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Jan 27 Minneapolis' Murdered Editors. A Look at Investigative Journalists and the Underworld in the Early 20th Century

Saturday January 27, Washburn Library 10am. In the early 20th century the Minneapolis underworld was ruled by some pretty ruthless mobsters and gangs who did not look kindly on efforts of campaigning newsmen to clean up the city. This time will be the topic of our speaker, Beth Johanneck, who regards herself as an amateur historian. [Ed. Note: Meaning: She is an independent scholar.]

Monthly MISF Meeting

MISF will meet Saturday August 27, 2016 at Cherokee Park (Chippewa Avenue and Winona Street) in St Paul. MN. We gather at 10:30 for food and conversation. Everyone is welcome.

We will be using the small picnic shelter near Chippewa Ave. and Winona St.

This is our annual summer picnic. MISF will provide the drinks, plasticware, and grills, and St. Paul Parks the electricity. You provide a dish to share and your best topics for good conversations.

Nov 18 Conservation on the Northern Plains

Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 AM North Regional Library. A panel discussion which challenges widespread assumptions about people and nature, reframing understandings of both in the process. They seek in the Plains to find the people, places, and stories that define conservation. In addressing conservation’s reach, they reflect on the ordinary, the extraordinary, and the spaces in between, covering species ranging from horses to honeybees and pheasants to wolves. This is a call to revisit conservation and re-engage in discussions of use and the environment. Conservation issues in eight states and Canada are considered, giving special attention to Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

September 24 My Three Siciies by Joe Amato

Joe Amato will talk about his new book, My Three Sicilies: stories, poems, and histories of the Old Country, and the New. Amato, always a popular speaker for the Scholars, has recently retired from his teaching position at Southwest Minnesota State University, where he was chair of the history department.

Joseph A. Amato received his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1960, his M.A. from the Universit

Philosophy Study Group

The MISF Philosophy Study Group meets every third Monday, at 7:00 p.m at Curran

History Study Group

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