The Morrison County Historical Society will be hosting Heirloom Arts Day on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What are heirloom arts? They are art forms and crafts passed down from generation to generation, connecting us to our ancestors. They include the traditional fiber arts of knitting, crocheting, and embroidery, but go well beyond these arts to include blacksmithing, leather working, beading, whittling and other forms of woodworking, basket making, rosemaling, tatting, rug making, shoe making, weaving, and more. We’re even including beekeeping in our definition of heirloom arts.
Heirloom Arts Day will include a new heirloom arts exhibit, demonstrations of heirloom arts and how to properly store heirlooms, a talk on the difference between an heirloom and an antique, music and refreshments.
The event is free and open to the public. For more info, please call 320-632-4007.
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Central Minnesota author and historian, Bill Morgan, will discuss his new book “Earth, Wood, Stone: Central Minnesota Lives and Landmarks” at The Charles A. Weyerhaueser Memorial Museum on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. The book is Volume II of a series and covers various aspects of the history of central Minnesota. Among the Morrison County stories featured in the book are Amos and Charles Berry of the First Minnesota Regiment, Vernon Pick, the William W. Warren and MacDougall site and the orphan train. A retired St. Cloud State University professor and long time advocate for the value of our cultural heritage, Bill will share his enthusiasm for local history through his gifted storytelling and talented writing. Books cost $19.95 and will be available for purchase at the museum.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Morrison County Historical Society (320/632-4007).
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On Wednesday, September 10, 1913, the Little Falls Daily Transcript announced that two deer purchased from the city of Mankato, Minnesota, for Pine Grove Park had arrived the previous night “…by express and are now the pioneer inhabitants of the deer enclosure at the park.” Money for the deer had been raised through popular subscription, largely through the efforts of Val. E. Kasparek, who later became one of the founders of the Morrison County Historical Society. The deer were housed in a 2½ acre fenced enclosure in the park. According to the Transcript, “(h)aving tame deer at the park will be a fine thing for local big game hunters as they will be able to become acquainted with the species and will consequently be less apt to slaughter some settler’s cattle.” The deer and the owls who were already residents at the park were the start of what later became Pine Grove Zoo.
Pine Grove Park was established in 1907 on the west side of Little Falls in order to preserve one of the last remaining stands of white pine in the state of Minnesota. The fifty-five acre park was set aside for the benefit of the public and is located approximately ten blocks west of the Mississippi River. For more information see Pine Grove Park, M.M. Williams – An Influential Man, Preserving The Trees At Pine Grove Park, Storm Photos.
Thomas H. Dewey feeding the deer in Pine Grove Park during the winter of 1917-18. Photo by Alfred Molde.
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