Chaska: A Minnesota River City, 1950 - 2000 Book UpdateBy Neil Wingert
Since 2018, when the first volume of “Chaska, A Minnesota River City” was published, many of the readers of this newsletter and members of the Society have enjoyed the facts and stories it contained. The optimists among those that finished the book probably sat back afterwards with a smile, like after a great Thanksgiving meal and thought “That was very good! When can I have another?”
That question was shared by Lisa Oberski, the Chaska Historical Society president, shortly after that first box of new books was opened three years ago. Lisa sighed with relief when the History Center was filled with that “new book smell”, and immediately became the project manager for its companion piece “Chaska – A Minnesota River City, 1950 – 2000”. Laurel Means, a professor of literature, author and Volunteer is the Senior Editor for this volume. Like Lisa and a score of others, Laurel will also be writing and assisting with several of the ten sections planned for the book.
Tracy D. Swanson will continue her role as a solid line of DNA connecting the decades and volumes while she performs as a primary content editor. Here are others involved in this documentation of life in the area we call Chaska:
Content Section Primary Contributor(s)
Introduction Mark Olson
Jonathan Nate Bostrom
City Government Bob Roepke, Laurel Means
Industry Laurel Means, Mollee Francisco
Public Education Lisa Oberski
Small Business Laurel Means
Spiritual Life + Education Laurel Means
Significant Events Doug Munson
Sports Rick Engelhardt
Arts + Leisure Dan O’Brien, Laurel Means
Epilogue Lisa Oberski
Besides researching, fact-checking, imagining, authoring and editing what else happens before we get to turn the pages of a new book, or look at it on a computer screen? Jeanette McGillicuddy, another Volunteer, will be searching for grants and donations to pay for the detailed layout required for a book full of photographs, illustrations and text. (This will cost $15 – 20,000). Delving in our archives to find the media that will complement the text will be the work of Doris Coghill and Tracy Swanson. Designing that layout will be the work of Deb Frymet, who keeps her hands and computer in motion producing flyers and publications for the History Center. Finally, Marilyn Savelkoul Gahm will be the Volunteer proofreader and indexing magician, so that we readers can find our way in and out of this forest of facts, names and places.
Doesn’t it make you a little tired just thinking about all the work these folks are doing? Well, you can help! Please send an email to Chaska Historical Society if:
- You are interested in purchasing the book when it’s finished.
- You can contribute funds to help finance the book’s completion.
- You want to provide moral support to the Volunteers while they work in COVID isolation!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org