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May 2017

Free Family Fun Day: Happy Birthday Minnesota!

May 7 @ 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, May 7, visit the History Center to celebrate Minnesota's 159th birthday. On May 11, 1858 the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" entered the Union as the 32nd state. Join the Goodhue County Historical Society in celebration of the state and to honor a few of the things that makes Minnesota so great! Lars Romo will demonstrate how to make lefse, a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread.…

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Walk into Local History: Discover the Lutheran Ladies Seminary

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Explore the former grounds of the Lutheran Ladies Seminary, a center of music, culture, and higher education in Red Wing until burning down in 1920. The program includes a 60-minute presentation at the History Center followed by a 60-90 minute walking tour of the former Seminary grounds. The program is led by Seminary expert Chaplain Todd Walsh. Participants will begin and end the program at the History Center.  Contact the Goodhue County Historical Society (651-388-6024) to purchase your tickets today or via…

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History Break: Race and Ethnicity at Rochester State Hospital

May 17 @ 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. Minnesota State College Southeast's Chris Stout will discuss the history behind the Rochester State Hospital.  Rochester State Hospital operated from 1879 - 1982 and served thousands of patients over the hundred years of its operation. When the Mayo Clinic opened in 1889 with six patients, there were already over one…

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Save Your Stones: Tombstone Preservation and Hands-on Workshop

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Learn how to Preserve and Restore Tombstones! Jarrod Roll, founder of Save Your Stones and a local history professional, will lead a full day workshop on tombstone preservation and restoration. Participants will receive their own preservation kit (a$25 value), and lunch is included in the program cost. The program consists of a presentation at the History Center, followed by a hands-on workshop at Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing. Cemetery professionals, genealogy enthusiasts, and local history buffs won't want to miss this…

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Walk into Local History: Coffee Break at Hok-Si-La Municipal Park and Campground

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hok-Si-La Municipal Park and Campground, 2500 U.S. Hwy 61
Lake City, MN 55041 United States
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Enjoy Minnesota's spring season during our Coffee Break with the Goodhue County Historical Society at the Hok-Si-La Campground. Ease into your Memorial Day weekend at 10 AM on Thursday, May 25th with a cup of coffee, a leisurely stroll along Lake Pepin, and a brief presentation of the history of Hok-Si-La Municipal Park and Campground. Your morning will begin with a warm, comforting cup of coffee and a brief presentation on the history of the area.  Learn how this area of…

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June 2017

Free Family Fun Day: Back to the Sixties!

June 4 @ 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, June 4, visit the museum to go back to the Sixties with crafts, demonstrations, and activities.  This event is held in conjunction with the History Center hosting Coming of Age:  The 1968 Generation, a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society. 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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Walk into Local History: Exploring Old Frontenac

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wakondiota Park, 28952 Van Blarcum Ave.
Frontenac, MN 55026 United States
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“Waconia.” “Western Landing.” “Frontenac.” Different people have used different names for the location that rests on the banks of Lake Pepin, but its beauty and tranquility have attracted people for generations. Native Americans inhabited the land for hundreds of years before the French established a Fort near modern-day Frontenac, and years after the French left, the Garrard Family would shape (and name) Frontenac during the latter half of the 19th century. The Garrard Family, led by Israel Garrard, built stunning homes…

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Bluffs & Brews – Hike Frontenac State Park

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Frontenac State Park, 29223 County 28 Blvd.
Frontenac, MN 55026 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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Bluffs & Brews: Hike Frontenac State Park

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Frontenac State Park, 29223 County 28 Blvd.
Frontenac, MN 55026 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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History Break: Women in Historical Fiction & Poetry

June 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 for our History Break programs.   Author Mary Sharratt will join us for a look at women in historical fiction and poetry.  More information will be posted as available.

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