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

Minnesota, 1918

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 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.

April's book is "Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State," by Curt Brown. In 1918, Minnesota residents were confronted with a series of devastating events that put communities to the test, forcing them to persevere through untold hardship. First, the nation was involved in World War I, followed by the influenza pandemic and devastating fires in seven counties of northeastern Minnesota. Author Curt Brown, a journalist and author, explores this monumental year through a variety of engaging stories. For the full Minnesota Historical Society 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


Registration for the event is not required, but allows us to track attendance and provide updates on the event with attendees.


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