Programs and Events

Saturday, January 11, 2020 11:00 a.m.

Christopher Lehman, Author
“Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State”

The Uptown Cafe
224 Jefferson Street South, Wadena

Christopher P. Lehman is a professor of ethnic studies at St. Cloud University. Through careful research in obscure records, censuses, newspapers and archival collections, he has brought to light this hidden history of northern complicity in building slave-holder wealth. “Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State” is a compelling study of the mutually beneficial relationship between southern slaveholders and Minnesotans in the mid-1800s.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:00 a.m.

Laura Hansen, Poet
“The Night Journey”

The Uptown Cafe
224 Jefferson Street South, Wadena

Laura Hansen is a regular contributor to regional magazines and literary journals. Her poetry has been featured on Lakeland Public Television, Northern Community Radio and NPR. Her previous poetry chapbook, “Déjà vu”, was released by Finishing Line Press in the summer of 2017. Her latest book, “The Night Journey”, is a collection of poems and short-short stories with the feel of myth or fable that wend their way through the real and the imagined.

More about BookEnds

Now beginning its fourth season, BookEnds is a monthly literary event connecting readers and writers on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m. at The Uptown, 224 Jefferson Avenue South, Wadena (unless otherwise noted). Hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society, Travelin’ Storyseller in collaboration with the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Upcoming authors include: Allan Woodrow (pending), Anne Dunn, Margi Preus, Ann Lewis, Alex Messenger, J. Ryan Stradal (pending), Gretchen Anthony, Freya Manfred, Lorna Landvik, and Barton Ross.


Welcome to The Wadena County Historical Society

Museum and Bookstore

Themed exhibit rooms featuring Native American, Railroad, Military, School, Business, Agriculture and other artifacts that uniquely represent the history of Wadena County. Research library and genealogy center with records about the people, places and events of the area. Archives with an index of over 25,000 names and more than 4,000 photographs. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment. Please call 218-631-9079 or email for more information.