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Winona County History Center will have three Food for Thought events in February

February 4, 2019

Learn on your lunch hour. The Food For Thought learning series takes place at the Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St., Winona. Programs, films and and book chats begin at 12:05 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The fourth Wednesday of each month, a book is discussed by the FFT Book Chat group, but all are welcome to partake. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. A beverage is served. All are free and open to the public.

Feb. 6 program: Masonic Temple Historic Drops Restoration

The historic theater scene drops from the Winona’s Masonic Temple are being restored this winter and the artist doing the work on the thirteen drops is Kim Lawler. Her work is being documented and will become a film by Winona’s Mary Farrell. Get an update and learn more about the restoration process from Kim at this program.

Feb. 20 program: Whitewater State Park Memories

The Dakota named the river Whitewater because it turned milky white in the spring as high water eroded light-colored clay deposits along its banks. In 1851, a treaty opened up most of southern Minnesota for white settlement, including the Whitewater area. Settlers removed much of the native vegetation in order to farm and graze the land. In 1900, flooding related to land use began. Almost two decades later, local citizens lobbied successfully to establish Whitewater State Park to protect some of the most beautiful parts of the valley. Hear more about Whitewater’s history through oral histories collected in anticipation of this centennial year, and explore the new exhibit celebrating its 100th anniversary in the Slaggie Family Lobby.

Feb. 27 book chat: “Public Enemies,” by Bryan Burrough

In “Public Enemies,” bestselling author Bryan Burrough strips away the thick layer of myths put out by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to tell the full story — for the first time — of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between the young Hoover and the assortment of criminals who became national icons: John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barkers.

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