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Pub Crawl attendees: Please note that the trolley will pick up at the Crowne Plaza at 6:45pm on Wednesday.

 

 

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Corporate Archives Tours

Are you attending the 2011 Midwest Archives Conference and want to learn more about corporate archives? The Cargill, Inc., General Mills and Target Archives invite you to stop by and take a tour at each facility.   Although not part of the official tours, all three repositories will be open and available for tours for fellow archivists the morning of Thursday, April 28th.

The three repositories are located in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, and visiting would require your own transportation.  If you’re interested in stopping by one or all of the places, please email us directly for information on location and hours.  Send your emails to:  Jennifer_I_Johnson@cargill.comTarget.Archives@target.com or Susan.Wakefield@genmills.com.

 

We hope to see many of you in the Twin Cities in April-

Jamie Martin, Jennifer Johnson and Susan Wakefield

 

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Please note that for most tours attendees are responsible for transportation and fares to the sites.  Times reflect the time the tour begins and ends, and do not include travel time to and from the sites.
 
 
Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Court House

Friday, April 29,  12:15-1:15pm

Capacity: 25

This tour includes historical and present day information on the Art Deco building including visits to the Vision of Peace, Memorial Hall, mayor’s office, council chambers, courtrooms, law library, and much more! The building features 23 kinds of woods from 18 countries and marbles from all over the world.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza Hotel, walk west on Kellogg Blvd about 2 blocks. City Hall will be on the right.

The group will meet in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza at Noon for the walk to City Hall.
 


 
 
Ramsey County Historical Society (in the Landmark Center)

Friday, April 29,  12:30-1:15pm

Capacity: 20

In June 2010 Ramsey County Historical Society renovated space in the Landmark Center to house its archival collections and make them available to researchers in an adjacent Research Center. Collections include a large collection of bound plat maps, Saint Paul building permits, personal and business collections, books, and photographs.

The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at how the care and storage of archival collections has progressed from two-storey vaults, accessed by a cast-iron spiral staircase, to the current modern space.

See rare letters written by Governor Henry Sibley’s wife, the first building permit for the City of Saint Paul, and a life-size portrait of Joe Rolette, who saved Saint Paul from losing its designation as the capital of Minnesota in 1857.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza Hotel, walk north on Wabasha Street. Turn left on W. 5th Street. Stay on W. 5th for approximately 2 blocks. Landmark Center will be on the right. (5 minute walk)

The group will meet at the Ramsey County Historical Society.
 

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Please note that for most tours attendees are responsible for transportation and fares to the sites.  Times reflect the time the tour begins and ends, and do not include travel time to and from the sites.

 

Minnesota Public Radio

Thursday, April 28,  9:30-11:00am

Capacity: 50

Special requirements – all attendees must sign-in when they arrive in the lobby.

Participants will tour the facilities of Minnesota’s premier public radio network, including the UBS Forum (home of many of MPR’s live events), the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio (where Yo-Yo Ma has recorded), the news room studios and the Gary Comer Audio Archive.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza hotel, walk east on Kellogg Blvd East. Turn left on Cedar Street. Stay on Cedar for approximately 6 blocks. MPR will be on the right (10 minute walk)

The group will meet in the MPR lobby.


 

Science Museum of Minnesota

Thursday, April 28,  10:00-11:30am

Capacity: 15

The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum’s programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to an audience of more than a million people per year. On this tour, you will enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the museum’s collections contain approximately 2 million objects/specimens spanning the disciplines of paleontology, archaeology, geology, biology, and ethnology.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza, walk west on Kellogg Blvd East for approximately 4 blocks. The Science Museum is on the west side of the street (5 minute walk).

The tour will meet in the main lobby of the Science Museum.

 
Minnesota Historical Society

Thursday, April 28,  10:00-11:30 am

Capacity: 20

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of artifacts and materials chronicling Minnesota’s history. During the tour, participants will get a look behind the scenes, visiting the workspaces, the storage areas and reference rooms supporting collections of some 500,000 volumes, 100,000 cubic feet of archival materials and over 200,000 objects, as well as maps, fine art, A-V materials and digital content.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza hotel, walk west on Kellogg Blvd East. Follow Kellogg Boulevard for approximately 10 blocks. The Minnesota History Center is on the right. (15 – 20 minute walk)

Getting there by car:

From the Crowne Plaza hotel, drive west on Kellogg Blvd East. Follow Kellogg Boulevard for approximately 10 blocks.

The parking lot at the Minnesota History Center is available to building visitors, members, and the general public when spaces are available. Enter from Kellogg Boulevard. Daily parking is $5.

Getting their using public transportation:

From the Crowne Plaza hotel, walk to 6th and Cedar Streets. Take Bus #21 (Uptown, Lake Street). Depart bus at Kellogg and Melburry Streets.

The tour will meet near the information desk at the Minnesota Historical Society.



Rice Park Walking Tour

Thursday, April 28,  10:00-11:30 am

Capacity: 20

Enjoy a walking tour of downtown Saint Paul, featuring an exclusive look inside each building surrounding Minnesota’s oldest city park: Rice Park. Savor an architectural tour that takes you back in time to learn the hidden secrets of the unique buildings that surround one of the city’s most beloved parks. Rice Park stands as a pillar of downtown Saint Paul, flanked by beautiful architecture of the buildings around it.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza Hotel, walk north on Wabasha Street. Turn left on W. 5th Street. Stay on W. 5th for approximately 2 blocks. Landmark Center will be on the right. (5 minute walk)

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Please note that for most tours attendees are responsible for transportation and fares to the sites.  Times reflect the time the tour begins and ends, and do not include travel time to and from the sites.

 

Elmer L. Andersen Library

Wednesday, April 27,  4:30-6:00pm

Capacity: Unlimited

The Elmer L. Andersen Library is home to the Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota. Its two 600 foot long caverns built into the bluffs of the Mississippi River store approximately 135,000 cubic feet of archival collections, rare books, manuscripts and artifacts

Participants will be able to tour the above ground office area, reading room and processing suite, and walk through the cavern storage area below. No matter what the temperature is outside, be sure to bring a jacket or sweater, as the caverns are kept at a constant 62 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% relative humidity.

The Andersen Library tour will also include an open house and reception for its current exhibit, “Headwaters of History,” inspired by the MAC meeting theme.

Getting there by car:

From the Crowne Plaza drive west on Kellogg Blvd East and turn onto the ramp to I-94W. Take Exit 235A/Riverside Avenue towards 25th Street. Turn right at 19th Avenue South. Take third right on S. 2nd Street. Public parking is available in the lot in front of the Law School/Mondale Hall (Lot C86). Take the sidewalk away from the Law School, walk up the set of stairs and continue left. Andersen Library is the bright red brick building straight ahead.

Getting there using public transportation:

From the Crowne Plaza head east on Kellogg Blvd E. Turn left onto Minnesota Street. Pick up bus at Minnesota and 4th Street. Board bus #94 B or C Express to 4th Street South and Portland Avenue (Downtown Minneapolis). Transfer to bus #3 U of M / Como Avenue / Energy Park Drive. Exit at the Willey Hall stop. Walk up two sets of stairs to West Bank Plaza. Once you reach the plaza, walk in the opposite direction from the 14-story Social Sciences Building. Andersen Library is the bright red brick building straight ahead.


 

 

Minnesota Historical Society Pub Crawl

Wednesday, April 27,  7:00–9:00 pm

Capacity: 20

Cost: $22.50

History Pub Crawl: Saint Paul Sampler

Explore the West End, Saint Paul’s oldest neighborhood, via classic trolley, and hear vibrant tales of the Yankees, Czechs, Germans and Italians who gave it life. Bask in the Victorian grace of Saint Paul’s Summit Hill, and discover the stories and people behind the epic rise, fall, and rise again of the city’s most fashionable historical address. Enjoy stops at two classic Saint Paul bars along the way. Some walking involved. Tour provided by the Minnesota Historical Society.

The trolley will pick attendees up and drop them off at the Crowne Plaza-Saint Paul-Riverfront.

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History Pub Crawl: St. Paul Sampler
Wednesday April 27th, 7-9 p.m.

Photo by Henry Varley, 1900. Minnesota Historical Society

Discover how Gilded Age robber barons, vaudeville impresarios and influential politicians transformed a down-and-dirty river port into the gleaming power center of St. Paul, then ride up Summit Hill where you’ll be regaled with stories behind the epic rise, fall and rise again, of the city’s most fashionable historical address. Along the way, you’ll enjoy stops at two of St. Paul’s best pubs.

Details:

  • Sign-up available on first come basis same time as conference registration.
  • Pick up and drop off at convention hotel.
  • Participants must be 21 or older.
  • Drinks purchased separately.

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Pub Crawl not for you? Then join us at Target Field Wednesday April 27th at 7:10 p.m. to watch Minnesota Twins vs.Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  There will be 25 tickets available in the price range of $20-25 each.  More details to come.

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