Sharing the love: 3 inducted into Red Wing Women’s Hall of Fame
Work relentlessly with an eye toward the community's future. That mantra emerged as speakers talked about the three 2019 inductees to the Red Wing Women's Hall of Fame.
The late Frances Densmore dedicated her life to ensuring that Native American song wasn't lost to the wave of the white man's music.
Today, Patty Brown looks to help businesses and the community thrive for decades to come, and Katie Hardyman Morem's focus is on preparing people and Red Wing to make the most of the future.
The Women's Network awards luncheon was held Wednesday, March 14, during Women's History Month.
Born in 1867 in Red Wing, Densmore grew up overlooking the Mississippi River and hearing the distant sounds of Dakota Indians singing, Goodhue County Historical Society Executive Director Robin Wipperling said.
"I heard an Indian drum, when I was very young," Densmore once said when asked about her life's work. "In my adult life I have followed that drum across the country over the plains, deserts, and mountains; always the Indian drum calling me."
Densmore made 2,500 sound recordings, which are now housed at the Smithsonian. She published 200 articles and authored 20 books as well as lectured throughout the U.S. on Indian music. Her last study trip commenced when she was 87 and traveled to visit the Seminole Indians in Florida.
Densmore died at 92 at her Red Wing home in 1957.
"You made sure she was not forgotten," Wipperling said in accepting the Women's Hall of Fame honor on Densmore's behalf.
Work with custom training at Minnesota State College Southeast and involvement in numerous activities bring Hardyman Morem in contact daily with the community, her nomination papers state. The list includes Live Healthy Red Wing and United Way; Red Wing Public Schools, the booster club and vote yes committee; Red Wing Area Manufacturers Association, the Society of Human Resource Management and the chamber; Red Wing 2040 Plan and more.
"She wants everyone to succeed," MSC Southeast communications director Katryn Conlin said. Everyone laughed when she added, "Bottom line, Katie has a hard time saying no."
Two of Hardyman Morem's recent projects have taken custom training beyond the traditional manufacturing setting. She brings in experts to address high school students on subjects that will help them prepare for the future, and she has worked with MSC Southeast staff to develop Manufacturing 101 taught at the Goodhue County jail and Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing.
"She is passionate in helping these individuals learn and grow," Conlin said.
Hardyman Morem noted that great people surround her and make good things happen.
"I love Red Wing. I would do anything for this town," she said in accepting the award.
Speaking about their boss and "Chamber Lady No. 1," Tammy Wadley, Laura Aadalen and Marion Fitschen praised Brown for being a tireless worker and an inspiration to everyone she meets.
"She's always looking into the future to help businesses and the community grow," Wadley said. "She never asked anyone to do something she wouldn't or hasn't done herself."
Much of her involvement in recent years stems from her leadership at Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce — from successfully marketing the downtown during two years of complete highway reconstruction to serving as a communications conduit during the current Mississippi River Bridge construction, from assisting with the installation of a free EV charging station to attract tourists to coordinating the local stop of the U.S. Christmas Tree Project. Aadalen also noted Brown's coordination of candidate forums with League of Women Voters and Noontime Kiwanis.
Volunteering goes well beyond the chamber, however. Fitschen ticked off a long list that includes the YMCA, Jaycees, United Lutheran Church and the school district's Parent Advisory Council.
But Brown credited the community.
"I share this with all of you for helping us do all the great, fun, rewarding things that we get to do on a daily basis," Brown said. "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart."