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Spring Open House

Sunday, May 19, 2013:  Museum opens 1:00 p.m., program at 2:00 p.m.
Coffee and dessert will be served after the program

 

Join us on Sunday, May 19 when Jill Johnson, author of Little Minnesota,  and her husband, photographer Deane Johnson,  share stories and slides about Minnesota’s smallest towns. Several local towns are in this book, including Nassau, Louisburg, Odessa, Correll, Danvers and Hazel Run.

Jill grew up in Minnesota; the book was inspired by a comment from her father that the tiny towns in Minnesota were disappearing.  She and her husband set out to explore and document 100 of Minnesota’s smallest towns with a population under 100 residents.

What she discovered surprised and delighted her.  Following the signing of the Homestead Act in 1862 and the arrival of the Great Northern Railroad in the late 1800’s, settlers arrived to seek a better life on the lush farmlands and timbered forests of rural Minnesota.   Minnesotans developed farms and businesses, erected churches and also found time for music, art, dancing and sports.  Little Minnesota chronicles the history of each town featured, and highlights points of interest for travelers.

Jill will have copies of the book available on Sunday, or you can order a copy from our Amazon link below, a percentage of the purchase price comes back to support the History Center.

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