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New York Mills' public library to help sponsor Minnesota's Greatest Generation series

The New York Mills public library will be collaborating with various groups to present Minnesota's Greatest Generation series. The series will include a concert, two plays, and a bus trip to the Minn. History Center - all free and open to the public.

On Saturday, September 25, at 7 p.m., The Golden Age of Radio will feature Prudnce Johnson and Dan Chouinard. The old-time radio concert will feature music and historical photographs from the 1930s and 1940s. The event will be held in the James Mann Auditorium at the New York Mills High School.

On Saturday, October 9, at 7 p.m., the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will have a Minnesota Historical Society "history player" bring to life the story of "Virginia Mae Hope", a WASP during World War II.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will be the location for another event sponsored by the New York Mills Public Library. A one-man play - "The Accidental Hero" - will recreate the story of a World War II Purple Heart recipient. The event is to be held on Saturday, October 23, at 7 p.m.

The series will conclude on Saturday, October 30, with free transportation and admission tickets to the Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. This event is limited to 55 participants, and many tickets have been given away already. Pre-registration is required. For information on how to obtain tickets, please call the Public Library at 218-385-2436.

All of the events in the series are free and open to the public. The programs have been made possible due to sponsorship by the Viking Library System and the New York Mills Public Library.

The collaboration also holds a partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society. Funds have been received from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.