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Historical actor to perform at library

The contributions of French scientist, mathematician and cartographer, Joseph Nicollet, will come alive when an actor from the Minnesota Historical Society visits the Perham Area Public Library on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. 

Born in France in 1786, Nicollet traveled to the area that would become known as Minnesota in 1836. He led three expeditions through areas including the Mississippi River, Lake Itasca, the St. Croix River and the Pipestone quarries.

During his expeditions he created a remarkably accurate cartographical record of the region. Nicollet re-invented himself at age 50 with a new career and new experiences in America. He helped to chart the Minnesota landscape using astronomy, mathematics and 1800s technological tools to create important maps of the region. 

Teens and adults are encouraged to attend the free program.

The society’s actors introduce audiences to notable Minnesotans who have made contributions to the state and beyond. 

Call Susan Heusser-Ladwig at 346-4892 for more details.