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Upcoming Events

April 20, 7 p.m.
OPEN MIC POETRY
American Pen Women & Historical Society

Stina.Ross

ARCTIC STORYTELLER
STINA FAGERTUN from the Coastal Fjords of Norway, presenting Ancient Sami and Kven Fairytales of Artic Norway. Award Winning International Story Teller ~ joined by ROSS SUTTER, Local, National & International Scandinavian Performer & Educator

Appearing at the Bloomington Old Town Hall, located at the historic intersection of Penn and Old Shakopee Road, on Sunday afternoon, April 23rd, 2017 at 2 pm.

May 19, 6 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Centennial Gala at Bloomington Doubletree Hotel ~ ALL SCHOOL REUNION! Watch for further details!

June 11, 3 p.m.
MIDSUMMER EVENT
Featuring Vindonia, a visiting trio from Sweden, including a Harpist, Fiddler, Singer.!

Vindonia

Scanian folk songs, Celtic harp and Jämtlandish fiddle: Vindonia sprung out of pure joy of making music, and a preference for songs of desire and despair, playful tunes and melodies to lift body and mind. Their music brings us on new pathways to a landscape rich with contrast an nuance.

Vindonia plays Nordic traditional tunes in a personal style, featuring Lise Enochsson, Scanian folk singing; Karin Blom, Jämtland fiddling, and Susan Syverson on the Celtic harp.

Lise sings with inescapable presence; a voice clear as a starry night and forcing pensive thoughts.

The forest is Karin's element: Expanse of spruce forest is mirrored in vibrant polskor; the patterns of veritable nature reflected in ornaments on the fiddle.

Susan and her harps are equally at home in fine halls as at barn dances. With her wide and solid experience, she colours tunes with brilliance and resolve.

The music plays Vindonia.

June 14, 6 p.m.
FLAG DAY
Salute to the American Flag at the Old Town Hall!

June 18, 7 p.m.
JOHN PHILLIPS SOUSA BAND at the POND HOUSE!
BRIDGEMAN’S ICE CREAM served by the Bloomington Historical Society beginning at 6 p.m.

July 3
SUMMER FETE
NORMANDALE LAKE ~ Music, Fun and Fireworks!

July 20, 7 p.m.
OPEN MIC POETRY
American Pen Women & Historical Society

August 20, 2 p.m.
DOUG OHMAN ~ PIONEER PHOTOGRAPHY
“UNCOVERING HISTORY” CHRONICLE OF LOST HISTORY ~ BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE! Doug will tell us what the things we find tell us about history ~ “What are we walking on” … “the Mysteries of History.” Don’t’ miss this! Doug’s photography books of Minnesota Historic Sites will be available.

September 16, Noon
HERITAGE DAY AT NATIVITY!
JOIN IN THE FESTIVITIES Bring the family!

October 14, 2 p.m.
HARVEST FEST!
FARMER GORDON FREDRICKSON ~Gordon will talk about his books “If I Were a Farmer Making Hay” & “Raising Little Duck.” Come for the Stories & Fall Fun…Mini Jack Painting, Old Fashioned Games!

October 19, 7 p.m.
OPEN MIC POETRY
America Pen Women & Historical Society

November 5, 2 p.m.
THANKSGIVING PROGRAM
Followed by Annual Meeting at 3:30

December 10, 2 p.m.
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES
Traditional Music & More! Take a Holiday break. Bring your family and friends! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Be a Part of Bloomington Forever!

Bloomington's Old Town Hall History Plaza has a place for YOU!

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Sponsor an engraved History Brick on Old Town Hall History Plaza for your family, friends, business, school, sports team, special milestones in life, memorials, awards and other commemorations. Purchase a 3 line 4"X8" brick for $100 or a 6 line 8"X8" brick for $175. Write 18 characters per line, including spaces between lines.

Deadlines are September 14 or February 14 ongoing.

Visit the Old Town Hall History Center at the corner of Penn and Old Shakopee.

  • Include a visit in your itinerary of summer events for visiting guests, reunions, social gatherings.
  • Learn about Bloomington's ancient and recent history.
  • View our cultural collections of historic artifacts, photos and memorabilia of many generations.
  • Hours are Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m., closed Mondays and Fridays.

The Bloomington Historical Society is a 501©3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Questions? Call 952-881-4327.


An Interesting Artifact

Dugout canoe

Dugout canoe antiquity ~ Circa 1600s

The Bloomington Historical Society-owned dugout canoe antiquity was found by George Hopkins, farmer-historian of Bloomington, on his property between 1966-1968. The canoe was partially buried in mud in the Minnesota River Valley approximately one-third of the way uphill of the lower bluff. Mr. Hopkins sought the opinion of fellow historian Stanley Danielson who realized the significance of finding the rare archaeological treasure. Otto Christianson of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Division was contacted and Park Maintenance staff uncovered the dugout, Approximately 16 feet in length, the find was transported to the Bloomington Old Town Hall Museum, 10200 Penn Avenue South.

An evaluation was requested from the Minnesota Historical Society conservator, who advised that the dugout be soaked in an ethylene glycol product for an indefinite period so as to permeate the dugout for preservation purposes. Glycol was the recommended conservation product at that time. The canoe was on exhibit in the lower level of the the Museum until 2007 when it was removed during the restoration of the building to its 1892 appearance. At that time, to conserve and stabilize the dugout, the Bloomington Historical Society consulted Minnesota Historical Society experts and then enlisted the expertise of Terry Brown of Museum Professionals, Inc. of Loretto, Minnesota.

The dugout has been cleaned of all sand and dirt embedded deep in the recesses. An archival-approved product (b72) was applied that permeated the decayed cells of the dugout and provided strength to the ancient cottonwood. Mr. Brown will also build and install and archival artifact mount for the canoe. The padded steel mount will provide support and long-term exhibition. A maple surface platform on rollers will be used with the archival artifact mount; a graphic panel will provide historical information about the use of dugout canoes by the various indigenous peoples, and will include the processes used in the construction. Following completion of the project, the dugout canoe will be on exhibit at the restored 1892 Bloomington Old Town Hall. The time period for the dugout canoe was estimated by area historians to be circa 1600s, indicating usage by the ancient Iowa/Oneota tribes and later the Dakota peoples.

Birch bark canoes were not used in southern Minnesota at that time.

Sponsor a custom-designed exhibit case

The Bloomington Historical Society is refurbishing the Old Town Hall History Museum with custom-designed exhibit cases, pedestals and kiosks. These items are donor-sponsored. For further information or if you would like to contribute to this effort, please contact 952-881-4327.

 

Learn More About Bloomington

Old Town Hall


Bloomington
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History
Summary

Read the short version of the town's history since 1600.


Bloomington History Timeline

A picture history that fuses our geological and cultural heritage.

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