Koochiching Museums (copy)

With the arrival of spring signals the end of a local program bringing history to the people — “History on Tap.”

Season two’s finale, hosted by Koochiching County Historical Society staff, will take place April 11 at Loony’s Brew in Ranier. An early show will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a late show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The topic will be “The Matters of Medicine: Epidemics, Maladies, & Death,” said a press release. Early medicine in Koochiching County from 1896 through the early 1950’s and the struggles that pioneers in the region faced will be discussed. Speakers will include Mike Williams, Byrne Johnson and Ashley LaVigne, executive administrative assistant of the Koochiching County Historical Society.

“We will break down where exactly Koochiching County stood as far as medical capabilities during the early days, in relation to not only the state of Minnesota, but to the United States overall,” LaVigne said of the upcoming show. “There’s a lot to unpack here — from epidemic and quarantine practices, childbirth and mental health care, to vaccine and antibiotic development, we’ve got loads to keep you intrigued.”

The last event of the season will also include prizes, said the release. Every person that walks in the door has an opportunity to win swag, goodies from the gift shop, and gift certificates.

“You have packed the pub, brought your friends and family, made new friends, and learned a lot of fun things. You’ve been able to purchase some pretty cool swag — if we do say so ourselves — and have supported us in ways we cannot even begin to count,” said LaVigne of the show’s success. “The more people that show up and pack the pub, the more stuff we give away.”

Tickets are now available if attendees would like or require a chair. Seating will again be limited for this showing. To obtain tickets visit https://www.koochichingmuseums.org/tickets and choose the show you wish to attend, the number of tickets you need, and enter your name and email. Tickets are able to be printed or used digitally. Ticket holders will check in at the door and get wrist bands.

If you have any difficulty with obtaining tickets, contact Koochiching County Historical Society staff by calling 218-283-4316.

Free will donations are appreciated as funds go back into the cost of production and future equipment purchases.

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