Special Events

Since 2008, I've offered special events at the James J. Hill House that have been very popular!

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Each event begins with a tour of the beautiful James J. Hill House, with interesting facts and stories about the Hill family and servants that relate to the theme of the event. After the tour, visitors gather in the lovely Drawing Room for a relaxation class that includes deep breathing, muscle relaxation exercises, guided imagery, and meditation. If you are interested in history and relaxation, these events are for you!

Upcoming Events

Relax into Mother's Day

We invite you to celebrate Mother's Day with a special tour and relaxation class at the James J. Hill House. The tour will highlight the lives and changing relationships of the women who lived and worked at the Hill House at the turn of the 20th-century, including Mrs. Hill, her daughters and the many female servants at 240 Summit Avenue. Costumed actors will play members of the Hill family, so guests can imagine what it was like to live and entertain in this beautiful Victorian mansion.

After the tour and light refreshments, guests will gather in the elegant Drawing Room, where life coach Beth Freschi will provide a guided relaxation class with music and relaxation techniques to calm the mind and body. The class will begin with deep breathing, followed by a muscle relaxation exercise, guided imagery, and the loving kindness meditation.

Cost is $15, or $13 for members of the Minnesota Historical Society and includes the Mother's Day theme tour of the Hill House, relaxation class, refreshments and a gift relating to relaxation and wellness. All admission proceeds go to the Minnesota Historical Society. Previous tour/relaxation classes at the Hill House have sold out, so reservations are strongly recommended for this unique event—please call the Hill House at 651-297-2555 to reserve your space for Relax into Mother's Day! For ages 18 and older.

Date: Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Price: $15 ($13 for members of the Minnesota Historical Society)

Reservations: please call the Hill House at 651-297-2555. For ages 18 and older.

Where: James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102


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Beth Freschi guiding a relaxation class in the Drawing Room of the James J. Hill House.

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Beth Freschi & Hill House manager Carolyn Swiszcz with visitors on the grand staircase.

Previous Events

Romance and Relaxation

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

James J. Hill House

Relax into the Holidays

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

James J. Hill House

Relax into Mother's Day

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

James J. Hill House

Relax into the Holidays

Sunday, November 27th, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

James J. Hill House


Romance and Relaxation

Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

James J. Hill House


Relax into Mother's Day

Friday, May 6th 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

James J. Hill House


Romance and Relaxation

Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 6 p.m.

James J. Hill House


Relax into the Holidays at the James J. Hill House

Relax into the Holidays
Sunday, December 5th, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.


Relax into Mother's Day at the Hill House

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
4:30 p.m.


Romance and Relaxation at the Hill House

Friday, February 12th, 2010
6:30 p.m.


Relax into the Holidays at the James J. Hill House

Relax into the Holidays
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.


National Relaxation Day at the Hill House
Saturday, August 15th, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.


Relax into Mother's Day at the Hill House

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.


Romance and Relaxation at the Hill House

Friday, February 13, 2009 6:30 p.m.


Relax into the Holidays

A Very Special Holiday Event at the James J. Hill House
Dec. 1st & 6th, 2008 6:30 p.m.