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Feb 17-18, 2018
Making History



Twin Valley Council is proud to announce the beginning of a new era!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the overnight portion of the “Making History Event” has to be cancelled (Please see Doug Raney’s email below for additional information).  However, Doug has graciously offered to run the same program without the overnight at no charge except parking ($6/car).

Updated registration information will be up on the website soon.  Registration is still required so the History Center can get a count on who will be attending.  Parking will be paid for at the garage, not in advance.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Ray Brauer, Scout Executive

"Dear Twin Valley Council Leaders,
Unfortunately, as we were finishing final preparations for the overnight, it was discovered that our gallery lights (in the area where you all would be sleeping) are controlled by occupancy sensors, which automatically turn on and off the lights as someone enters or leaves that space.  Unlike the overhead lights at the Science Museum, the History Center has no light "switches" that can override the sensors and/or the light programming.  After experimenting and troubleshooting the issue,  it was determined that both new hardware and a programming "patch" would need to be installed to get the gallery lights to turned off and stay off overnight.  These fixes would cost several $1,000 dollars, which was not part of the original budget and could not be covered by camper fees for this event.  On top of this unexpected cost, it was also determined that we would be hard pressed to complete these changes before the overnight date.  After look at other spaces and options here at the History Center, and not finding anything viable, we have come to the conclusion that the best thing to do is to cancel the overnight.  

What Ray and I have agreed to do is to offer a new program, which I am calling the TVC - BSA "Making History" Family Adventure.  This new event would be during the day ONLY on Saturday, February 17th, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  Scouts, leaders, and family members would still get the chance to explore the fantastic galleries, activities, shops, and shows of the Minnesota History Center Museum - without the overnight experience.  The opportunity to work on the previously identified advancements would be the same, and I would provide simple snacks throughout the day for all participants in the MacMillan Education Center.  There would be NO admission fee to get into the History Center for this event...individuals would only be responsible for parking ($6 per car).  I know this is not the original plan, but I am hopeful you will still want to join me and my team for a fun day on February 17, 2018.  Over the next few months, I am committed to making the necessary changes and improvements, so Twin Valley Council will be "overnighting" in Saint Paul in February 2019!"

Sincerely, Doug Raney





TVC and the Minnesota Historical Society have teamed together to bring you an exciting new event entitled "Making History Family Adventure" !

There is no cost for this event, so mark your calendars and spread the word as Twin Valley Council will be having a


Saturday, February 17 & 18, 2018
10am - 5pm
No cost to attend this event
if registered by February 9th

This event will be open to the entire family
K-12, siblings and parent


Tentative Schedule

10am - Noon     Arrival and registration.  Brief introduction to the MN History Center

Noon - 1pm       Welcome (3M Auditorium)

1 - 5pm              Exploration continues (MN History Center Galleries)

5pm                   Event concludes

Everyone is welcome to attend this event; siblings, grandparents, everyone!  There is not a fee to attend but you still must register for this event by February 9, 2018.   After this date you may still attend but must contact Doug Raney directly.

Entrance and Parking Details and Cost

Enter the History Center using the MacMillan Education entrance (level 2).  Park vehicles in MNHS lot.  There is a $6 per car charge for parking.

Once inside the MacMillan Education Center (level 2) you will receive your final information packet and schedule of events.  You are welcome to store your coats in Deluxe I & II Classrooms.  You are welcome to begin the exploration/adventure as soon as you arrive.



Topics / Activities / Exhibits

America’s Greatest Generation:  Step into the lives of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation in this 6,000-square-foot exhibit.  True stories from this amazing group of people will take you through each era and leave you inspired.  Members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation are people we know — they are our grandparents, our parents and our next-door neighbors.  Yet, we may have never heard their stories. These remarkable people — who grew up during the Depression, came of age during World War II and participated in the post-war boom — created a lasting legacy that has shaped all of us who have come after.

  • View classic film clips in a 1930s-style movie theater
  • Get behind the counter of a 1930s soda fountain
  • Watch a recreation of a World War II combat flight in a C-47 plane
  • Join a “Rosie the Riveter” style assembly line packing ammunition shells
  • See an M-8 armored vehicle and a 1955 Ford sedan, both produced at the St. Paul Ford plant


Grainland:  Part of the larger Then Now Wow exhibit, traces the journey of soy and corn from farm to town to grain elevator.  Enjoy climbing through a replica grain elevator where bins and chutes are replaced with steps and slides and curved nooks and crannies to explore.  Hop into the vintage 1900 farmer’s wagon loaded with grain for market, or step into an authentic 24-ton Soo Line boxcar!

Then Now Wow:  From past to present, many “Wow!” moments have shaped this great state. Come learn about them in the largest exhibit ever created by the Minnesota Historical Society!  Explore Minnesota’s history in the prairies, forests and cities, interacting with the people and animals who have made their homes here.  On your journey, you will:

  • Ride a Twin Cities streetcar and peek out the windows as different times and places go by. 
  • Descend underground into an Iron Range mine and drill the ore.
  • Learn about the story of Rondo, a thriving St. Paul African American community torn apart by I-94.
  • Sit in a modern tipi and learn about Dakota history and culture through Bobby Wilson’s poetry and visual art.
  • Visit a pioneer family and imagine what life was like in a 1870s sod house.
  • Hitch a ride on a Soo Line boxcar through Southwestern Minnesota and learn about the history of the area through original music by Charlie Parr.
  • Learn about the fur trade from the perspective of its main commodity, the beaver.
  • See the emergency exit door from the school bus involved in the I-35W bridge collapse signed by all the children and adults aboard the bus.
  • Encounter more artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events.

Weather Permitting:  Explore how Minnesotans have experienced the weather - how they've dressed for it, played in it, battled it, talked about it and survived it.  The exhibit brings to life the elements of Minnesota's theater of seasons and the ways its citizens cope with perpetual highs and lows, drawing upon MNHS collections and an ingenious array of environmental settings and cleverly clothed mannequins to present the ordeals, rituals and memories of Minnesota weather.  With artifacts, photographs, multimedia shows and hands-on activities, the exhibit is an exploration of the weather's impact on our lives now and through history.

  • Experience a tornado from a recreated 1960s home in “Get to the Basement!” a powerful multimedia show focusing on the human experiences and emotions evoked by a series of tornadoes that struck Fridley in May 1965.
  • Learn the how the Weatherball became a downtown landmark and a common word in the local vocabulary.
  • Peek into a vintage ice-fishing house and explore the frigid charms of ice fishing      

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk:  This interactive exhibit brings to life the adage “if these walls could talk” by using a single, existing house-in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side-as a window into the daily lives of people of the past.  Stories of families, from the first German immigrants through the Italians, African-Americans, and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house.  Visitors become detectives, piecing together lives of the families who lived at 470 Hopkins Street.

  • Try on uniforms representing lives of the East Side workers - brewery and railroad workers, housewives and hat makers - who made their home here.
  • Take a seat at the dining room table and listen to memories of a former resident’s meeting her future in-laws at a big family dinner.
  • Look out a living room window to find out about Laos and Thai refugee camps, visions from the journey that some of these families took to America.
Adventure Loops/Webelos Pins/Merit Badge Possibilities

There will be opportunities for Scouts to complete adventure requirements or merit badge requirements at this event.  Some will be completed in full others will be partial.   Participants are not required to complete adventures or merit badges, it is your choice.

  • Tiger Cubs - Tiger Tale Adventures 
  • Wolf Cubs - Collections & Hobbies
  • Bear Cubs - Paws for Actions and Beat of the Drum
  • Webelos - Art Explosion
  • Merit Badges
    • American Culture
    • American Heritage
    • Collections
    • Indian Lore
    • Mining in Society
    • Weather
Questions and Contacts

Questions about this event can be directed to Doug Raney  651-485-2908 or [Click for member's page]

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