Programs and Events


Michael SchumacherFriday, October 11

Annual Meeting of the Wadena County Historical Society
5:30 p.m. Social
6:00 p.m. Dinner and Meeting
7:00 p.m. Fall Legacy Program

210 Service Drive, Verndale

Program is free and open to the public.
Dinner preceding the program offered by Maasconi’s Char & Bar.
Limited Menu $15.00. For dinner reservations call 218 631-9079.

Guest Speaker: Michael Schumacher, Author: “The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul”

This book is a showcase of memorable moments from one of the defining stories of the 1960’s. In it, Schumacher delivers a straightforward account of how the candidates in the 1968 American presidential election grappled with events. Sensing electoral doom given the unpopularity of the Vietnam War, Lyndon Johnson backed out of a second-term run, leaving the race to three candidates: Democrat Hubert Humphrey, Republican Richard Nixon, and arch-segregationist Independent George Wallace. At the July Democratic convention, there was violent confrontation between Chicago police and the Yippies, Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers, and other anti-establishment groups who turned up to protest.


Michael SchumacherSaturday, October 12 11:00 a.m.

Michael Schumacher, Author
“The Trial of the Edmund Fitzgerald”

224 Jefferson Street South, Wadena

This soon to be published book looks anew at one of the most storied, and mysterious, shipwrecks in American history. A prolific writer, Michael Schumacher’s work also includes four previous books on Great Lakes shipwrecks as well as narratives for shipwreck and lighthouse documentary films.

Sharon ChmielarzThursday, October 17 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Sharon Chmielarz, Poet
“The J Horoscope”

603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena

This book is a re-imagining of stories from Genesis. It is also a contemporary view of 21st century human nature, godly nature, and nature itself. The poems are both serious and funny. Sharon Chmielarz, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, was born and raised in Mobridge, South Dakota. “The J Horoscope” was published in 2019. It is her twelfth book of poetry.

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



Now in its third 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.


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.