The Anoka County Library and the Anoka County Historical Society collaborate to offer these programs.

These programs are FREE and open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is limited. Please check the Library web site for more information!

Library Programs for the 2016-2017 Season

Greetings from the Halloween Capital of the World

Rum River Library | September 17, 2016 | 2pm

As the Halloween Capital of the World looks forward to serving as the official First Day of Issue site to unveil four Jack-O’-Lantern Forever stamps, you can learn more about the philatelic world. the heritage of the Postal System in Anoka County, the post office listed on the National Register, and of course, the history of Halloween events in this river town.


The Decentralization of Mental Health Care

Northtown Library | October 8, 2016 | 2pm

The State Hospital of Anoka has a long and storied past, but what happened after it closed? Where did the patients go and how did this change affect their families? This program will discuss the decline of the institutional system during the 1950s and the rise of decentralized mental health care that followed. Representatives from county agencies and social service nonprofits will join us in this session to provide more information on the modern day needs of our society.


Elections in Anoka County

Northtown Library | November 5, 2016 | 2pm

We’re heading into the most electric and polarizing of Presidential elections in modern memory…or are we? Come investigate the controversial elections of Anoka County’s past including the tumultuous years during WWII, the Progressive Era, and even as far back as the 1800s. Who got caught in the middle and who came out the winner? You’ll find out during this presentation.


The Greatest Generation at Home

Rum River Library | December 17, 2016 | 2pm

They said it would be a day that would live in infamy and they were right. The 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor just occurred and in commemoration, the Anoka County Historical Society has opened a new exhibit exploring life on the and the support provided to those who were serving. This program will share what it was like to read the daily war news in the paper, knit socks for the Red Cross, and trade letters with the “boys over there” during this unifying and propaganda-filled era. Then head over to the museum to see the new exhibit!


Education in Anoka County

Rum River Library | January 14, 2017 | 2pm

Everyone wants the best for their children, especially regarding the schools where they spend so much of their time. As Anoka County housing quickly developed in the 1950s and 60s, the one room school house became obsolete and gave way to larger, more consolidated school districts. This program will look at that transition and the influential people, like Edith Patch, who created the best system they knew how to support the baby boom generation and in turn, establish the foundation of the educational system we know today.


Weddings in Anoka County

Northtown Library | February 11, 2017 | 2pm

Take a closer look at the wedding traditions of Anoka County through the collections of the Anoka County Historical Society. Why did wedding dresses become white when they had origins in darker shades? How does the economy influence fashion design? Get those answers, hear some more quirky folklore, and learn stories of families on their special days.


East Bethel Booster Club

East Bethel Library | March 11, 2017 | 2pm

East Bethel is the largest city in Anoka County by land area. How did this community come to be its own city, and how did that city grow and develop? Shortly after incorporation in 1957, a group of determined citizens formed the East Bethel Booster Club. Under the leadership of John H. Nordin, they spent the next two decades helping their new city to grow and prosper. Learn the story of the Booster Club, their ups and downs, and the lasting legacy they have left in East Bethel.


Family Archives

Rum River Library | April 8, 2017 | 2pm

Spring is a season for wrapping up those floundering remodeling projects quick before family and friends descend to celebrate graduations and reunions. It’s also a time of going through those photo albums and (let’s be honest) shoeboxes to find the right combination of memories for posters and coffee table books. While you’re digging through your closets, why not take a little extra time to index your collection, sort out documents, or label some archival folders? Not sure how? The Anoka County Historical Society’s Collections Manager will break it down for you into some easy to handle steps so you can get the past organized for the future.