ECRL Reads: Spotlight on the iron barons of Minnesota

Learn about the magnates of the Minnesota Iron Range in a historical presentation by Dale Blanshan at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Hinckley Public Library. Hear some familiar names and others that might surprise you.

Blanshan, of Rochester, Minnesota, describes himself a man with a penchant for stories from days gone by. In his travels to southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, eastern Wisconsin and the far reaches of eastern North Dakota, Blanshan enjoys sharing historical stories with libraries, historical societies, senior living sites and other places.

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ECRL Reads: Make your memories last for future generations

Although our photographs and papers may not have much monetary value, a price cannot be put on what they mean to us.

Learn how to make your photographs and documents stand the test of time for your children, grandchildren and community at a special archival workshop during the 2nd Annual ECRL Reads. Presenting will be Rachel Howell, Assistant Director of East Central Regional Library.

Registration is required. Come to one of these events, and see how you can make your memories last:

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ECRL Reads: Preserve your family photos, history with Scan for Keeps

Preserve your collection of family history memorabilia with Scan for Keeps, a program during the 2nd Annual ECRL Reads.

Start by bringing photos or letter-sized documents important to you or your family history to be scanned with professional equipment, provided by the Minnesota Digital Library. Then take home your original items as well as a high-quality digital scan on a free flash drive.

Mark your calendars for a Scan for Keeps program near you:

  • Monday, Oct. 1, Aitkin Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, McGregor Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 15, Wyoming Area Library, 12-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 29, North Branch Area Library, 2-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, Mora Public Library 2-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, Pine City Public Library, 1-7 p.m.

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ECRL Reads: Finding Minnesota’s haunted and bizarre

Take a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota with paranormal researcher, author, and lecturer Chad Lewis. From hunting vampires in Transylvania to chasing ghosts in Ireland castles, Lewis brings 18 years of paranormal experience to his presentations.

In Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations-The Scariest Places in Minnesota, Lewis will discuss phenomena such as wandering ghosts in the North Woods, a haunted B&B in Wabasha and graveyard apparitions in our own backyards.

Come if you dare and discover that no place in Minnesota is without its own hauntings:

In addition, Lewis will be showcasing over 100 bizarre and “hidden” newspaper stories from Minnesota in another presentation, Bizarre History of Minnesota—Strange Stories from our Past:

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