August is our picnic and a road trip for us with a focus on the history of this area as we visit the Polk County Museum in Balsam Lake WI.
September 4th is our Annual Pea Soup and Pancake Supper
October is our Film Festival night in conjunction with the Amery Theater
What is Gaslighting?
gas·lightˈgaslīt/verb or present participle: gaslighting
Klub members will meet at the theater to enjoy Ingrid Bergman's stellar performance in Gaslight. Gaslight is an American 1944 mystery/thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play Gas Light. It was the second version to be filmed, following the British film Gaslight, directed by Thorold Dickinson and released in in 1940. This 1944 version was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. It had a larger scale and budget than the earlier film, and lends a different feel to the material. To avoid confusion with the first film, this version was in the UK originally given the title The Murder in Thornton Square.
The film opens just after world-famous opera singer Alice Alquist has been murdered. The perpetrator bolted, without the jewels he sought, after being interrupted by a child—Paula (Ingrid Bergman), Alice's niece, who was raised by her aunt following her mother's death.
Paula is sent to Italy so that she can train to be an opera star with the same teacher who once trained Alice. She studies with him for years, all the while trying to forget that terrible night at Number 9 Thornton Square in London.
Paula meets Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer) and soon falls in love with him. She eventually ends her long tutelage to marry him. He persuades her they should live in the long-vacant London townhouse her aunt bequeathed her and, to help calm her anxieties, suggests they store all of Alice's furnishings away in the attic. Before they do, Paula discovers a letter addressed to her aunt by a man named Sergius Bauer, dated only two days before the murder, tucked away in a music book. Gregory's reaction is swift and violent, but he quickly composes himself, explaining his outburst as one of frustration at the bad memories his bride is experiencing.After Alice's things are packed away in the attic and the door blocked, things take a turn for the bizarre. Join us for this great classic film.
November 4th is our Jenny Lind Update Program
December is our Christmas Party
Map of the earliest Swedish immigrants in Wisconsin in 1900
The counties in black with a diagonal stripe had the most Swedes with more than 1000,and white with a diagonal black stripe had 700 to 1000 Swedish settlers. The all black counties had 400 to 700 Swedish settlers. Light gray are counties with 10o to 400 Swedes, and all white are 0 to 100 of Swedish decent. Our county, Polk, located on the far western border of Wisconsin on the St Croix River bordering Minnesota, was one of the areas of highest Swedish settlement. In Burnett County are located towns that were centers for Swedish settlement. They are Trade lake, Grantsburg and Falun. And then south still along the river are the towns of Lund and Stockholm are located in Pierce and Pepin Counties.