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Czech Genealogy Program

Czeching Out the Czechs
by George Mikiska
Lonsdale Public Library
Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00 pm
Sponsored by the Czech Heritage Club

George Mikiska will lead a program about genealogy.  Topics will include how to start your family tree; where to look for information locally, nationally and worldwide; important Czech words used in genealogy, and helpful websites. Bring your questions and he can help you get started.  Find more information on the Czech Heritage club on their website.

Flashback Matinee 1936

The Lonsdale Public Library presents a flashback Saturday Matinee experience.  Go back in time with us and enjoy a newsreel of highlights from the 1936 Olympics, a Popeye cartoon and the feature film “My Man Godfrey.”  Admission is free and so are the popcorn and lemonade.  Period dress is optional!


A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler…but there’s more to Godfrey than meets the eye.  Starring William Powell and Carole Lombard , this screwball comedy guarantees the laughs

Date: Saturday, January 17
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Place: Lonsdale Public Library meeting room

Holidays in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Where:  LUkrainian-Egg-Decorating-Part-I1-150x150onsdale Public Library large meeting room
When:  Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6:30-7:30 pm
Free admission

Join us for  a discussion of the holiday traditions of the Czech Republic and Slovakia presented by Daniela Mahoney, egg artist and cultural educator.  Topics will include Masopust, Easter, Night of the WitCzech straw ornamentches, Ride of the Kings, Celebration of the Souls, Svatý Mikuláš and New Year!  Gift items will be for sale and hand-made egg ornaments can be personalized following the lecture.

Sponsored by the Czech Heritage Club, www.czechheritageclub.com.

Minnesota History Player Harriet Bishop

What:  Minnesota History Player Harriet Bishop
When:  Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Lonsdale Public Library


St. Paul’s first schoolteacher

In 1847, Harriet Bishop became St Paul’s first public school teacher when she moved from Vermont to what would become the territory and eventually the state of Minnesota. As a devout Baptist committed to social reform, she helped establish many charitable societies in St Paul and promoted the causes of temperance and woman suffrage. She played a vital role in the congregation of St Paul’s First Baptist Church and opened the first Sunday school in St Paul upon her arrival.


She will discuss:

  • The role of women in American frontier education
  • The differences and similarities between school in the 19th and 21st centuries
  • The diverse peoples who lived in St. Paul during Minnesota’s territorial years
  • The mid-19th century experience of leaving one’s home behind to move to a new territory

Maud Hart Lovelace

Performance cancelled

Tonight’s Maud Hart Lovelace History Player event has been cancelled due to weather.
It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Minnesota History Player
Maud Hart Lovelace


Date:  February 20, 2014
Time:  6:30-7:30 p.m.
Place:  Lonsdale Public Library

Maud Hart Lovelace, 1892-1980

Author of the Betsy-Tacy books

Maud will talk about:

  • Her childhood in Mankato and what it was like to grow up in Minnesota 100 years ago
  • How Maud’s friends and family helped her pursue her dream of being a writer
  • How technology changed everyday life at the turn of the last century
  • The rise of the middle class in the early 1900s


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