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Kenna Cottman, center, led a traditional West African song and dance during last year’s Kwanzaa celebration at the Minnesota Historical Center in St. Paul.

DAVID JOLES • djoles@startribune.com,

Weekend options: Civil War Family Day, Kwanzaa Family Day

  • December 26, 2013 - 1:23 PM

CIVIL WAR FAMILY DAY

Did you know that Minnesota was the first state to volunteer men to fight for the Union Army in the Civil War? Learn this and other facts in a visit to the Governor’s Reception Room and other parts of the Capitol. Try on a uniform sack coat and military equipment worn by soldiers. See Civil War flags and take a scavenger hunt. While you’re there, catch a glimpse of a model of the State Capitol made entirely of Legos. The structure is made of more than 75,000 bricks and took 150 hours to build. (10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fri. $5. State Capitol, 75 W. Martin Luther King Dr., St. Paul. 651-296-2881. www.mnhs.org.)

KWANZAA FAMILY DAY

A celebration to honor the holiday that follows seven core principles. The daytime program includes storytelling, music, dance and crafts. Learn to cook something new at food demonstrations and participate in an art activity. (Noon-4 p.m. Sat. $6-$11. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-259-3000. www.mnhs.org.)

MELISSA WALKER

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