A variety of events will be taking place at the Becker County History, Science and Children’s Museum over the next three weeks, starting Monday, Dec. 9, through Dec. 27.
"We are busy, busy, busy!" exclaimed Becky Mitchell, the museum's executive director.
In fact, the museum has an event on the calendar almost every day next week, she added.
First up is the museum's annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday. This event is open to museum members (and prospective members) only, Mitchell said, but the annual meeting will be followed by a special 7 p.m. presentation that is open to the public.
Denise Lajimodiere, author of "Stringing Rosaries," will be at the museum Monday to discuss her book, which is on sale at the museum gift shop. Lajimodiere will share stories from Native Americans who attended Indian boarding schools — including her own parents, who were both separated from their families and sent to federal government-run boarding schools when they were young children. A book signing and author meet-and-greet will follow.
"Denise Lajimodiere is Ojibwe, and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota," Mitchell said. "She was an educator for 44 years, working as an elementary school teacher and principal before ending her career recently as an associate professor of educational leadership at North Dakota State University in Fargo."
Tickets for Lajimodiere's presentation are $7 for museum members and $12 for nonmembers in advance, or $15 at the door. Space is limited, so contact the museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve a spot.
Then on Tuesday, Dec. 10, the art of Norwegian rosemaling will be explored during a 90-minute class at the museum, starting at 6 p.m. Instructor Alan Pearson, who is from the Fargo-Moorhead area, will provide some insights into this uniquely Norwegian craft as well as helping participants to create their own plaque to take home, either for themselves or as a holiday gift. Cost is $38 for members, $42 for nonmembers, with supplies provided. Space is limited to 24 participants; contact the museum to reserve your spot.
The Lakes Area Kinship program will be the focus of this month's Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Becker County Museum. Kinship director Stephanie Baker and program volunteer DelRae Chivers, who is also the development director at the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, will discuss this mentoring program for children that improves lives by helping establish quality relationships between youth between the ages of 5-16 and caring adult volunteers in the community of Detroit Lakes and surrounding areas.
"During the holiday season we thought it was a good time to remind people that the gift of your time can be just as important as a monetary one, if not more so," Mitchell said.
In addition to the Kinship program, which is hosted by Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, Chivers will also discuss some of the other programs offered by LCRC. Bring your own lunch or call the museum to reserve a box lunch for $8. There is no museum admission charge for Brown Bag Lunch events.
A second author presentation is 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Author and radio personality Zeke Fuhrman will be presenting information about his new book, "Land of 10,000 Aches," which, according to Mitchell, is basically about "the highs and lows of being a Minnesota sports fan." His presentation will be followed by a meet-and-greet, including book signing, starting at 5 p.m. There is no cost to attend this presentation.
Then on Saturday, Dec. 14, the museum will be hosting what programming director Emily Buermann calls a "Winter Crafting Fun Day" from 10 a.m. to noon.
"We have a huge variety of mini-craft project kits available," Buermann said, adding that most of the kits can be purchased for just $1 each, though a few larger ones will be available at a slightly higher cost.
"Families can come in and do some crafts together, then stay and do a scavenger hunt or play with some of our interactive exhibits," she added, noting that there is no museum admission charge for Family Day activities.
After taking a little break for the holidays, the museum's schedule will heat up again during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, as they host a two-day STEM camp for kids between ages 7-14.
The camp will be Dec. 26-27, from 9 to 11 a.m. each day.
"Christmas will be over, so it's a good time for kids to come over to the museum and practice some of their critical thinking and team building skills," Mitchell said, adding that kids can participate in both days of the camp for just $35.
For more information on these and other upcoming events, contact the museum at 218-847-2938 during its regular operating hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is at 714 Summit Ave. To learn more, visit www.beckercountyhistory.org.