Special Events — March 9 – Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd Book Club to discuss ‘Send for Me’

The Brainerd Public Library invites the public to join the Brainerd Book Club, hosted every second Wednesday of the month at 1 pm for one hour via Zoom.

The book club is welcoming new members who like to discuss a variety of books including literary novels, mysteries and nonfiction titles such as memoirs and biographies.

Library staff members lead the discussion and often recommend related books and other materials available through the library.

The title to be discussed on Thursday, March 9, is “Send for Me” by Lauren Fox , based on the author’s own family letters, “Send for Me” tells the story of Annelise, a young woman in prewar Germany, and her granddaughter , living in Wisconsin two generations later.

Register to get the Zoom link by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.

Ojibwe historian to discuss book at Brainerd library

Join the Brainerd Public Library at noon Thursday, March 9, for an in-person discussion with Anton Treuer , award-winning author and historian of “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.”

Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of many books. His equity, education and cultural work have put him on a path of service around the region, the nation and the world.

Anton Treuer

This free program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Jacques Art Center hosts auction fundraiser

The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin celebrates the visual arts in north-central Minnesota by presenting art exhibits, workshops, and other programming to all ages and backgrounds.

It also collects and exhibits the art of renowned wildlife artist and former Aitkin County resident Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969).

The Jaques Art Center’s online auction to raise funds to preserve this collection and the 1911 Carnegie Library building that houses it and is on the National Registry for Historic Places ends 8 pm March 16.

To participate in the online auction of more than 100 items from puzzles to fine art to home goods, or for more information, visit bit.ly/3uJprvC .

Fur trade family presentation at Little Falls museum

Join historical reenactor Joel Brown at 11 am March 19 at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls as he presents the thrilling saga of Bonga, a fur trade family of mixed heritage.

In the 1790s, Pierre Bonga, on record as the earliest person of African descent in Minnesota, worked for the Northwest Fur Co. in Grand Portage a few miles south of the Canadian border, and in the Red River Valley.

He married an Ojibwe woman. Their son George Bonga was born in 1802 at present-day Duluth. George worked for the American Fur Co. He, like his father, spoke several Indian languages, as well as English and French, and acted as an interpreter.

Joel Brown as George Bonga

Joe Brown

Contributed / Morrison County Historical Society

Pierre’s eldest child, Marguerete Bonga, married Jacob Fahlstrom of Stockholm, Sweden, in 1823. Jacob is considered one of Minnesota’s first Swedish residents.

This event is free, but registration is required and face masks are required for this event. Please email staff@morrisoncountyhistory.org or call 320-632-4007 to register by March 18.

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