The Forgotten Arts Speaker Series January 20 - February 10 POSTPONED

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The Forgotten Arts Speaker Series - THIS SERIES HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO A RISE IN COVID-19 NUMBERS. 

The upcoming speaker series starting January 20th-February 10th has been postponed and will be rescheduled in coming weeks. Stay tuned for new dates and sorry for any inconvienance this may cause. 

Every Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Minnesota Discovery Center starting January 20th - February 10th.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Description: These days we often regard crafts such as weaving, spinning, loom building, and blacksmithing as artforms or interesting hobbies, but not that long ago these were all essential skills for everyday life and successful industry.  This speaker series introduces four local artists who not only have many years of hands-on experience in the processes and techniques of their crafts, but who have also researched and learned about the history and traditions surrounding them. 

Join us every Thursday starting January 20th - February 10th to learn about the forgotten arts of the Iron Range! This fascinating  upcoming speaker series will cover different traditional crafts that range from weaving, fiber arts, blacksmithing, and will be presented by local craters. 

Schedule: 

Jan 20 – Mary Erickson - Kangaspuut:  Finnish American Weavers & Their Looms

Jan 27 – Doug Swenson - The Minnesota Blacksmith of the late 19th Century: A time of transition

Feb 3 – Bruce Engebretson - Immigrant Style Looms: More than just "rug machines"

Feb 10 – Kristy Balder - Flax to Linen: Traditional Methods from Field to Fabric

Speaker Bios coming soon!