Date: Every second Wednesday of the month
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Cost: Free to members/non-members $7
Location: Stearns History Museum
Questions? Contact Sarah Warmka, Archivist (320) 253-8424 or email email@example.com
Wednesday, September 10, 9:00 am
Speaker: Joel Arnold
The Red River Trails and the Story of 'Ox Cart Angel'
While searching for a mysterious ancestor, Joel Arnold became fascinated by the Red River trails and the people who traveled them. Come hear about this interesting, often forgotten part of Minnesota's history, as well as how it led to Arnold's Midwest Book Award-winning novel, 'Ox Cart Angel'. You'll learn about the versatile Red River carts and why it was called the "North West fiddle". Find out about the Métis, and what life was like on the trails. Handle an authentic Métis sash and discover its many uses. There might even be a recipe for pemmican to take home!
Wednesday, October 8th, 9:00 am
Speaker: Randy Croce
Documentary Screening: Who Built Our Capital?
The Minnesota State Capitol Building is nationally recognized, but the workers and contractors who constructed it have been forgotten – until now. Four years of original research and stories from builders’ descendants and current statehouse restorers reveal how this Minnesota icon came to be. The documentary and associated website www.whobuiltourcapitol.org, portray not only on-site workers, but those who transported and provided materials for the building, including granite contractors and quarry workers in Stearns County. Project director and video producer Randy Croce will introduce the film and answer questions.
Wednesday, November 12th, 9:00 am
Speaker: Ann Aubitz
My Life on the Farm
Minnesotans living on farms in the 1930s hardly had a prosperous life. Quite the opposite - an agricultural depression dragged on for an entire decade. The men and women on these farms made enormous sacrifices to keep a roof over the family's head and food on the table. My Life on the Farm is based on the true story of Mary Jo, a farm girl growing up during The Depression with her rather large family of eighteen. Follow the story of this family and the mishaps, mayhem and joy this story brings. These are stories of desperation and hope, love and triumph. Fall in love with this family as they manage their lives on a small Minnesota farm.
Wednesday, December 10th, 9:00 am
Speaker: Sons of Norway, Trollheim Lodge (St. Cloud)
Breakfast Club bakery items and refreshments are sponsored by Coborn's. For more information about Coborn's please click here.