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MN History Center

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




$11 adults
$9 seniors (65+)
$9 college students (valid ID)
$9 active military (valid ID)
$6 children ages 6-17
Free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Free for MHS members and children age 5 and under.
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Exhibit Hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues.;
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;
12 to 5 p.m. Sun.;
Closed Mon. (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. holidays year round)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues.;
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;
Closed Sun. and Mon.
Library Holiday Hours


2014 Apr 21

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Kwanzaa Family Day

Thanks to everyone who came out to our 2013 event! See you next year!


Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 12-4 p.m.
Included with museum admission

Opening Ceremony & Libation
Beverly Cottman with Voice of Culture Drum and Dance
12:30 p.m.
 1st Principle: Umoja (unity)
Create a community quilt and your own take-home placemat
with Shirley Jones of Plymouth Avenue Art Studio
Noon to 4 p.m
2nd Principle: Kujichagulia (self-determination) 
The Road to Self Determination: a participatory theatre experience 
with Crossroads Panorama featuring Joyce Marrie and Jamela Pettiford as
Soujourner Truth and Harriet Tubman
12:45 & 2:30 p.m.
3rd Principle: Ujima (collective work and responsibility) 
Storytelling with Auntie Beverly and Jerry Blue
12:30, 1, 1:15, 1:45 & 2:45 p.m.
4th Principle: Ujamaa (cooperative economics)
Sample treats from The Cookie Cart, Cookies with a Cause
 A North Minneapolis job training program
1 p.m. (while supplies last)3
Cooking demonstrations with Tobota Seyon of Right on Thyme Catering 
Learn how to make Akara Balls, delicious fritters made of black-eyed peas, eaten at 
West African celebrations.
1 & 2:15 p.m
5th Principle: Nia (purpose) 
Kwanzaa symbols & face painting with Phyllis Chatham
Noon to 4 p.m
6th Principle: Kuumba (creativity) 
West African dance workshop with Fatawu Sayibu
Learn dance moves from master teacher and drummer Fatawu Sayibu of 
Tiyumba Dance Company. For all ages and skill levels.
2 p.m. – Workshop 
3 p.m. – Dance Demo
African Mask Making Workshop with Melvin and Rose Smith
Use cardboard, glue and imagination to make a small scale mask and “museum artifact.” Workshops have limited capacity and are recommended for ages six years and up with parental
 assistance.  Each 45 minute session begins promptly.
1, 2 & 3 p.m. 
7th Principle: Imani (faith)
Performance with Jamar Esaw & Triad: 4 Christ 
2 & 3 p.m. 

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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