Society News: Brownsdale Study Club

Published 6:09 am Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Brownsdale Study Club met Aug. 20 at the home of Jane Hartson. Jane led the Collect to bring the meeting to order. Seven members answered roll call to “favorite teacher.” The minutes and treasurer’s reports were approved as read.

After discussing several options for a fall outing, a motion was made by Fern, seconded by Sharon and passed. We will be visiting Gary’s Country Museum in Stewartville and lunching at Pizza Ranch. The date will be determined at our next meeting. We are still searching for a new member. A couple prospects will be contacted.

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Elections were held and officers for the 2019-2020 year were elected as follows: Sharon Willis, president; Rena Perrigo, vice president; Mary Moritz, secretary/treasurer.

Leone Peterson will host in September and members will discuss details for new booklets at that time. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Mary Moritz. A motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn the meeting.

Shelley presented a piece on Jim Goddard, chairman of Care Leavers Association UK, and his visit to Owatonna’s Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum. Goddard is greatly impressed with the museum and believes it to be unique particularly in the way it “represents the lives of the people who lived here.” According to Goddard, EXPERIENCES of children in places like the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children are pieces of history not really told in most countries. He believes this museum is the best example he has ever seen of that social history. The school, which housed 10,635 children between 1886 and 1945, included a “village” of cottages, a gym, church, garden, hospital and cemetery.

Leone joined the group and presented a receipt for a plant given to Ida Foster. A delicious fruit pizza served by Jane was enjoyed by all.