Saint Mary’s to present films that celebrate outdoor recreation, natural resources


Saint Mary’s University’s Performance Center and Office of Outdoor Leadership will present two films, “John Latsch: The Man and His River” and “This is America,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the Page Theatre. The films celebrate outdoor recreation and our country’s natural resources. A question-and-answer session will follow the films.


‘John Latsch:The Man and His River’

John Latsch (1860-1934), a humble and hard-working man, gifted Winona with a lasting legacy. He and his father ran a successful wholesale grocery business in Winona called Latsch and Son. He said he “made his money in Winona and was going to leave it here.” His solo canoe trips on the Mississippi River and his love of the outdoors resulted in the purchase of over 18,000 acres of river bottoms and high land. He donated the acreage to the city of Winona and the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin so the public could enjoy the pleasures of outdoor recreation. “John Latsch: The Man and His River,” by local filmmaker and Saint Mary’s Performance Center volunteer Mary Farrell, won the People’s Choice award at the 2017 Frozen River Film Festival.


‘This is America’ From Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

The story of our national parks is a long and complicated one, full of competing demands between utterly American impulses — between preservation and exploitation, the sacred and the profitable; between the immediate desires of one generation and its obligation and promise to the next. This is America is a complete 45-minute film that tells the story of the national park idea through the prism of our nation’s diverse population, weaving together stories of extraordinary people from a wide variety of backgrounds who devoted their lives to the national park ideal — to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time — and helped it broaden and evolve over the course of 150 years.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit or call the Saint Mary’s Performance Center Box Office at 507-457-1715.


About Saint Mary’s Outdoor Leadership

Saint Mary’s Outdoor Leadership program engages students in camping, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and much more. These types of activities expose students to more opportunities involving environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus. Saint Mary’s Outdoor Leadership will provide service opportunities that challenge students mentally, physically, and spiritually. Saint Mary’s location on the Mississippi River, immersed in the bluffs, surrounded by streams and trails, make it the perfect place to get involved in outdoor recreation.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at


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