History on Tap: Women in the Wild

The Koochiching County Historical Society’s next “History on Tap” show will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Loony’s Brew in Ranier on March 7. The show’s topic will be “Women in the Wild: Part II.”

A new episode of "History on Tap," a series that brings local history to the people, will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Loony's Brew in Ranier March 7. 

The topic will be "Women in the Wild: Part II," a press release said, and will coincide with Women's History Month - a month-long celebration of women's contributions to society and history that is observed during the month of March. In the U.S., it has been officially celebrated since March of 1987, said the release. Originally, it started out as Women's History Week, but by 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to establish a Women's History Month, which they did when they passed Public Law 100-09 on March 12, 1987.

Last year's event on this topic was the Koochiching County Historical Society's single largest exhibit ever made for a History on Tap show and was one of the staff's most popular events.

"We are back again to carry on the discussion and bring more new women to share with you, as well as talk about their impacts on society and industry," said Ashley LaVigne, executive administrative assistant of the Koochiching County Historical Society.

This year's exhibit will include six exhibit sets for a total of 18 panels of photos and information. Speakers include LaVigne, Catherine Crawford, Byrne Johnson and Peggy Vigoren. 

"We will be talking about subjects never before discussed or really investigated - which includes the women and their experiences working in early Mando," said LaVigne. 

Tickets to both shows are now available, however the cost to attend is free. If attendees require a chair, then it is suggested to obtain tickets. Seating will be more limited for this event to accommodate the large display, said the release. 

To obtain tickets visit https://www.koochichingmuseums.org/tickets. Choose the show you wish to attend, the number of tickets needed, and enter in your name and email. Tickets are able to be printed or used digitally. Ticket holders will check in at the door and get wristbands.

If interested attendees have difficulty obtaining tickets contact the Koochiching County Historical Society at 218-283-4316.

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

Call for stories 

If you know a woman who worked in the following industries during 1940-1980, and they are available to speak, contact Koochiching County Historical Society staff.

  • Paper Industry/Insulite
  • Logging
  • Commercial fishing

Staff are also interested in speaking with any and all other pioneering women or women of impact. 

Email suggestions to koochmuseums@gmail.com with the subject line: "Industrious Women." 

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