Col. Simonet to be featured speaker at Washington County Historical Society meeting

Col. Thomas Simonet
Col. Thomas Simonet

The Washington County Historical Society has announced that retired Air Force Col. Thomas Simonet will be the featured speaker at the Washington County Historical Society Annual meeting on Thursday March 27, 2014 at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale had been the scheduled speaker but had to cancel for health reasons.

Col. Simonet was born in Stillwater and enlisted in the Air Force in 1972. After being released from active service he joined the Minnesota Air National Guard, 133rd Airlift Wing, in St. Paul. He recently retired after serving more than 36 years in the Air Force.

The many awards and decorations Colonel Simonet has received include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, the Minnesota Distinguished Service Medal, Minnesota Medal of Merit and the Minnesota commendation Medal.

He will speak on the importance of the preservation of history. The Washington County Historical Society celebrating its 80th year, and Simonet is treasurer of the society. He will pick out unique artifacts from the society’s collection that tell the story of Washington County — tangible evidence of the past for future generations to study and learn from.

The event is open to the public, and the cost is $25 for historical society members and $35 for nonmembers.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, dinner at 6:30 and the business meeting at 7:30. Col. Simonet’s program will begin around 8 p.m.

Reservations are required.

To make reservations or for more information about the event please call 651-439-5956 or visit