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

Date: Saturday July 13th, 2019
Location: LeDuc Historic Estate
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees: $5 per person, $3 for DCHS members

Come enjoy this new event, as you sip coffee and eat pastries in the LeDuc's house and learn about an important area of history.

Walt Whitman and the Civil War:
Known as one of the greatest American poets of the 19th Century, possibly the most quotable poet ever - and also as the most photographed American poet ever! It's been said of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass: "We cannot be sure that poetry such as this has not ever been written in the English language. We can be sure however that if it has been written before that it has never been published before." A great poet but Whitman also had a role to play in America's Civil War that made him not just a great American poet but a great American.

Come hear Whitman's story, remember his poetry, and his role in the Civil War. 

A little about our presenter:

George Romano has had an interest in the Civil War since growing up 20 minutes away from the Chickamauga Battlefield site in NW Georgia. He is past President of the Rochester Civil War Roundtable and a current member of the Board of the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association. The WLBPA is dedicated to preserving and commemorating the 1862 Dakota War Wood Lake Battlefield site (near Granite Falls) for future generations. An annual speaker at the Rochester Civil War Roundtable, George has also been a guest presenter at other Roundtables in the Twin Cities, Winona, Wasioja, Mankato, New Ulm, St Cloud, and Stillwater. George is a member of two Toastmasters clubs in SE Minnesota and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. He lives in Rochester and works for IBM as a Consultant and most recently in the area of Cloud Computing software.


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