MCHS Announces New History Awards Program

Carl A. Weyerhaeuser (1901-1996)

Carl A. Weyerhaeuser (1901-1996)

Carl A. Weyerhaeuser was born in 1901 in Little Falls, Minnesota, to Maud Moon and Charles A. Weyerhaeuser. Carl was a man of art, literature, and museums. He wrote books of poetry. He collected Shaker furniture and a variety of American, European and Asian art. He and his wife, Edith Greenleaf Weyerhaeuser, founded the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts, in 1971. Carl and his sister Sarah-Maud contributed the funds to build The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls to honor their father, who was president of the Pine Tree Lumber Company.

The Morrison County Historical Society (MCHS), which owns and operates the Weyerhaeuser Museum, announces a new essay contest called the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser History Awards in order to honor Carl’s legacy. The goal of the History Awards is to encourage greater examination of Morrison County’s diverse history.

According to MCHS President Art Warner, there is another purpose to the History Awards. “We want the public to be aware of the many research resources we have at the Weyerhaeuser Museum. We also want people to use those resources. The contest is meant to do that by requiring those who submit essays to use the museum’s collections in order to write their essays.”

The History Awards have three age categories (12-15, 16-21, and 22 and over) with a monetary prize for each category. The theme for this year’s essays is Morrison County Rivers. Entrants must be residents of Morrison County. The deadline for submitting essays is August 15, 2014. For full submission guidelines and a Submission Form & License Agreement, visit the Morrison County Historical Society’s website at

Essays will be read by a panel of three judges, who will determine a winner in each age category. Winners may be asked to read their essays at a public event held by MCHS. Winning essays may be published by MCHS in its newsletter, on its website, or in other formats.

The Carl A. Weyerhaeuser History Awards is intended to be an annual event, with the potential in future years for entrants to submit history in other formats.

For more information on the History Awards, contact MCHS at 320-632-4007.

The Flood of 1972 in Randall

Randall resident and college student Nathan Adamietz has created a Prezi program on the 1972 flood in Randall, Minnesota. Have a look.

(In the lower right, you’ll find a play button with a timer. Click and select the delay time you prefer. The program will play automatically. If you want a full-screen experience, click the full-screen icon in the lower right corner.)


You can also find the presentation, along with a transcript at this link:

We thank Nathan for allowing us to post his presentation on our website.

Now, we have a question for you. If you were in Morrison County at the time, what do you remember about the flood of 1972? Please share your memories in the comments.

Collections Carousel – Marian Anderson’s Visit to Little Falls, 1969

“Marian Anderson Tells Audience: Artist, Parents Have Responsibility.” Little Falls Daily Transcript, 10 March 1969, Page 5.

On March 9, 1969, Marian Anderson, world famous singer and American icon, gave a speech at the Little Falls Junior High School in Little Falls, Minnesota. Marian had come to Little Falls at the invitation of Laura Jane Musser, a local philanthropist and champion of culture. Laura Jane (1916-1989), the daughter of Richard Drew and Sarah Walker Musser, was a talented musician herself and considered Marian a friend. According to the March 10, 1969, article in the Little Falls Daily Transcript documenting the event (“Marian Anderson Tells Audience: Artist, Parents Have Responsibility”), Marian was warmly welcomed and received standing ovations both before and after her speech. Though attended by dignitaries from across the state, including then Minnesota Governor Harold LeVander, the event was not considered front page news and was placed on page five.

Marian Anderson had had a remarkable career by the time she came to Little Falls, having performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Memorial, Metropolitan Opera House, and the White House as well as having toured across the world. Born in Pennsylvania in 1897, she had quickly become an accomplished singer who was widely known for her extraordinary voice. Throughout her career, Anderson was described as a warm and generous person who cared deeply for people, especially children. Her strong belief in education as the key to ending social and racial inequality may have played a part in her acceptance of Laura Jane’s invitation to speak in Little Falls. Following her official retirement from performing in 1965 until her death in 1993, Marian devoted much of her time to this cause, serving on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations throughout the country and spreading the word about the importance of art and culture in a changing world. As Governor LeVander stated in his introduction to her speech in Little Falls:

In addition to bringing joy and inspiration to more than seven million persons who have heard her sing…now after her retirement she has brought inspiration and understanding through service to the United Nations, and is now promoting better understanding between races and between nations.