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Dylan, Sheldon and movies at the Goodhue County History Center

Rediscover the Sheldon Theatre July 19

Explore the financial struggles of the T.B. Sheldon Auditorium during the late 19th century with historian Tom Olson during this month's Goodhue County History Break.

Olson's book "Sheldon's Gift, Music Movies and Melodrama in the Desirable City" takes a close look at the separation of highbrow and lowbrow culture and entertainment. His writing studies issues in the 1940s and '50s based on federal court cases and the differences in taste between rural and urban moviegoers.

Growing up in Red Wing, Olson now resides in Las Cruces, N.M. Upon retirement, he has returned to history pursuits. Currently, Olson is at work on a book about Minnesota politics in the 1960s and '70s.

History Break is a free, monthly lunchtime program at the Goodhue County Historical Society. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch with for the program. This month's event will be noon to 1 p.m. July 19 at the History Center.

To purchase Olson's book, stop by the History Center or visit the online store at


That's Entertainment: Intro to Minnesota's Theater, Music and Motion Picture history

Following History Break, the Goodhue County History Center will continue to explore Minnesota's entertainment past.

From the 1820s, when soldiers at Fort Snelling presented Shakespearean plays for one another, Minnesotans have continued to make entertainment an important part in their lives.

Historian Tom Olson will dive into the world of theater, music, variety entertainers, radio, movies and show business in Minnesota from lyceum halls to live theater and opera during the evening program.

The presentation will be at 6 p.m. Jul 19 and is free for students and History Society members. For non-members, there is a charge of $5 for the event. For more information, visit


Dylan's Direction Home

Local Bob Dylan junkie Jamie Lorentzen considers Bob Dylan's influence on 1960s pop culture and beyond, apocryphal links to Red Wing. Based on Dylan's work and career, the remainder of the discussion will consider where he might locate the place and meaning of his own home against the backdrop of the iconic and central question he poses amid his 600-;is song list.

The questions have dependably elicited a cacophony of ecstatic and affirming screams from thousands of fans: "How does it feel to be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone?"

The dynamic presentation July 20 at the History Center will start at 6 p.m. and is in conjunction with the temporary exhibit "Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation," which will is on display until November.

History Society members and students can attend the event for free, with a $5 charge for non-members. For more information on the event, visit