The Ghost Town of Lewiston

Jan 29 2009 7:00 pm
Jan 29 2009 9:00 pm

The ghost town of Lewiston in Dakota County comes to life once more in a program at the Northfield Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 29. Marion Hvistendahl will portray a Lewiston schoolteacher, Miss Truesdale, who taught in the schoolhouse which is the only remaining structure of the town which existed from 1855-71. Among the school’s prominent graduates were Ed Thye, Minnesota governor and U.S. Senator, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Pierce Butler. Alvin Houston of Northfield spent years working on a history of the town and his research (which included speaking with descendants of old settlers) ended with his death in 1997 at the age of 96.  Susan Hvistendahl, who was engaged to edit his manuscript by the Northfield Historical Society, will speak about Houston and the publication of Houston’s work in the December 2008 issue of “Over the Years” of the Dakota County Historical Society, in partnership with the Northfield Historical Society. Copies of this issue will be available for purchase for $5 at this event.

All are welcome, and residents of Northfield and Dakota County are invited to share memories of Houston and the ghost town of Lewiston at this January 29 program. The Northfield Historical Society is located at 408 Division Street South.  The event is free and open tot he public!

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