After a hiatus of several years, the Moose Lake Area Historical Society is reactivating its annual local author book signing party. It will be held as part of the Christmas Open House that will be held at the Fires of 1918 Museum on Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th. The authors will be available on both days from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Children’s author Joyce Berggren will be presenting her book “The Hustle And Bustle of Poor Mrs. Tustle”. Berggren, a wife, mother of three and grandmother of 7 lives near Moose Lake, and was inspired to start writing as she was doing some cleaning at the summer cabin.
Mystery author, Eddie Jane Gavin (Palkey) is currently working on her third mystery set in the areas around Moose Lake and Duluth. Her most recent publication is “The Carlton County Murder”. Eddie lives near Kettle River.
Another mystery writer with ties to the Moose Lake area is Dean Hovey. He splits his time between Moose Lake and Stillwater. Hovey has six mysteries published, including the most recent “Undeveloped – A Pine County Mystery”.
Jerry Lenz, a native of St Cloud, and a retired Mathematic Instructor from St. John’s University in Collegeville. He has written a book titled “ The History of the Minnesota Forestry Association. It looks at the Department’s beginning back in 1876 and through the 1930’s, and then picks up again from 1978-1988. Jerry’s daughter lives/works in the Kettle River area. Jerry and his family have planted in excess of 40,000 trees on their property from the middle ‘70’s through the middle ‘90’s.
Stop in and visit with the authors as you look through our various Christmas displays.
Opening for the Season on May 23rd, 2015
Summer Hours through Labor Day
Monday thru Saturday 10:00 to 4:00
Sunday’s 11:00 to 3:00
After Labor Day Hours
Friday & Saturday 10:00 to 4:00
Sunday’s 11:00 to 3:00
Closed for the Season on October 11, 2015
The former Soo Line Depot and adjacent History Center contains many interesting exhibits pertaining to the history of the area. In the Depot you will find an exhibit about the history of area railroads, a 1920s era kitchen, a chapel filled with many items from local churches and a display of vintage clothing. Other displays in the Depot change throughout the year. The History Center has a large exhibit regarding the 1918 fire which devastated the area, burning 250,000 acres, destroyed 38 towns, took 453 lives and over 52,000 people were either injured or displaced. There are numerous other displays in the History center that are changed on a regular basis.
The Historical Society has numerous research items for someone interesting in genealogy, many family histories, cemetery records, obituaries, school yearbooks and many years of local newspapers available for research.
The Society is always interested in obtaining more information about local history. If you have family histories, pictures or other memorabilia that would be appropriate for our collection, please let us know.
prices for admission
Children under 12–$1.00
Children under 5—Free
Members of MLAHS-free with a 10% discount in gift shop
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