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Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours 07/02/15 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).
 
Summit Avenue Walking Tours
Summit Avenue Walking Tours 07/04/15 To 09/27/15
90-minute guided tours through St. Paul's most prestigious neighborhood.
 
Time Capsule for Families: Civil War, 1861
Time Capsule for Families: Civil War, 1861 07/04/15 To 07/04/15
Discover why 1861 was such an important year for both the Ramsey family and the United States.
 
Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
Minneapolis Riverfront Tour 07/04/15 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.
 
Mill City Fireworks
Mill City Fireworks 07/04/15 To 07/25/15
Watch spectacular fireworks displays on the Minneapolis Riverfront from the comfort and premium viewpoint of the Mill City Museum Observation Deck.

Doors open at 9:30pm, fireworks at 10:00pm
 
Railroad History Tour
Railroad History Tour 07/05/15 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.
 
Fort Snelling Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp (Ages 7-11) - July 7-10, 2015
Fort Snelling Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp (Ages 7-11) - July 7-10, 2015 07/07/15
This camp is FULL.

Experience 1800s life just like Laura Ingalls Wilder!
 
Fort Snelling Davy Crockett Summer Camp (Ages 9-12) - July 7-10, 2015
Fort Snelling Davy Crockett Summer Camp (Ages 9-12) - July 7-10, 2015 07/07/15
This camp is FULL.

Campers learn outdoors skills just like Davy Crockett.
 
Tours for People with Memory Loss
Tours for People with Memory Loss 07/07/15 To 08/04/15
7/7/15 and 8/4/15 tours are FULL.

A James J Hill House tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers and friends.
 
Nooks and Crannies Tour
Nooks and Crannies Tour 07/07/15 To 08/25/15
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 07/08/15 To 07/29/15
July 15th crawl is SOLD OUT.

Unearth the secrets behind downtown’s transformation from wild prairie to modern power center.
 
Mendota After Hours
Mendota After Hours 07/10/15 To 10/09/15
Sit back, chat with friends, and enjoy a drink while exploring fascinating historic people, places, and events!
 
Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets 07/10/15 To 07/10/15
Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this adult-themed program.
 
Mid Century Modern Bus Tours
Mid Century Modern Bus Tours 07/11/15 To 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 Soldier One-Day Camp (Ages 8-12)
Fort Snelling Soldier One-Day Camp (Ages 8-12) 07/11/15 To 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 07/11/15 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 07/12/15 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.
 
Fort Snelling Huck Finn Summer Camp (Ages 9-12) - July 14-17, 2015
Fort Snelling Huck Finn Summer Camp (Ages 9-12) - July 14-17, 2015 07/14/15
This camp is FULL.

Have an adventure just like Huck Finn!
 
Fort Snelling Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp (Ages 7-11) - July 14-17, 2015
Fort Snelling Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp (Ages 7-11) - July 14-17, 2015 07/14/15
This camp is FULL.

Experience 1800s life just like Laura Ingalls Wilder!
 
Seniors in Mind
Seniors in Mind 07/14/15 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.
 
Mpls History Pub Crawl: Washington Ave.
Mpls History Pub Crawl: Washington Ave. 07/14/15
Discover the richness of Minneapolis history, and slake your thirst with some fine beverages along a single road: Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy but underappreciated street to see the importance of railroads, warehousing, flour milling,, immigration, entertainment, and vice to the story of the Mill City. A trolley will take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington from 35W to Plymouth, with stops at significant historic places and two watering holes 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.
 
Fort Snelling Archaeology One-Day Camp (Ages 10-14)
Fort Snelling Archaeology One-Day Camp (Ages 10-14) 07/18/15 To 08/01/15
The July 18th and August 1st camps are FULL.

Campers uncover and identify historic artifacts (Ages 10-14)
 
St. Paul’s Brewing History Tour
St. Paul’s Brewing History Tour 07/18/15 To 08/22/15
July 18th and 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 07/19/15 To 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.
 
Old Man River Day Camp (Ages 8-12)
Old Man River Day Camp (Ages 8-12) 07/22/15
This one-day camp will show Charles’ lifelong passion for the river and the environment through activities such as a scavenger hunt, composting projects, artwork and more.
 
Henry Sibley: Minnesota's Controversial Founding Father
Henry Sibley: Minnesota's Controversial Founding Father 07/25/15 To 08/22/15
Explore the complex life of one of Minnesota’s most recognizable figure on this walking tour.
 
Fort Snelling Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp (Ages 7-11) - July 28-31, 2015
Fort Snelling Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp (Ages 7-11) - July 28-31, 2015 07/28/15
This camp is FULL.

Experience 1800s life just like Laura Ingalls Wilder!
 
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.
 
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
This event is SOLD OUT.

A Bus Tour of Twin Cities Distilling Traditions Past and Present
 
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!
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 about Lincoln's masterful and sometimes controversial use of the media.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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
 
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.
 
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