Pearl Harbor Program with Steve Hoffbeck at Holmes Theatre December 7

Dr. Steve Hoffbeck

Join MSUM professor of history Dr. Steve Hoffbeck on Tuesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes as he shares the Minnesotan response and contribution to the war including the sending of soldiers to the battlefronts, enduring shortages and rationing of vital WWII materials like gasoline and sugar.

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More than 300,000 Minnesota men and women went off to WWII:
•6,000 of them perished in combat
•400 died in prison camps
•500 were MIA

Hoffbeck’s father served in the U.S. Navy during the war and survived kamikaze attacks in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.  Learn about this and other stories of Minnesotans.

Dr. Steve Hoffbeck specializes in the regional history of the Upper Midwest. Hoffbeck has written about topics such as the history of aviation, baseball, street pavements, and fishing.  A book that he wrote about farming in Minnesota, entitled “The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families,” won a Minnesota Book Award in 2001.  “The Haymakers” has become a book beloved by its readers for its insights into the trials and joys of farming.

Hoffbeck’s second book, “Swinging For The Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota,” won the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award for 2005.  Both a chronicle of forgotten baseball teams and a repository of crisp baseball biographies,” Swinging For The Fences” traces the stories of sixteen ballplayers over the last 150 years.  Hoffbeck and a team of writers told the stories of black athletes who tried to overcome the “color line” or their own weaknesses to find fulfillment on the baseball diamonds of Minnesota.  Both books were published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and the Minnesota Historical Society’s ‘Minnesota’s Greatest Generation’ program and supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.