MN History Center

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


Tuesday: 10 am-8 pm 
Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-5 pm
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
Monday: Closed

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Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

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2018 Mar 22


Frederick McKinley Jones

Frederick McKinley Jones

African American inventor and self-taught engineer

Jones, the inventor of refrigerated trucking, will leave your group with some big ideas. They'll hear:

  • How Jones, although orphaned, became a highly influential engineer
  • What it was like to be alive when cars, radios, and movies were first introduced
  • How Jones's many inventions - from a portable x-ray machine to a movie ticket dispenser - reflected changes in American society.
  • The impact of Jones's innovations on industry, the home, battlefield, and even outer space.


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