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MINNESOTA CITY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MEMBER NEWSLETTER – Volume 9, Issue 5: May, 2015

Mark your
Calendars!

May 9: Saturday; MCHA Monthly Meeting & Open Book Shelf;
9:30 a.m.; 115 Iowa Street, Minnesota City.

May 16: Minnesota City Day (163 years); 8:30-12:00 a.m.; Various times and venues (See enclosed schedule).

May 16: Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund Belgian Waffle Breakfast; 8:30-11:30 a.m.; St. Paul’s Church Hall; 132 Anderson Street.

May 28: Thursday, Minnesota City Community Readers & Open Book Shelf; 6:30 p.m.; Former Minnesota City School Building; selection: The Glass Castle by Walls,
115 Iowa Street.

“Go Green!”
If you receive this letter in paper “hardcopy” and would like to receive it electronically, please call 689-2440.
Historic First Baptist Church Engages Restoration Project

(right) Jurowski Co. employees work on
First Baptist Church

Monday, April 20, will be entered as an historic date in the books of the First Baptist Church of Minnesota City. The deterioration of the foundation of the buildinghas been marked and carefully observed as church proprietors (First Baptist Ladies Aid)
have sought artisans for the repair work. R.J. Jurowski Construction, Whitehall, WI began the work on Monday, April 20. All Minnesota Citians should recognize the significance of the maintenance of this historic structure, the first church in Winona County, which now houses the archives of MCHA. The historic church is a fitting repository for area historical records. First Baptist Ladies are to be applauded for determination and persistence in execution of this project.
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May 16…Minnesota City Day




In the Beginning
At the Minnesota City site chosen for settlement by the Western Farm and Village Association in 1852, there were people and promises and problems—and churches and schools and governing groups soon formed to regulate all of these in helpful ways. Minnesota City Day 2015 will give attention to three churches that have sustained followings and have been significant in the village’s early and continuing history. First Baptist Church, 140 Mill Street, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 132 Anderson Street, and First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 141 Mill Street. All will all have open house events on May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The three churches are currently the foci of the reflections of many: St. Paul’s possible transition to an oratory, First Baptist Church restoration, and the 125th anniversary of First Evangelical Lutheran.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church
A Minnesota City Day open house will be held at the church on Saturday morning, May 16, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Coinciding with Minnesota City Day is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The congregation will celebrate with a special service on May 17 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor David Ponath, pastor of the congregation from 1961-1965, will be the speaker for that service. An open house will be held beginning at 1:00 p.m. and continue after the service.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 (See Minnesota City Day)