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June 2017

Book Launch Event for Patriot Hearts & With Love to All

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Come to the Goodhue County History Center to celebrate the publication of two new titles on local history!  Elizabeth Gomoll and Frederick Johnson will be on hand to sign books during the event.  Each author will give a short discussion on their books beginning at 6:45 pm. With Love to All: The Letters and Photographs of Two Minnesota Brothers Marland and Stanley Williams, Compiled by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, Historiography by Frederick L. Johnson Assembled and published for the first time,…

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July 2017

Free Family Fun Day: Ice Cream Social

July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Check out Free Family Fun Day at the Goodhue County History Center! From 12-4 PM on Sunday, July 2, visit the museum for our annual ice cream social!  Enjoy an ice cream cone and then explore the exhibits! More information will be posted as available. Free admission and activities begin at 12 PM.  This event is made possible through the support of Xcel Energy. 

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Bluffs & Brews: Kayaking Lake Pepin

July 12 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Red Wing Environmental Learning Center, 442 Guernsey Lane
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Bluffs & Brews is a collaborative program between the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center and the Goodhue County Historical Society that began in 2015. First, the group explores a local history topic through an engaging presentation and Q & A session. Immediately after, the group explores the outdoors, specifically a local area that represents the historical topic discussed. Following the outdoor adventure, the group convenes at a local restaurant to reflect on the experience, and for an opportunity to win door…

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1860s Base Ball in Old Frontenac: Crescents vs. Afton Red Socks

July 15 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wakondiota Park, 28952 Van Blarcum Ave.
Frontenac, MN 55026 United States
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Enjoy a day of 1860s base ball in Old Frontenac!  The Crescents Base Ball Club of Red Wing will be hosting the Afton Red Socks for a doubleheader in Wakondiota Park.   To learn more about vintage base ball in America, check out the Vintage Base Ball Association website.

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History Break: Sheldon’s Gift Revisited

July 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Spend your lunch hour at the Goodhue County History Center for our monthly free lunchtime program!  Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch with them for our History Break programs. Historian Tom Olson returns to provide a fresh look at the themes discussed in his book, Sheldon's Gift:  Music, Movies and Melodrama in the Desirable City.  Olson will explore the early financial struggles of the Sheldon were attributed to the separation of highbrow and lowbrow culture and entertainment in the late 19th…

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That’s Entertainment: An Introduction to Minnesota’s Theater, Music, and Motion Picture History

July 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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From the 1820’s when soldiers at Fort Snelling presented Shakespearean plays for one another,  entertainment—theater, music, variety entertainers, radio and the movies—has played an important part in the lives of Minnesotans.  Historian Tom Olson explores show business in Minnesota from lyceum halls and ubiquitous opera houses to motion picture nickelodeons, palaces, modernes, and multiplexes as well as live theater, symphony and opera during the evening program. Tom Olson grew up in Red Wing, graduated from the University of Wisconsin River…

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Dylan’s Direction Home

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Local Bob Dylan junkie Jamie Lorentzen will consider Minnesota Native Son Bob Dylan's influence on 1960s popular culture and beyond, apocryphal links to Red Wing, and thoughts about Minnesota that the singer-songwriter has offered over the years. Based upon Dylan's vast body of work and career, the remainder of the discussion will consider where Dylan might locate the place and meaning of his own home against the backdrop of the most iconic and central question he poses amid his 600+…

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Pop Up Museum: Movement

July 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We are teaming up with Live Healthy Red Wing to celebrate the activity and movement in Red Wing, MN. The Historical Society wants to know how you move. Do you have a job that keeps you active? Do you have a favorite mode of transportation? Do you have a hobby or lifestyle centered around movement? Bring in a personal object (hiking shoes, hula hoop, bike helmet, soccer jersey, etc.) related to movement or a picture of you in motion (during…

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August 2017

Pop Up Museum: Coming of Age

August 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate your awkward phase with the Goodhue County Historical Society at River City Days! We will be down at Red Wing's River City Days all weekend but, on Saturday we will do something extra special. You are invited to participate in one of our Pop Up Museums, bring in an object, photo, or story related to the years you came of age - your tween, teen, and young adult years.  You can bring in your old retainer case, that CD…

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Free Family Fun Day: River City Days

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Check out Free Family Fun Day at the Goodhue County History Center! From 12-4 PM on Sunday, August 6, visit the museum during River City Days and explore the exhibits. Free admission and activities begin at 12 PM.  This event is made possible through the support of Xcel Energy. 

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