Battle of Acton Talk--Tonight!
Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Excelsior MN, hosts Darryl Sannes, who will speak on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and the Battle of Acton, tonight, Wednesday May 2, 2012, 7 p.m., SouthShore Center, Shorewood. Call 952-221-4766 for more information.
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to the annual Cox House Plant Sale, Saturday May 5, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Ben Leonard, 507-934-2160, for more information.
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, will hold their annual Clean-up Day on Saturday May 5, 2012, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you'd like to help get the grounds ready for the summer tour season, please contact Dustin Heckman, 507-437-6082.
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to view "The Boys from Wasioja" documentary film, Sunday May 6, 2012, 2 p.m. at the Treaty Site History Center. Contact Ben, 507-934-2160, for more information.
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, opens a new exhibit, "Thinking About Community," Sunday May 6, 2012, 4 p.m., documenting a trip from St. Peter to her Sister City, Petatlan, Mexico. Contact Ben, 507-934-2160, for more information.
Harkin Store Opens
Harkin Store Historic Site, 9 miles northwest of New Ulm MN, opens for the season Sunday May 6, 2012, 1-4 p.m. Featured program: "Egg Coffee and Newton." Managed by Nicollet County Historical Society. Call 507-934-2160 or 507-354-8666 for more information.
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, holds their Breakfast Club Program Wednesday May 9, 2012, 9-10 a.m. This month's topic is "The Leavenworth Rescue Expedition Revisited," focusing on the effects of the U.S.-Dakota War on the local community. For more information, call 320-253-8424.
Saint Peter Tornado
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts a presentation on "The Saint Peter Tornado of 1998: Voices of Organizational Collaboration and Decision-Making," Treaty Site History Center, Thursday May 10, 2012, 7 p.m. Free. Contact Ben, 507-934-2160, for more information.
Norwegian Heritage Week
Pennington County Historical Society, Thief River Falls MN, is partnering with Sons of Norway Lodge Snorre #70 on activities for Norwegian Heritage Week, May 13-19, 2012. Contact PCHS, 218-681-5767, for more information.
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, celebrates Norway's Constitution Day with Syttende Mai Polsefest, Thursday May 17, 2012, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.
Join St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, for Lunch with the History People, Thursday May 17, 2012, noon to 1 p.m. at the Depot. Author Jack Salmela will speak on his latest work of historical fiction, "Sisterhood of the Hennepin Chalice," which includes references to historic structures in Duluth. Call 218-733-7568 for more information.
Harkin Store, 9 miles northwest of New Ulm MN, hosts a program on Minnesota riverboats and the village of West Newton, Sunday May 20, 2012, 1-4 p.m. Call 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160 for more information.
LeDuc Descendants in Hastings
Guests at the LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet descendants of William Gates and Mary Bronson LeDuc, Sunday May 20, 2012, 1 p.m. Great-granddaughters Anne LeDuc and Nancy LeDuc Williams, along with Nancy's husband and sons, will share memories of their family and the "big house in Hastings." Reservations encouraged; call 651-437-7055.
Civil War Program
Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake hosts a Civil War Program, "The War Between the States and White Bear Lake," Monday May 21, 2012, 6 p.m. Presented by Sara Markoe Hanson, Executive Director of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. For more information call 651-724-6022.
Musician Bill Cagley will play "music for all ages" at the Harkin Store, 9 miles northwest of New Ulm MN, Sunday May 27, 2012, 1-4 p.m. For more information call 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160.
Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center MN announces its Sesquicentennial "Now and Then" Celebration to celebrate its 150th anniversary, Monday May 28, 2012, 11 a.m. Contact Dan Kantar, 952-935-0954, for more information.
Celebrate Minnesota Museums Month Events
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, celebrates Minnesota Museums Month during the month of May with a series of special events and programming. For more information visit MDC's website or call 800-372-6437.
Scott County Historical Society and The Landing, Shakopee MN, offer free reciprocal admission for Minnesota Museums Month. Bring your receipt for one basic adult admission from either organization and receive one basic adult admission at the other. Good weekends throughout May. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.