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May 2022

History Break: The Rise and Tragic Demise of Edward Larrabee Baker

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ed Baker, a young, well-educated and far-sighted entrepreneur, ranks with the most successful of Red Wing’s early founders and leaders, Sheldon, Lawther, Foot and Betcher. He was Red Wing’s mayor in 1861 when he left his thriving Main Street hardware wholesale business to fight and distinguish himself in the Civil War. Upon his return, involvement in Minnesota’s post-war economic boom, aka the King Wheat Era, enriches Baker and prompts him to make an aggressive investment. Baker masterminds construction of Diamond…

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June 2022

Free Family Fun Day: Steamboats

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Steamboats were a vital piece of transportation for Goodhue County Come visit the historical society and check out the new temporary exhibit in the lobby on Steamboats in Goodhue County. Build and color your own miniature boat to race. Or participate in a number of family friendly activities around the museum.  Free family Fun Day is sponsored in part by Xcel Energy.

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Stories At GCHS: Prophets and Ghosts The Story of Salvage Anthropology

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Salvage anthropology was a widespread and deeply fraught movement to rapidly document and collect in the face of presumed cultural extinction. Starting around the time of the Civil War, collectors of all kinds drove the rapid expansion of U.S. museums. But the methods used to gather these materials, especially the stories and objects of Native American societies, often reflected deeply troubling realities about power, race, and colonialism. Drawing on more than a decade of research and interviews with Native American…

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History Break- Silas Foot’s Big Idea: The Advent of the Duluth, Red Wing and Southern Railroad

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the 1890s, DRW&S has the potential to change Red Wing and Minnesota history with a groundbreaking railroad route. Foot envisions a northern railway passage that could bypass Chicago’s monopolistic grip on Midwest rail shipments, and enlists allies willing to make a new railroad happen. Backed by capital from Foot’s flourishing St. Paul shoe manufacturing plant and his Red Wing tannery, along with support from influential Minnesotans and Red Wing investors, the DRW&S comes to life. Lucius Hubbard, former two-term…

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Walk into Local History: Walking the Jordan Creek

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Did you know a river used to bisect downtown Red Wing? Or that the same river continues to flow beneath the town? This guided walking tour leads participants along the historic route of the Jordan Creek, with a collection of anecdotes and historical photographs to make the history of the Jordan Creek come alive. Tours will depart from in front of City Hall in Red Wing and end at Levee Park. The Historical Society is excited to lead this walking…

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July 2022

Free Family Fun Day: Ice Cream Social

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Beat the heat with some Ice Cream at the History Center. Also come and check out the 2nd MN Light Artillery Civil War Reenactors encampment in the park behind the History Center . Visit the various stations set up in the park to explore what life was like for the soldiers in camp.  Free Family Fun Day is sponsored in part by Xcel Energy

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History Break: Archiving History, Remembering Presence

July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for Julys history break with Davu Seru a multidisciplinary artist and scholar Davu is an Artist-in-residence at the Anderson Center in July.  Davu will share insight and perspectives from three of his recent archival projects: his music composition entitled "Dead King Mother," his book with photographer Charles Chamblis, and a new book with multi-disciplinary artist Seitu Jones. Davu composed Dead King Mother in 2018 in partnership with Zeitgeist. It was a reflection on the story of “the night…

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August 2022

History Break: Welch’s Way Temperance advertising and Welches Grape Juice Company

August 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This history break will explore the social movement that brought the 21st amendment, prohibition. Alcoholism rose in the latter half of the nineteenth century, which triggered a resurgence of the temperance movement. Women’s organizations such as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), these women sought to cleanse not only their households of intoxicating beverages but society more broadly. The WCTU formed unions on every scale from international to local neighborhoods to convince people to give up alcohol in exchange for…

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September 2022

Free Family Fun Day: Back To School

September 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for our September Free Family Fun Day and take a step back in time and learn what it was like to be a student in a one room school house. participate in some fun art projects and see if you are smarter then a student in the 1940! Free Family Fun day is sponsored in part by Xcel Energy

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History Break: Tools in Investigative Journalism

September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Join us for this month history Break with reporter Lee Fang. More than anything, Lee Fang is a research-based reporter, with journalistic skills that harness the power of finding original source documents and giving them context. In this seminar, he will present tips for researching historical documents and giving them life. Lee believes that narratives of every community can be found with the same basic research techniques, stories that reveal the political struggles, migration patterns, moments of great achievement and…

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