Rochester an Urban Biography, Past, Present and Future Book Discussion (via Zoom)
Rochester: An Urban Biography, Past, Present and Future – A Book Discussion (via Zoom)
March 7, 6:30-8:00pm
$10 prepaid/preregistered. Preregistration is required.
Registration Deadline: March 5. (A Zoom link will be emailed on March 6.)
Rochester, Minnesota’s third largest city, is known as home of the Mayo Medical Center, but what else? Centuries ago, the Dakota and Ho-Chunk peoples gathered along Wazi Ozu Wapka (Zumbro River). European immigrants found their way to the area and a city was built on an economy of wheat and milling. Rochester’s spectacular history is threaded with innovative success and less known struggles. Long ago it was a stopping place for the stagecoach between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Dubuque, Iowa. Today it is a growing community, striving to pave new paths forward.
Mayor Kim Norton and Jamia (Mia) Erickson will discuss Rochester’s past, present, and future with a special focus on equity and opportunity. Virginia Wright- Peterson, moderator and author, is committed to collecting, preserving, and sharing stories that illuminate issues from the past that are relevant today.
Virginia is the author of Women at Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation and A Woman’s War, Too: Women’s Work During WWII. She has a Ph.D. in English and has taught writing for more than fifteen years. Currently, she serves as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Campus Resources at the University of Minnesota-Rochester.
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