History for sale at the Warden’s House

   Want to go local with your holiday shopping? How about a personalized gift for the history lover in your life?

The Washington County Historical Society will sell locally published books from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Warden’s House, 602 Main St. in Stillwater.

Instead of standing in line at the department store, sip coffee while listening to live entertainment by Stillwater students.

Visitors will save more than 50 percent off the publisher’s price on some titles.

    Books on early paddleboat history, Lumberjack Days, Minnesotans in the Civil War, the old Stillwater Prison and the infamous Younger brothers will be offered.

Featured authors Robert and Nancy Goodman, Bruce Kohn, Brent Peterson, Bill Schrankler, and Gloria VanDemmeltraadt will chat about their newest works and sign copies of their books.

Schrankler’s new book, “Shadows of Time: Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots,” is illustrated with historic and present-day photographs. Published by the Woodbury Heritage Society, the book includes a forward by former Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson.

   Bruce Kohn is the author “Dakota Child, Governor’s Child: The Life of Helen Hastings Sibley,” about the daughter of Minnesota’s first governor, Henry Sibley, and a Dakota woman known as Red Blanket. The book is published by Friends of the Sibley Historic Site.

Midwest historians Robert and Nancy Goodman have written several books on the St. Croix Valley, including “Joseph R. Brown: Adventurer,” “Paddlewheels of the Upper Mississippi,” “The Last Rafter: David Bronson and the St. Croix Lumber Industry” and “A History of Washington County.”

Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, released this fall a new work published by Arcadia. The book’s 200 photos of Stillwater trace its history from lumber boom town to historic river city.

   Peterson’s other books on the Stillwater area will also be available, as will local favorites “Reflections of Forest Lake,” “Scandia: Then & Now” and “Pioneers of the Big Lake Community.”

For more information, call Sean Pallas at 651-439-5956 or visit www.wchsmn.org.