Scott Mingus, award-winning author of more than a dozen books on the American Civil War and Underground Railroad, will be discussing "Wargaming Gettysburg" from 7-8 p.m. at the November 14 meeting of the St. Croix Valley Civil War Round Table. His talk is open to the public. Learn more about the St. Croix Valley Civil […]
It's the most wonderful time of the year - our Annual WCHS Christmas Book Sale & Author Day! Featured authors include: Brian Casey, Ryan Gale, Gary Goodman, Nancy Goodman, Chris Nelson, Brent Peterson, Naomi Purves-Adams, Gloria VanDemmeltraadt, George Schire, and Jon & Candy Severson.
Bill McCarthy is releasing a new book of poetry! To celebrate and launch the new pieces, he is hosting a book release event at the Washington County Heritage Center. Bill plans to have a musician perform as well as readings from his book. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. The new book will be […]
https://youtu.be/dJXnwcAeMtY Herb Reckinger Jr. of the South Washington Heritage Society gives a talk about fur trading and the North West Company. Why does Minnesota’s northeastern border slant down? NWC was responsible for defining Minnesota’s current day border as well as exploration and settlement of Canada/northern parts of the United States. Additionally, Herb will give details […]
https://youtu.be/wy-X_GDxwPk When Anne Hanson's dad first asked her to investigate the secret past of his parents, little did she know what she was getting into. For two decades, despite all her digging, she failed to unearth even the tiniest speck of evidence that the families of her grandparents, Frank and Ida Hanson, had ever existed. […]
Black & White Movie Night is back at the Washington County Heritage Center! Retired university professor Steve Schroer will provide an introduction to the film. About the movie: Chaplin's first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the […]
https://youtu.be/XqaMhVw4yZQ Over the course of history, families develop special skills such as blacksmithing, gold & silver smiths, plus many other occupations that are handed down through the generations. One family in Stillwater had a very unique talent that went through three generations until it was no longer used, and that was of finding of […]
https://youtu.be/uztbhQ77GJw Jon Quijano is an award-winning history documentary writer. His latest field research is taking place here in the St. Croix River Valley, gathering knowledge about the peoples who have called the valley home for thousands of years. This is a talk on his findings and his research process on a work in progress.
https://youtu.be/wj2xMvae9pI WCHS Treasurer Tom Simonet gave a talk about Stillwater’s most infamous lady of the night Nellie "Red Nell" Mandeville. Red Nell became a businesswoman of sorts, hiring other area women to entertain male residents and visitors. Red Nell’s appearance on the Police Register became as predicable as the sun setting. From August 1882 through […]
Rescheduled from February 23! Come celebrate the beginning of snow season with a presentation by Ryan Rodgers on his book Winter's Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing! The story of Nordic skiing in the Midwest—its origins and history, its star athletes and races, and its place in the region’s social fabric and the nation’s winter […]
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