Programs and Events

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Margaret Shaw Johnson - October 8th, 2022 11:30 AM

"The Haunting of Potter's Fields"

In-person at the Uptown Cafe, 224 Jefferson Street South, Wadena

ZOOM Meeting ID 867 0338 5655

These are a series of stories about some of the early settlers of Winona, Minnesota. They worked hard to achieve the American Dream but the obstacles they faced proved to be too much. They failed, dying poor and often alone, ending up buried in Potter's Fields.

Margaret Shaw Johnson was a trial court judge in Minnesota's Third Judicial District for twenty-one years. Her experience gives her a unique understanding of the hardships and struggles of ordinary people, and her heartfelt compassion--and realization that fate can undo any of us---shows in her storytelling.

After the Zoom meeting, a recording of this program will be available on the website.

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Summer Legacy 2022

Tom Pope - AUGUST 13th 2022 1:30 PM

Robertson Theatre - 600 Colfax Avenue SW, Wadena, MN 56482

Tom Pope was a Hollywood screenwriter for 25 years. He will speak about his experiences with the movie industry and the famous people he wrote for. Whether you are an aspiring writer yourself, or just have a fascination with the movies, you wont want to miss his presentation.

Fall Legacy Online 2021

42nd St Band - DECEMBER 19 2021 7:00 pm

Robertson Theatre - 600 Colfax Avenue SW, Wadena, MN 56482

42nd Street Jazz Band Christmas Show

Spring Legacy Online 2021

Pippa White

Pippa White in a one-woman show "The Orphan Train"

To receive a link to the Zoom meeting, email

Fall Legacy Online 2020

42nd St Band

Livestream concert with some of the best jazz musicians in the area. Kathie Brekke and Russ Peterson will take you on an exciting tour of several decades of jazz with the 42nd Street Jazz Band.

Click here to watch a recording of this performance

Fall Legacy Online 2020

Fred Keller has a passion for Minnesota history and local stories. He is also a professional musician whose songs will connect you to a Minnesota long past, but not entirely lost.

Songs and Stories from Fred Keller, Mandolin. Recorded on Zoom October 13, 2020

Spring Legacy Online

Singer-Songwriter, Elisa Korenne, was scheduled to perform one of her song and story shows in Wadena on April 24. Since that’s not possible, we are providing a link to a program created earlier by Prairie Public called “Minnesota’s Unsung History Stories”. The hour-long program features original songs by Elisa Korenne that are focused on little-known, but historically relevant events and people throughout Minnesota. Songs including "When Feathers Flew" (about Herman Fink of Wadena).Watch them all at once or enjoy one a day. Minnesota’s Unsung History Stories by Elisa Korenne

Spring Legacy Online

Multi-instrumentalist, Todd Green, is a one-man band of original music performed on more than 30 acoustic string, flute and percussion instruments from around the world. Listen to Todd Green’s Music

Minnesota Voices Online

The work of 47 regional poets was selected for Minnesota Voices celebration of National Poetry Month. A booklet containing the poems will made available by mail and online. A link will be posted on this website.