Keystone’s History Tours program offers enriching experiences for seniors (and people of all ages), encouraging everyone to go new places, learn new things, and experience historical sites and treasures. The History Tours program travels throughout the state and across the county! Tours are presented by David Bredemus, Keystone’s Historian and Tour Guide. Dave specializes in local, regional and international tours based on history, culture and geography. Through this program, we are pleased and excited to present you with fun, informative, adventurous and educational excursions.
Keystone History Tours
Adventure with Keystone
2020 History Tour Season is Here
We are excited to announce our plans for the 2020 tour season. Our tours will immerse you in history in the Twin Cities, around the state of Minnesota, and across the country.
A Note From Dave
I’m excited to announce our 2020 tours and I’m sure there is something special that is going to pique your interest! Each tour features unique historical facts, stories, and usually delicious food too! I look forward to another adventurous season and hope you can join me! ~ Dave
Registration is available now.
Online registration is the fastest and ensures you get your spot but we will save some spots for those who prefer a call-in registration. Call-in registration is also available. Please call 651-298-5493 for to register for a Keystone History Tour.
Add your Name to the History Tours Email List for Special Perks
New this year, we are encouraging everyone to sign up for email notifications and promotions from the History Tours program. As an incentive to sign up for this email list, Keystone will be sending the brochure to email recipients before the brochure is mailed so you will have first access to the tours. In the future, we are hoping to be offer “pop-up” tours outside of the brochure cycle and the only way to find out about these special tours will be via email.
History Tour Information
Registration: Registration is open online now. All tour fees must be paid in full to complete your registration.
- If you aren’t comfortable completing your registration online, we will start accepting reservations over the phone on Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 a.m. Please call 651-298-5493 to register over the phone.
- Payment forms accepted: Visa, Discover, MasterCard and American Express. It is preferred that you pay via credit card but if you would like to pay by check we must receive your payment within 5 business days of you submitting your registration. Late payments may forfeit your spot on the tour. Make checks payable to Keystone Community Services and mail it to: Tours Program, 265 Oneida Street, St. Paul, MN 55102.
Fees: All fees must be paid in full immediately to complete your tour registration. The tour registration fees always include deluxe motor coach transportation, lodging, admissions, all guides and historical narration. Food and beverages are included as specified for each tour.
Wait list: Once a tour is full, there will be a wait list posted. If the tour you are interested in is full, we highly encourage you to add your name to the wait list (at no cost to you). If space becomes available, we will use the wait lists to fill open tour spots. Additionally, the wait lists will help determine if an additional tour date should be added.
Parking: We coordinate tour pick-ups at two locations. You can be dropped off for your tour or you can park your car.
- Best Western Shoreview Hotel, 1000 Gramsie Road, Shoreview, MN. Over-night parking is available at this location.
- West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street, St. Paul, MN. Please park in the rows in the back of the parking lot, leaving the rows near the building available for other participants using the center.
Tour cancellation policy: To receive a refund (less any non-coverable costs such as tickets, meals, hotels, etc.), you must give notice of 30 days or more for day trips and 45 or more days for overnight trips. Keystone reserves the right to cancel a trip if less than 40 people register.
Register for a 2020 History Tour
Online registration is now open! Register today.
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Spend the day eating at some of the best (but not fancy) restaurants in the Twin Cities. We’ll progress from place to place for hors d’oeuvres, salad, dinner, and dessert! None of the restaurants have been included on a previous History Tour, but each of them will offer you a taste of an ethnic cuisine and a different culture!
The House Next Door
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
We will take a look at architecture and novel interior design and meet the home-owners and designers behind it all. Learn about the various neighborhoods we will be visiting in Minneapolis and St. Paul and hear interesting stories of renovation and refurbishing efforts. We will visit approximately six homes and a bakery.
Anoka: The Land Between
Date: Wednesday, May 20
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
We will visit many of historic spots and architectural wonders on our trip to Anoka city and county. We’ll visit Carlos Avery Game Farm and its historic buildings, touring with naturalist to learn about the state’s effort to protect native species. We’ll also visit other historic churches, parks, and buildings on this trip.
Meeker’s Keepers Tour
Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Travel west from the Twin Cities to the beautiful lake and prairie country of Meeker County, Minnesota. We will get a city tour of Litchfield and other nearby small towns. We will also visit significant sites of the Dakota War of 1862, several museums, churches, and other noteworthy stops.
Vermont & Upstate New York
Dates: Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 28
Cost: Double Occupancy Rate: $1475/person
Spend 9 days traveling east to see the history and beauty of Vermont & upstate New York! We will travel in style, visiting museums, river boats, a cider mill, historic villages, gardens and more! COST INCLUDES – 8 nights lodging, 17 meals, all admissions to museums and attractions, newer motor coach, local guides, and gratuities.
Unique Historic Treasures of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Date: Thursday, July 9
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Visit treasures of today and years gone by…this amazing tour of the Twin Cities will take you to places you never knew existed. While exploring many lesser-known or new landmarks, restaurants, neighborhoods, and forgotten sites. This tour will be all-new locations never visited before on our tours.
San Antonio & Austin, TX
Dates: Saturday, October 17 through Sunday, October 25
Cost: Double Occupancy Rate: $1440/person
Enjoy the fall colors and lots of Texas history as we travel for nine days to and from the Lone Star State! We head south to see famous missions, silos, ranches, forts, markets, and more. COST INCLUDES – 8 nights lodging, 18 meals, all the admissions to museums and attractions, newer motor coach, local guides, and gratuities.
History Tours Liability Statement
Tours are under the management of Keystone Community Services, which acts as agent in arranging for transportation, hotel accommodations, sight-seeing, and other services, as described in this brochure. Therefore, we shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, injury, damage, accident, delays or cancellations of or changes in itinerary, schedule or accommodations caused directly or indirectly from acts of God, fire, strikes, acts of governments or civil disturbances, riots, thefts, pilferage, any act or default of any company or person engaged in transporting the passenger or rendering any other service or carrying out the arrangements of any tour, or by the act of default of any hotel proprietor or servant. The right is reserved to alter the itinerary or schedule at any time, with or without prior notice, if in the opinion of the operator such an adjustment is necessary or desirable. Keystone Community Services reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as member of any tour should such person’s health, mental or physical condition or general deportment impede the operation of the tour or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of other passengers and a refund of recoverable unused land tour services is the limit of the agent’s liability should such a person be required to terminate the tour. No refunds will be granted for any unused portions of this tour unless arranged with the operator’s approval in writing in advance. Meals, gratuities, entertainment and tax are not included in tours unless specifically stated. Fares quoted herein are based on those rates in effect at the time of the printing of this brochure and while no changes are anticipated, fares are subject to change without notice.
Keystone’s Programs are Essential:
As you know, the Governor Walz issued an Executive Order directing Minnesotans to “Stay At Home” through April 10th. Keystone is an “essential” business and is part of the Twin Cities’ critical sector response to COVID-19. With this information, we will continue to operate our food shelf, crisis services, meals on wheels and case management programs that support our most vulnerable residents in St. Paul. The executive order also defines “workers” and “personnel” as employees, contractors, vendors and volunteers. This clearly allows our dedicated and wonderful volunteers to continue serving at Keystone during this time. We will have more limited staff in our buildings but remain committed to offering vital support to those who need it.
Programs that are available to the community:
- Meals on Wheels deliveries are continuing and staff are modifying operations to ensure safety of the staff, participants and volunteers.
- Food shelf operations, including Foodmobile distributions, have been modified to ensure the safety of staff, participants and volunteers but are open Monday – Friday to provide vital food support to people in the community.
Our youth afterschool programs and active senior programs are cancelled as well as any large gatherings in our community centers. The Express Bike Shop is also closed to the public at this time.
We are actively monitoring the situation and will implement any additional strategies when necessary. Stay tuned for updates as things are rapidly changing.
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Health and Safety Precautions during this time
As you know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving. We are relying on facts to inform thoughtful decision-making in an ever-evolving situation. Keystone is committed to providing services in safe, healthy environments for all of our participants, volunteers, and staff. During this time of heightened awareness, we are maintaining our thorough cleaning and food safety standards and expanding them as necessary.