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MN History Center

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, including Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm)
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.



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History Player in the Classroom

History Player in the Classroom for Students and Families

Virginia Mae Hope

Program Details
Using props and artifacts, costumed History Players engage students in their memorable life stories during an enjoyable 45-minute interactive lesson. 

History Player Characters

History Center History Players:
Harriet Bishop (1817-1883), St. Paul's first public school teacher
Joseph Farr (1832-1910), Station Master on the Underground Railroad
Wanda Gag (1893-1946), Storybook author and illustrator
Charley Goddard (1846-1868), Teenage Civil War soldier
Virginia Mae Hope (1921-1944), World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot
Frederick McKinley Jones (1892-1961), African American inventor and self-taught engineer
Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980), Author of the Betsy-Tacy series of children's books
George Nelson (1786-1859), Fur trade clerk for the North West and Hudson Bay Companies
Toni Stone (1921-1996), First Woman to play Professional Baseball with the Negro Leagues

Mill City Museum History Players:
William de la Barre (1849-1936), Chief water engineer for Minneapolis
Mary Dodge Woodward (1826-1890), Domestic manager of a bonanza farm


To request a visit by a History Player, fill out this online form. Call 1-888-387-5008 with questions.

NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least 6 weeks in advance for single day performances, and 12 weeks in advance for multiple day visits. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. No additional fees for locations outside of the Twin Cities metro area – same low price no matter where you are in Minnesota!


  • $150 for one 45-minute presentation
  • $100 for second presentation (same building, same day)
  • $50 for third presentation and all additional presentations (same building, same day)

Fees apply to presentations on the same day at the same location. 

For school audiences, recommended class size for each presentation is 20 to 40 students. Maximum number of students per presentation is 60. Grades K-8 only.

Teachers receive 25% off one History Player in the Classroom performance per school year with a Minnesota Historical Society membership!

Apply for the Minnesota Historical Society’s History Player Scholarship: Eligible schools and organizations can enjoy discounted or free educational programs delivered by our historic characters from Minnesota’s Past.  Apply today!