Mitchell County Historical Society Hosts Annual Meeting

The Mitchell County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday afternoon, November 18, at 2:00 PM at the Cedar River Complex.  The meeting will include a presentation about the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862, which took place in Minnesota.  This is the sesquicentennial of the war, an event being commemorated throughout the Upper Midwest.

According to Kurt Meyer, President of the Historical Society, “This business portion of the meeting will include reports on the many facets of the Society, including the Museum, Cedar Valley Memories, and wide-ranging programs and exhibits the Society has provided throughout the year.  We’ll take a look back as well as glancing into the future.  Members are also electing a slate of board members and officers to oversee our diverse activities.  

Society members will learn about the U.S. - Dakota War from an expert.  Meyer explains that after realizing it was the sesquicentennial, he knew immediately who he wanted to give this year’s presenter.  “Lois Glewwe (pronounced GLEV-ee) has been a friend for many years as well as a former work colleague.   When I spoke to her last spring, she told me she’d be happy to come to Osage, but her calendar was already very full, due in part to the 150th anniversary.  Soon it became a matter of finding a date that could be worked into our schedules.”

Glewwe is an independent historian from South St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Indian art history and her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Southeast Asian studies.  She was curator of Indian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before returning to Minnesota where she began her pursuit of local history.  She is a former executive director of the Dakota County Historical Society and is the author/editor/designer of seven books focused on Midwestern history.

Meyer notes that he and Glewwe both were presenters at the Northern Great Plains History Conference in Fargo, North Dakota in late September.  “I had a chance to hear Lois’s presentation (on women of the Dakota Mission) and it was terrific.  Society members will quickly sense her deep understanding of events that took place as close to us as Minnesota, but that most of us know little about.”

As an added feature at this year’s annual meeting, the Society is dedicating the Hall of Distinction, located on the 2nd floor of the Museum.  According to Meyer, “Space on the second floor has been a work in progress for many months and will be completed in time for the meeting.  The Society is immensely proud of the Hall of Distinction; we’re now eager to share it with the entire community.” 

The MCHS will also be unveiling a painting of Zulime Maune (Taft) Garland, Hamlin Garland’s wife, and painted by Vicki Doyle Jones, Hamlin Garland’s granddaughter.  Vicki lives in California and wanted to make a contribution to the Hamlin Garland Art Gallery, where it will be hung.  Zulime (pronounced “ZOO-lim-ee”) was herself a listed artist (sculptress) of note, although not as well-known as her brother, Lorado.

The public is invited to attend the annual meeting and tour the new Hall of Distinction, although only paid members of the Historical Society can vote during the business meeting.  Meyer notes, however, that new members are always welcomed and can pay their dues that day.  

Following the program, there will be a door prize drawing worth $270.00 and refreshments.

                                                                                                                                    Zulime (Taft) Garland