The Washington County Heritage Center at 1862 South Greeley Street in Stillwater will be the scene of several book events December 11.Photo by Joseph Back.
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Local Historian Book Sale and Signing Event on December 11 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Washington County Heritage Center is kicking off the holiday season with their annual book sale and signing event on Saturday, December 11 from 10am-4pm. The Heritage Center is located at 1862 South Greeley Street in Stillwater.

Local authors and historians will be poised to chat with the public about history, answer questions about their books, and help you find the perfect historical book for the reader in your life. Best of all, they’ll autograph it for you!

Patrick L. Shannon, author of Minnesota’s Headline Murders! 1900-1919, will be in attendance to sign his book and answer questions about the craziest murders in our state’s early history. Some of those convicted of these murders spent time in the Stillwater Prison!

Gloria VanDemmeltraadt is excited to sign copies of her many works including Memories of Lake Elmo. Nancy Goodman, the goto expert on the “Father of Minnesota” Joseph Renshaw Brown, will be one of the authors on hand signing copies of her book, “Joseph Brown, Adventurer.”

Washington County Historical Society’s Executive Director Brent Peterson will be on hand with his books including Stillwater: The Next Generation and Images of America: Stillwater.

Bernie Anderson, a longtime teacher and principal at Stillwater Schools will be on hand to recount the push to open the new Rutherford Elementary School. Anderson had previously written about Stonebridge Elementary where he once taught. He will have both books available during his time at the event.

Grey Cloud Island residents and those with descendants that once lived there will want to seek out Jon and Candy Severson, who are bringing their new brand-book titled Buried History: The Early Families of Grey Cloud Island Cemetery.

Other authors may be added to the event as it gets closer. Interested parties may contact [email protected] wchsmn.org. The Heritage Center will be dressed up in Christmas decorations for the event. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

The program is free to the public with admission to the museum. No reservations are required. For questions, contact emily. [email protected] org or call the Washington County Heritage Center Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm at 651-439- 2298.

December 8, 2021