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Wasi Oju Lectures

"A Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps
in Southeastern Minnesota" lecture

This lecture was held on July 25th at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds: Tent on SE corner of 14th Street & Fairgrounds Avenue.

Oral historian Barbara Sommer, author of "Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota", presented stories of former CCC enrollees from southeastern Minnesota.

Illustrated by historic photos of enrollees and camps of our region, these accounts paint a vivid picture of daily life and work on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds' CCC camp, and others established throughout the nation during the Great Depression.

Hard Work and a Good Deal - slides:

Read the notes from the Hard Work and a Good Deal presentation (PDF)

Selected Sources about the CCC - Indian Division provided by Barbara Sommer (PDF)


"Olmsted County's First Residents" lecture

On March 25, the Rochester Public Library hosted the first Wasi Oju lecture of 2012 entitled: "Olmsted County's First Residents: Archaeology Overview and Recent Survey Result".

This presentation was based on this report entitled: 2010 Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey of Olmsted County, Minnesota.

Dr. Constance Arzigian, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center senior researcher and associate lecturer in Sociology and Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, offered an overview of past cultures in our area, from big-game hunters at the end of the Ice Age to the first Native farmers and hunters who occupied the region prior to Euro-American contact.

She is the co-author of the book Minnesota's Indian Mounds and Burial Sites.

Olmsted County's First Residents - slides

This lecture series is sponsored by the Rochester Heritage Preservation Committee, History Center of Olmsted County, Mayo Employee Resource Group-Celebrate Dakota!, Rochester Public Library, and the Friends of Indian Heights Park.

More lectures to come in 2012