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Nooks and Crannies Tour
Nooks and Crannies Tour 07/28/15 To 08/25/15
July 28th tours are SOLD OUT.

Behind the scenes glimpse into the attic, gatehouse, coal bin and other areas not on the regular house tour.
 
History Pub Crawl: Downtown St. Paul
History Pub Crawl: Downtown St. Paul 07/29/15
July 29th crawl is SOLD OUT.

Unearth the secrets behind downtown’s transformation from wild prairie to modern power center.
 
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours 07/30/15 To 08/27/15
Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy will partner on a series of weekday walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant.

During the early 20th century over two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the water power from St. Anthony Falls. Today there is just one left: Xcel Energy’s Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour of Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park led by a Mill City Museum guide, participants will get special access to this power plant. Along the way participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling, and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy’s green energy and energy efficiency initiatives, and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront. This event is for ages 18 and up.

Please meet at 125 Main Street SE (at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Café).
 
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Martinis
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Martinis 07/30/15 To 07/30/15
This event is SOLD OUT.

Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while you learn about martini history.
 
Mid Century Modern Bus Tours
Mid Century Modern Bus Tours 08/01/15
Enjoy a tour of the exteriors and a rare glimpse at the interiors of selected homes in this unique neighborhood; representing the work of such regional giants as Close Architects.

**please advise staff if stairs or walking (up to two blocks) might cause physical difficulty
 
Fort Snelling Archaeology One-Day Camp (Ages 10-14)
Fort Snelling Archaeology One-Day Camp (Ages 10-14) 08/01/15
August 1st camp is FULL.

Campers uncover and identify historic artifacts (Ages 10-14)
 
Summit Avenue Walking Tours
Summit Avenue Walking Tours 08/01/15 To 09/27/15
90-minute guided tours through St. Paul's most prestigious neighborhood.
 
Time Capsule for Families: New House, 1872
Time Capsule for Families: New House, 1872 08/01/15 To 08/01/15
Discover why 1872 was an exciting year for the Ramsey family.
 
Bars, Bootleggers and Booze: Distilling in the Twin Cities
Bars, Bootleggers and Booze: Distilling in the Twin Cities 08/01/15 To 10/03/15
August 1 tour is SOLD OUT.

A Bus Tour of Twin Cities Distilling Traditions Past and Present
 
Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
Minneapolis Riverfront Tour 08/02/15 To 09/20/15
Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the flour milling center of the world and 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 them and downtown Minneapolis.

Tour involves about 1 mile of walking. Price includes same-day admission to Mill City Museum.
 
Fort Snelling Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp (Ages 7-11) - August 4-7, 2015
Fort Snelling Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp (Ages 7-11) - August 4-7, 2015 08/04/15
This camp is FULL.

Experience 1800s life just like Laura Ingalls Wilder!
 
Fort Snelling Huck Finn Summer Camp (Ages 9-12) - August 4-7, 2015
Fort Snelling Huck Finn Summer Camp (Ages 9-12) - August 4-7, 2015 08/04/15
This camp is FULL.

Have an adventure just like Huck Finn!
 
Tours for People with Memory Loss
Tours for People with Memory Loss 08/04/15 To 12/01/15
August 4th tour is FULL.

A James J Hill House tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers and friends.
 
Mill City Live
Mill City Live 08/05/15 To 08/26/15
Mill City Live returns to the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard for a 12th season of evening outdoor concerts in August.

The 2015 lineup is
Wednesday Aug. 5th PaviElle (Neo Soul),
Wednesday Aug. 12th Black Diet (Garage/Indie/Soul),
Wednesday Aug. 19th Malamanya (Latin American/Caribbean), and
Wednesday Aug. 26th Davina and the Vagabonds (Jazz, Blues, Roots).

Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Fee: $5 includes concert and museum admission from 4 to 9 p.m., an opportunity to visit Mill City Museum at a significant discount. Free for Minnesota Historical Society members at the door; all others, $5.

All advance tickets are $5.
Online advance sales end at 3:00 pm the afternoon of the concert.
Door sales ($5, Free for MHS Members) start at 4:00pm.


In case of rain, Mill City Live goes on indoors!
 
History Pub Crawl: Summit Hill
History Pub Crawl: Summit Hill 08/05/15 To 08/26/15
Discover the history behind St. Paul's most fashionable neighborhood.
 
Mendota After Hours
Mendota After Hours 08/07/15 To 10/09/15
August 7th program is SOLD OUT.

Sit back, chat with friends, and enjoy a drink while exploring fascinating historic people, places, and events!
 
Henry Sibley: Minnesota's Controversial Founding Father
Henry Sibley: Minnesota's Controversial Founding Father 08/08/15 To 08/22/15
Explore the complex life of one of Minnesota’s most recognizable figure on this walking tour.
 
Fort Snelling Soldier One-Day Camp (Ages 8-12)
Fort Snelling Soldier One-Day Camp (Ages 8-12) 08/08/15
Learn what soldier life was like in the 1800s!
 
Engineering The Falls, de la Barre History Player Tour
Engineering The Falls, de la Barre History Player Tour 08/08/15 To 09/19/15
Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls, led by a costumed museum interpreter portraying William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis’ flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west side milling district, and the Stone Arch Bridge, learning the many changes to the falls over time.

Tour involves about 1 mile of walking. Price includes same-day admission to Mill City Museum.
 
Washburn "A" Mill Tour
Washburn "A" Mill Tour 08/09/15 To 12/26/15
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.
 
Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions 08/14/15 To 08/14/15
Discover the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions.
 
Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour
Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour 08/15/15 To 08/15/15
Tour the exteriors and interiors of selected homes and buildings by Cass Gilbert in the Summit Hill neighborhood. Presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society.

** all tour participants will sign a waiver absolving homeowners of liability in case of injury.
 
Cass Gilbert Home & Building Experience
Cass Gilbert Home & Building Experience 08/15/15
This exclusive program builds on the Home and Building Tour but includes special access, additional content and a private lunch inside a Gilbert-designed home.

** all tour participants will sign a waiver absolving homeowners of liability in case of injury.
 
Railroad History Tour
Railroad History Tour 08/16/15 To 09/13/15
Join a guide from Mill City Museum for a visit to railroad landmarks such as the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway Engine House & Trestle. Discover the impact of railroads on Minneapolis, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the new era of light rail and commuter rail.

Tour involves about 1.5 miles of walking. Price includes same-day admission to Mill City Museum.
 
Lincoln Lecture with Historian Harold Holzer
Lincoln Lecture with Historian Harold Holzer 08/19/15
Join Harold Holzer, leading American authority on Abraham Lincoln, for this exclusive lecture a Lincoln and the Press in 1865: Mayhem, Manhunts, and Martyrdom.
 
St. Paul’s Brewing History Tour
St. Paul’s Brewing History Tour 08/22/15 To 09/26/15
August 22nd tours are SOLD OUT.

Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past.
 
Disasters of the Mpls Riverfront
Disasters of the Mpls Riverfront 08/23/15
Discover the dramatic story of disasters on the Minneapolis Riverfront. The area around St. Anthony Falls has been transformed many times during the rise and fall of the greatest milling district the world has ever seen. These changes led to some of the biggest and most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. On this tour a Mill City Museum guide will tell the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses, and other calamities, explore the consequences for the people involved, and highlight what these tales reveal about Minneapolis history.
 
We Are MNHS Volunteer Training 08/25/15
We Are MNHS Volunteer Training session is to provide the knowledge and skills of volunteers about MNHS's mission.
 
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Historical Hoaxes
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Historical Hoaxes 08/27/15 To 08/27/15
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while you learn about the greatest hoaxes in Minnesota history.
 
Time Capsule for Families: The President's Visit, 1878
Time Capsule for Families: The President's Visit, 1878 09/05/15 To 09/05/15
Discover why 1878 was such an important year for the Ramsey family.
 
Seniors in Mind
Seniors in Mind 09/08/15 To 11/10/15
This popular weekday series returns for a new season of behind-the-scenes looks, photography and lectures on a wide variety of Minnesota history and culture topics.
 
Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice
Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice 09/11/15 To 09/11/15
Discover the history behind a controversial Minnesota murder trial.
 
Constitution Day Reception
Constitution Day Reception 09/17/15
Celebrate Constitution Day in Minnesota
 
Fall Gathering: Festival of the Voyageur
Fall Gathering: Festival of the Voyageur 09/19/15 To 09/20/15
Fur traders got together once a year, so they made the most of it. Come and experience the games, music and FUN!
 
Topics on Family History: Find Your Family Using Vital Records
Topics on Family History: Find Your Family Using Vital Records 09/19/15
Vital records are original civil records that can reveal details of a person's birth, marriage, divorce or death. They are often the most important group of records for a genealogist. Learn how to find, evaluate and use vital records
 
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: The Victorian Cinema
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: The Victorian Cinema 09/24/15 To 09/24/15
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while you learn about cinema history and the evolution of films.
 
History Forum Series 2015-16: American Encounters
History Forum Series 2015-16: American Encounters 10/03/15 To 10/03/15
History Forum Series Subscription for 2015-16.
 
History Forum: The Louisiana Purchase
History Forum: The Louisiana Purchase 10/03/15 To 10/03/15
Jon Kukla is a recognized authority on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American history and the author of A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America.
 
Time Capsule for Families: European Vacation, 1868
Time Capsule for Families: European Vacation, 1868 10/03/15 To 10/03/15
Discover why 1868 was so special for the Ramsey family.
 
Educator Preview: Suburbia 10/06/15
This is a opportunity for teachers to view the Suburbia exhibit before it opens for the public.

Note: When registering, please enter the school you are associated with on the form.
 
CSI: Fort Snelling
CSI: Fort Snelling 10/09/15 To 10/24/15
Solve a mystery in the fort after dark!
 
Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels
Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels 10/09/15 To 10/09/15
Discover why Gothic novels captivated the Victorian imagination. Adult content. Program intended for those 18 and over.
 
Topics on Family History: Land Records
Topics on Family History: Land Records 10/10/15
Discover where your family lived, who owned the property and what the terms S 1/2, NE 1/4, S 5, R 6, T 83 mean. Learn how to research land records including how to read property descriptions and find the property on a plat map.
 
Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour 10/11/15 To 12/13/15
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.
 
Bringing History to the Stage: The Making of "Glensheen"
Bringing History to the Stage: The Making of "Glensheen" 10/13/15
Discover how the History Theatre brings history to the stage in this intimate program at the Ramsey House.
 
MEA History Break
MEA History Break 10/15/15 To 10/16/15
Include a bit of history during the MEA break.
 
Mystery at the Fur Post
Mystery at the Fur Post 10/16/15 To 10/17/15
Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery at the fur post?
 
Victorian Ghost Stories
Victorian Ghost Stories 10/23/15 To 10/31/15
Dramatized readings of classic tales of the supernatural in a historic mansion.
 
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: The Spiritualist Movement
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: The Spiritualist Movement 10/29/15 To 10/29/15
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while you learn about the Victorian fascination with Spiritualism.
 
Home School Day
Home School Day 11/12/15 To 11/12/15
Learn about the rich history of this early enterprise.
 
Topics on Family History: Online Databases
Topics on Family History: Online Databases 11/14/15
The availability of family history information on the internet continues to grow quickly. Learn techniques for finding online databases, and creative ways to use the search tools to find results.
 
History Forum: The Transcontinental Railroad
History Forum: The Transcontinental Railroad 11/21/15 To 11/21/15
Richard White is a Pulitzer-Prize nominated historian and author of the award-winning Railroaded: The Trans-continentals and the Making of Modern America.
 
Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House 11/27/15 To 01/03/16
Enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House.
 
Hill House Holidays
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 the Dayton's 12/07/15
One hour illustrated lecture by popular Christmas historian James Neagbour
 
History Forum: The Scopes Trial
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
Topics on Family History: State and Federal Military Records 12/12/15
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.
 
Eventually Christmas
Eventually Christmas 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
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
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.
 
History Forum: The U.S. Occupation of the Philippines
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.
 
History Forum: The Colorado Coalfield Wars
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.
 
History Forum: The Case of Dr. Ossian Sweet
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.
 
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