Teaching and calling: Robin Nelson, from Minneapolis
East Grand Forks Senior Center, 538 Rhinehart drive S.E.,
East Grand Forks
Reels, simple squares, circles, and more. All dances taught, no experience needed. All are welcome; singles, couples, families. Free-will Donations at the door. For more info contact Jeanne O’Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org or ( 218) 773- 3850.
Stories of 1937 Sugar Beet Harvest through the lens of Photographer Russell Lee at the University of Minnesota Crookston
Images of history, viewed through the eyes of a photographer, tell the human story. “Roots of the Red River Valley,” a pictorial history of the 1937 sugar beet harvest, will be on display at the University of Minnesota Crookston from Monday November 4 through Saturday, November 9, 2019. A gallery opening will be held on Monday, November 4 at 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Daily hours for the gallery are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day except Wednesday, November 6 when it will close to the public at 5 p.m.
A special Thursday Commons presentation and panel discussion about the pictorial history will take place on Thursday, November 7 at noon in Kiehle Auditorium. Parking permits are not required.
More than 80 images by photographer Russell Lee, known for his work with the Farm Security Administration, will be available in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the exhibit. All are welcome to view the historic images without charge and free parking is available in Lot G near the Kiehle Building.
The exhibit evenly distributes the photographs into three distinct categories: the migrant worker, the farmer, and the factory. Images, selected from the Library of Congress, give the viewer an opportunity for greater understanding of the lives of people and the importance of sugar processing in the Red River Valley. The photographs were all taken in Polk County, Minnesota, near Fisher and Crookston, and at the first processing plant built in 1926 and located in East Grand Forks, Minn.
“This exhibit is impressive on several fronts and definitely worth viewing. First, the photography draws me in as a viewer, to ponder the history of farming and the immigrant worker in our area,” says Mara Hanel, executive director of the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren, Minn. “Their relationships, their families and homes.
“The artwork tells a story and promotes dialogue around the images depicted. Second, the size and clarity of the enlarged photographs is impressive. Third, images depicted have strong compositional elements, which speaks to the trained eye of these artistic photographers,” she continues. “I would encourage a visit either while the images are on display at UMC or talking with UMC staff about bringing this showcase to your own community for display.”
Russell Lee, born in Illinois, attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. He left his work in chemical engineering to take up painting, which in turn, would lead to his keen interest photography. His life’s work recorded the lives of the people and places around him, documenting the ethnography of America.
During the Great Depression in the mid-thirties, he was employed by the federally funded Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographic documentation project under the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. He joined a team under the direction of economist, government official, and photographer, Roy Stryker that included other notables such as Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, and others. .
With his camera, Lee traveled the United States documenting the human story of segregation, the Great Depression, WWII, life in internment camps, and much more. His work with the FSA is what brought Lee to Minnesota’s Red River Valley in 1937.
After settling in the late forties in Texas, Lee would become the first instructor of photography at the University of Texas in 1965.
Join Singer-Songwriter and Crookston native Annie Fitzgerald in Concert, with special guest M French, for an evening of songs and the stories behind them.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH
Live at Kiehle Auditorium (U of MN, Crookston Campus)
2900 University Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716
Doors open at 7pm. Music at 7:30pm
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
UMC Student tickets available at the door with Student ID ($10)
*Online advanced ticket sales will be available until 12:30pm Oct. 5th. Tickets will be available at the door after that time.
*Parking is available outside of Kiehle Auditorium, on the University of MN, Crookston Campus
ANNIE FITZGERALD’s music has been described as a blend of Tori Amos intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickells baroque spirit (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun to wide acclaim in June of 2018. Produced by Danny OBrien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. Since her first release In Good Time, Fitzgerald spent time a part of the NYC Indie scene, started a family, and welcomed a move back to her home state of MN and a newfound sense of space to create. You & Me & the Sun explores connection, vulnerability, love, and sparks in the span of time navigating the balance between motherhood & her life as a songwriter. (www.anniefitzgerald.com)
Singer-songwriter M FRENCH has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French’s melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French’s debut full length album, Sweet Love, IS OUT NOW. Sweet Love offers 10 original songs exploring the Americana landscape. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), and recorded during the long Minnesota winter of 2018, the tracks provide a sonic foundation built upon catchy guitar hooks, and the blending of pedal steel and synth lines. French unpacks universal themes of love, kindness and community with a conversational lyricism that invites the listener to find themselves in his stories. M French’s audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends. (www.mfrenchmusic.com)
(*The University of Minnesota is not endorsing or sponsoring the activities conducted by Annie Fitzgerald and friends on the U of MN Campus. The relationship between the University of Minnesota is solely that of licensor and licensee.)