Fall Legacy 2018

September 29  7:00 p.m. - Kathie Brekke and 42nd Street Jazz Band

Wadena Depot

“42nd Street Jazz Band is a highly energetic and entertaining musical group that performs jazz regularly in the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding areas. Its primary set includes swing, 50’s, bal-lads, country and a bit of classic rock.   Band members include: Kathie Brekke (vocals, keyboard) Kent Karch (Bass, Vocals) Joe Riewer (Drums) Shawn Brekke (Trumpet) Harley Sommerfeld (Sax, Clarinet, Flute). Each member of 42nd Street Jazz Band has performed in various styles of bands throughout the region with a combination of 40 years of musical experience. The program in Wadena will trace the history of jazz from Mardi Gras Dixieland to familiar swing tunes plus an interesting mix of Latin and standard jazz tune.”

These activities made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

October 6  7:00 p.m. – Erik Rivenes

Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal that Shook Minneapolis  – “The story of Albert Alonzo “Doc” Ames is perhaps the greatest political scandal in Minnesota history. As mayor of Minneapolis, Ames exposed the city to national humiliation–and helped jump-start an era of reform.  At the turn of the twentieth century, Minneapolis was moving away from a time of political rings, frontier justice, and old boys’ clubs to a more civic-minded way of governing. But in 1901, the affable, degenerate Doc Ames, a former Minneapolis mayor well past his political prime, duped his way back into the office. Ames appointed his brother as chief of police, and together they assembled a rogues’ gallery of thieves to squeeze as much money out of the city as quickly as they could.”

October 19 6:00 p.m.  Wadena County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Masconi’s Restaurant – Verndale

October 19 7:00 p.m. -  Adam Arvidson

Wild and Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest – “The elusive Canada lynx has her kittens in Minnesota’s northeastern woods. In the far southeastern part of the state, the succulent Leedy’s roseroot clings to cold cliffs. On the northwestern grasslands, the western prairie fringed orchid grows only on ancient glacial beach ridges. In the rivers of the Twin Cities metro area, the snuffbox mussel snaps on a fish’s nose to give its larvae a temporary home. These species and fifteen others living in Minnesota are on the Federal Endangered Species List.”

2018 Minnesota Voices Programs

Held the third Thursday of the month at noon in the Wadena County Museum

September 20   12:00 noon Ed Fleming Science Museum of Minnesota An Archaeological Survey of Wadena County

October 18  12:00 noon Lina Belar – Wadena County Historical Society

Discussion and Documentary of Albin Belar whose vision of preserving the natural history of Slovenia resulted in the establishment of the Triglav National Park.

November 15 12:00 noon  tbd

December 20  12:00 noon  Holiday Voices – A Showcase of talent from Wadena County.


Thank you for supporting the programs of the Wadena County Historical Society!!!


Welcome to The Wadena County Historical Society

The Wadena County Historical Society collects and preserves the history of the county and maintains a research library and genealogy center with records about the people, places and events of the area. Its archives includes an index of over 25,000 names and more than 4000 photographs. Museum displays feature Native American, Railroad, Military and other artifacts that uniquely represent the history of Wadena County.

The Museum and Research Library are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 4 or by appointment.

Please call 218 631-9079 or email 603wchs@arvig.net for more information.