Category Archives: Minnesota

Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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.

Be a Lumberjack Family Day

Kids are invited to be a lumberjack for a day. At the logging camp, children can help saw wood, count beans, mix cookie dough, stamp a log, cross haul a sled, and race “gray-backs.” Then it’s time for fun with games like “prune on a spoon” racing, musical stumps and raisin spitting, and craft projects that bring out the creativity in kids.

Hours are 10 am-5 pm.

A WWI Christmas

Experience what Christmas was like for the Lindberghs during World War I. Meet costumed interpreters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors as they provide insights into early 20th-century holiday traditions and the challenges wartime presented. Learn about the impact of food rationing, create a Christmas decoration to take home, and write a note or draw a picture for a soldier as Charles Lindbergh might have done. Notes will be distributed to current Minnesota service members at Camp Ripley in time for the holidays.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the gallery exhibits in the visitor center and shop for holiday items in the gift store. Hours are 10 am-5 pm.