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Greetings from the Fillmore County History Center

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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With the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015) still in swing, all four 2013 fundraising programs at the Fillmore County History Center feature Civil War themes.

We kick off our slate of events on April 27th when musician and storyteller, Bob Welch, brings us his widely acclaimed “Songs of the Civil War” program at 1pm. Accompanied on banjo and guitar, Welch performs music of the period while sharing stories about the background of these familiar songs. Program is sponsored by F & M Community Bank of Preston.

Generals Custer, Grant, and Stuart join us for a phenomenally historical evening on June 13th.  Three illustrious top brass from the Civil War past are on their way to Wasioja Civil War Days and have graciously accepted our invitation of staying a night in Fillmore County en route. We’ll be proudly hosting “Dinner with the Generals” at 7pm under a canopy on the history center lawn followed by a mock press conference. Master of Ceremonies for events is another American legend, author Mark Twain. The dinner is advance-sale tickets only with limited RSVP seating. Dinner tickets are $25 each for a delicious catered meal from the Branding Iron in Preston. Menu:  Grilled chicken, fruit, baked potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, and dessert. The mock press conference is free and open to the public.

On July 20th, direct from historic Fort Snelling in St. Paul, distinguished doctor and Civil War veteran Dr. Daniel Hand, of the First Minnesota Infantry, pays us a house call. Hand cared for sick and wounded soldiers throughout the war, and survived a Confederate prison camp. The good doctor shares his war time experiences and tells how events on Civil War battlefields forever changed the practice of medicine. Program is sponsored by Security State Bank and Essig Agency of Spring Valley.

Looking ahead to our annual society meeting on October 19th at 1pm, our special guest is American military historian Michael Eckers. His program “Bringing Home the Battles of 1863” is sponsored by First Southeast Bank of Harmony.

The Fillmore County Historical Society thanks our sponsors for supporting historical programming. We are extremely grateful to each sponsor for making these events happen through their generous financial support.  We look forward to continuing these partnerships in the future.

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