Awesome lecture to be dropped like hot on Saturday

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
~Abraham Lincoln

“The richest village in the world.”
~Hibbing’s reputation during the tenure of 10-time village president Victor Power

“The Iron Range will never, never, never be the same.”
~Gov. Rudy Perpich, after the iron mining collapse of 1982.

“Don’t call it a comeback. I been here for years. Rockin’ my peers and puttin’ suckas in fear.”
~LL Cool J

I’ll be giving a new lecture about Iron Range politics at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Minnesota Discovery Center (formerly Ironworld) in Chisholm. The talk is part of an ongoing traveling exhibit at the MDC celebrating the life and political courage of Abraham Lincoln. A local expansion to the exhibit honors Iron Range political figures Victor Power and Rudy Perpich. I’ll be connecting the fascinating stories of Power and Perpich to the larger significance of Range political history and using my “Overburden” thematic mojo to relate all of this to the present. Also, jokes and potential controversy. Who knows? I’ve been rather erratic lately. And it is an election year.

See you Saturday! The Minnesota Discovery Center is off Highway 169 in Chisholm. Admission is $5, but you get full access for that. Except the trolley. That’s an extra $2. WORTH IT! I’ll have books there to sign and sell, if you’re in to that sort of thing. Come on down and join the discussion.

(Photo and more: Minnesota Historical Society)

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