The Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS) will launch a new book club called Books From Our Shelves on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Lawshe Memorial Museum from 7–8 p.m.
The Lawshe Memorial Museum is located at 130 3rd Ave. N. in South St. Paul, Minn. The event is free to the public. The first book will be "The Crusade for Forgotten Souls" by Susan Bartlett Foote.
Books From Our Shelves is a new quarterly book club that will meet and discuss a variety of history books that can be found in the gift shops of the Dakota County Historical Society's sites. The books can be purchased at each site, or via the organization's online store by visiting.
"The Crusade For Forgotten Souls" explores the story of Minnesota's reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness. In 1940, Engla Schey worked at the Anoka State Hospital, one of Minnesota's seven asylums. Foote tells the story of Schey and the other involved in the reform movement, all of which resulted in the first legislative effort toward a modern mental health system.
Books From Our Shelves will meet on Jan. 17, April 18, July 18 and Oct. 17. For more information and to view a complete list of the books for discussion, please visit the Dakota County Historical Society website.