Calendar

May 2018

Saturday, May 5 – Saturday, June 2

ADIEU: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2018

Location: Hillstrom Museum of Art
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W. College Ave.,St. Peter

Saturday, May 12 – Saturday, December 15 2018

EXHIBIT - Bent But Not Broken: Our Story in Pictures

Location: Treaty Site History Center
1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

Saturday, May 12 – Saturday, December 15 2018

EXHIBIT - State of Mind: A History of Minnesota's First State Hospital

Location: Treaty Site History Center
1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

Sunday, May 20, 1pm

How Doeos Your Garden Grow?

Location: Treaty Site History Center
1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

Whether you have native landscaping or a natural area, there is maintenance to perform this spring! Native landscaping is less energy-intensive than traditional gardening, but there is some basic work you can do to keep the planting healthy.

Bring your gardening gloves and join Genevieve Brand from Seed to Site, LLC for a work day at the Treaty Site History Center. We'll go over when to remove last year's stems, what weeds to worry about, and ways to improve your native plant experience by attracting more native pollinators.

FREE event

Sunday, May 20, 1pm – 4pm

Minnesota Riverboats

Location: Harkin Store

West Newton, the village where Alexander Harkin started his general store in the 1870's will
be having a Sunday afternoon program about riverboats that went up and down the Minnesota River. There will be displays and information of the boats. The riverboat, West Newton, was one of the first boats up the river bringing supplies, setters. Many boats took grain back to St Paul and also brought setters and supplies. The West Newton area was a very busy until the boats stopped. Come find out WHY!!

The admission to the program is included with the admission to the store. The gift shop is
again restocked with lots of wonderfully different and unique items such as hand crafted items,
toys, books and 10 cent candy. Note the change of days and hours. The store is open in May on
Friday, Saturday and Sundays with our programs on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm. The 1870's
general store is open hours from 10:00 to 4:00.


The store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21, or the bottom road, or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. Nicollet County 21 is under construction so follow the detour signs or call the store for directions when we are open.

Though out the season the store will have many programs of various kinds on Sunday afternoons.
The store contact number is 1-507-354-8666, call when open, or contact the Nicollet County Historical
Society at 1-507-934-2160 which operates the store.

Sunday, May 20, 1:30pm

Gustavus Jazz Ensemble & Adolphus Jazz Ensermble Spring Jazz Showcase

Location: Bjorling Recital Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W. College Ave., St. Peter

Dave Stamps, director

Free and open to all.

Friday, May 25, 9am – Sunday, May 27

Key City Kennel Club Dog Show

Location: Nicollet County Fairgrounds

Watch for details

Sunday, May 27, 1pm – 4pm

Bill Cagely - Music for All Ages

Location: Harkin Store

Musician, Bill Cagley, who plays "music for all ages" will be performing at the Harkin Store on May 27th from 1 to 4 pm. Bill sings and plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. He has performed many years at the Harkin Store and at many other historical sites. He will also have his daughter, Sarah, join him in singing and will also be doing Appalachian clogging. Come and listen to this great program on our porch or bring along a blanket or a lawn chair.

The admission to the program is included with the admission to the store. The gift shop is
also open the same hours as the store and has many unique and hand crafted items, books
toys, and 10 cent candy. The store is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 4 pm.
We are also open on Monday, May 28th. Please note that the store hours and days have
been changed.

The store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21, or the bottom road, or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. Nicollet County 21 is under construction so follow the detour signs or call the store for directions when we are open.

Though out the season the store will have many programs of various kinds on Sunday afternoons.
The store contact number is 1-507-354-8666, call when open, or contact the Nicollet County Historical
Society at 1-507-934-2160 which operates the store.

Wednesday, May 30, 7pm – 8pm

The Security of the Minnesota Election System

Location: St. Peter Middle School Theater
100 Lincoln Dr., St. Peter

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will address the issue of the state's election system. The event will include a question and answer period..

Free and open to the public.

Hosted by the St. Peter Area League of Women Voters and the Greater Mankato Diversity Council.

Thursday, May 31, 2pm

Forgotten History Lecture Series: Country Schools in Nicollet County

Location: Treaty Site History Center
1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

The country school was an icon of our educational system at the time. In 1900, Nicollet County had more than 60 school districts. This presentation by historian Bob Douglas will describe the location of these rural schools and what has happened to some of them.

FREE for NCHS members, $3 for non-members.

June 2018

Friday, June 1, 7pm

Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and Gustavus Wind Orchestra Finale Concert

Location: Bjorling Recital Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W. College Ave., St. Peter

Justin Knoepfel, conductor

Thursday, June 14, 7pm

The Crusade for Forgotten Souls

Location: St. Peter Senior Center
600 S. 5th St., Room 219, St. Peter
Please use Door B

The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts Minnesota's reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state's asylums, and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system. Author Susan Bartlett Foote tells the story of early advocates for compassionate care of the mentally ill who made the crusade a success.

This FREE event is sponsored by Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter Community and Family Education, St. Peter Public Library, St. Peter Recreation & Leisure Services, St. Peter Reads, St. Peter Treatment Center, and Gustavus Book Mark.

Friday, June 15, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Hot Jazz for Decent People: You Must Believe in Spring--Tony Bennet and Bill Evans 40 Years Later

Location: Arts Center of Saint Peter
315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

The Hot Jazz for Decent People series showcases regional and national jazz musicians.

Pianist/singer Larry McDonough, saxophonist/poet Dick Terrill, and bassist Greg Stinson perform.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for cash refreshments by Patrick's and Morgan Creek Vineyards. Admission is $10 at the door. Music begins at 7:30 and concludes by 9:30 p.m.

The series is hosted by KMSU Radio's Gary Campbell, who delivers a brief introductory remarks about the evening's repertoire.

Friday, June 22, 6pm

Relay for Life of Nicollet County

Location: Gorman Park and St. Peter Community Center

Watch for details coming soon.

Thursday, June 28, 7pm

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Location: Treaty Site History Center
1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

Get in touch with nature by going on a scavenger hunt and look for items you haven't paid attention to before. The fun part of this program in to go searching for natural items like leaves, flowers, plants products (i.e. berried, nuts or seeds), animal tracks, trees and other signs of the environmental world around us.

FREE event.

July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 7pm

American Bison

Location: Treaty Site History Center
1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

As the largest mammal on the Great Plains, millions of bison once roamed North American and played an integral role in the livelihood of many American Indian tribes. The American bison is an animal built to live in harsh conditions, and this is demonstrated through an activity called, "Build a Bison". We will also talk about the distribution of bison prior to the arrival of Europeans , the difference between the words "bison" and "buffalo", and the conservation effort to save this American icon.

FREE event

Friday, July 20, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Hot Jazz for Decent People: Nathan Hanson

Location: Arts Center of Saint Peter
315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

The Hot Jazz for Decent People series showcases regional and national jazz musicians.

St. Pau;-based saxophonist and composer Nathan Hanson performs solo original work.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for cash refreshments by Patrick's and Morgan Creek Vineyards. Admission is $10 at the door. Music begins at 7:30 and concludes by 9:30 p.m.

The series is hosted by KMSU Radio's Gary Campbell, who delivers a brief introductory remarks about the evening's repertoire.

August 2018

Thursday, August 16, 7pm

Big Woods

Location: Treaty Site History Center
1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

A dense forest dominated by maple and basswood once covered a 3,000 square mile of southern Minnesota reaching all the way to present day Mankato. Called "Bois Grand" or "Big Woods" by early French explorers, it was recognized as a distinct area from the band of hardwood forests surrounding it. In this program, we will see how it formed, some of the rare species found in this ecosystem and history over time.

FREE event

Friday, August 17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Hot Jazz for Decent People: Tom Wolff's Dream Wedding

Location: Arts Center of Saint Peter
315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter

The Hot Jazz for Decent People series showcases regional and national jazz musicians.

Evan Bierer - sax, Dan Choma - percussion, Nick Gaudette-bass, and Mike Vaisch-keys in a program of originals composed by Choma.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for cash refreshments by Patrick's and Morgan Creek Vineyards. Admission is $10 at the door. Music begins at 7:30 and concludes by 9:30 p.m.

The series is hosted by KMSU Radio's Gary Campbell, who delivers a brief introductory remarks about the evening's repertoire.

October 2018

Saturday, October 13, 9am – 4pm

Maker Fair Minnesota

Location: Nicollet County Fairgrounds
St. Peter

Watch for details!