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Evansville Arts Coalition plans variety of events for Minnesota's Sesquicentennial

The Evansville Arts Coalition is planning several activities and events to celebrate Minnesota's Sesquicentennial.

Through the first week of June, visitors can stop by the Evansville Historical Foundation's Pioneer Village, located just off Gran Street, to watch the progress of the construction of a traditional Anishinabe wigwam, a fire circle and a performance amphitheater.

The events highlight the "Many Nations, One Circle," celebrations to bring awareness and respect for all nations through the arts.

Starting June 5 and ending July 5, the Evansville Art Center will exhibit Native American Tribal Art, which will also be for sale.

Through the month of June only, the art center's hours will be Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

From now through July 4, Anishinabe storyteller and author Anne Dunn will tell stories around the campfire at the Pioneer Village every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

Families can also participate in an overnight adventure in the wigwam beginning at 7 p.m. on weekends. Participants can listen to stories and partake in a traditional Anishinabe meal.

Overnight reservations can be made by calling Sharon at (218) 948-2118. The cost to stay overnight is $50 for adults and $25 for children, who must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by an adult.

The public is also invited to a multi-language Hymn Sing at the Evansville Historical Foundation's amphitheater on Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m.

Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair.

Songs will be led in Ojibwe, Swedish, Norwegian, German and Finnish.

Another event is slated for Wednesday, July 2. Barry Babcock, a Minnesota historian, will share the story of the 1st Regiment - Minnesota's volunteer infantry - at the battle of Gettysburg.

This event will take place at the Evansville Art Center.

Fourth of July events include a "Walk the Earth" pageant at 10 a.m. at the Evansville Historical Foundation amphitheater; a parade at 1:30 p.m.; The Turtle Hearts children's dance performance at 3 p.m.; and Home Grown Music at 8 p.m.

These events are made possible in part by grants and/or donations from the Evansville Historical Foundation, the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission, the Lake Regions Arts Council, Tastefully Simple and Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association.