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home : news : news May 27, 2017

4/7/2017 9:55:00 AM
Local party for documentary premieres to be in Shafer

If you don’t already know about the St. Croix Valley now is the time you learned about its history and formative events.  And, even if you already have a good grasp on the region’s coming-of-age story, the premier of a St. Croix set of documentaries is still an event not to missed.

There are afternoon and evening showings of newly produced documentaries, part of a series, “Founding Minnesota” planned for Sunday, May 7.  The films will be shown inside the Gustafson’s barn at “tomtegarden” in rural Shafer.  

The barn serves as the hub of many activities  spurred by locals who keep traditions alive, by celebrating pot luck meals, enjoying musicians and dances, etc.  The barn address is 28388 Redwing Avenue.

Bill Neuman and Jon Cermin produced the documentaries working over a couple years’ time.  

Two of five films produced are in the local premiere event:   “River of Pines” and “America Fever.”  

The latter covers the Scandinavian immigrant experience and the first is about how white pine logging created wealth, gave people jobs, spawned new settlements and decimated tree cover over about four million acres.  Both are about one hour in length.  Expect interviews with historians, archival photos, early film footage, contemporary aerial scenes.

The premiers are at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Reservations are requested. Call 1-800-838-3006 and ask for event Founding Minnesota.  

Or go on-line http://foundingminnesota.brownpapertickets.com and in upper left corner on reservation page find 1:30 afternoon showing or 6 p.m. slot.



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