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January 2018

Power and the Land

January 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Pier 55, 240 Harrison Street, Ste 2
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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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…

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St. John’s Science Fair Exhibition

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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The Goodhue County Historical Society will host St. John's Lutheran Elementary School's Science Fair on the evening of Friday, January 26. Arrive at the History Center anytime during the fair to view the student projects. This event is free and open to the public so please, be sure to stop by and support some of Red Wing's students! 

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February 2018

Free Family Fun Day: It’s Electric!

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 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 - 3 PM on Saturday, February 3, visit the History Center for an afternoon centered on electricity! This winter, the Goodhue County Historical Society will host the traveling exhibit Electrifying Minnesota. During this month's Free Family Fun Day, families are invited to participate in science related crafts and activities which will bring some of the themes from this exhibit to life. Did you know that play dough can…

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Beginning Genealogy

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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$19

This winter, we will offer a great lineup of classes in conjunction with Red Wing Community Education! To register for this class, please call Community Education at 651.385.4565.   Have you always wanted to trace your roots and learn more about your ancestors? Join us for this introduction to family history research. We will talk about the basics of research, what records may be found online and in archives, and how to stay organized. We will also explore a number…

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12th Annual Bling & Chocolate: Hearts & Flowers

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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$25

The theme for the 12th Annual Bling & Chocolate is Hearts & Flowers. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, come to the Goodhue County History Center to enjoy an afternoon of chocolate, wine or champagne, and jewelry! There will be both a silent and oral auction with many items to choose from for every taste. Bid on jewelry, desserts, and experiences that will make your Valentine's Day even better! Tickets can be purchased at the Goodhue County History Center…

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African Storytelling

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Red Wing Public Library, 225 East Avenue
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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As the cradle of the human race, Africa is where storytelling began. This presentation will briefly highlight this fact and share some examples of this heritage, including proverbs and folktales, exploring their meanings and functions as an artistic tradition and a vehicle for moral and ethical education.    Joseph L. Mbele will engage audiences during this program. Mbele is a professor in the English Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. His offerings at St. Olaf focus on folklore and…

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History Break: The Energy to Make Things Better

February 21 @ 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 while they soak up stories.  Presented by Ross Lexvold, Manager of Community Relations and Economic Development at Xcel Energy In this presentation, you will learn about one of the local electrical service providers, Xcel Energy, and its roots in the area, the "energy" to make things better through the years, and navigating a new world…

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The Mixed Legacy of Minnesota’s Lincoln Republicans During War & Reconstruction

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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The Goodhue County Historical Society and the City of Red Wing Human Rights Commission present this dynamic presentation featuring William Green. Commemorate Black History with an engaging and thought provoking program on the history of race relations in America. Briefly, in the wake of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, the advancement of African Americans stalled and soon began to erode against the resurgence of Southern white supremacy. The tragedy is that it occurred on the watch of Lincoln Republicans.…

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March 2018

Free Family Fun Day: Opening Weekend of “Native Skywatchers”

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Enjoy the opening weekend of the temporary exhibit, Native Skywatchers, now on view at the Goodhue County History Center for the month of March only. Spend the afternoon exploring the exhibit for free and experience the art and creativity of this group of talented individuals. More details to be posted soon! Free admission and activities begin at 12 PM.  This event is made possible through the support of Xcel Energy. 

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Rural Electrification in Goodhue County – Today

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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$5

When cities make energy efficiency a priority amazing things can happen. For example, the City of Red Wing utilized renewable-energy grants and incentives to save 17,000 residents at least $1.1 million in future taxes. The city has made significant changes to maintenance and infrastructure including updates to the city hall, auditorium, library and the public works building. These changes have put Red Wing on the path to 100% renewable, sustainable, and resilient energy facilities. Jay McCleary and Rich Huelskamp will…

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