East metro briefs: Rosalie Wahl documentary earns award

  • Updated: July 19, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Judge Rosalie Wahl, subject of the film “Girl from Birch Creek.”

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The Washington County Historical Society recently received a Minnesota History Award from the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) for the documentary “Girl from Birch Creek,” the story of the life of the late Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl.

The documentary was written and directed by Emily Haddad of Stillwater and produced by Haddad and John Kaul of Afton. It traces the life of Minnesota’s first female Supreme Court Justice from the banks of Birch Creek in Iowa, to Lake Elmo and then to the highest court in the state. The project was financed in part with funds provided by the state from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Nominations were taken by MALHM for three project categories: public programs, publications and behind the scenes.

“Each project symbolizes the great work being done by local history organizations across the state,” said Dustin Heckman, MALHM board member and history awards coordinator.

“This is a great tribute to the filmmakers involved in the project and for the subject itself,” said Brent Peterson, Washington County Historical Society executive director. “Justice Wahl’s appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court opened many doors later on.”


Entries sought for city photo contest

The Stillwater Visitors Bureau invites photographers and those with a passion for capturing great shots to submit their best Stillwater images by Sept. 14 for the chance to win up to $300 or a Stillwater getaway.

There will be first, second and third place and popular-vote winners. All will receive recognition on the DiscoverStillwater.com website and be showcased in the 2015 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide and in social media. Images are encouraged from all four seasons and must be taken in the Stillwater area.

Subject ideas include people and/or places that portray Stillwater’s history, landmarks, scenery, local attractions, dining and lodging, weddings, art scenes, architecture, and more. Up to three images can be submitted by the deadline with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for the cash-prize category.

Get details and submit images to the contest page on “Discover Stillwater” on Facebook or Instagram (http://tinyurl.com/StillwaterPhoto). Winners will be notified in October.

Abnet studios offering workshop

A three-day workshop on drawing and watercolor painting is being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Wednesday, July 23, to Friday, July 25, at Abnet Farm Studios, 16885 Square Lake Trail N., Stillwater.

The workshop with artists Edie Abnet and Lorie Schackmann will focus on drawing, painting and discussion.

Mornings will center on the basics of drawing, while afternoons will focus on the joy of adding color and its potential in the watercolor media.

Lunch will be a time for critique and other discussion opportunities. Bring a bag lunch on Wednesday and Thursday and two toppings for a pizza lunch on Friday.

Cost is $150; supplies are not included. For additional information, please contact Abnet at 651-439-3297 or potshard@q.com.

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