Fall History Fair

Florence Township’s

AUTUMN HISTORY FAIR

All are Welcome – Refreshments – Door Prizes!

Town HallOctober 11th, 2014

1 – 4 PM

Florence Town Hall
33923 Highway 61
Frontenac, MN

 Autumn Leaves

View recent Florence Township History Center acquisitions

 Share YOUR family history

 “Frontenac Station the Early Years”

 View and/or purchase “Historic Frontenac” DVDs and books

 Florence Township Commissions and Displays

 2pm Program

                 Sponsored by Friends of the Florence Town Hall

Autumn Leaves

History Fair Fall 2014 (pdf)

History Fair Fall 2014 (.docx)

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Spring History Fair

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The Florence Township Spring History Fair will be held on April 12, 2014 from 1 – 4PM at the Florence Town Hall, 33923 Highway 61, Florence, Minnesota

(See flyer and press release below.)

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All are Welcome – Refreshments – Door Prizes!

Sponsored by Friends of the Florence Town Hall

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Spring History Fair Press Release

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Frontenac History Presentation 1/5/14

A presentation on the Lake Pepin Half-Breed Tract and a film on the founding of Old Frontenac will be part of a local history event at Villa Maria on Sunday, January 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Florence Town Hall and Villa Maria. It is free and open to the public.  (Flyer attached below.)

Before Israel Garrard and Evert Westervelt founded the village of Frontenac, it was the home of the Wells family. James ‘Bully’ Wells operated a trading post on the terrace overlooking Lake Pepin. He had the right to be in the Half-Breed Tract by way of his marriage to Jane Graham, the daughter of a Dakota woman and a Scottish fur trader.

The Half-Breed Tract ran 32 miles from Red Wing to Kellogg and 15 miles inland from the Mississippi River. It was reserved by treaty and U.S. law for the descendants of white men and Indian women. Chief Wabasha, the Mdewakanton band of Dakota, white Minnesota businessmen, the State Legislature and half-breed scrip all played a role in the early history of Frontenac.

Speakers are Katie Himanga and Bill Webster. Himanga is a Villa Maria Trustee and a 40 year student of genealogy and local history. Webster lives in Greystone, an Old Frontenac home built in 1859 and purchased by his grandfather William Webster I in 1901. Webster recently produced a documentary film about the history of Frontenac.

Villa Maria is located in the former Half-Breed Tract and adjacent to the Old Frontenac Historic District at 29847 County 2 Boulevard. Contact the Villa at 651-345-4582 for more information.

Local History Presentation 1/5/14

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History Fair, October 12, 2013

Florence Township History Fair

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Florence Township Spring History Fair

Hello All!  It is almost time for the Spring History Fair.  Time and location appear below.  Please check out one of the flyers for more information about activities.

Florence Township Spring History Fair
Sponsored by the Friends of the Florence Town Hall

April 27, 2013, 1 – 4 PM
Florence Town Hall
33923 County 61 Blvd

Program:
Kids’ coloring contest with prizes and at 2PM
Talks by historical characters in period costume — Nell Mabey (early Frontenac State Park) and Florence Graham Tabor (Florence township namesake)

Displays:
Florence Planning Commission, Florence Heritage Commission, Florence Parks Commission, Frontenac State Park, Villa Maria Retreat Center, Township Family Histories and Photos, Florence Oral History Project, and more!

Download Flyer —   Florence History Fair SP 13         History Fair Sp13 Word

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Annual Meeting and History Fair

Friends of the Florence Town Hall
ANNUAL MEETING — October 13, 2012 — 10 AM

Florence Township Hall
33923 Highway 61
Frontenac, MN

Agenda:
Nomination & Election
Executive Committee
Discussion of TOWN HALL
HISTORIC DISTRICT and
FRIENDS’ future role

VISITORS WELCOME!

FLORENCE HISTORY FAIR
1-5 PM, October 13, 2012

History Fair Information (pdf)

Annual Meeting Information (pdf)

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Memorial Garden Roses, History Center

A reminder to everyone that the Town Hall History Center will be open from 10 – 12 on the first Saturday in June (June 2).  The History Center is participating in a new “Passport” program in collaboration with other small county history centers.

The Town Hall’s Memorial Rose Garden on May 23, 2012.  Thanks to Judy Johnson for sending these lovely photos.

Town Hall Rose Garden

Memorial Rose Garden

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