The Steele County Historical Society announces the arrival of author Doug Meyer’s new book, ‘Forgotten Memories’ in the County Junction Gift Shop at the History Center. Author Meyer has poured his heart and soul into the descriptive illustrated history not only of Steele County, but beyond.
‘Forgotten Memories’ is to be construed as a collection of short essays and illustrations. The subjects of the selected essays are intended to revive incidents in our Steele County and Minnesota history that have been forgotten, ignored or previously not known to the reader. The book offers information on a wide range of topics--early western expansion to vanishing villages.
Author Meyer has had an interesting history himself. Serving in the Army Corps of Engineers, he earned a degree in math from Ripon College where he had spent his first three years and a degree in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent two more years. Doug was employed by Turner Construction Company based in midtown Manhattan where he worked on a wide range of notable structures, each one located in one of the 12 cities in which Meyer has worked — Manhattan, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach and, of course, Minneapolis. After 37 years with Turner Construction Company, Doug and his wife, Alice, both graduates of Owatonna High School, class of 1948, came home.
“Doug’s research and writing integrated with illustrated composition by SCHS archives manager, Dan Moeckly provides an informative look at development of the Midwest from Native Americans to today and especially the development of Steele County,” said Jerry Ganfield, Society board president. Doug has worked long and hard to provide the area’s background from stagecoach routes to Interstate highways.”
The History Center and its Country Junction gift shop, located at 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am until 4 pm, Thursdays from 10 am until 8 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am until 3 pm. For more information, please call 507-451-1420.