FAIRMONT - Preserving and sharing local history is the main mission of the Martin County Historical Society and the hundreds of members who help support it.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, the organization will host its annual meeting and dinner at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont.
The evening will start with dinner, followed by a brief business meeting and a summary of the historical society's past year, presented by executive director, Lenny Tvedten. New board members - Tom Johanneck, Loren Dunham and Karen Helvig - will be presented to take the place of the three retiring members - Jan Bremer, Randy Musser and Bob Katzenberger.
Speaker Patrick Garry will wrap up the evening with a program entitled, "Reflections of Home." Garry graduated from Fairmont High School in 1973 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in history and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He is now a professor at University of South Dakota School of Law and the director of Hagemann Center for Legal and Public Policy Research. He has published 12 books pertaining to law and history.
The event is open to the public and should give a good glimpse of how the historical society functions and how members help the organization realize its goals.
Memberships start at $25, with various benefits for the different support levels.
"They're supporting the history of Martin County," said Lenny Tvedten, executive director of the historical society. "They're supporting the maintenance, preservation and opportunity to view the history of the county, in terms of artifacts, documents, Power Points, presentations, the museum itself."
Tickets for the event are $15 per person. Today is the last day to reserve a spot. Call (507) 235-5178.