A James J Hill House tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers and friends.
Saint Paul Welcome Hat Events
12/01/15 To 04/05/16
New to Minnesota or know someone who is? Stop by the Minnesota History Center to learn more about what Saint Paul has to offer, meet fellow transplants and get your own faux fur hat to keep you warm this winter!
Feast of Words Family Event
12/05/15 To 12/05/15
Feast of Words is a free family event presented by the Dakota Language Society centered on this place we all call home, Mnísota (Minnesota).
Washburn "A" Mill Tour
12/05/15 To 04/23/16
Explore the nooks and crannies of the Washburn A Mill, led by a Mill City Museum guide. The tour highlights the lives of men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, how it changed over time, and how the mill ruin was converted to a museum and office building.
Price includes same-day admission to Mill City Museum.
Hill House Holidays
12/05/15 To 12/27/15
Dramatized servant tour of Christmas preparations at the Summit Avenue mansion.
100 Years of Christmas at Dayton's
12/07/15 To 12/08/15
This event is SOLD OUT.
One hour illustrated lecture by popular Christmas historian James Neagbour
History Forum: The Scopes Trial
12/12/15 To 12/12/15
Ed Larson holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.
Topics on Family History: State and Federal Military Records
Find out what your great-grandfather did in his military service. This class will focus on draft registration, enlistment, service records, discharge records and unit histories.
Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
The story of the Minneapolis Riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau, who will spin three tales that weave the history of Saint Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present, in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum.
Price includes same-day admission to Mill City Museum.
12/17/15 To 12/19/15
Ride Mill City Museum’s Flour Tower elevator from floor to floor for each scene of this comic and heartwarming theatrical performance guided by the Ghost of Mill City Past. Based on true stories of the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party culled from the pages of the employee newspaper, The Eventually News! , the play ranges from romance and danger to the origin of the company’s marketing slogan, “Eventually-Why Not Now?” A ticket includes same-day admission to Mill City Museum, though the play itself runs after public hours conclude.
Victorian Christmas Stories at the Hill House
12/20/15 To 12/20/15
Dramatic performance of classic holiday stories of the 19th century by Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hans Christian Anderson, Willa Cather and others.
Victorian Christmas Carols at the Hill House
12/26/15 To 12/27/15
One hour concert of holiday music including refreshments and Hill House Tours.
Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice
01/08/16 To 01/08/16
Discover the history behind a controversial Minnesota murder trial.
Topics on Family History: Federal and MN Census Records 1790-1940
Census records can provide many clues for family history researchers. Learn how to search for census records in online databases, what information each census contains, and how to use census information to find additional records for furthering research.
History of Hip
01/12/16 To 03/08/16
An informal series about the origins of all things hip.
Winter Moonrise Photography 3-Day Workshop , January 22-24, 2016
Master the skills of twilight and landscape photography with this 3-day workshop held during the January full moon.
History Forum: The U.S. Occupation of the Philippines
01/23/16 To 01/23/16
Susan K. Harris is the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at The Univerversity of Kansas.
Winter Moonrise Photography Program, January 23, 2016
Professional nature photographer Paul Sundberg will share his experiences during an illustrated presentation and afternoon shoot.
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Minnesota Breweries
01/28/16 To 01/28/16
Have a beer with your friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the history of Minnesota breweries.
Time Capsule for Families: New House, 1872
02/06/16 To 02/06/16
Discover why 1872 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family.
Forest History Center: Animals of the North
The History Center welcomes site manager Jeff Johns as he presents on the exciting new programs being offered at the Forest History Center
Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love
02/12/16 To 02/12/16
Explore the world of Victorian romance and courtship in this Valentine's Day-themed program.
History Chef! Valentine's Day Cookies for Kids
02/13/16 To 02/13/16
Children ages 8-12 will use a Ramsey family recipe and mix, decorate and bake Valentine's Day cookies.
Topics on Family History: Citizenship: Law, Process and Records
Learn about citizenship laws and records, including the Alien Registration Act of 1918, which ordered all unnaturalized aliens to register and make sworn declarations about themselves, their immediate family members and their property holdings.
Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball
Enjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance.
Victorian Poetry Slam
02/14/16 To 02/14/16
Celebrate Valentine's Day the old fashioned way by enjoying classic poems of the 19th century.
Teddy Bear Story Time
Young visitors are invited to bring their teddy bears to the Hill House in celebration of Presidents’ Day and the beloved toy named in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.
Homeschool Winter Program
Students in grades 3-12 are invited to play a spirited game of "snow snake," take a hike to identify animal tracks in the snow, and hear American Indian tales inside the wigwam.
History Forum: The Colorado Coalfield Wars
02/20/16 To 02/20/16
Thomas G. Andrews is an associate professor of history at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the author of the prize-winning Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War.
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Frills and Fashion
02/25/16 To 02/25/16
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about fashion accessories of the past.
"The Proposal" by Chekhov
03/04/16 To 03/13/16
The Baker Street Irregulars return to the North West Company Fur Post with Anton Chekhov's "The Proposal."
Time Capsule for Families: The President's Visit, 1878
03/05/16 To 03/05/16
Discover why 1878 was such an important year for the Ramsey family.
Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
03/11/16 To 03/11/16
Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this adult-themed program.
History Forum: The Case of Dr. Ossian Sweet
03/12/16 To 03/12/16
Kevin Boyle teaches history at Northwestern University and is the author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age, which received the 2004 National Book Award for nonfiction.
Topics on Family History: Historical Newspapers
Learn how to find and search historical newspapers in both free and fee-based databases in Minnesota and across the country. Get ideas about how to enhance your family history with stories from the newspaper about church and community affairs, moments of fame (or ill reput), current events, and material culture in your ancestors' lives.
Hill House Easter Egg Hunt
Celebrate spring on the lawn of the James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt, especially for families with children ages 2-7.
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Mysteries of the Ouija Board
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the origins of the infamous Ouija board.
Time Capsule for Families: Civil War, 1861
04/02/16 To 04/02/16
Discover why 1861 was such an important year for both the Ramsey family and the United States.
Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness and the Victorian Mind
04/08/16 To 04/08/16
Learn about Ramsey family members and their struggle with mental illness.
Topics on Family History: Using DNA
Learn about the available tests—Y, mitochondrial, and autosomal—and the testing companies that offer them so you can determine the most effective way to spend your DNA dollars.
St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour
The April 23rd, 2016 tour is SOLD OUT.
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past.
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Lord Gordon-Gordon and the Minnesota Swindle
04/28/16 To 04/28/16
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the exploits of Lord Gordon-Gordon, one of the greatest con artists in Minnesota history
"Spicy Masala Chai" Dance Show
04/30/16 To 05/01/16
Spicy Masala Chai, the top-selling, family-friendly show in the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival, returns to the stage at the History Center.
Topics on Family History: Church & Cemetery Records
Before civil governments kept records of births, marriages, and deaths, these life events were recorded in churches and cemeteries. Learn about these records, how to locate them, and how they can help solve your family history problems.