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Special Events — March 2 – Brainerd Dispatch


Brainerd Book Club will discuss “Send for Me”

The Brainerd Public Library invites the public to join the Brainerd Book Club, held every second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. for one hour via Zoom.

The book club welcomes new members who enjoy discussing a variety of books, including literary novels, mystery novels, and non-fiction titles such as memoirs and biographies.

Library staff members lead the discussion and often recommend related books and other material available in the library.

The title to be discussed on March 9 is “Send for Me” by Lauren Fox, based on the author’s own family letters, “Send for Me” tells the story of Annelise, a young woman from Germany antebellum, and his granddaughter, living in Wisconsin two generations later.

A painfully beautiful work of historical fiction, unraveling a thread of love, longing and the relentless push and pull of family. A dazzlingly emotional novel, “Send for Me” is an epic and intimate exploration of mothers and daughters, duty and obligation, hope and forgiveness.

The Friends of Brainerd Public Library supports this book club by providing funds to purchase 10 copies of a book for patrons to borrow. These copies can be picked up at reception during the month preceding the meeting, during library opening hours.

Sign up for the Zoom link by calling the library at 218.829.5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.

Ojibwa Historian to Discuss Book at Brainerd Library

Join the Brainerd Public Library at noon on March 9 for an in-person discussion with Anton Treuer, award-winning author and historian of “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.”

Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and the author of numerous books. His fairness, education and cultural work set him on the path of service to the region, the nation and the world.

Anton Treuer is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University

Contribution / Brainerd Public Library

In real-world answers to more than 120 questions, both thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, Treuer gives a candid, fun and sometimes personal tour of what’s going on with American Indians, according to a press release.

Relations between whites and Native Americans are often characterized by guilt and anger. “Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask” cuts through the emotion and lays the groundwork for true understanding and positive action, officials say.

This free program is supported by money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Jaques Art Center organizes an auction

The Jaques Art Center at Aitkin celebrates the visual arts in North Central Minnesota by presenting art exhibits, workshops, and other programs for all ages and backgrounds.

He also collects and exhibits the art of famed wildlife artist and former Aitkin County resident, Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969).

The Jaques Art Center’s online auction to raise money to preserve this collection and the 1911 Carnegie Library building that houses it and is on the National Register of Historic Places ends at 8 p.m. on March 16.

To participate in the online auction of over 100 items ranging from puzzles to fine art to homewares, or for more information, visit https://bit.ly/3uJprvC.

Presentation of the Fur Trade Family at the Little Falls Museum

Join historical re-enactor Joel Brown at 11 a.m. on March 19 at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls as he presents the thrilling saga of Bonga, a family of mixed-race fur traders.

In the 1790s, Pierre Bonga, credited as the first person of African descent in Minnesota, worked for the Northwest Fur Co. in Grand Portage, a few miles south of the Canadian border, and in the Red River Valley.

He married an Ojibwe woman. Their son George Bonga was born in 1802 in present-day Duluth. George worked for the American Fur Co. Like his father, he spoke several Indian languages, as well as English and French, and acted as an interpreter.

Joel Brown as George Bonga
Joel Brown

Contribution / Morrison County Historical Society

Pierre’s eldest child, Marguerete Bonga, married Jacob Fahlstrom of Stockholm, Sweden in 1823. Jacob is considered one of Minnesota’s first Swedish residents.

This event is free, but registration is required and face masks are required for this event. Please email [email protected] or call 320-632-4007 to register by March 18.