Steele County Historical Society to Host Fundraiser with Garrison Keillor

February 27, 2019


Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) will host a fundraising event featuring Garrison Keillor on Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm at the Steele County Historical Society.  In addition to Garrison’s performance there will be a Meet & Greet. Guests will get time with Mr. Keillor, appetizers and beverages, and preferred seating for the performance.  The Meet and Greet is limited to 30 people, and will be held March 28, 6:00 PM in the Dunnell House.  Tickets are available to members only for $75.


The American author, storyteller, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality will entertain guests with stories and anecdotes. Come prepared to laugh! 


Keillor is best known as the creator of the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) show A Prairie Home  Companion, which he hosted from 1974 to 2016. Keillor created the fictional Minnesota town Lake Wobegon, the setting of many of his books, including Lake Wobegon Days and Leaving Home: A Collection of Lake Wobegon Stories.


Keillor is also the creator of the five-minute daily radio/podcast program The Writer's Almanac, which pairs one or two poems of his choice with a script about important literary, historical, and scientific events that coincided with that date in history.


“I wrote a limerick about an old Lutheran in Owatonna who raised 10 acres of marijuana and set it ablaze for several days and had visions of the blessed Madonna,” Keillor said. “I’m curious to meet him.”

Admission to the performance is $35 for SCHS members, $40 for nonmembers.


The Steele County Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1949. Its mission is to preserve and share Steele County history today for tomorrow.  The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Steele County’s past through museum exhibits, research, collections, tours, educational programs and book publishing. 


The SCHS, 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 our office at 507-451-1420.




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