Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

Crusade for Forgotten Soulrs

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Lawshe Memorial Museum
Fees: FREE

Join the Dakota County Historical Society for our new quarterly book club, "Books From Our Shelves." Each book selected relates to an aspect of Minnesota history and comes from the shelves of our gift shops.

January's book is "The Crusade For Forgotten Souls," by Susan Foote.  The book explores the story of Minnesota's reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness. In 1940, Engla Schey worked at the Anoka State Hospital, one of Minnesota's seven asylums. Foote tells the story of Schey and the others involved in the reform movement, all of which resulted in the first legislative effort toward a modern mental health system. For the full University of Minnesota Press summary, please click here.

Books From Our Shelves is a quarterly book club that meets on January 17, April 18, July 18, and October 17, 2019. Each session will run from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Copies of the selected books can be purchased in each any our gift shops, or via our online gift shop by clicking here.

Upcoming Dates & Books

  • January 17, 2019: "The Crusade For Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Health Institutions, 1946-1954," by Susan Foote.
  • April 18, 2019: "Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State" by Curt Brown
  • July 18, 2019: "Thank You For Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores," by Kristal Leebrick
  • October 17, 2019: "Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O'Brien," by Nancy O'Brien Wagner




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