Rural authors exhibit at Minnesota’s Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls

Opening July 8 and continuing through Aug. 5, the Minnesota’s Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls will host an exhibit of posters, books and artifacts titled “A Prairie Literary Legacy.” The exhibit is provided by Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y. (, directed by Dr. Paul Theobald, dean of education at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Dr. Theobald will join Southwest Minnesota State University’s Dr. David Pichaske at the exhibit opening at 3 p.m. July 8. The exhibit and event are free and open to the public.

As the Machinery Museum preserves artifacts and photos related to southwest Minnesota’s farming legacy, Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y is dedicated to the reclamation and preservation of older books and authors who described rural America, especially the Midwest. “A Prairie Literary Legacy” pays special attention to writers of farm and small town life in our area, including Bess Streeter Aldrich (Nebraska), Lois Phillips Hudson (North Dakota), Ole Rolvaag (South Dakota), Jim Heynen (Iowa), Meridel LeSueur (Minnesota), Leo Dangel (South Dakota/Marshall), Garrison Keillor (Stearns County), Wilhelm Moberg (Chisago County), Martha Ostenso (Brainerd), Frederick Manfred (Luverne), Herbert Krause (Otter Tail County), Maud Hart Lovelace (Mankato), Joseph Amato (Marshall), Bill Holm (Minneota), Robert and Carol Bly (Madison), and Paul Gruchow (Montevideo).

The exhibit will include a small library of books for examination in the Museum, some photographs and even a Bill Holm manuscript. Pichaske’s anthology of rural America writers, “Late Harvest” (Paragon House, 1991) will be for sale at the Museum gift shop at a reduced price, along with books by other area writers. During the month of July, Pichaske will be at the Museum on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. to explore the writing of authors Bill Holm (July 9), Robert and Carol Bly (July 16), Jim Heynen (July 23) and Leo Dangel (July 30).

For further information, call David Pichaske at 320-564-2424 or 507-537-6463.