Oberholtzer's Violin

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Oberholtzer's Violin

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 20, 2019

At the heart of all his activities, Ober loved canoe camping. He enjoyed traveling the Boundary Waters, setting up camp, cooking over the campfire, and sleeping under the canvas. Ober kept journals of all his canoe trips and the people he traveled with. He always brought his camera along, and his violin. Ober played violin into the night, singing to the wilderness, or sometimes just a short tune to remember by.  

The Ernest C. Oberholtzer exhibit in the library lobby highlights items Ober brought with him on his canoe trips, including his violin, on loan from The Oberholtzer Foundation. To see these  and other items, visit the Gale Family Reference Library Lobby display now on view!