Historical information, current connections with people and events, and good food will again be key elements of the annual MCHA (Minnesota City Historical Association) Minnesota Day on Saturday, May 18. Tours of the newly completed Wastewater Treatment Plant will be conducted by City Council member Kelvin Penrod, Sandy Erdman will present on antiques, and displays of glass retrieved following the 2007 flood and during wastewater excavation will be viewed. First Baptist Ladies Aid will host open house at the Church on Mill Street, Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund will sponsor a Belgian Waffle Breakfast, and MCHA will hold open archive hours at the Mill Street site.
When the Minnesota City Historical Association (MCHA) was established following the 2002 sesquicentennial, members decided to commemorate the 1852 settlement of the village in future years on the third Saturday of May because this date would align with the first settlers significant dates. The following description of the history of the May events in 1852 is taken from the The History of Wabasha County, 1884.
“The Western Farm and Village Association, as organized in the city of New York in 1851, was transferred to Rolling Stone in 1852 under the same officers and with the same laws governing its members….
The first regular meeting of the association held in the colony at Rolling Stone was on May 6….
At this meeting fifty-two responded to their names when the roll of members was called. Some of these were young unmarried men, but a majority of the members present were men with families.
At a general meeting of the colonists on Sunday, May 9, the name of Minnesota City was given to the village of the colony. The name was unanimously adopted by a viva-voce vote. Prior to this the locality was only known as Rolling Stone, and afterward it was the most familiar name to the early settlers.
At a meeting held on May 19 the question of making application for the establishment of a post-office was considered and a choice for postmaster made by ballot. Robert Pike, Jr., received a majority of votes.”
With the Belgian Waffle Breakfast and the Sandy Erdmann presentation being delivered on the very site of first Winnebago settlements, Minnesota Citizens will engage the realities of historical change. Scheduling of Saturday events permits visitors to attend all events; future press releases will specify times and places. All events with the exception of the Waffle Breakfast are without charge.