Gibbs Museum Pioneer Sampler
Saturday, June 22, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$8/adults, $7/seniors, $5 ages 3-16
Free for members!
Growing up, a visit to my favorite museum meant we were heading to the local pioneer village. The kind with the old-time general store and the one-room schoolhouse where I could indulge my Laura Ingalls Wilder fantasies. I still enjoy stepping back in time at places like these – and bringing along my own daughters. One such gem is located not far from our home in St. Paul, the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life.
The grounds of the Gibbs Farm, located near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, includes the family’s original home, a schoolhouse similar to the one the Gibbs children would have attended, a wonderful red barn, and a replica Dakotah tipi and bark lodge. The Dakotah connection is important because matriarch Jane Gibbs grew up with a missionary family living amongst the Dakotah people.
Last fall our family was gifted with a Ramsey County Historical Society membership so we could experience the seasonal family programs offered by the Gibbs Museum. Autumn’s Apple Festival was filled with apple samples, crafts and games. We toured the farm’s Heritage Orchard with its exotic apple varieties (exotic to this Minnesota orchard-going family anyway!) We were also quite astounded by the amount of food and refreshments included in the admission.
This Saturday, June 22, we’re planning to return to Gibbs for their annual Pioneer Festival. Speaking of Laura Ingalls Wilder, there are all kinds of crafts and games scheduled that would find themselves right at home in her era: cornhusk dolls, candle-dipping, chores (of course), and something called “Doin’ the Wash” (because we don’t get to do enough of that at home, right?) Plus, I already know that our lunch will be covered!
In August, the farm will celebrate Dakota Day with crafts and activities centered around the people so influential in Jane Gibbs’ upbringing. And again in September, the Apple Festival will bring its flavor of fall fun to the farm.
Explore pioneer life in our corner of Minnesota during any of these seasonal festivals, or tour the farmstead Memorial Day through Labor Day and fall weekends through October.
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
2097 West Larpenteur Ave.
Falcon Heights, MN 55113
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Wed. – Sun. 12 – 4 p.m.
Special Events for 2013:
Pioneer Sampler (June 22, 2013)
Dakota Day (August 17, 2013)
Apple Festival (September 22, 2013)
$8/adults, $7/seniors (62+), $5 ages 3-16
Free for Ramsey County Historical Society Members
About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.