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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Closed Monday (Open Monday holidays year round)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours


  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $9 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free Tuesdays 5-8 pm
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
  • Free to visit the library



2015 Mar 27



Kwanzaa Family Day

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, 12-4 p.m.
Included with museum admission

Schedule of Events (events run 12-4 p.m. unless otherwise noted): 

•Opening Ceremony & Libation with Beverly Cottman
12:15 pm

• Storytelling with Auntie Beverly
   12:45, 1:45 & 3 p.m. 
• It’s (Still) Nation Time: spoken word, music and poetry inspired by the work of Maya Angelou and  
   Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) with J. Otis Powell, Douglas Ewart and Davu Seru 
   1 & 2 p.m. 
• “Running on the Rails” film screening - Through interviews with local railroad workers and their descendants,this 20 minute documentary tells the St. Paul story and lasting legacy of the men and women who served as cooks, maids,  dining car waiters, and sleeping car and red cap porters.
   1 & 2 p.m. 
• Sample treats from The Cookie Cart: Cookies with a Cause, a North Minneapolis job training program
   1 p.m. (while supplies last)
• Performance with The New Quartet Jazz Ensemble 
   Featuring graduates of Walker West Music Academy and St. Paul Academy of Performing Artists
   1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 
• Cooking demonstration with Rose McGee 
   Learn how to make sweet potato comfort pie - the sacred dessert of Black culture 
   2 p.m. 
• Cooking demonstration with Chef James Baker of Elite Catering 
   Find out how to make African Togetherness Salad
   2:30 p.m. 
• Tiyumba African Drum and Dance Company with Fatawu Sayibu
   3:15 p.m. 
• Kwanzaa symbols & face painting with Phyllis Chatham
   12-4 p.m. 
• African American Registry - play “Fishing the Registry” and learn about this educational organization
   12-4 p.m.
• Butterflies for Change with Shirley Jones of Plymouth Avenue Art Studio
   Design, color and cut floating butterflies—symbols of peace and transformation
   12-4 p.m. 
• African Mask Making Workshop with sculptor, Melvin R. Smith and painter, Rose J. Smith
   Use cardboard, glue and imagination to make a small scale mask and “museum artifact”. 
   12-4 p.m. 
• “We’re All Cut From the Same Cloth” Quilt Square Workshop with artist and quilter, Cecile Lewis
   12-4 p.m. 
• Photo display, “Kwanzaa: The Last Shrine,” by Bill Cottman
   12-4 p.m. 
Information/Resource tables:
African American Registry – Play “Fishing the Registry” and learn about this educational
MNopedia - learn about the MNHS online encyclopedia--a free resource prepared by MNHS staff, historians, consulting experts, professional writers, and volunteers dedicated to sharing information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history.
Xcel Energy – Connect with Efficiency game
Survey station and raffle – enter to win a Kwanzaa gift basket that includes an MNHS family membership

About Kwanzaa

Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as a cultural African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The holiday is based on seven basic values of African culture called the Nguzo Saba, which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. The History Center's annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held on one of the 7 days of Kwanzaa in December, have featured music, African dance and drums, storytelling, fashion shows, craft activities and other activities. 

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