June 2018

Wake up Alexandria! at the Runestone Museum
Friday, June 1 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join us for Wake Up Alexandria hosted by the Runestone Museum! Wake Up Alexandria is a networking event hosted at Chamber of Commerce member locations on the first and third Friday of every month from 7:30 to 8:30 am. These events are open to members and non-members. A “buck and a business card” gets you in the door and all dollars raised are donated to a 501(c)3 non-profit Chamber member. Prizes are available and you will get an opportunity to tour the museum!

History LIVE 2018
Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day

History comes alive in Fort Alexandria! Take a trip through time and experience an array of history ranging from the Viking age, to the Progressive era with Theodore Roosevelt! Walk among pioneers, fur traders, vikings, civil war soldiers, and more! See how they lived, hear the stories of old days, and take part in interactive games and activities. Families can enjoy gunny sack races, viking games, demonstrations, and live music in the Fort. Food trucks and Scoop & Grind Ice Cream on site so plan to have lunch and spend your day at the Runestone Museum!

NEW this year: The Shire of Rockhaven, the local branch of The Society of Creative Anachronism, has been invited to demonstrate middle age crafts and Viking style fighting. Also NEW this year: Teddy Roosevelt impersonated by Adam Lindquist - who educates over 20,000 school children a year about our 26th President!

Click here to purchase tickets for History LIVE! 

Teddy Roosevelt presentations: 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days.

Viking style Fight demonstration: 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days.

Civil War Soldiers demonstration: 1:00 p.m. both days

All other events are ongoing throughout the day.

Wine & Weaving: Viking Jewelry Making (BYOB 21+)
Wednesday, June 27th - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Viking women made beautiful and intricate jewelry by weaving together fibers - often metals - that were made locally as well as those that were obtained through trade. Join Donna Schumacher at the Runestone Museum and learn how to make a lovely piece of jewelry that will be a great conversation starter. Bring your own drinks and make it a girls night out at the Runestone Museum!

Please note, this particular class is hosted in partnership with Alexandria Community Education - tickets must be purchased on their website. Click here to be directed to their website.

July 2018

4th of July - Closed
Wednesday, July 4th 

Just an announcement that we will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Make your own Dream Catcher!
Friday, July 6th - 10:00 a.m. at Canary Beach Resort (Event Center)

Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating legends of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams flow through. Using a kit from a Native owned company, learn to make your own dream catcher and take it home.

$15 a person (limit 50) All ages welcome. Get tickets here.

Location: Canary Beach Resort (Event Center) Get Directions 

August 2018

Sami Bracelet Making Class
Wednesday, August 1st - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This bracelet is created in the style of the Sami people, the indigenous natives of northern Scandinavia and Russia. The Sami people, also referred to as Laplanders, are known for herding reindeer and have historically decorated clothing and leather with spun metal. The Sami Friendship bracelet is made by braiding coiled tin wire, attaching to reindeer leather, adding an antler button and finishing up with faux sinew. Tickets must be purchased through Alexandria Community Education. Click here to get your tickets! 

Steak Fry
Wednesday, August 8th - Time TBD

Annual Museum Fundraiser held at Broadway Ballroom! Tickets must be purchased in advance. More details to come.

September 2018

Dig Into the Past
Monday, September 10th - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Are you interested in Archaeology or Paleontology? Come in for an adventure at the Runestone Museum where you will learn and practice basic excavation and observation skills—crucial first steps for every adventurer!

October 2018

Native Tools
Thursday, October 18th - 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Discover interesting facts and information about Native American tools and implements. This is an interactive class where you will be able to handle tools, and imagine indigenous peoples using them for hunting, fishing, fighting, making clothing and shelter, even art!

Make your own Dream Catcher!
Friday, October 19th - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating legends of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams flow through. Using a kit from a Native owned company, learn to make your own dream catcher and take it home.

Haunted History Night
Friday, October 26th - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join us after hours at the Runestone Museum for ghostly tales of Minnesota, hot apple cider, spooky Halloween treats, and a special haunted scavenger hunt! All ages welcome!

November 2018

Christmas in the Fort
Friday, November 23rd - 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Embrace the cold and get into the Holiday Spirit with us during Christmas in the Fort! Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving shortly afterwards. Admission to the Fort is FREE and snacks and beverages will be provided! Entertainment will include the Carolers of Alexandria, Zion Children’s Choir, and animals from Erickson’s Petting Zoo. See the Parade of Trees and vote for your favorite tree! Our gift shop will be open supplying all of your Christmas shopping needs.