Was Winona a stop on the Underground Railroad? Learn more with the Learning Club!


Winona Public Library (WPL)

On Monday, January 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Winona County History Center, WPL Adult Services Librarian Samantha TerBeest has some fun and exciting updates about what is happening at the Winona Public Library. She will discuss current services and programs available and give updates about the most recent changes taking place at the library.

Abolitionists of Winona

Before the Civil War more than 100 activist abolitionists settled in Winona. Given the large number of activist abolitionists, Winona’s location on the Mississippi and along the route north to Canada by fugitive slaves, Winona may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. Carol Jefferson, retired professor from Winona State University, will discuss her research of early history and pioneers of Winona, particularly abolitionists and possible Underground Railroad activity on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Winona County History Center.

Merchants National Bank

Merchants Bank Director of First Impressions Lisa Rae Skalicky knows why Merchants Bank has stood the test of time, providing banking services to area residents since 1875. On Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Winona County History Center she will tell that story and many others, including information on the bank’s history of generosity and place as an architectural treasure.

Visit Winona

As Executive Director of Visit Winona for the last 15 years, Pat Mutter will tell us about all the wonderful things happening in Winona and how Visit Winona is promoting them. Besides her work for Visit Winona, Pat has also been involved in Explore Mississippi Bluffs, the Minnesota Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, and the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. Join us on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Winona County History Center.


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