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February 2018

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 28 @ 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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Controlling Chaos: Organizing Your Genealogy Materials

March 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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.  Are you like most genealogists? That is, do you have stacks of papers, files, certificates, census copies, and other items around your home? Do you panic when you have to find something or have to use the dining room table for a meal? Can you find what you need in your computer…

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History Break: Golden Memories

March 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 Lois Burnes     Join the Goodhue County Historical Society and Lois Burnes in an exploration of the popular and enduring Little Golden Books series. Little Golden Books is a popular series of children's books which typically features nature and science, Bible stories, nursery rhymes, and fairy…

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A Taste of History: Red Wing’s Beer Brewing Past – and Future (21+)

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Wing Brewery, 411 Old W. Main St
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. Enjoy a History Happy Hour at the Red Wing Brewery! Co-owner Scott Kolby will guide participants through a history of Red Wing's beer industry and lead an engaging discussion which will feature artifacts, photographs, analysis, and of course, beer! Scott will also discuss how his business proudly continues Red Wing's brewing tradition.…

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April 2018

Free Family Fun Day: Down on the Farm

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Goodhue County has strong ties to farming, which we have explored during our Free Family Fun Day "Hop into Spring" and "Celebrate the Harvest." This April, bring your family to the History Center to learn more about the animals down on the farm and enjoy our temporary, outdoor petting zoo. Our friends from The Grange will also return to teach families how to make their own butter, cattle puppet, and crop art mosaic. Our down on the farm story time…

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History Break: Cultural Change in Red Wing from AD 900 – 1500

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Wednesday, April 18 Featuring Dr. Ron Schirmer, Director, Museum of Anthropology, Co-Director, AGES Research Lab, Professor of Anthropology at Minnesota State University, Mankato In our busy lives, seemingly beset with a constant barrage of changes, it is easy to forget that past humans have also dealt with major, and fast-paced changes in their lives and environments. Between AD 900 and 1500, the Red Wing area rapidly transformed from being sparsely occupied by hunting and gathering peoples, to densely occupied by…

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Pop Up Museum: Barn Bluff

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Barn Bluff Park Red Wing, MN 55066 United States + Google Map

Celebrate Earth Day with Friends of the Bluffs and the Goodhue County Historical Society at Barn Bluff! Share your story related to this natural landmark through objects, artifacts, and stories. We invite you to bring an object or photograph to our Pop Up Museum at Barn Bluff, which will showcase community stories and conversations.  You will bring an item on topic (Barn Bluff), write a label, and put it on display. This Pop Up Museum will only last for one…

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