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History Revealed: MN State Fair Walking Tour

June 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

$5.00 - $8.00

Ramsey County Historical Society Presents

Mark Haidet, Walking Tour of the Minnesota State Fair

History Revealed – Tour Series
June 6, 2018
Wednesday, 10:30 am-noon
Minnesota State Fair

Join RCHS for a new series, History Revealed, featuring the best of local history authors talking about a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County. See our History Revealed page here for more programs, past and future.

State Fair historian Mark Haidet will lead a fascinating walking tour of the State Fair grounds. You will hear his insights on the history, personalities, the buildings and events that have shaped the Minnesota State Fair.

Tour begins promptly at 10:30, and will last about 90 minutes. Please meet at the History & Heritage Center by 10:30 am, located in the West End Market, #H23 on the State Fair Map.
Link to History & Heritage Center web page: http://www.mnstatefair.org/general_info/visitor_guide/history-and-heritage-center.html

Parking is available by the History & Heritage Center.

Tour is outside only – please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Optional Special Opportunity: The History & Heritage Center will be open at 9:30 am for participants who wish to visit it before the walking tour.

Tour Cost

$5.00 RCHS Members / $8.00 General Public

Please RSVP by June 1 to robyn@rchs.com or 651-222-0701, or reserve your ticket here. Link to online reservation form.
Space is limited to 30, reserve today! Tour is first-come, first served.

Mark Haidet

Mark Haidet worked for the Minnesota Historical Society for more than 36 years – 10 years as a historian and 26 years in the Development Office. As Director of Development for the program’s first 16 years, he built a comprehensive program and led three major campaigns for the Minnesota History Center, Mill City Museum and the Greatest Generation Project. He closed his career with three years at the State Fair Foundation where he completed the campaign to build the Fair’s new History & Heritage Center. Now retired, Mark is helping others as a free-lance historian and fund-raising consultant.

Mark, who has attended all but one State Fair since moving to Minnesota in 1976, is passionate about the Fair, its history, and its importance to Minnesota.

Featured image: Black and white photograph of people lining up to purchase tickets at an entrance to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, circa September, 1950. From the Ramsey County Historical Society photo & postcard collection.


History Revealed Presentations

Scheduled 2018 History Revealed Programs
Check back for updates!

Click on the titles for more information.
Please note that topics and speakers may change. Check the website and our Facebook page for updates.
Please also note presentation location and times.

February 15, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Steve Werle, The Political Rise, Demise, and Redemption of Harold E. Stassen
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.

February 21, 2018, Wednesday, noon – North Star: Civil War Stories Event
Film screening & discussion. Free & open to all.
Landmark Center Weyerhauser Auditorium, 75 W Fifth St., Saint Paul MN 55102.

March 14, 2018, Wednesday, noon – Mollie Spillman, How to Research Your House
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102. Free and open to all.

March 22, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Kim Heikkila, To Bear the Mark: Unwed Motherhood at the Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Hospital, 1913-1973 (or, History, My Mother, and Me)
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.

April 18, 2018, Wednesday, noon – James Marrinan & Bonnie Lindberg, Value: It’s Not Always in the Money! A Look at YOUR Treasured Antiques
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102
Registration required.

April 26, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – John Diers, 1,100 Streetcars: The Rise and Fall of the Twin City Rapid Transit Company
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.

May 16, 2018, Wednesday, noon – Paul Nelson, Rocky Roots: Walking Tour of the Geology of Downtown Saint Paul
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102
Meet at the Landmark Center. Reservations required, limit 20.

May 24, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Terry Swanson, Elaine Goodale Eastman: Sister to the Sioux in Her Own Words
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.

June 6, 2018, Wednesday, 10:30 am-noon – Mark Haidet, Walking Tour of the MN State Fair
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Meet at the History & Heritage Center. Reservations required, limit 30.

July 26, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Mark Haidet, The Minnesota State Fair During World War I
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113. Free and open to all.


June 6
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
$5.00 - $8.00
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MInnesota State Fairgrounds
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