New Stillwater history book ready for signing

  • Updated: September 7, 2013 - 5:06 PM

The new book by Brent Peterson, "Images of America: Stillwater," features more than 200 historic photographs.

Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, will sign copies of his latest book, “Images of America: Stillwater,” at the Warden’s House Museum on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.

Peterson, who is a Stillwater native, has written several books about the city including, “Stillwater: The Next Generation,” and has also republished the book, “Convict Life at the Minnesota State Prison,” originally published in 1909.

He attended Mankato State University, graduating in 1986. He has been a member of the Washington County Historic Courthouse Advisory Committee and Stillwater’s Historic Preservation Commission. He currently is a member of the Fairview Cemetery board of trustees and the Vice-President of the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums.

“Images of America: Stillwater,” published by Arcadia Publishing of North Carolina, features more than 200 photographs of “The Birthplace of Minnesota.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the signing. The museum is at 602 N. Main St., Stillwater.

Contact Sean Pallas at or 651-439-5956 with any questions regarding this event or to schedule a tour of the museum.


Jazz festival set at sculpture park

Franconia Sculpture Park will present its Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. As the finale for Franconia’s 2013 music series, the festival will feature everything from beloved standards to original sounds from the edges of modern jazz.

At 12:15 p.m.: Trio Pika, featuring bassist Adam Linz of Fat Kid Wednesdays fame; Phil Hey, “the Twin Cities’ best drummer for nearly two decades” (City Pages); and Brian Nichols, well-known pianist and composer.

At 1:45 p.m.: vocalist Sophia Shorai, a collaborator with prominent musicians throughout the Midwest who is lso nationally recognized for her television and film work.

At 3 p.m.: Atlantis Quartet, City Pages Best Jazz Artist of 2011. Atlantis has been a leading voice in the Twin Cities’ modern jazz scene since its inception in 2006. The group is comprised of saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Pete Henning: “… great musicians playing original cutting-edge jazz. No standards here. This is the music that moves the genre forward.”

At 4:15 p.m., look for Lucia Newell, an acclaimed jazz vocalist “ … who would shine in any international concert hall.” Writing of Newell, Andrea Cantor of writes, “… Lucia Newell is a magnificent interpreter who communicates through intonation, phrasing, faultless diction (in two languages) and a husky contralto … Lucia turns her heart inside out …”

At 5:30 p.m.: Debbie Duncan, familiar on the Twin Cities jazz scene for many years. She has appeared nationally and internationally.


Courthouse tour opens unseen areas

Volunteers and staff will lead tours of areas in the Washington County Historic Courthouse that are typically closed to the public, including the sheriff’s residence, basement, archives, 1870 jail and the dome on the top of the building, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

The courthouse is in Stillwater at the corner of Pine and Third streets. When the building was completed in 1870, a sheriff’s residence was part of the structure. Sheriffs and their families lived onsite from 1870 until 1962. The residence is now rented for private office space.

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