Learn how to Preserve and Restore Tombstones!
Jarrod Roll, founder of Save Your Stones and a local history professional, will lead a full day workshop on tombstone preservation and restoration. Participants will receive their own preservation kit (a$25 value), and lunch is included in the program cost. The program consists of a presentation at the History Center, followed by a hands-on workshop at Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing. Cemetery professionals, genealogy enthusiasts, and local history buffs won’t want to miss this engaging and informative program.
From the 1820’s when soldiers at Fort Snelling presented Shakespearean plays for one another, entertainment—theater, music, variety entertainers, radio and the movies—has played an important part in the lives of Minnesotans. Historian Tom Olson explores show business in Minnesota from lyceum halls and ubiquitous opera houses to motion picture nickelodeons, palaces, modernes, and multiplexes as well as live theater, symphony and opera during the evening program.
Tom Olson grew up in Red Wing, graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 1964 and received an M.A. in American History from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He then taught at what is now Minnesota State University in Mankato. After receiving a Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Minnesota he became Associate Director of Research Administration at the University of Minnesota with primary responsibility for university relations with private foundations and the State of Minnesota. Olson later began a comprehensive development program for The Saint Paul Academy and Summit Schools, created planned and endowment giving programs at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Fairview hospitals and the Courage Center. He was also a capital, endowment, and planned gifts consultant for arts organizations and numerous other not-for-profits and wrote extensively about computerized development management systems, charitable trusts, and capital and endowment campaigns.
Upon retirement Olson returned to history pursuits. His book, Sheldon’s Gift: Music, Movies and Melodrama in the Desirable City was published in 2009 and he is currently at work on a book about Minnesota politics in the 1960’s and 70’s. He has two daughters and five grandchildren who live in Minneapolis. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico since 2008.
Cost for this exciting program is $5 for non-members and free for members/students.
The remarkably charming “America’s Got Talent” winner, Landau Murphy, performs the Great American Songbook with a voice and phrasing that has been compared to Frank Sinatra. The former car washer’s Columbia Records debut album produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell spent six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. Landau’s follow-up holiday CD “Christmas Made For Two” raised thousands for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia and received nationwide airplay including Sirius/XM’s “Holly” channel.