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Women, Buffalo and Irish Music (03/10/2013)
It will be a busy week at the Winona County History Center. To start, learn about Early Women of Winona on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m., then, on Wednesday, March 13 try some buffalo meatballs and discover Heads or Tails: The Buffalo Nickel at 12:05 p.m., and on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. the History Center welcomes Eileen Ivers, who will share how the Irish influenced popular music. All are free and open to the public.

The Winona Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be holding its next branch meeting at the Winona County History Center on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm. A presentation will be given by Jennifer Weaver on the Early Women of Winona. The AAUW is national organization, which advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy.The Winona branch was organized in 1923 and will be celebrating its 90th anniversary later this year. Membership is open to any woman or man holding an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or higher, as well as college students who are pursuing their degrees. Each year the Winona branch awards a scholarship to a non-traditional woman college student at one of the higher education institutions here in keeping with the mission stated above, a fact that branch members are very proud of. Some of the women featured in Jennifer’s presentation will include Catherine Goddard Smith who was an early Winona settler and mother of local teen-aged Civil War hero, Charles Goddard; Grace Watkins King who was the daughter of the Watkins company founder J.R.Watkins and an avid collector and sportswoman; and Myrtle Huntley, a vaudeville actress and early local film star. Artifacts from these women and more will be shown as well as a special art exhibit in the museum lobby which features portraits of early Winona women by Mary Singer. For more information about AAUW, please contact Susan Cooper, President, scooper@co.winona.mn.us.

Wednesday’s Food for Thought program has two parts, first Mark Peterson will share the 100 year history of the Buffalo Nickel and the life of James Earle Fraser. Fraser was born in Winona in 1886 and designed the Buffalo nickel, which was first presented in 1913. Then, Gail Griffin will follow with how the buffalo intertwines with America’s culture yesterday and today. Gail co-owns Rockie Hill Bison Farm with her husband Dave. They have raised bison in Wilson, Minn. the past 22 years for both breeding stock and bison meat sales.

On Saturday at 2 p.m. Eileen Ivers will discuss the journey that Irish music has made through the years. A showcase of a variety of traditional Irish instruments to more modern instruments that have entered the tradition over time will be presented. The roots of the American Old-Time, Bluegrass and Country music traditions all come from the Irish tradition. Participants will be able to ask questions, and clapping, singing, and foot shaking will be encouraged too. Special thanks to the The Page Theatre, the Xcel Energy Foundation, and the Winona Foundation for their support for this event. Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul will perform

March 16 at 7:30pm at the Page Theatre; tickets are $22 Adults, $18 Seniors & Students.

For more happening at the Winona County History Center log onto www.winonahistory.org or call 507-454-2723.



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