. Take a tour of the boyhood home of the famous aviator, inventor and conservationist, and explore the Visitor Center, which features hands-on exhibits, a new Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator and films about Little Falls’ favorite son. 
    Phone: 320-616-5421 
    Time: Noon to 5 p.m. 
    Fee: Free
     
    Monday, June 3
    An Evening on Cathedral Hill
    Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul 
    Explore historic Cathedral Hill and tour the former Shepard mansion, this year’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) MN Showcase Home. The home’s interior features 22 spaces and the work of 39 designers. Architectural highlights of the home include a grand staircase, abundant woodwork and eight original fireplaces. After the mansion tour, the trolley will guide guests around the surrounding neighborhood, one of the largest standing Victorian-era historic districts in the country. The evening will end with a drink at area landmark W.A. Frost. Tour begins and ends at the Minnesota History Center. Ages 21 and up only. Home and neighborhood tour included in ticket price. Drinks sold separately. This program is made possible through a partnership with Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and the American Society of Interior Designers. 
    Phone: 651-259-3000 
    Time: 7 to 9 p.m. 
    Page 4 of 18 - Fee: $45/$40 MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Also June 4 
     
    Tuesday, June 4
    Nooks and Crannies Tour
    James J. Hill House 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul 
    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this 90-minute tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gate house overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today. The 7 p.m. tour will be led by a costumed interpreter portraying one of the construction workers who built the house or one of the servants who worked in the house. Group size is limited on these 90-minute tours. 
    Phone: 651-297-2555 
    Time: 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. 
    Fee: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members. 
    Reservations: recommended; call 651-297-2555 
    Also June 11, June 18, June 25 
    Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Washington Avenue
    Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
    Discover Minneapolis' rich history and satisfy your thirst with a history pub crawl along Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy thoroughfare to see the importance of railroads, warehousing, flour milling, immigration, entertainment and vice to the story of Minneapolis. A trolley will take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington Ave. from 35W to Plymouth Ave. N, with stops at a number of historic sights, including two watering holes housed in historic buildings. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations. 
    Phone: 612-341-7555 
    Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $25/$20 for MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online
    Also June 25 
     
    Wednesday, June 5
    History Pub Crawls: Downtown Low-Down
    Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul 
    Discover how Gilded Age robber barons, intrepid entrepreneurs, crime bosses, vaudeville impresarios and influential politicians transformed a down-and-dirty river port into the gleaming power center of St. Paul. Enjoy bar stops in two of downtown’s most storied buildings and get an exclusive peek behind the scenes at one of St. Paul’s most celebrated landmarks. A trolley will take participants to the various watering holes. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. 
    Page 5 of 18 - Phone: 651-259-3000 
    Time: 7 to 9 p.m. (trolley departs at 7 p.m.) 
    Fee: $25, $20 MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online
    Also June 12, June 19, June 26 
     
    Thursday, June 6
    Adventures in Nature: Travois
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
    Take part in costumed role-playing to experience how American Indian families packed up a travois to move their belongings on the prairie. Reproduction items will be available for hands-on use. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. 
     
    Offered daily at 2 p.m. Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme will be explored each week. 
    Phone: 507-628-5591 
    Time: 2 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. 
    Also June 7, June 9, June 10 
     
    Saturday, June 8
    Wild Edibles
    Forest History Center 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids 
    Sip sumac lemonade, savor sauteed day lillies, nibble on a fresh fiddlehead and munch on acorns. Learn which common plants growing in northern Minnesota forests are edible and how to responsibly harvest them. 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. 
    Phone: 218-327-4482 
    Time: Noon to 3 p.m. 
    Fee: $15 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $11 children ages 6 to 17; $5 MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; call 218-327-4482
    Bread and Butter Day
    Historic Forestville 21899 County Road #118, Preston 
    Step back in time with costumed guides who will demonstrate the weekly task of bread and butter making in the late 1800s. Enjoy the aroma of freshly baked bread from the wood burning oven and taste butter from the churn. Traditional techniques of bread and butter making will be shown with opportunities for hands-on participation. 
    Phone: 507-765-2785 
    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. State park vehicle permit required.
    Page 6 of 18 - World War II Weekend
    Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
    Travel back to the World War II era to learn about Minnesota’s role on battlefields and at home. Costumed staff, period displays, weapon firing demonstrations and an encampment of Allied reenactors occupy the historic fort during this special weekend devoted to Minnesota's Greatest Generation. Participate in many hands-on WWII activities for families including crafts, games and obstacle course. 
    Phone: 612-726-1171 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. 
    Also June 9 
    The American Indian Travois: Moving in Ancient America
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, 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. 
    Phone: 507-628-5591 
    Time: 2 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.
    Washburn A Mill Tour
    Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
    Take 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. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. 
    Phone: 612-341-7555 
    Time: 1 p.m. 
    Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. 
    Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online
    Also June 22 
    Kids Crafts: Dream Catchers
    Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
    Page 7 of 18 - Children can learn how to weave a dream catcher and make one to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. The cost for the dream catcher kit is $5 and it includes materials for the dream catcher and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up. Cost for the kit does not include admission to museum. 
    Phone: 320-532-3632 
    Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    Fee: $5 per kit (does not include museum admission).
    History Food Crawls: University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo
    Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul 
    Ride through the history, culture and cuisine of one of St. Paul’s 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. Paul’s architectural gems, and get to know the story of Pilgrim Baptist, home of Minnesota’s oldest black congregation. Along the way, experts from Gastro Non Grata will provide hearty samples from the neighborhood’s best purveyors. The bus for the 2.5-hour tour leaves from the Minnesota History Center; some walking is involved. Food samples are included in ticket price.
     
     
    Phone: 651-259-3000 
    Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $35; $30 MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or register online
    Also June 22 
    Traditions of the Trading Post: Hides to Moccasins
    North West Company Fur Post 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City 
    Costumed interpreters will demonstrate how hides are converted to leather and then to moccasins. Moccasins were essential to voyageurs, clerks and the Ojibwe. Visitors will see how Ojibwe crafters produced fine buckskin for clothing and footwear using a process called "brain-tanning." Visitors can also scrape hair from deer hides, help stretch and soften the hides and try their hand at sewing leather. 
    Phone: 320-629-6356 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday 
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. 
    Also June 9, June 15, June 16, June 22, June 23, June 29, June 30 
    Page 8 of 18 - Split Rock Lighthouse Open House
    Split Rock Lighthouse 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd., 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. 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. 
    Phone: 218-226-6372 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
    Fee: Free
     
    Sunday, June 9
    Railroad History Tour
    Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
    Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota’s first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population, flour milling, lumber production and warehousing as a rail network extended throughout the Upper Midwest. Take a guided tour to discover the impact of railroads on the Mill City, visiting railroad landmarks such as the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. 
    Phone: 612-341-7555 
    Time: 1 p.m. 
    Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Includes museum admission. 
    Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online
     
    Monday, June 10
    19th-Century Homestead Day Camp
    Historic Forestville 21899 County Road #118, Preston 
    Campers (age 8-12) will don a shopkeeper's apron to work in a 19th century general store. They will price goods, candle eggs and compound medicines. Outdoors, they'll gather eggs and tend to the chickens. In the parlor, the children will participate in songs, music, games and storytelling from the 1800s and they will experience the aromas and activities of cooking on a wood burning stove in the kitchen. Campers should dress for outdoor activities and bring a bag lunch.
    Phone: 507-765-2785 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $50, $45 for MHS members, full scholarships available. 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Also June 17, June 24 
     
    Tuesday, June 11
    History HiJinx: Paul and Babe On-a-Stick Puppets
    Page 9 of 18 - Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul 
    Cut, color and create your own mythic Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox puppets and learn surprising trivia about these Minnesota folk heroes. The History Center offers this daily art activity for kids and adults free with museum admission. 
    Phone: 651-259-3000 
    Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays 
    Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. 
    Also June 12, June 13, June 14, June 18, June 19, June 20, June 21, June 25, June 26, June 27, June 28 
     
    Thursday, June 13
    Adventures in Nature: Prairie Animals
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
    Learn about the animals that live on the prairie by examining animal pelts and making plaster animal tracks to take home. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.  Offered daily at 2 p.m. Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme will be explored each week. 
    Phone: 507-628-5591 
    Time: 2 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. 
    Also June 14, June 16, June 17 
     
    Friday, June 14
    Ramsey After Dark: Secretary of War
    Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
    When Alexander Ramsey was appointed Secretary of War by President Rutherford Hayes in 1879, this Cabinet position brought both national prominence and problems. This 75 minute program explores this fascinating portion of Ramsey's political career. See rarely seen artifacts from Ramsey's time as Secretary of War including his official ceremonial uniform and hear excerpts from his personal letters and official correspondence. Discover what issues he and the administration faced, including addressing reform at West Point. 
    Phone: 651-296-8760 
    Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. 
    Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 Discount for MHS members. 
    Reservations: recommended; register online
     
    Saturday, June 15
    Blacksmith For a Day I
    Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
    Try your hand at blacksmithing under the direction of the Fort's skilled smiths. In this newly retooled program, a class limit of four students allows for a more intimate experience and greater hands-on opportunities with the instructors. Students will select a project, work the forge, pound out the hot metal and shape the iron using hammer and tongs as it was done two centuries ago. Participants will be able to take their finished projects home. Children ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. 
    Page 10 of 18 - Phone: 612-726-1171 
    Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
    Fee: $65; $60 for MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Hands Upon the Rock
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
    The book "Hands Upon the Rock" is a photographic journey through the petroglyphs with stories from people of the petroglyphs, past and present, presented alongside. At 2 p.m. "Hands Upon the Rock" will be read aloud on the rock face. Following the reading, author Paula Paplow and editor JoAn Bakker will be available to sign books. 
    Phone: 507-628-5591 
    Time: 1 to 5 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.
    Engineering the Falls: History Player William de la Barre Tour
    Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, 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 will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum's gallery (included in the price of the tour). 
    Phone: 612-341-7555 
    Time: 1 p.m. 
    Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Includes museum admission. 
    Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online
    Capitol Construction Tour
    Minnesota State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul 
    From 1896-1905, hundreds of skilled workers came together to create one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the United States. Iron beams were riveted together to create the building’s framework and derricks lifted cut stone into place inside and outside the state’s third capitol building. A 90-minute guided tour features the construction methods used, the planners and the workers who helped create the state’s third capitol building. Learn how the building elements, decorations and furnishings come together to create a harmonious blend of architecture and art in Minnesota's most important public building. 
    Phone: 651-296-2881 
    Time: 11 a.m. 
    Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Page 11 of 18 - Father's Day Weekend
    Oliver H. Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River 
    Join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th-century “fancy chores” like building feed boxes, repairing equipment and fences, and caring for the livestock. Fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child. 
    Phone: 763-441-6896 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday 
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; free for MHS members and fathers accompanied by a child. 
    Also June 16 
     
    Sunday, June 16
    Friends of the Upper Post WWII Tours: Biking
    Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
    During WWII, over 300,000 members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation began their military careers at Fort Snelling. They were introduced to military life, were tested and assigned to units, and finally sent on to training bases around the country. Military police and railroad engineers, as well as translators of the Military Intelligence Service Language School received their specialized training at Fort Snelling. Friends of Fort Snelling tours are 90 minutes and cover various aspects of Fort Snelling's 20th century history, including officers' row and administrative areas (walking and architectural tours), as well as the stables and warehouse district (biking tours). All tours start at 9 a.m. in front of the HQ building, which is the main building on the post with the clock tower on the corner of Taylor Ave. and Colville Ave. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water! 
    Phone: 612-726-1171 
    Time: 9 a.m. 
    Fee: Free
    Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
    Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, 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 begins and ends at Mill City Museum where participants can visit the museum gallery (included in the price of the tour) and enjoy refreshments at the Mill City Museum Café. 
    Phone: 612-341-7555 
    Time: 1 p.m. 
    Page 12 of 18 - Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children 6-17 and MHS members. Includes museum admission. 
    Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online
    Also June 30 
     
    Monday, June 17
    Finishing School for Young Ladies
    Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
    In today’s fast paced world the art of social graces can get lost along the way. Victorian girls, like the Ramsey granddaughters Anita and Laura Furness, were expected to attend finishing school where they learned the arts of personal interaction and good manners. In this one-of-a kind day camp, young ladies will dress up in Victorian outfits and learn about Victorian fashion, etiquette, dancing and poise, culminating with a tea on the porch and a dance recital for families. Open to girls 9-12. 
    Phone: 651-296-8760 
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $220; $200 for MHS members 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Also June 18, June 19 
    History Quest: A Gaming Camp
    Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul 
    Make your own online game while building your history skills during this fun, hands-on camp. This camp is perfect for history-lovers who like to dig up clues from the past and want to learn about game design. Using ARIS, location-based gaming software, participants will work with each other and experts to create an epic game with real content and characters from the past. Open to ages 12-15. drop off is available up to an hour before camps begin, and aftercare is available up to an hour following each session. Lunch is available for an additional fee of $10 per day. 
    Session I: June 17 - 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
    Session II: July 8 - 12, 9 a.m. to noon
    Session III: July 8 - 12, 1 to 4 p.m.
    Phone: 651-259-3000 
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $180; $155 MHS members 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Also June 18, June 19, June 20, June 21 
     
    Tuesday, June 18
    Huck Finn Summer Camp
    Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, 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. 
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    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $235; $220 for MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Also June 19, June 20, June 21 
     
    Thursday, June 20
    Adventures in Nature: Winter Count
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
    Learn how American Indians kept track of history by recording symbols which represented memorable events in their lives on hides called winter counts. Create a winter count symbol to take home. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Offered daily at 2 p.m. Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme will be explored each week.
    Phone: 507-628-5591 
    Time: 2 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. 
    Also June 21, June 22, June 23, June 24 
     
    Friday, June 21
    Be A Lumberjack Children's Day
    Forest History Center 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids 
    Special hands-on activities will capture children’s imaginations by immersing them in the lives of lumber camp workers from the early 1900s. At the camp children can help saw wood, count beans, wash the linens, bake cookies, stamp a log or even scoop up "road apples." Then it's time for fun with games like prune in a spoon races, raisin spitting, stump-jumping and more. 
    Phone: 218-327-4482 
    Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. 
    Also June 22 
    Minnesota's First Astronomical Observatory
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
    Minnesota's first known astronomical observatory was built by American Indians on a spot near the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site. The discovery of this fragile archaeological find was made in 2004. On Friday, visitors and staff will reconstruct the observatory at the site using boulders. On Saturday, guests can observe the summer solstice sunrise.
    Friday, June 21
    7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tom Sanders, site manager, will present on the discovery of the observatory, documentation and science behind its use. 
    8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Petroglyphs tour. 
    9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Observatory construction. 
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    Saturday, June 22
    5 to 6 a.m. View the summer solstice through the alignments at the observatory. 
    6 a.m. Tom Sanders, site manager, will present on the discovery of the observatory, documentation and science behind its use. 
    Phone: 507-628-5591 
    Time: Friday 7 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday 5 to 8 a.m. 
    Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. 
    Also June 22 
     
    Saturday, June 22
    Living History Day
    Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site 1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls 
    See how tenants performed much of the work on the Lindbergh family farm a century ago, from 1901 into the 1920s. A costumed character portraying Gustav Gertz, who lived in the tenant’s house in 1917-1918, will share tales about the Lindbergh family and what it was like to be a citizen of German descent in Minnesota during World War I. Mary Hannah Stevens who lived on the Lindbergh property from 1906 to 1913 and worked the farm with her husband, will share inside stories about life in Little Falls at that time. Visitors will meet young Lindbergh’s mother Evangeline, who will welcome them into the house where they can experience everyday family life. 
    Phone: 320-616-5421 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last tour leaves at 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
    Birch Bark Harvest Workshop
    Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia 
    Learn how to harvest, store and work with birch bark in this two-day workshop. During the first class participants will go into the woods and harvest bark. During the second class participants will be make a basket out of the bark. Registration is required by June 19. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A portion of the class will take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly. In case of inclement weather, alternate dates will be June 29 and 30. 
    Phone: 320-532-3632 
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday 
    Fee: $60/$55 MHS members; $15 supply fee. 
    Also June 23 
    Children's Day
    Page 15 of 18 - Split Rock Lighthouse 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd., Two Harbors 
    Tours geared for children highlight this popular annual event. Families can learn about the children who lived at the light station, join in special games and participate in a scavenger hunt. Free admission for ages 17 and under. 
    Phone: 218-226-6372 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students; free for MHS members and ages 17 and under.
     
    Sunday, June 23
    Historic Main Street Tour
    Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
    Stroll through Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood with a Mill City Museum guide, and learn about the rich past and exciting future of historic Main Street. The tour will highlight the life in the village of St. Anthony, changes along Main Street throughout the years, and such landmarks as the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs. This tour will begin and end at Pracna Restaurant, 117 Main Street S.E. Tours include admission to Mill City Museum. 
    Phone: 612-341-7555 
    Time: 1 p.m. 
    Fee: $14 adults, $12 senior citizens, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Includes museum admission. 
    Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or register online
     
    Monday, June 24
    Ramsey House History Detectives Camp
    Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
    Become a super-sleuth and use clues to solve a mystery at the Ramsey House. During this 3-day camp, kids will explore primary source materials like the Ramsey House itself, artifacts inside the home, letters, journals and recipes. Campers will comb through the evidence to reveal the mystery. A new mystery will be presented each day. At the end of camp, each child will be certified a Ramsey House History Detective. For boys and girls ages 11-13. 
    Phone: 651-296-8760 
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Fee: $210/$190 MHS Members 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Also June 25, June 26 
     
    Tuesday, June 25
    Davy Crockett Summer Camp
    Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
    Davy Crockett was a living legend during the early 1800s and tales of his adventures spread across the world. Campers will learn the skills Crockett and others like him used on the frontier including tracking animals, using flint and steel and 1800s soldiering. Campers will also learn about American Indian history and much more. Space is limited to 14. For ages 9 to 12. 
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    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $235; $220 for MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Also June 26, June 27, June 28 
     
    Wednesday, June 26
    Homeschool Days: Minnesota and the Civil War
    Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul 
    Homeschool students and their families are invited to participate in a variety of educational activities as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg and its legacy for all Americans. Explore theMinnesota and the Civil War exhibit and view fascinating artifacts including a Confederate battle flag, military weapons, uniforms, personal letters from soldiers and their families, and some very well-preserved hard tack. Students will learn about the heroism, sacrifice and determination of Minnesota’s men and women during America’s greatest challenge. This special program is designed to meet the learning needs of homeschool students in grade levels P-3, 4-6 and 7-12. Reservations are required and must be made by June 24. 
    Phone: 651-259-3000 
    Time: 9:30 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., program 
    Fee: $7/$6, free for children ages 3 and under. Museum Adventure passes not accepted for this event. 
    Reservations: required; call 651-259-3400
    Children's Day
    Oliver H. Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River 
    Join in the chores that children did on farms more than 100 years ago like helping with the laundry, gardening, animal care and field work. Then take part in 19th century games, such as Townball, Grandmother's Footsteps and Hoops and Sticks. 
    Phone: 763-441-6896 
    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
     
    Thursday, June 27
    History Happy Hour: Vintage Bicycles
    Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 
    Enjoy a cocktail at the Alexander Ramsey House. Socialize, sip and snack in the Ramsey mansion while you learn about vintage bicycles. The Wheelmen, a local vintage cycling club, returns for a follow-up to their sellout 2011 program. They will be giving short presentations on topics in Minnesota's cycling history, displaying their own vintage bicycles and offering riding demos including how to mount and dismount a high-wheel bicycle. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres and presentation. 
    Phone: 651-296-8760 
    Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
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    Reservations: required; register online
    Adventures in Nature: Prairie Tour
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey 
    Join a guide on a prairie tour to discover interesting information about the prairie ecosystem while searching for grasses and flowers. Prairie tours start at 2 p.m. each day. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them. Guide petroglyph tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. Offered daily at 2 p.m. Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme will be explored each week. 
    Phone: 507-628-5591 
    Time: 2 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. 
    Also June 28, June 29, June 30 
    Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront with author Penny Petersen
    Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
    Join author Penny Petersen for an illustrated presentation and book signing to celebrate the publication of "Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront." In her book, Petersen tells the surprising and riveting account of the Minneapolis red-light district and the powerful madams who ran it. In their heyday Minneapolis brothels were not only open for business but constituted a substantial economic and political force in the city. Petersen brings to life this nearly forgotten chapter of Minneapolis history, tracing the story of how these “houses of ill fame” rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century and then were finally shut down in the early twentieth century. Following her presentation, Ms. Petersen will sign copies of the book which can be purchased in the Mill City Museum store. A cash bar will open at 6 p.m. 
    Phone: 612-341-7555 
    Time: 7 p.m. (cocktail hour at 6 p.m.) 
    Fee: Free
     
    Friday, June 28
    Arrowheads and Stone Tools
    North West Company Fur Post 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City 
    Learn about the skilled art of making spear points and arrowheads and how modern flint knappers keep this ancient craft alive. This annual event attracts knappers from around the country who will demonstrate their skills, the same as those used thousands of years ago to hunt wild game. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Flint Knappers Guild. 
    Phone: 320-629-6356 
    Time: Noon to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 
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    Also June 29 
     
    Saturday, June 29
    Blacksmith For a Day II (Advanced)
    Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul 
    Individuals who have participated in the Blacksmith For a Day I program are encouraged to join the skilled tradespeople the fort and further sharpen their blacksmithing skills. In this newly retooled program, a class limit of four students allows for a more intimate experience and greater hands-on opportunities with the instructors. Students will work on an advanced smithing project to make a real working knife. Children ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. 
    Phone: 612-726-1171 
    Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
    Fee: $75; $70 for MHS members. 
    Reservations: required; register online
    Riverfront Quest Family Tour
    Mill City Museum 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis 
    Try out questing with a family-focused tour of the Minneapolis riverfront outside Mill City Museum. A Quest is a community treasure hunt that guides people through, and teaches them to see, a unique part of their community. This quest includes solving rhyming riddles and searching for hidden boxes with pictures to place in a quest journal that participants can make before the tour. Journal materials and admission to Mill City Museum are included in the tour cost. The tour is designed for ages 6–11, but can be enjoyed by all ages. Adults and seniors must be accompanying a child. 
    Phone: 612-341-7555 
    Time: 1 p.m. (Bookmaking 1 to 1:30 p.m., Tour 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.) 
    Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors, $10 ages 6-17, $7 MHS Members ages 6-17, Free for Adult and Senior MHS members 
    Reservations: required; call 612-341-7555 or  register online

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