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SCAG Meeting – Carolyn Sowinski, “Frozen on the Minnesota Prairie”

October 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Many genealogists have not considered how adverse weather conditions affected their ancestors and the communities in which they lived. How could a researcher find information regarding weather and its effects from decades ago?

Kandiyohi County native Carolyn Mankell Sowinski will share her experience in a book talk hosted by the St. Cloud Area Genealogists on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 7 p.m. at Stearns History Museum (235 33 rd Ave S., St. Cloud). In Sowinski’s sixth book, The Great Storm: Minnesota’s Victims in the Blizzard of January 7, 1873, she identifies 84 people from 31 counties in the state who died in this three-day storm. These victims included men, women and children; Civil War veterans and recent immigrants; homesteaders and villagers. Sowinski will read excerpts about the storm, highlight historic documents about
the victims and share some of her approaches to genealogical research.

The presentation will also be available online and will be recorded for members of SCAG and registered guests. Books will be for sale at the event and can be purchased with cash or a check.

This event is free for SCAG members, $7 for non-members. To register, email


October 17, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Stearns History Museum
235 33rd Ave S
St Cloud, MN 56301 United States
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