Do History Here
New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm MN, presents Dr. Peter Mansoor, who will discuss his newest book, "Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War," Thursday May 29, 2014, 6 p.m. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, announces the next Friday Movies at the Museum, Friday May 30, 2014, 1 p.m. This month's selections include home movies of Cloquet's 4th of July parade, American Legion Parade of 1953, and "Fire on the Land," an educational fire prevention movie. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.
Military Appreciation Day
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, officially launches the Blue Star Museums program on Saturday May 31, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission to all veterans and active duty military and their families. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. View a complete list of participating museums online.
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, hosts LynnAnne vesper and Gerry Henkel, who will teach participants to play the stringed Finnish kantele and give a demonstration of how to play it, Saturday May 31, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $45/members; $75 nonmembers. Call 800-372-6437 to register.
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, hosts Landmark Literati, which will discuss the book "Miriam's Words: the Personal Price of a Public Life," about the life of Miriam Barber Judd, wife of missionary and Congressman Dr. Walter Judd, Saturday May 31, 2014, 10:30 a.m., Courtroom 326. Free, but reservations required; call 651-292-1239.
Caponi Art Park, Eagan MN, announces their Open House, Saturday May 31, 2014, 1-4 p.m. Call 651-454-9412 for more information.
Dakota War Talk
New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm MN, presents John LaBatte and Rich Runck, who will discuss "Return to Milford," the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and its aftermath, Thursday June 5, 2014, 6 p.m. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.
Sherburne History Center, Becker MN, announces their next Book Club meeting, Thursday June 5, 2014, 6:30 p.m. The June selection is "Tamarack County" by William Kent Krueger. The book club meets monthly to discuss books by Minnesota authors or on topics relevant to Minnesota history. Call 763-261-4433 or 763-262-4433 (metro) for more information.
Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena MN, hosts author Rhonda Fochs, who will talk about her new book "Minnesota's Lost Towns," Friday June 6, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 218-631-9079 for more information.
Family Discovery Days
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, invites the public to join Family Discovery Days, geared for children ages 8-13. The next event will be held June 6, 2014. Contact Mai Vang, 218-254-1238, for more information.
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, announces that Rep. Dean Urdahl will speak on his latest books at Fort Ridgely, Fairfax MN, June 7, 2014, 2 p.m. call 507-766-0994 for more information.
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, announces the opening of a new traveling exhibit, "Uncle Sam's New Deal," which will run June 7-September 28, 2014.
Harkin Store, New Ulm MN, announces their Flag Day program, Sunday June 8, 2014, 1-4 p.m. Call 507-354-8666 or Nicollet County Historical Society, 507-934-2160, for more information.
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet at the LeDuc Historic Estate, Tuesday June 10, 2014, 7 p.m. Following the business meeting, Nancy Hanson from Dakota County Historical Society will speak on archival preservation. Call 651-437-3365 for more information.
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts author Jennifer Rude Klett, who will give a presentation on her new book, "Alamo Doughboy," June 12, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 320-235-1881 for more information.
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, invites the public to "Sami Walking with Reindeer," a gallery talk with photographer Erika Larsen, who will speak about her experiences living with Sami reindeer herders, 2007-2011, Saturday June 14, 2014, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.
Tools and House Building
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, presents "Tools and House Building--Mid-1800s," June 15, 2014, noon to 4 p.m., W.W. Mayo House, Le Sueur MN. Call 507-665-3250 for more information.
State Hospitals Program
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, hosts Michael Resman, who will speak on his book "Asylums, Treatment Centers and Genetic Jails: A History of Minnesota's State Hospitals," Thursday June 19, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 763-421-0600 for more information.
Red Light Ladies
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, presents the next Lunch with the History People, Thursday June 19, 2014, noon to 1 p.m. Heidi Bakk-Hansen will discuss "The Notorious Madam Gain and the Red Light Ladies of St. Croix Avenue." Call 218-733-7568 for more information.
Fine Furniture Exhibit
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts the second "The Art of Fine Furniture" exhibit, opening Saturday June 21, 2014, 1 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 x3 for more information.
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, announces that the historic W.W. Mayo House, Le Sueur MN, will be open for tours with a special emphasis on herb gardens, Sunday June 22, 2014, noon to 4 p.m. Call 507-665-3250 for more information.
Sami Bracelet Making
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, offers traditional Sami jewelry making instruction by Elizabeth Bucheit, Saturday June 28, 2014. Create your own traditional Sami bracelet. Call 218-254-7959 or 800-372-6437 for more information or to register.
Needle Working Day
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, debuts "Modern Interpretations of Historic Design III," June 28, 2014, 10 a.m. On display will be entries chosen from the recent art competition using one or more of the designs from the historic collections of the Hastings Needle Work Company, founded in 1901 by Alice and Florence LeDuc. Reservations required for the lectures. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.
Fort Ridgely Event
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, announces that Company B will have a Drill Weekend at Fort Ridgely, Fairfax MN, June 28-29, 2014. They will demonstrate what a soldier's life would have been like at the Fort. Call 507-766-0994 for more information.
Betsy-Tacy Society, Mankato MN, invites the public to "Deep Valley Homecoming: A Celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace and the Betsy-Tacy Books," June 28-July 2, 2014, Mankato. Advance registration recommended; deadline June 10, 2014. Contact Betsy-Tacy Society, 507-345-9777 for more information.