Upcoming Speakers:

December 14

Peggy Landwehr Roske, Benedictine Migrations
The Benedictines came to St. Cloud in 1856 and settled in Collegeville in 1866, 150 years ago, to serve the German and other immigrants of Minnesota. Using historical maps, images and accounts, CSB/SJU’s archivist Peggy Roske will take you on a (virtual) tour of those early years in St. Cloud and in what’s now known as St. John’s Arboretum.
Peggy grew up in St. Cloud, was in the last class to graduate from St. Ben's High School before it closed, and graduated from CSB in 1977.  With her Master's from UW-Madison, she was a reference librarian for 25 years before transitioning to  being the archivist for CSB and SJU.  With names like Lodermeier, Rennie, Kraemer and Mauer in her family tree, she enjoys sharing archival sources with others with an interest in central Minnesota, and will also show what resources can be found on the CSB/SJU Archives' websites.

January 11, 2017
Norm Setnicker, Slovenian Immigration to Minnesota from 1855 - 1914

Norm Setnicker will present the history of Slovenians who settled in Minnesota. Most Slovene emigrants came to the United States roughly from 1870 to 1924, the classic period of development of industry and mining in the United States, especially after the end of the Civil War. In 1910 the United States was home to around 180,000 Slovene immigrants and their children. Setnicker will trace the importance of early Slovenian missionaries such as Frideric Baraga, Francis Pierz (Pirc), and Joseph Buh in promoting immigration to Minnesota in the area of St. Stephen-Brockway area  of central Minnesota in the 1860s and the Iron Range area of St. Louis County in 1880s and 1890s.

Setnicker was born in the heart of the Mesabi Iron Range in the small town of. A retired teacher, he is the author of Twin Cities Slovenians: A Ten Year History and has dual citizenship with Slovenia. Please join us for this fascinating presentation.

Quick Facts:


Date: Second Wednesday of the Month

Time: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Cost: Free for members; $7 for nonmembers

Location: Stearns History Museum

Questions? Contact Archivist Steve Penick at (320) 253-8424 or email spenick@stearns-museum.org

Stearns History Museum • 235-33rd Avenue South • St. Cloud, MN  56301   

(320) 253-8424 •  info@stearns-museum.org