Brainerd: Then, Now -- and into the Future
Monday, March 14, 1:30 p.m.
From the days when Ojibwe traded fur, hunted and harvested blueberries in this area, to the rise of the railroad and lumber industries, to the expansion of tourism, Brainerd has always been known as a place of gathering and commerce.
On Monday, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the Forum Room at Crosby-Ironton High School, Lakes Area Unlimited Learning will celebrate that history and commemorate Brainerd’s sesquicentennial celebration (150 years) with a panel discussion on the past, present and future of Brainerd.
LAUL has invited two dedicated historical investigators, Carl “Fert” Faust and Julie Jo Larson, to present samplings of Brainerd’s very colorful history.
Faust, the 2021 Brainerd Citizen of the Year, is well known for his passion for Brainerd history. In 2006, Faust organized the first Downtown Brainerd History Walk, which continues today. His ongoing leadership in local history initiatives has resulted in Faust being often called Brainerd’s “History Hero.
Julie Jo Larson is a writer and storyteller as well as the founder of MsStorians, a group of local women historians who study cemeteries, century-old buildings and vanishing communities. In April of 2021, Larson released a book of some of her adventures, “100 Things to do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die.”
The panel will also look to Brainerd’s future. Brainerd Mayor Dave Badeaux and City Administrator Jennifer Bergman will share their views of the opportunities and challenges that will face our dynamic community during the next few years.
The panel moderator will be Jack Hickerson, Brainerd native and retired Southwest Minnesota State University faculty member.
No registration is necessary. The fee is $5.00 for non-members, and it's free for members.
Lakes Area Unlimited Learning promotes the intellectual stimulation of older adults. Its philosophy is “learning without limits,” and it lives that philosophy by offering monthly programs and field trips that are stimulating, interesting and relevant. People join Unlimited Learning for the learning opportunities and stay for the friendships. For more information about membership, contact Sally Ihne at sihnecharter.net or call 218-829-2544.