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Power and the Land – CANCELED

January 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join the Goodhue County Historical Society at Pier 55 for a morning screening of Power and the Land

Produced by the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Power and the Land opens with a long shot of rural America: a great expanse of sky beneath which trees and a house appear quaint and tiny. This documentary explains “power companies want a profit,” and they can make profit in cities but not in rural areas of the United States, where returns cannot overcome the cost the companies face for equipment and service. “The farms are left in the dark, three out of four farms are left in the dark in this big, inventive country. Seems wrong somehow.” In 1935, the REA set up to remedy this situation by offering low-interest loans to cooperatives of farmers who then collectively own the means for generating power they themselves have purchased and installed. The film catalogs numerous ways in which electricity makes life easier for rural families.

After this concise film, Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association (GCCEA) will discuss how they bring electricity to various areas of the country. If you have specific questions you would like the representatives from GCCEA to cover, please email them to the Goodhue County Historical Society at education@goodhistory.org by January 16. Enjoy this free program with complimentary popcorn and water.

This program is in conjunction with two exhibits on view at the Goodhue County History Center, Goodhue Township and Electrifying Minnesota. Visit the History Center by January 27 to view them both! To learn more about the Goodhue County Historical Society, this program, or either exhibit visit https://goodhuecountyhistory.org

This program will take place at Pier 55 in Red Wing, MN. Popcorn and water provided. Free admission!


This program is in conjunction with the exhibit, Goodhue Township, now on view at the Goodhue County History Center through mid-January 2018. 



January 23
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Lindsey Rindo


Pier 55
240 Harrison Street, Ste 2
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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