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Summit Avenue Walking Tours

Friday, June 26th, 2009

COVER: AIA Guide to St. Paul’s Summit Avenue and Hill DistrictTake a 90-minute tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America’s “Greatest Streets” in 2008. The popular walking tours include a discussion about the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them, as well as the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. Tours start at the James J. Hill House (admission to the historic site not included). Tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday May through September. Call for group tour information.

Dates: July 11, 2009, July 12, 2009, July 18, 2009, July 19, 2009, July 25, 2009, July 26, 2009, Aug. 1, 2009, Aug. 2, 2009, Aug. 8, 2009, Aug. 9, 2009, Aug. 15, 2009, Aug. 16, 2009, Aug. 22, 2009, Aug. 23, 2009, Aug. 29, 2009, Aug. 30, 2009, Sept. 5, 2009, Sept. 6, 2009, Sept. 12, 2009, Sept. 13, 2009, Sept. 19, 2009, Sept. 20, 2009, Sept. 26, 2009, Sept. 27, 2009

Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.

Reservations: recommended, call 651-297-2555

Or tour at your leisure with the help of Larry Millett’s AIA Guide to St. Paul’s Summit Avenue and Hill District

It’s County Fair Time!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

COVER: Minnesota County FairsMHS Press is please to announce the publication of our new book, Minnesota County Fairs: Kids, Cows, Carnies, and Chow by Susan Lambert Miller with an introduction by Shannon Olson. Susan is also the author of Minnesota State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Susan went to every county fair in Minnesota, except for three, which she hopes to visit this year. For this book, she was accompanied by her daughter Elizabeth who shares her experiences.

Opening Goliath in Natural History Magazine

Friday, June 19th, 2009

COVER: Opening GoliathBorealis Books author Cary J. Griffith and his book Opening Goliath were  featured in the June issue of Natural History Magazine.

“For the great silent majority who prefer to cheat death by staying aboveground–in other words, for those who don’t suffer from that peculiar mental affliction called caving–Griffith provides a safe and sane way of exploring the underground realm.” Natural History Magazine

The last thing John Ackerman wants to do is dive another cave sump. But he and John Preston have worked throughout the last month preparing for this moment, reviewing the entire trip more times than he can count. They have carefully compiled just the right mixture of scuba gear, surveying equipment, and survival provisions. And here he is, suiting up with Preston to scuba dive a tight, difficult crossing into the newly discovered cave—now named the Iconoclast Section.

Five Days of Poetry and Music in Stillwater

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Roger Bonair-Agard  Photo courtesy of www.whitepinefestival.orgThe White Pine Festival begins tonight  and runs through Sunday afternoon in Stillwater. This evening, pianist Angela Jia Kim will perform works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Scarlatti and Liszt; poet Roger Bonair-Agard will open the concert with a reading.

On Thursday, Roger Bonair-Agard will be teaching a poetry workshop beginning at 2pm.

A complete event list along with ticket information is available at

There Is a Gun in My Boss’ Office

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Gun That Wounded DillingerThis is the gun of Henry Cummings, the police officer in St. Paul who wounded Dillinger at a shootout in his St. Paul Lincoln Court hideout. Dillinger, shot in the hip, escaped out the back, which was unguarded by police. We brought the gun and holster up from our Minnesota Historical Society archives, which also houses thousands of FBI documents pertaining to Dillinger, for an upcoming newspaper article interviewing our author Paul Maccabee.

Author Paul MaccabbeePaul Maccabee is the author of John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks’ Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920-1936.

Update: Paul Maccabee talks with