'Tea and Tarts' tour to shed light on private lives of Victorians

The Ramsey House continues its popular "Victorian Secrets" series on Aug. 7 with a special evening program. Participants will enjoy a traditional English cream tea in the site's Carriage House while listening to songs from the Gold Rush era performed by the Klondike Kates of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Then, they'll enjoy a tour focusing on private life during the Victorian era and some of the "unmentionable" topics that troubled the Ramseys and their neighbors. Costumed staff will serve tea and tarts, prepared by McHattie's Victorian Times of Woodbury, prior to the tour. Seatings are at 6 and 7:30 p.m. This program is not recommended for children. Cost is $24 or $21 for Minnesota Historical Society members. Registration and prepayment are required; call 296-8760.

The Alexander Ramsey House is located at 265 S. Exchange St. one block south of West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul. One of the nation's best preserved Victorian-era houses, the home offers a glimpse into the 1870s life of Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota"s first territorial governor, and his family. The rebuilt carriage house contains a gift shop. Regular tours are offered year round on Fridays and Saturdays with extended holiday hours in late November and December. For more information, call 296-8760.

The Society's calendar of events is posted on the Internet at events.mnhs.org/calendar. The web site also has information about all of the Society's programs, museums and historic sites. To request a free guide to museums and historic sites, call 1-800-657-3773.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

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