Author Ren Holland has a personal relationship with resorts in Minnesota. As a child, he and his siblings helped his parents run Holland’s Resort on Little Mantrap Lake on the south edge of Itasca State Park. He later worked at Blewett’s Resort on Island Lake and at Fuller’s Tackle Shop in Park Rapids.
Holland’s fascination with Minnesota’s lakes region led him to write two books on the topic: “The Edge of Itasca” and “The Early Resorts of Minnesota.” The latter book was published in late 2012 and is an indispensible guide to resorts around the state, arranged by region and time period. Holland provides an introductory chapter that gives the reader historical context for the rise in small resorts and tourism in Minnesota. The book is generously illustrated with vintage photos.
“The Early Resorts of Minnesota” will be the focus of a book signing event hosted by the Morrison County Historical Society on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Ren Holland will present a program related to the book and will sign copies for those in attendance. The event will be at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum from 1-4 p.m., with Holland’s program scheduled for 2 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 320-632-4007 or visit Ren Holland’s website: http://blog.renholland.com/