Editor’s Mailbag

Tastes & Sounds of the Civil War

FORT RIDGELY – On Saturday July 19, Fort Ridgely Historic Site will host historian Vickie Wendel at 1 p.m. for her “Tastes and Sounds of the Civil War” program.

Visitors will get to experience the Civil War with their senses. They will learn and experience what the soldiers were hearing and eating while they marched and fought in this great war. Come be apart of this wonderful program and give hardtack a try.

Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for seniors and children 6-17, under 5 are free. MHS and NCHS members are free. A state park pass is required to enter the park.

BCHS Book Club

NEW ULM – The Brown County Historical Society History Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Museum Annex in New Ulm.

“Conflicted Mission:?Faith, Disputes and Deception on the Dakota Frontier,” by Linda Clemmons is the book selection scheduled for the Aug. 6 meeting. Recently released by the Minnesota Historical Society, it focuses on the cultural collision between the Dakota Indians and the missionaries sent to convert them from the 1830s to the 1860s.

“Captive Histories: English, French and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid,” edited by Evan Haefeli, is the Sept. 3 pick. The book draws together a rich body of original sources to tell the story of the 1704 French and Indian attack on Deerfield, Mass.

Both books can be borrowed from the New Ulm Public Library, 507-359-8332.

Little Prairie Pickers Concert

NEW ULM – Local musicians The Little Prairie Pickers will play a Monday Night Concert in German Park on July 21 at 7 p.m. The Little Prairie Pickers is a five-piece band performing folk, classic country, alternative bluegrass, and traditional bluegrass.

This free event, sponsored by New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm Park and Recreation, and KNUJ, is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library System and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Blood donations needed

ST. PAUL – The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alliance Bank, 322 N. Minnesota St. in New Ulm.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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