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A Day at College

For lifelong learners of any age, a day full of educational activities — without the tests!  This program is available thanks to the generous support of the Ed Greve Emeritus College endowment, Alworth Emeritus endowment and the General Emeritus endowment.

Monday, October 31, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth Campus
Cost: $10 (includes lunch)


Registration for this event is now closed.


8:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

9:00 a.m.
Welcome by Dr. Colette McCarrick Geary, President of The College of St. Scholastica

9:15 a.m.
The Orphan Train Experience
Renee Wendiger who is the daughter of an 1917 orphan train riderAuthor and historian, Renee Wendiger who is the daughter of an 1917 orphan train rider herself, has written multiple books about the largest mass migration of children to occur in American history. The children of the orphan trains took part in a phenomenal journey from New York City to the Midwest to find families willing to adopt them. Ms. Wendinger is the recipient of the Founders Award presented by the National Orphan Train Complex.

10:30 a.m. 
Sister Amata: The Lumberjack Nun
Lumberjack Nuns in the woods
Educator, actor and director Sara Breeze, tells the story of Sr. Armata Mackett, known as the Lumberjack Sister, who traveled the woods of Northern Minnesota to offer the northland's first form of health insurance to lumberjacks and miners. The lumberjacks were then guaranteed care at one of the several hospitals built by the sisters — unless the injury was due to fighting or alcohol!Sister Amata would also bake pies for them, darn their socks, listen to their woes, doctor their wounds, and provide them with spiritual support.

11:45 a.m.
Lunch in Storm’s Den dining room below Mitchell Auditorium.

12:45 p.m. 
Historical Notes: The Songs of America’s Heritage
Mark Bridge playing the guitar
Author, musician, and historian Mark Bridge, takes the audience on a lively, singalong journey through music history of the 1800s and presents interesting figures from history — pioneers, settlers, miners, outlaws, hucksters, soldiers and more. His repertoire covers a wide variety of musical selections including compositions by Stephen Foster, Daniel Decatur Emmett and other composers of the period along with ;many other selections popular during the Victorian era such as Clementine, Oh! Susanna and My Old Kentucky Home Goodnight.