Rich regional history talk, art on display Saturday
Programs on the region’s history, culture along with paintings depicting the lives of voyageurs and Dakota people will be part of a history and cultural preservation gathering Saturday at Madden’s Resort near Brainerd.
The Paul Bunyan Regional History/Cultural gathering begins at 10 a.m. at the Madden’s Inn Viking Room.
Representatives from Little Falls north to Walker are expected. They include people who are with history groups and societies, educators, railroad buffs, Minnesota archeologists, resort owners, artists, authors and chambers of commerce, event organizers reported. Speakers will feature their particular areas of expertise.
Jeremy Jackson, a Brainerd native and Twin Cities railroad researcher along with widely-known Minnesota history archeologist authority Doug Birk will emcee the event. Networking with each other is a strong desire of the group.
Robert H. Perrizo will have some of his illustrated French voyageurs historical portraits. Perrizo points out the “porthole to the prairie” of the French Fort DuQuesne, which was part of Crow Wing Island at Old Crow Wing, the settlement at the confluence of the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers.
Event organizers hope this gathering will launch an ongoing interest in preserving the area’s history and culture for future generations.
A light lunch follows the meeting, which is open to residents and visitors.
The event will also open the art show “Dakota Dreamscape,” a historical art retrospective by history buff and artist Perrizo at the Madden’s Stable Art Gallery. A reception is planned from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. The art show runs from July 24-28.