Spring History Fair 2016

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Old Frontenac Festival News

Goodhue County Historical Society — Press Release (attached below)

Old Frontenac Festival:  1860’s Base Ball and Walking Tours

Saturday, September 26th at Wakondiota Park in Old Frontenac.  Baseball festival from 10 AM to 5PM.  Concessions available for purchase at the park.

For those who want to learn more about Frontenac, sign up for 90 minutes walking tours, which will depart at 11AM and 2PM.  Walking tours are $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information about 1860’s base ball download this PDF:  Old Frontenac Fall Festival
and visit the Goodhue County Historical Society at  http://goodhuecountyhistory.org


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Spring History Fair!


April 25, 2015 1 – 4 pm

at the Historic Florence Town Hall, 33915 Highway 61, Frontenac

Town Hall

Please see attached flyer and press release!

No Charge *Everyone Welcome * Refreshments* Prizes

Sponsored by Friends of the Florence Town Hall

Spring 15 History Fair Flyer

Spring 15 History Fair (PDF)

Press Release – Florence Township History Fair

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Friends of the Florence Town Hall Annual Newsletter (March, 2015)

The Florence Town Hall is celebrating 140 years in 2015. The new roof and upgraded restroom are appreciated by everyone. Hopes are high for outside siding repair and paint to complete the restoration.

New in 2015, Florence Township History Center visitor hours will be held on the second Saturday every month from 10am-noon, at the time of Friends of the Town Hall monthly meetings. Having more volunteers in the building will facilitate more visitors. Space here limits the listing of the family histories, photos and gifts of historic significance donated to the History Center the past year. Visit the next History Fair and/or the History Center to view acquisitions and also share your family history.

Friends of the Florence Town Hall hosted History Fairs in April and October 2014. Township residents and family members have increasingly supported and contributed information at the Fairs. Programs included photo preservation and genealogy collection. The Webster Historic Frontenac DVD project was released in 2014. Friends thank William Webster for his generosity in donating some sale proceeds to Friends of the Town Hall. Frontenac Station, the Early Years by Sharon Nelson has been well received. Sharon is compiling more history soon to be published.

Friends are conducting a fund drive to purchase more pages for the display stand in the main hall. Operation Roundup and a memorial grant got the drive going. Friends have historic photos from the Revoir collection, the sale proceeds dedicated to this purpose. If a family wants to contribute to this project, contact Friends.

Gardening volunteers are again invited to help tend the flower garden on the 2nd Saturdays of May-October at 8 a.m. (or whenever you can get there).

You are welcome to visit and/or join Friends of the Florence Town Hall monthly meetings, 2nd Saturdays, 10 a.m.

Mark your calendar:   Spring History Fair, Saturday, April 25 1-4 p.m.

Annual Newsletter 2015 (PDF)

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Fall History Fair

Florence Township’s


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


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.)


All are Welcome – Refreshments – Door Prizes!

Sponsored by Friends of the Florence Town Hall

Spring History Fair 14

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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