RHS Annual Meeting
The Richfield Historical Society’s annual meeting is right around the corner, on Saturday, March 29. We’re featuring the theme: Richfield Before Richfield. That is, we’ll be exploring what it was like around here long before Richfield even had its name. We hope you can join us!
Presenter: Richard Williams
Program Description: It was the promise of a rich trade in furs that brought the first Frenchmen to Minnesota over three and a half centuries ago. Over time, the English and later the Americans would follow in their wake, each clamoring for control of what was once North America’s most profitable export.
Using authentic period costume and hands-on materials to help bring the story to life, Rich Williams—one of the state’s foremost authorities on the fur trade—will present an overview of this epic story at the center of Minnesota’s early Euro-American history.
6:00-6:30 – Arrive & mingle
6:30-7:00 – Dinner is served
7:00-7:30 – Annual Business Meeting
7:30-7:45 – Break/Desert
7:45-8:45 – Keynote Presentation – The Fur Trade in Minnesota
$25/person for turkey dinner and program. You may pay at the door with cash, check, or credit card, but we need your RSVP by March 15 so we can make your dinner! Call or text to 612-568-4734 or send an email to to let us know how many will be attending.
Gramercy Park Cooperative at Lakeshore Drive
6711 Lakeshore Drive
Richfield, MN 55423
Parking is available across the street at Wood Lake Nature Center. Please avoid the spots labeled for Nature Center Only.
(January 18)—Come visit the Richfield History Center on Saturday January 18 between noon and 4:00 p.m. and see the opening of “Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” a traveling exhibit that explores the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments and challenges that have shaped the enduring legacy of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation through their stories. In “Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” visitors find out what it was like to “make do” with rationing, farm during a severe labor shortage, work on the Iron Range, develop inventions for the war, be trained as a translator at Fort Snelling and endure a starvation experiment for science and the war effort.
The exhibit features nine graphic panels, audio interviews, songs of the period, and a “Letter Stories” bin.
This exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be on display on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon until 4:00 p.m. through February 2014.