Hank Sampson CD brings local history to life

Wondering what to buy the history buff on your Christmas list?

This Saturday, Dec. 15, come to the Warden’s House Museum, 602 North Main Street in Stillwater, and take advantage of the Washington County Historical Society’s sale on locally published books.

The highlight of the afternoon will be the release of Hank Sampson’s Heritage Series on compact disc. Sampson, who was “the voice of the St. Croix Valley,” produced segments for Stillwater radio station WAVN. The first episode hit the airwaves in 1966, the last in 1982.

“The series is one reason I was so interested in local history,” says executive director Brent Peterson. “Hank brought history back to life with his stories of days gone by. The whole family would listen to it on Sunday afternoons. Hank is surely missed, but his legacy lives on in the Heritage Series that he made famous.”

Sampson’s widow, Eloise, will be on hand to tell how Hank researched, wrote and performed the radio programs.

Other authors attending include Bob & Nancy Goodman, Brent Peterson and David Fabrio.

The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. See the museum decorated for the holiday and enjoy festive treats as you visit with local authors and shop for the history buffs on your list.

Mary Taylor Allen and her string instrument students will be on hand to provide musical entertainment.  A Stillwater High School quintet will also play.

For more information about the event, call the Washington County Historical Society at 651-439-5956.

Can’t attend? Books are available year-round at the Warden’s House Museum or by mail. Visit www.wchsmn.org/store for more information.

Washington County Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates the history of the county and state of Minnesota.

Founded in 1934, this private, donor-supported, nonprofit organization has more than 750 individual, family, and business members.

WCHS is supported by individual gifts, memberships, earned income, and foundation grants.