Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2021
Due to COVID-19, this presentation will take place virtually. The event will be hosted through Zoom, a video conferencing site. No account is required to view the presentation.
Join the Dakota County Historical Society for our monthly book club, "Books From Our Shelves."
February's book is "Minnesota's Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell" by Sue Leaf.
At twenty, Newton Horace Winchell declared, “I know nothing about rocks.” At twenty-five, he decided to make them his life’s work. As a young geologist tasked with heading the Minnesota Geological and Natural History Survey, Winchell (1839–1914) charted the prehistory of the region, its era of inland seas, its volcanic activity, and its several ice ages—laying the foundation for the monumental five-volume Geology of Minnesota. Tracing Winchell’s remarkable path from impoverished fifteen-year-old schoolteacher to a leading light of an emerging scientific field, Minnesota’s Geologist also recreates the heady early days of scientific inquiry in Minnesota, a time when one man’s determination and passion for learning could unlock the secrets of the state’s distant past and present landscape.
For a full summary, please visit the Goodreads website by clicking here.
Registration for this virtual event is required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email. A separate email closer to the date will be sent containing the link and passcode for joining the event--please make sure to check your spam/junk mail folders, or add co.dakota.mn.us to your allowed domains to make sure your receive the links. You can find more information about making sure your email lets us through here!
We are offering this program free of charge, but encourage you to make a donation to the Dakota County Historical Society to offset the cost of operating three historic sites during COVID.