MINNESOTA CITY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MEMBER NEWSLETTER – Volume 9, Issue 1: January, 2015

Mark your
Calendars!

January 10: Saturday; MCHA meeting; 9:30 a.m.; 115 Iowa Street, Former Minnesota City School.

January 10: Saturday; Book Shelf Open; 9:30 a.m.; 115 1owa Street, Former Minnesota City School.

January 22: Thursday; Minnesota City Community Readers; 6:30 p.m.; 115 Iowa Street, Former Minnesota City School Building; Reading Lolita in Tehran

January 22: Thursday; Book Shelf Open; 6:30 p.m.; 115 1owa Street, Former Minnesota City School.

March 10: Tuesday; Rollingstone Township Annual Meeting; 8:15 p.m.; Township Hall.

May 16: Saturday; Minnesota City Day

“Go Green!”
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Caroling Event Brings History, Good Food and Good Conversation.

The December 13 event at the historic First Baptist Church was a meeting of old and new friends to enjoy the ambience of the historic site as well as delightful entertainment by children and adults, and enjoyment of traditional caroling. In a church beautifully decorated by members of the Ebbinger, Karnath, and LaFee families, on Maus family horse drawn wagon rides, and with enjoyment of refreshments provided by attendees, the community of carolers passed two hours of pleasant holiday observance. Children performed with some atypical age aplomb the history of Wilson Bentley, the Snowflake Man. Jean Gardner and Maxine Spaag presented a reading about differences of Santa Claus and Jesus. Vanessa Butenhoff and Rebecca Weiss, with more than a bit of humor, discussed MCHA food, music, and name choices, ending with their own letter to the MCHA newsletter readers. Audience joined with guitarist Brian Ebbinger in singing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”. (left) Jean Gardner and Maxine Spaag present a Christmas reflection on Jesus and Santa Claus.

Although holiday observances differ for many, as MC Kate O’Grady pointed out, Christmas remains a time of emotional connections; events that help one recall these or feel new ones have value. First time attendees from Minnesota City were appreciative of the new experiences. MCHA thanks all persons who participated in preparations, presentations, and attendance at the caroling event. Special
thanks to decorators, to gift bag preparers, Sarah O’Grady, Rebecca Weiss, and Lynda Brezinski, all presenters, the child performers and parents, the musicians, artists, carolers, and the Maus family.