Statewide Programming

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
May 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Project Overview
Minnesota Historical Society Players “Virginia Mae Hope” and “Maud Hart Lovelace” toured the region sharing their stories. “Virginia Mae Hope” shared the tales of her childhood during the Great Depression, her service as an air force pilot during World War II, and her experience of the changing roles of women in her lifetime. “Maud Hart Lovelace,” author of the “Betsy-Tacy” series of books, shared the tales of her childhood in the 1900’s and her experience writing the famed children’s books. Rhonda Laurie and her band performed their newest show “Happy Days Are Here Again: Uplifting Songs of the 30s, 40s and 50s.” Laurie and her band brought back musical highlights from the Greatest Generation era while also sharing some history of the times and those who made the music.
Project Details
558 people attended these programs. Date of Program: VIRGINIA MAE HOPE: Monday, April 9, 2012, 5:30 PM Gilbert Public Library; Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 10:00 AM Northeast Range School, Babbitt, 1:30 PM Mesabi East Schools, Aurora, 6:00 PM Hoyt Lakes Public Library; Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 1:30 PM Roosevelt Elementary School, Virginia, 4:30 PM Eveleth Public Library; Thursday, April 12, 2012, 10:00 AM Nashwauk High School, 1:30 PM Hibbing Public Library, 4:30 PM Buhl Public Library; Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:30 AM Duluth Public Library, 1:30 PM Two Harbors Public Library, 6:00 PM Silver Bay Public Library // MAUD HART LOVELACE: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 1:00 PM Baudette Public Library, 4:00 PM International Falls Public Library, 7:00 PM Cook Public Library; Thursday, April 12, 2012, 1:30 PM Calumet Public Library, 6:00 PM Cloquet Public Library; Friday, April 13, 2012, 4:30 PM Ely Public Library; Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:30 AM Grand Rapids Area Library, 2:00 PM Moose Lake Public Library. 511 people attended the Greatest Generation event. Date of Program: Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 7:00 PM Marshall School Auditorium, Duluth; Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 2:00 PM Virginia Regional Medical Center: Iron Range Auditorium, Virginia; Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:00 PM Grand Rapids Area Library, Grand Rapids; Friday, May 4, 2012, 7:00 PM, Hibbing Community College Theater, Hibbing; Saturday, May 5, 2012, 7:00 PM, Encore Performing Arts Center, Cloquet.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 4
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Educate patrons about famous Minnesota natives. Inspire patrons to follow their dreams. Educate patrons on Minnesota pop culture and history of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. -- Stimulate memories and reflection. -- Provide access to jazz, a genre of music not often accessible in Northeastern Minnesota.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Participant reactions and responses:
"Well presented, felt welcome and included, presenter knew her material and presented in a fun way."
"[I] didn’t know anything about Virginia Mae Hope before this."
"If you keep trying and believing and don’t’ give up, you can make your dreams come true."
"It’s so nice for things like this to come to our small town."
"Going back to those good old days. Danced to all those songs, was fantastic. Oh, how I miss that man of mine. "
"It was wonderfully uplifting. It made a crummy week better!"

Source of Additional Funds

Arrowhead Library System and Regional Libraries. Partner Contribution to the Program: The Libraries across the region provided the staff, facility, and electricity to host the program. They also marketed the programs through their respective communication media (e.g. facebook, Twitter, website, newsletters, etc). Other partners include Virginia Regional Medical Center, and Hibbing Community College Theater. Virginia Regional Medical Center and Hibbing Community College Theater provided performance space free of charge. Encore Performing Arts Center provided additional marketing for the event.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Arrowhead Library System
Street Address
5528 Emerald Avenue
Mt. Iron
Zip Code
(218)741-3840 Ext. 230
Administered By
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