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Bringing Local History to Life: The History of Oak Grove

Date: Apr 13th, 2013

Relive local history by listening to stories of Oak Grove’s past and seeing artifacts that were used in everyday life.  Join us in the shelter building at Rum River North Park on Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 pm for a historical look at Oak Grove. The Rum River North Shelter Building is located in the Rum River North County Park at 23100 Rum River Blvd in St. Francis.

“Our early settlers were rugged innovators who made the most of the land,” said Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, who represents Oak Grove. “This is a great educational opportunity to look into the eyes of these pioneers and see the successes and the struggles etched on their faces.”

Oak Grove is one of the original townships in Anoka County, established in 1857, but it did not become a full-fledged city until 1993.  A slide show of photographs from Oak Grove’s past takes participants on a visual tour through this township turned city.  This is backyard history at its best!

“History happens everywhere, not just on the battlefields and in big cities,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle, “Learn more about the history of the ordinary people that lived here before us.”

This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.  The History of Oak Grove is sponsored by the Anoka County Library, presented by the Anoka County Historical Society, and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-712-2322.