Remembering Joan Mondale

Joan Mondale's visit to The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, October 1980. Joan is in the center. Jan Warner, executive director of the museum is on the left side of the picture. The woman on the right is unidentified. MCHS Collections #1981.3.2.
Joan Mondale’s visit to The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, October 1980. Joan is in the center. Jan Warner, executive director of the museum is on the left side of the picture. The woman on the right is unidentified. MCHS Collections #1981.3.2.

Joan Mondale, wife of former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Articles such as this one in the StarTribune¬†note Joan’s public service, particularly her support of the arts.

In her role as honorary chair of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, Joan paid a visit to The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in October 1980 during a three-day tour of Minnesota and Michigan.

Jan Warner, executive director of the Weyerhaeuser Museum, had the privilege of showing Joan around the museum. She recalls it was a nice experience, with Joan being incredibly attentive, even though they were continually surrounded by members of the Secret Service.

Joan Mondale and Jan Warner flanked by Secret Service Agents at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, Little Falls, MN, October 1980. MCHS Collections #1980.3.3.
Joan Mondale and Jan Warner flanked by Secret Service Agents at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, Little Falls, MN, October 1980. MCHS Collections #1980.3.3.

It’s a very big deal when the wife of a Vice President visits your community. Naturally, the Little Falls Daily Transcript covered the story, which can be viewed at this link:

Joan Mondale Tours City, Little Falls Daily Transcript, October 16, 1980

We feel honored that Joan chose to stop at the Weyerhaeuser Museum during her tour and are saddened by the loss of this ardent supporter of the arts and humanities. Our condolences go out to her family.

Jan Warner with Joan Mondale and two unidentified women, The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, Little Falls, MN, October 1980. MCHS Collections #1981.3.1.
Jan Warner with Joan Mondale and two unidentified women, The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, Little Falls, MN, October 1980. MCHS Collections #1981.3.1.

 

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