Apr
28
Fri
Sauna Festivaali @ Viking Ship Park
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is partnering with Log the Sauna, Red River Finns, Folkways, and Nordic Culture Clubs- Scandinavian Festival to host Sauna Festivaali, a FREE celebration of Finland’s Centennial. The celebration will be held to not only mark 100 years since Finland declared their independence, but also to welcome Sisu, the TravelingSauna and Finland’s centennial mascot, on its journey across the U.S.

In addition to free saunas from Sisu and Log, the two-day celebration will feature free Finnish coffee and cookies, Finnish lawn games (Mölkky and Rubber Boot Throwing), and a brief program on Saturday, April 29, at 11:00AM, featuring a short history of Finland and a mayoral proclamation followed by live music from Suomi Rosvot (The Finnish Bandits).

Sisu started its American journey in Minneapolis, where the Finnish diaspora is most prominent, and it passes through Moorhead on the journey between Bismarck, North Dakota, and Menahga, Minnesota. We’re using the occasion to celebrate the local Finnish-American culture and partake in one of Finland’s most lasting contributions to the Midwest: the sauna (yes, pronounced SOW-na).

Sauna reservations for Sisu and Log will be offered from 4:00PM-8:00PM Friday and 10:00AM-4:00PM Saturday in alternating thirty-minute blocks, so bathers can either register beforehand or take a chance on the crowd and walk in (i.e. Sisu will be reserved at 1:00PM while Log will be open to walk-ins, and vice-versa). Reservations are currently available through Eventbrite. Those who sauna will also receive $5-off coupons from HCSCC to the museum.

*If you sauna, bring a bathing suit, two towels (one to sit on), and swim/shower shoes or flip-flops. See you then!

May
1
Mon
History On Tap! – Cocktails and Rip Gizzard @ Junkyard Brewing Company
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Back by popular demand, HCSCC Programming Director Markus Krueger will be doing another season of History on Tap! at Junkyard Brewing Company, starting Monday, March 20, and continuing Monday nights (with a break) this spring. In the talks, Markus highlights Prohibition-era Clay County history from the research that brought together our current exhibition, Wet & Dry: Alcohol in Clay County, 1871-1937.

The first round of History On Tap! generated a lot of buzz around town when it began last November–doubling the Moorhead brewery’s usual crowd and prompting Spotlight Media to designate the talks as one of their “Things To Do in 2017” in Fargo by Fargo–and now Markus is ready for a chaser. Admission is still free, but we encourage you to buy something at the bar and support both local brew and local history!

Full Schedule

March 20
How to Get a Drink Around Here During Prohibition

April 3
Blind Pigs, Bootleggers, and the Birth of Bars

April 10
Red River Rum Runners

April 17
Local Moonshiners and How they Made It

April 24
Wild West Moorhead

May 1
Cocktails and Rip Gizzard: Local Drinks of Prohibition

May
4
Thu
HCSCC Annual Meeting – Tree Top Revisited @ The Hjemkomst Center
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

HCSCC Annual Meeting: Tree Top Revisited

On Thursday, May 4 (6:00PM to 9:30PM), HCSCC will be holding its annual meeting at the Hjemkomst Center with a theme celebrating a piece of Moorhead’s dining past and highlighting our own Rex Cafe chef Kelly Wambach’s culinary history: Tree Top Revisited. As the former executive chef of the Tree Top, which once overlooked the Red River from Center Avenue, Kelly’s excited to indulge in our local history, and everyone else here at HCSCC is excited to enjoy the results.

In addition to serving Tree Top favorites like the Chicken Oscar and Bourbon Pork Fettuccini (along with potatoes au gratin, a vegetable duet, Caesar salad, and cherries jubilee), we’ll be electing board members, presenting the Clay County Heritage Award to the Bergquist and Comstock families for their ongoing efforts to preserve Clay County history, and listening to Dr. Paul Harris’s history, “Solomon Comstock: Gilded Age Politician.”

We’ll also have piano tunes from Helen Olson throughout dinner, a cash bar all night (including a Tree Top throwback: the piano bar), and a full evening of celebrating local history at the Hjemkomst Center.

Just like the Tree Top, however, you MUST have reservations; so please RSVP with your payment no later than Thursday, April 20. Tickets for this year’s meeting are $20 (members) or $25 (non-members).

Contact our new HCSCC Administrative Assistant Lynelle Martin by phone at (218) 299-5511, ext 6739, or email at lynelle.martin@hcsmuseum.org; or RSVP here to reserve your seats!

May
23
Tue
Parlor Talks: Viking Age Art @ The Hjemkomst Center
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In collaboration with Drekker Brewing Company, the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County presents the first of our summer lecture series “Parlor Talks,” a combination of local history, food, and beer at the Hjemkomst Center.

On Tuesday, May 23, Viking Connection Director and Norsk Høstfest Viking Village Coordinator Tim Jorgensen will share his research and fascination with Viking Age art. The evening will include Viking Age food from the Rex Cafe, local beer from Drekker Brewing Company, a 90-minute history, and tours of the HCSCC museum.

Admission is $15 ($10 for members) and that includes food and the first beverage (ages 21+).

For more information, contact HCSCC Communications Coordinator Davin Wait at (218) 299-5511, ext. 6733, or davin.wait@hcsmuseum.org.

Jun
13
Tue
Parlor Talks: Tree Rings, Log Cabins, and Dendrochronology @ Hjemkomst Center
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In collaboration with Drekker Brewing Company, we’re presenting the second of our summer lecture series “Parlor Talks,” a combination of local history, food, and beer at the Hjemkomst Center.

On Tuesday, June 13, NDSU Forestry Professor Joe Zeleznik will be sharing the results of a recent study of local trees and log cabins. Zeleznik specializes in dendrochronology, or the study of tree rings, and his insight helps us understand Settlement-era Clay, Becker, and Norman counties through the analysis of the region’s earliest cabins and oldest trees.* The evening will include food from the Rex Cafe, local beer from Drekker Brewing Company, a 90-minute history, and tours of the HCSCC museum.

Admission is $15 ($10 for members) and that includes food and the first beverage (ages 21+).

*This project was funded by a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society through a legislative appropriation through the Arts and Culture Fund.
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For more information, contact HCSCC Communications Coordinator Davin Wait at (218) 299-5511, ext. 6733, or davin.wait@hcsmuseum.org.