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.
St. Paul After the Civil War Bus Tour
08/23/14 To 09/13/14
The August 23rd tour is SOLD OUT.<
When the Civil War ended, Union veterans, recently freed slaves, and European immigrants arrived by the hundreds in St. Paul. Explore the St. Paul they helped to build after the war. Picnic included.
Railroad History Tour
08/24/14 To 09/07/14
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.
Mill City Live
Mill City Live returns to the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard for an 11th season of evening outdoor concerts in August.
The 2014 lineup is Thursday Aug. 7th Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders (Folk, Roots),
Wednesday Aug. 13th The Cloak Ox (Indie Rock),
Wednesday Aug. 20th Fort Wilson Riot (Electro-Pop), and
Wednesday Aug. 27th Erik Koskinen (Country) Newly announced!
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.
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 Special
The August 27th crawl is SOLD OUT.
Bask in the Victorian grace of Summit Hill, and hear stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again, of the city’s most fashionable historical address.
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Daguerreotype Photography
08/28/14 To 08/28/14
Librarian and photographer Lacey Prpic Hedtke will discuss the daguerreotype process and how these first photographs were used, from post-mortem mementos to photo hair jewelry.
Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets (white wine and beer only), snacks and presentation. This program is for people 21 years and older.
Summit Avenue Walking Tours
08/30/14 To 09/28/14
90-minute guided tours through St. Paul's most prestigious neighborhood.
Engineering The Falls, de la Barre History Player Tour
08/31/14 To 09/20/14
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.
Tours for People with Memory Loss
09/02/14 To 06/02/15
The November 4th tour is FULL.
A James J Hill House tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers and friends.
Time Capsule for Kids: 1876
09/06/14 To 09/06/14
Discover why the events of 1876 were so exciting for the Ramsey's in this family friendly program. Children can make their own time capsule before or after the program.
Washburn "A" Mill Tour
09/06/14 To 09/21/14
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.
From Pig's Eye to Summit - Saint Paul's Brewing History by Bus
09/06/14 To 09/20/14
Start your Saturday night early and seek out a new go-to brew with this great tour based on original research by author Doug Hoverson. This meandering three hour exploration of Saint Paul’s hoppy past and present features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way.
Seniors in Mind
09/09/14 To 11/11/14
Our popular weekday program is designed for ages 55+
$2 per person non-refundable reservation fee guarantees a seat and supports the program
Ramsey After Dark: Medical Confidential
Discover the world of Victorian medicine, cures, and treatments. Adult Content. Program intended for those 18 and over.
State Capitol Re-Construction Tour
The Minnesota State Capitol is undergoing important repair and restoration work. Get an in-depth look at the history of its original construction and information on the work currently being done.
Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
09/14/14 To 09/28/14
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.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tours
09/20/14 To 09/21/14
Celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald with a 75-minute guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. Tours begin in front of the Commodore Hotel at 79 Western Ave.
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Hysteria
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while you learn about "Hysteria" in Victorian Era medicine.
Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, snacks, presentation with Q&A, and time to mix and mingle in the mansion. This program is for people 21 years and older.
History in Session: Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl
Join author Lori Sturdevant as she explores the life and work of Rosalie Wahl, an American lawyer, judge and the first woman named to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Time Capsule for Kids: 1868
10/04/14 To 10/04/14
Discover why the events of 1868 were so exciting for the Ramsey's in this family friendly program. Children can make their own time capsule before or after the program.
Because you're never too grown-up to play with history! Contests, cocktails, trivia, music and more. 21 and up.
Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels
Discover why Gothic novels captivated the Victorian imagination. Adult content. Program intended for those 18 and over.
Topics on Family History: How to Research New States and Counties
In this class students will learn how to get up to speed quickly in new locations where they need to find state, county and town sources to help with their research.
CSI: Fort Snelling
10/17/14 To 10/25/14
Solve a mystery in the fort after dark!
History Forum Series 2014-15: No Matter of Chance
10/18/14 To 10/18/14
Explore six historical moments when the United States faced choices that would shape its destiny.
History Forum: A Storm of Witches
10/18/14 To 10/18/14
Emerson W. Baker is professor of history at Salem State College. He is the author of "A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials," "American Experience" (Sept. 2014), "The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England," and co-author of an award-winning biography of Sir William Phips.
History in Session: Who Built Our Capitol?
Labor Historian Randall Croce, creator of the documentary, "Who Built Our Capitol?" shares the results of research completed to produce his documentary.
Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour: Brewing in Saint Paul
Mark Stutrud, founder of Summit Brewing, will talk about the growth of the industry, the effects of prohibition and the current state of beer and brewing in Saint Paul.
This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, snacks, presentation with Q&A, and time to mix and mingle in the mansion.
Toys and Tunes with Dan Chouinard and friends
Sing along to memorable jingles and revel in the simple joys of childhood with Dan Chouinard and friends.
History Forum: Founding Rivalry: Hamilton and Jefferson
11/08/14 To 11/08/14
John Ferling is a professor emeritus at the University of West Georgia. He is the author of "Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry that Forged a Nation" (2013), "Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence" and "A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic."
Topics on Family History: Finding Your Pre-1850 American Ancestors
This class will focus on Midwestern research between 1800 and 1850.
Dave Ray, A Legacy: CD Release Concert and Celebration
A musical celebration and tribute to the late Dave Ray, one of the great, unsung masters of the American blues revival.
Split Rock Lighthouse Film and Discussion
Join members of the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society for a viewing and discussion of the new film being shown at the Split Rock Lighthouse visitor center. For this special program, the film will be shown at the Minnesota History Center's 3M Auditorium.
History in Session: Music of the Civil War
Enjoy a mix of storytelling and songs of the Civil War from the Hillgrove Ensemble featuring Diane and Erik Pearson.
History Forum: The Bitter Elections
12/06/14 To 12/06/14
Daniel Feller is a professor of history and the editor and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee. His books include "The Jacksonian Promise: America, 1815-1840." He was the lead scholar for the PBS biography "Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency."
12/18/14 To 12/20/14
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.
Topics on Family History: Using DNA for Family History Research
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.
History Forum: The Cold Warrior
01/31/15 To 01/31/15
Robert J. McMahon is the Ralph D. Mershon Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. He is the author of several books, including "Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order" and "The Cold War."
History Forum: The Age of Edison
02/14/15 To 02/14/15
Ernest Freeberg is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the history department at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of "The Age of Edison: Electric Light," "Invention of Modern America" and "Democracy’s Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent."
Topics on Family History: African-American Research
Learn the steps and resources for tracing African-American ancestors back to 1870, and map out strategies for extending research into the Reconstruction and slavery period.
History Forum: Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to a Massacre
03/14/15 To 03/14/15
Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston University. She is the author of "Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre" and "West From Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War."
Topics on Family History: Adding Women to the Family Tree
In this class students will learn to look at the whole family for clues and take a new and deeper look at your research problems.