Washington County Historical Society wins history award

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“Girl from Birch Creek: The Life and Legacy of Justice Rosalie Wahl” has brought recognition to the Washington County Historical Society.
The group received a Minnesota History Award from the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums for the documentary, which was written and directed by Emily Haddad of Stillwater and produced by Haddad and John Kaul of Afton.
It traces the life of Minnesota’s first female Supreme Court Justice from the banks of Birch Creek, Iowa, to Lake Elmo, Minnesota and then to the bench of the highest court in the state. The documentary is narrated by Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio.
The project was financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
“This is a great tribute to the filmmakers involved in the project and for the subject itself,” said Brent Peterson, Washington County Historical Society Executive Director, “Justice Wahl’s appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court opened many doors later on.”
Copies of the DVD can be purchased at the Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater.