Category Archives: Minnesota

Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spend the United States’ birthday at Historic Fort Snelling and explore the history of freedom in 19th-century America. from 10 am-5 pm. Discover how many Americans celebrated the holiday nearly two centuries ago, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, fife and drum music, and much more.

But not all Americans viewed Independence Day this way 200 years ago. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, Native Americans, and women—while exploring the question, “What does freedom mean today?”

“Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience” Exhibit

This exhibit chronicles the stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, and highlights the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within 10 communities across the country during that turbulent time.

Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunged the United States into WWII and forever changed the lives of Japanese Americans across the nation. Those living on the West Coast of the mainland United States were forced from their homes to isolated incarceration camps scattered across the American West and South. Denied their constitutional rights and imprisoned without trial, approximately 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry—nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were forced to leave their lives behind simply because they looked like the enemy.

Through the use of images, audio and interactive elements, Courage and Compassion provides a 360-degree perspective of the WWII experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry while exploring its relevance today. The exhibit honors everyday people in cities and towns across America who rose above the wartime hysteria to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

Courage and Compassion is made possible through a collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and select communities across the country. Each community has reached into its past to recognize local voices of conscience that embody the American ideal of justice for all.

Go For Broke collaborated with the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and Historic Fort Snelling to explore the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School, which trained soldiers as Japanese linguists during WWII and helped shape Minnesota’s Japanese American community today.

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program. Additional support provided by the Earl K. and Ruth N. Tanbara Fund for Japanese American History in Minnesota.

The exhibit is free and open through Historic Fort Snelling’s open hours and runs through June 30-Sept. 3, 2018.

Memorial Day Weekend

Over Memorial Day Weekend, explore the grounds and engage with the many stories that make up this location’s history every day from 10 am-5 pm.

Learn about Native American history and the fort’s role in US expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, including Dred and Harriet Scott whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War. Join in activities and watch demonstrations like cannon firings, blacksmithing, and more.

Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks to learn about the experiences of US soldiers and the role of the military in the growth of the nation. On Monday, don’t miss a special “living timeline” of America’s military past on the fort’s parade ground with costumed staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.

Mill City Oktoberfest

Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for the 12th annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard and at the Farmers Market area in the Train Shed and Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater.

Watch a cooking demonstration, enjoy music and dancing, and relax with a Minnesota brew and German fare in the Ruin Courtyard beer garden. View photographs of Minneapolis’ historic riverfront breweries. Other activities include kids’ games, History Player performances, and brewing history.

Mill City Museum admission is required for certain activities inside the museum. Oktoberfest hours are 8 am-2 pm.

Mill City Live

Mill City Live returns for its 15th season with five great evenings of outdoor music every Wednesday in August from 6-8 pm. Held in the museum’s dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features music by some of the Twin Cities’ best local artists in a unique happy hour setting.

The concert lineup is:
Aug. 1: Southside Aces
Aug. 8: Ben Weaver, Mike Munson, Strong Buffalo & Guests – An Evening of Song, Poetry & Story
Aug. 15: Mary Bue
Aug. 22: Little Fevers
Aug. 29: Salsa del Soul

Fall Phenology Day

Join naturalists and phenologists, who study the rhythmic biological events of nature as they relate to climate, for a day observing the Forest History Center in fall. Explore plants, animals, and birds and learn what to look for and how to record your findings.

Hours are 10 am-4 pm.

Critter Day

Chickens, goats, sheep, alpacas, horses, lizards, spiders, and snakes. When was the last time you saw so many critters together? See animals of all kinds as special guests visit from zoos, science centers, farms, and more.

Hours are 10 am-4 pm.

Wonders of the Night Sky

Join Mike Lynch, meteorologist and astronomer, to view the night sky. Lynch will have his large telescopes set up for viewing, including two giant 20-inch reflectors which are among the largest mobile telescopes in Minnesota. Learn about celestial photography as Lynch takes amazing photos that will be made available to participants at no additional charge.

Hours are 8-11 pm.

Real Horse Power Day

In 1900, teams of draft horses provided the power to move timber in Northern Minnesota logging camps. Meet the horses and see numerous teams of draft horses perform historic tasks such as log skidding, cross-hauling logs onto a bobsled, and powering the A-frame jammer to lift logs onto sleds.

Hours are 10 am-5 pm.

Be a Naturalist Family Day

Join naturalists for an exploration of plants and animals surrounding the Forest History Center. Get an up-close look with exciting live animal presentations and encounters all day. Learn about the roles of various wildlife species within forest and wetland ecosystems. Expect creeping, crawling, slithering, climbing, screeching, chirping, hissing, and other wild behaviors throughout the day.

Hours are 10 am-5 pm.