On Mother’s Day, May 11, Minnesota turned 150. We walked from the History Center to the State Capitol to be part of the festivities.
When we got there, our oldest son joined in marching with the Civil War enacters, and we took a look at the cannons that were there for viewing. Inside the Capitol, we took in some 1850’s music and dancing in the Rotunda, and my husband and the older kids went up to the Capitol roof to see the quadriga (golden horses) up close. There were kids’ activities available, and we sat on the steps of the building to watch the wagon train come in. (Our two-year-old liked that: “Horseys! More horseys! More horseys! More horseys!”) After that, there was a ceremony with several dignitaries as speakers, but we stayed on the outskirts of that.
The only downside of the day was that I was unprepared and hadn’t brought any snacks. There were no food vendors at the party, and when I was directed to vending machines in the basement of the Capitol, I learned that the basement was closed to the public that day. It’s too bad they didn’t have birthday cake for our state’s birthday party!
Minnesota Statehood Day was a nice way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon at our State Capitol.