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February 2020

Free Family Fun Day: Crafts, Candy and History

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Free Family Fun Day: Crafts, Candy, & History at the Goodhue County History Center. On Saturday, February 1st, visit the History Center and create a variety of fun Valentine’s Day gifts and cards—including a Peanuts-themed paper airplane. While learning the history behind the famous Hallmark holiday. The program begins at 12 PM and runs until the museum closes at 3 PM.

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How to Use Ancestry.com for Beginners

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ancesstry.com has become the go to resource online for discovering your Family’s History. Learn how to navigate the sight and some simple tips for those hard to find relatives. This Beginner’s class will be hands on and each participant will get a chance to perform a search. Class Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, IPad, or Tablet to Class. If you have your own Ancestry.com account but no laptop, you can bring your own login credentials and use one…

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14th Annual Bling & Chocolate Fundraiser

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
$25.00

Treat yourself to an afternoon at the Goodhue County Historical Society 14th annual Bling & Chocolate Fundraiser. The theme this year is Through The Looking Glass Don't be late for this very important date!!!              [https://squareup.com/store/goodhue-county-historical-society/item/annual-bling-chocolate-fundraiser                                                                                …

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Bluffs & Brews: Snowshoe the Cannon Bottoms

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  The Goodhue County Historical Society and the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center are thrilled to take you on a winter Bluffs & Brews adventure! Bluffs & Brews is an adult program series designed to connect Goodhue County residents to natural and cultural history through outdoor excursions. Join us for this a one-of-a-kind program that blends local history, outdoor adventure, and a happy hour into one fantastic afternoon. On Saturday, February 15, the Historical Society and Environmental Learning Center invite…

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History Break: History of the Red Wing African American Community

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mix up your lunch routine and take a History Break at the Goodhue County Historical Society! Bring your lunch to the History Center on Wednesday, February 19th from 12-1 PM, for an engaging and thought-provoking program on local history and race relations. Local historian, educator and award-winning author Frederick Johnson takes a a look at the long and complex record of African Americans in Red Wing and Goodhue County. Johnson's Uncertain Lives, a 2005 history on this topic, was labeled…

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March 2020

Free Family Fun Day: Mama Went to Jail for the Vote

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Commemorate Women’s History Month with Free Family Fun Day: Mama Went to Jail for the Vote at the Goodhue County History Center. On Saturday, March 7th, visit the History Center and learn about the brave suffragists that fought to have women’s right to vote recognized. The Mama Went to Jail for the Vote program begins at 1 PM. Also come see our new Exhibit from the League of women voters "A century of Civic Engagement: League of Women Voters Minnesota"…

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Stories At GCHS: Julia B. Nelson: The rock on which Minnesota woman suffrage was founded.

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Red Wing native and author Frederick Johnson will discuss the remarkable life of Julia B. Nelson, the Red Wing-based reformer who emerged as a central figure in the Minnesota woman suffrage movement from its earliest days in the 1870s until her death in 1914. She built a national reputation as a speaker and writer aptly described by a Washington D.C. newspaper prior to her 1893 appearance before a U.S. senate committee: “Mrs. Nelson is an all-around woman. She is a…

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Research Rewards in County Courthouses and Town Hall Records

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Courthouses and town halls all across the U. S. are treasure troves of records for family history research. Yes, they include birth, death, marriage, and probate records, but go far beyond these. Learn about these basics and also tax, divorce, naturalization, criminal and civil court records, and others. Today the records might have been transferred to an archive, historical society, may be on microfilm via the Family History Library, or even online. Learn what these records hold, and how to…

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History Break: From Minnesota’s First University to Colorado’s Second Star on the Suffrage Flag

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Dr. Kristin Mapel Bloomberg Professor of Women’s Studies, Hamline University; Hamline University Endowed Chair in the Humanities. For our women’s history Month History Break. Dr. Bloomberg will be talking about some early Hamline university Graduates. Collegiate co-education provided some women on the emerging frontier with the opportunity to pursue a university education on an equal basis with men. Two of those women – sisters Emily and Mary Sorin – were among the first graduates of Hamline University, established in…

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