RCTC LIFE Program presents “By the Waters of Lake Minnetonka—Minnesota’s Most Famous Lake” with Eric Dregni MFA

 Eric will present his findings compiled in his book "By the Waters of Minnetonka" that uncovers remarkable and hidden facts about the lake and those who have lived on its shores, from the region’s original Dakota inhabitants to the present.

Monday, March 20 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

RCTC Heintz Center Rm. HA112 1926 College View Drive SE

Event Type

Community

Target Audience

21+

Website

http://www.learningisforever.net

Cost

LIFE Member Fee: $15 LIFE Non-Member Fee: $25

Detail Description

Lake Minnetonka is renowned for its natural beauty as well as the prominent people it has attracted to its shores as a historic site of grand hotels, steamboats, and wealthy visitors from around the world and as the home of the legendary Excelsior Amusement Park. But did you know that early European settlers to the region faced conditions so dire that they named an outlet of the lake “Purgatory Creek”? Or that a ginseng boom brought slaves to Wayzata to harvest the plant’s roots? Many know that Frank Lloyd Wright designed famous homes around the lake, but few are aware he was also arrested there for living with his mistress and sent to the Hennepin County jail for “white slavery.”  Eric will present his findings compiled in his book "By the Waters of Minnetonka" that uncovers remarkable and hidden facts about the lake and those who have lived on its shores, from the region’s original Dakota inhabitants to the present. Nineteenth-century plantation owners made Minnetonka into a summer vacation playground for the well-to-do, and Prohibition-era battles led teetotalers to hoax Minneapolis newspapers about bloody clashes between preachers and saloon owners. Dregni, who grew up in Minnetonka, will shed light on intriguing, if at times unsettling, aspects of the lake’s history, challenging myths and revisiting elements of the past that have been forgotten or glossed over. He also relates—and sometimes pokes fun at—the opulent, glamorous, and sometimes raucous moments that have made Lake Minnetonka an icon of splendid resort living in Minnesota.

Contact phone number

(507) 280-3157

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