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Heard the bird?

Get to know the up-close-and-personal account of how a few Minnesota bands from a small Midwest market made it big. Rick Shefchik will be opening up about his book, "Everybody's Heard about the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock 'N' Roll in Minnesota."

Shefchik is a Duluth native and graduate of Dartmouth College. He spent 30 years in journalism, with the majority of it spent at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, before leaving in 2006 to become a novelist and freelance writer. He has written four novels and five works of nonfiction.

He currently resides in Stillwater with his family.

The event is 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Admission is free for Goodhue County Historical Society members and $5 for non-members.

View the shoreline of Lake City to Old Frontenac

Travel the waters of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River while learning about local history during the History Cruise with the Goodhue County Historical Society.

Central Point, Rest Island and Old Frontenac each have a unique history and connection to the story of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. From the creation of Hok-Si-La Park located near Central Park to Rest Island being the home of those wishing to be cured of alcoholism, the stories will be just as exciting as the views. Historian Fred Johnson will narrate the tour during the peak of the fall color season.

Cost for the History Cruise 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 is $25 per person.

A closer look at Red Wing architecture

Ever wondered about the historical architectural styles of houses in Red Wing? From the 1850s to the 1950s, learn how to identify the styles and details visible on Red Wing's historic homes, from the simplest vernacular and carpenter built cottages, to more elaborate Victorian and modern homes.

Participants may bring photographs of their own homes to ask Carrie Becker, a local architectural historian, about during the Q&A session. The event is in conjunction with Red Wing Community Education. To register, call Community Education at 651-385-4565 or visit the online registration, The event will be 6-7 p.m. Sept. 19 fat the Goodhue County History Center.There is a $14 charge.

Later on in the month, a Sunday afternoon tour will take place 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24, with four homes lined up. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Goodhue County History Center.

On Sept. 26, another historic home event will take place 6-8 p.m. at the Goodhue County History Center. The event will cover searching for clues from your home's architecture, analyzing deed abstracts and more to uncover information about your home's past. The cost is $24.

Book Talk: Patriot Hearts

On Sept. 19 from 6-7 p.m. at Lake City Public Library, come to a book talk on the World War I pride and prejudice that divided Minnesota, particularly Goodhue, Jackson and Martin counties.

Goodhue County Historical Society published "Patriot Hearts: World War I Pride and Prejudice in a Minnesota County" in June 2017. The story by Frederick Johnson dives into the largely forgotten 1917-18 Minnesota story in microcosm, using the examples of Goodhue, the state's most ethnically and politically polarized county.

Barn Bluff History Break

Bring your lunch to this month's History Break noon Sept. 20 at the History Center to hear Red Wing Park Naturalists Erin Aadelen and Anna Sills discuss how Barn Bluff is an essential component of Red Wing.

Topics such as, who helped to save the landmark from destructive quarrying and how can future generations carry on the tradition of maintaining Barn Bluff, will be discussed. The event is free and open to the public.

Poems on the Legacy of Civil War

On Sept. 21 from 6-7 p.m., Christopher Kemp, Anderson Center artist resident, will read from a new collection of poems, "Graceland." The poems will explore the Indianapolis 500, Graceland, Hoover Dam, the Pledge of Allegiance and how they contribute to the production of nationalist identity.

The collection documents the relationship between aesthetic production and forms of economic, social and political violence in which it's often embedded.

Admission is free for members and students. Tickets are $5 for non-members.