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St. Paul, MN 55102

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Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Closed Monday (Open Monday Holidays, including Dec. 29, 10 am-5 pm.)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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  • $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



2014 Dec 18

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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

1st Principle: Umoja (unity)

West African dancing and drumming with Fatawu Sayibu and Tiu, 3 pm 
2nd Principle: Kujichagulia (self-determination) 
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, 1:00 & 2:00 pm 
3rd Principle: Ujima (collective work and responsibility) 
Storytelling with Auntie Beverly, 12:45, 1:45 & 3 pm 
4th Principle: Ujamaa (cooperative economics)
Sample treats from The Cookie Cart, Cookies with a Cause
 A North Minneapolis job training program, 1 pm (while supply lasts) 
Cooking demonstration with Chef James Baker of Elite Catering 
Learn how to make African Togetherness Salad, 12:30 pm 
Cooking demonstration with Rose McGee 
Learn how to make Sweet Potato Comfort Pie: Sacred Dessert of Black Culture, 2 pm 
5th Principle: Nia (purpose) 
Kwanzaa symbols & face painting with Phyllis Chatham
Photo display with work by Bill Cottman
6th Principle: Kuumba (creativity) 
Butterflies for Change 
with Shirley Jones of Plymouth Avenue Art Studio
Design, color and cut floating butterflies—symbols of peace and transformation
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”. 
“We’re All Cut From the Same Cloth” Quilt Square Workshop 
with artist and quilter, Cecile Lewis 
7th Principle: Imani (faith)
Performance with Walker West Jazz Ensemble, 2:30 pm 
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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