Celebrate Minnesota Mosaic’s® 19th year with local artists, award-winning authors, environmentally-friendly programs and more. The series highlights the state’s vibrant culture and the heritage of Minnesota’s population.
Rosemount Engineering during WWII
Join the Rosemount Historical Society for a discussion about local Dakota County history including the beginnings of Rosemount Engineering during WWII and its link to German rocket specialist, Rudolph Herman; Dr. John Ackerman of the University of Minnesota Aeronautical Engineering Department; the Rosemount Gopher Ordinance Plant; and the Rosemount Aeronautical Laboratory.
Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30–8 p.m.
Author Renee Wendinger
Hear true stories about the largest mass migration of children in America from Renee Wendinger, author of Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 1–2 p.m.
Discover the many health benefits of honey, how a beekeepers harvest it and the uses of honey and other bee products, and explore the developing problem of the honeybee disappearance with an expert from the Dodge Nature Center.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 11–11:45 a.m.
Author Bill Schrankler
Meet Bill Schrankler, author of Shadows of Time...Minnesota's Surviving Railroad Depots, and discover how his fresh look at Minnesota railroad history brings the remaining 168 Minnesota railroad depots — that now range from opulent buildings to small wooden structures — to life.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11–11:45 a.m.
African Immigrant Contributions to Minnesota
Minnesota is now home to many people from Somalia, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya in Africa. Learn how African immigrants contribute to Minnesota’s economy from a recently completed 2015 study by a St. Mary’s University and Argosy University professor.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6–7 p.m.
Author J. Ryan Stradal
Join us to celebrate the writing talent of Hastings native, J. Ryan Stradal, as he discusses the inspiration and writing of his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest, an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life — its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. Stradal will sign and sell his book.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7–8 p.m.
Life Stories: Memories into Memoirs
Learn how to recall your own stories and preserve the details in meaningful and engaging ways through family history and memoir writing with genealogist and storyteller, David Coward. Registration required.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Author Julie Klassen*
Julie Klassen, best-selling author of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Silent Governess, will present about her background, publishing experiences and locations in England where her historical romances take place.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 7–8 p.m.
South St. Paul
Dakota County Paranormal Society
Ghost hunters from the Dakota County Paranormal Team share photos and sound recordings from some of their spookiest and most exciting investigations.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30–8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 6–7:30 p.m.
South St. Paul
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6–7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30–8 p.m.
Re-Discovered Yiddish Music
Klezmer is a Yiddish word that comes from the Hebrew words klei and zmer which means "vessels of song." This program offers the audience a chance to hear Eastern European Yiddish music with various instruments such as violin, mandolin, clarinet and accordian.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Author B.J. Carpenter
Potica. Kolache. Sarma. Braciole. Fattigman. Lefse. Minnesota’s Iron Range has a culinary language all its own. Meet B.J. Carpenter, author of The Minnesota Table, and travel through the seasons, around the state and back to your table with menus, recipes and pointers for preparing local foods. Tom Forti from Sunrise Creative Gourmet will share samples of Sunrise products. Author will sign and sell his book.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7–8 p.m.
Archaeology in Dakota County
Rosemount resident and archeologist, Marcia Twaites, will examine archeology in Dakota County and discuss the early Native Americans that lived on the Mississippi River in eastern Rosemount where Spring Lake Park Reserve is located. Presented by the Rosemount Historical Society.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30–8 p.m.
*Programs are sponsored by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Check the calendar of events or pick up a brochure at any library location to see upcoming Minnesota Mosaic® programs.