Lonsdale Public Library
Thursday, April 12
Join us for an evening with award-winning Minnesota author Peter Geye. He will read from his most recent book , Wintering.
Peter Geye is the author of Safe from the Sea (Unbridled Books, 2010) which won the Indie Lit Award for fiction, The Lighthouse Road (Unbridled Books, 2012) which won the Northeast Minnesota Book Award for fiction and was also a World Book Night selection in 2014, and Wintering which won the Minnesota Book Award, the Northeast Minnesota Book Award, and the Midwest Bookseller Choice awards. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He was born and raised in Minneapolis where he still lives. He’s the proud parent of three great kids.
Minnesota photographer and storyteller Doug Ohman gave us a great talk about Minnesota’s historic homes on March 14th.
Living the Dream: Historic Homes of Minnesota by Doug Ohman
Lonsdale Public Library meeting room
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Freelance photographer and public speaker Doug Ohman will be at Lonsdale Public Library on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm. Doug’s work has been widely published in magazines, calendars and books, and in the popular book series, Minnesota Byways.
Take a tour of Minnesota’s most elegant homes. Hear the stories and personalities that surround many of these historic treasures. You’ve heard the expression, “If walls could talk” and in this photo presentation, it’s as if they do! Doug will also tell his own story about how he took his passion for history and love of photography and combined them into a successful career.
The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Doug will have copies of his books for sale at the event.
Doug has degrees in both Geography and History from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming a full time photographer, he was the Operations Manager at the Mall of America. He currently lives in New Hope, MN with his wife of over 30 years, Krin.
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
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