2018 Legacy Events
Homemade with Beatrice Ojakangas
The Finnish culture of northern MN will come to life as renowned cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas shares recipes, anecdotes, and humor from her book, Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food. This event is brought to the community free of charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
World War I Nurses of Clay County
From front line field hospitals to schoolhouses converted to emergency influenza wards, nurses risked their lives to save others during World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic. This presentation by Markus Krueger of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County will follow women from Clay County, Minnesota, who served in the Red Cross, the Army Nurse Corps, and local hospitals in America, France, and Russia a century ago. This event is brought to the community free of charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Sister Secrets: A Brother’s Reveal
In “Sister Secrets: A Brother’s Reveal”, local author Matthew Valan examines family dynamics and mental illness. Described as a study in regret and hope, “Sister Secrets” tells the tragic stories of Valan’s sisters who were eventually diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. The author will discuss his book and the real family involved in a local tragedy which resulted in the loss and destruction of several lives.
A Minnesota Love Story
How did you find me… after all these years? In the 1950s, an unplanned pregnancy tore two Minnesota teenagers apart. Years later, they reconnected. Join us to hear about their love story and how they found their long-lost birth daughter.
Minnesota in the Great War
Watch history come to life with popular living history performer Arn Kind, who will share how Minnesotans found themselves on battlefields and seas that were far more dangerous than anything they’d experienced before.
The Lacewings are a Minnesota-based acoustic duo, drawing inspiration from the deep roots of women’s folk music from Europe and European immigrants to North America. Join us for the folk songs and stories originally shared by some of Minnesota’s immigrant ancestors and now brought to local communities by The Lacewings.
Legends of Upper Minnesota
Discover the Upper Red Lake area with legendary local storyteller David Leonhardt. Learn about the legends of the area, including the people who lived and worked in the area during the heyday of the logging industry and enjoy a musical saw demonstration.
Music of the Scottish Lowlands
Discover the musical heritage of Scotland with famed Celtic musician Laura MacKenzie. She will demonstrate traditional songs, border dance tunes and more, using a variety of instruments, including the Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, whistles and concertina.
Pipekeepers Powwow Drumming and Singing
Learn about traditional Native American Powwow drumming in this unique educational experience for all ages. The Pipekeepers will teach us what the drum means, how to keep the beat and few simple songs. This event is brought to the community free of charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota
Enjoy a lively discussion with four multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors: Heid E. Erdrich, Shannon Gibney, Nicole Helget, and Kao Kalia Yang. Moving Words is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together: the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which we read. This ASL interpreted event is made possible in part by the State of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota Department of Education and a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, as well as support from BNSF Railway Foundation.
Seven Ways to Trick a Troll
In “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll”, author Lise Lunge-Larsen and Kari Vick bring Norwegian trolls to life in seven folktales that teach us how to face life’s difficulties with moxie. Join us to learn about the making of the book, as well as the important role trolls play in Norse mythology and history, and how trolls impacted the shaping of Norwegian cultural identity.
In November 2008, Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment to dedicate funds for Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage, Clean Water, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Under the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) Minnesota’s 300+ public libraries receive funding distributed through existing formulas to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems to provide programs and services in four areas: arts (visual, performing and media), culture, literary and Minnesota history. The law states that these funds are intended “for regional progams and working with arts and cultural partners.