Please Join us for our 94th Annual Meeting

Your Stevens County Historical Society proudly presents:

Holidays Near & Far

94th Annual Meeting

Sunday February 14, 2016

12:00-12:30 pm — Social Time

12:30 pm — Mealtime

1:00 pm — Annual Meeting

1:30 pm — Program  (presented by Rob & Kate Sauers)


Menu:

Chicken and Risotto (catered by Bello Cucina)

Salad

Dessert

$15/person. Special needs call.

RSVP 320.589.1719 or info@stevenshistorymuseum.com

by February 3rd

Ken Burns “Jackie Robinson”

Ken Burns “Jackie Robinson” premiers across the country on all PBS stations on April 11th and we have been lucky enough to have been chosen to host a public screening!

Please join us on March 31st

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson will examine the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who in 1947 lifted an entire race, and nation, on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line.

The film will follow Robinson and his family from rural Georgia and a hardscrabble life of sharecropping to California where he lettered in four sports at UCLA and met Rachel Isum – a nursing student and his future wife – through his days as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Second World War and military trial over his refusal to move to the back of a Fort Hood bus.

It will tell the story of how Robinson, risking the dignity of his race and his own well-being, signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and in the face of mutinous teammates and violent threats, both on and off the field, performed spectacularly, transforming national perceptions of what blacks could achieve. And it will recall Branch Rickey’s precise planning and the opposition he faced as he sought the right man for his “experiment,” and the social movements and cultural forces that ripened the climate for integration and hastened Robinson’s arrival.

Jackie Robinson will illuminate how Robinson, after baseball, continued his fight against discrimination as an irascible, widely-read newspaper columnist, tireless fundraiser and advocate for the civil rights movement, and divisive political activist. And it will look back at a pioneering entrepreneur and devoted family man who struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body and a new generation of black leaders set a more militant course for the civil rights movement.

The film will explore the legacy of a man whose exemplary life and aspirational message of equality continues to be a major influence on the lives of countless Americans.

To learn more please visit http://kenburns.com/films/jackie-robinson/

Morris Girl Scouts Troop 74

On Monday January 26th the Morris Area Brownies Troop 74 had a day off from school and decided to do an all day meeting where they went to tour some of the local business; Willie’s, Morris Vet Clinic and we at SCHS had the pleasure of giving them a tour of our wonderful building!

We got to look at and talk about our Agriculture display, they really enjoyed how pigs and cows provide more than just bacon and steak! We went down to the artifact room and the girls got to look at some of the old clothes that we have, they were impressed with the fur coat collection! Boy did we have a fun time learning about the history of Stevens County!

Group

Morris Area Girl Scouts Troop 74

Newspaper

Mercy is the girls’ Co-Troop leader so she got to show them how we do some family history research and we were able to locate one of the girls’ birth announcements! They really liked that we have a vast collection of newspapers in which to utilize for our research.

Tour

Interested in a tour for your group? call 320.589.1719 or email info@stevenshistorymuseum.com

Donations to the Archives

At this moment we are asking those that have items they wish to donate to the Historical Society to please put that on hold until we hire a new curator this Spring.


 

If you would like to let us know what items you have please:

email: info@stevenshistorymuseum.com

Call: 320.589.1719

or fill out this form


 

 

My sweater is UGLY but…

On December 14th we had our annual Volunteer & Staff Appreciation Potluck. We changed things up a bit this year and here is a poem written by Ward Voorhees that perfectly sums it up:

 

Twas late in November when Mercy did ask

if we could add a completely new a task

to our volunteer dinner to make it more fun,

than simply just eating our hot dish and bun.

She wanted a contest, but what did she mean?

It scared me a bit for in her eye was a gleam.

“An Ugly Sweater contest” she shouted with glee,

and laughed hysterically, pointing at me.

Then Sara joined in with her laugh oh so hearty,

 I knew right away that they wanted a party.

Well they caught me off guard, what could I say

And I reluctantly said “yes, have it your way”.

I was clearly out numbered so I gave it my blessing.

But secretly inside of me, I was actually confessing

that it  might be a good way to brighten our spirit.

And based just on that, it did have some merit.

And then a week later and all through the house,

not a creature was stirring except Kate Saures’ spouse.

“An ugly sweater” he roared, “what could be worse

I simply won’t do it, its worse than a curse”.

“Now honey” she said, all drippy and sweet,

“Just give it a chance, this could be quite neat.

If we went as a couple with 2 ugly sweaters,

it would be quite romantic, what could be better?”

So she looked in his dresser and lo she did find,

a sweater so ugly it would simply blow your mind.

It smelled like old moth balls and had a few wrinkles.

“Perfect” she said, her eyes full of twinkles.

And so here we are, all full and content.

The price of this sweater was money well spent.

To dwell on its beauty would make me a sinner,

and now we are happy to announce the big winner.


As fate would have it, our BIG WINNER WAS:

Ward Voorhees, Winner

Ward Voorhees, with his homemade winning UGLY sweater.

I, Thomas Thomasson: A Story of Coming to America

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Thomas Thomasson was one of the early settlers in Stevens County and we are fortunate enough to have the journals from his travels in our collection and from those we have created a childrens book.

Softcover Book: $25

Hard Cover Book: $30

If you would like to look at the book before ordering stop in anytime Monday –  Friday 9 am – 4 pm.

If you are interested in ordering please call 320.589.1719 or fill out this form and we will be in contact with you.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We had some fun here on Thursday preparing for our Morris Area 3rd Graders to string popcorn and cranberries for our tree! Thank you Joan Boleman, Karen De Vita, Gail Hockert, and Rob Sauers for helping us!

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Kate and Joan stringing lights

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Rob did an amazing job getting the tree up for us!

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Gail braving the ladder and hanging some garland over our front door

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Mercy adding some decorations to the garland

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Joan having some fun with a bow!