WCHS hosts book signing, annual meeting

com_091213_stillwaterbookWashington County Historical Society Executive Director Brent Peterson signs copies of his latest book Sunday afternoon and the society holds its annual meeting Thursday that features a talk about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Peterson signs copies of “Images of America: Stillwater” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Warden’s House Museum, 602 N. Main St. in Stillwater. “Images of Stillwater,” published by Arcadia Publishing of North Carolina, features more than 200 historic photos accompanied by interesting and informative captions. Books will be available to buy at the signing.

The Stillwater native has written several books on Stillwater including “Stillwater: The Next Generation” and he republished the book, “Convict Life at the Minnesota State Prison” originally published in 1909.

Peterson is a member of the Fairview Cemetery Board of Trustees and vice-president of the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums and previously served on the Washington County Historic Courthouse Advisory Committee and Stillwater Historic Preservation Commission.

U.S. District Judge Jack Tunheim will discuss his time as chairman of the U.S. Assassination Records Board, the independent federal agency that reviewed all assassination document related to JFK’s death, at the WCHS annual meeting Thursday evening at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater.

The annual meeting begins with a 5:30 p.m. social hour, followed by a 6:30 dinner and short 7:30 business meeting. Tunheim’s program begins at 8 p.m.

Tunheim will talk about the many legal, procedural and practical obstacles the board faced in its effort to get documents from the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies regarding President Kennedy’s November 1963 assassination in Dallas. He also focuses on the board’s additional accomplishments of collecting and releasing records previously held by state and local governments and in private hands.
The Assassination Records Review Board concluded that federal agencies “needlessly and wastefully” kept documents about President Kennedy’s assassination secret for decades. As a result, the Board made more than 4 million pages of material open to public review at the National Archives.

The dinner and Tunheim’s presentation are open to the public. Tickets are $20 for WCHS members and $25 for non-members. Call 651-439-5956 or visit www.wchsmn.org for reservations or more information.