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CONTACT: Bill Schrankler, Woodbury Heritage Society, 651.738.1836 bschrankler@comcast.net or www.woodburyheritage.org

Shadows of Time, new railroad history, released by Woodbury Heritage Society

 Woodbury, Minnesota, November 9, 2013 — The Woodbury Heritage Society announced release today of a major new book on Minnesota railroad history: Shadows of Time…Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots. The 256-page full color publication will be available on November 12.

 Wayne Schilling, president of the Woodbury history group, stated his organization takes pride in the launching of Shadows of Time. “This is a thorough, well documented study filled with great present and past images of Minnesota’s existing railroad depots,” he said. Schilling also pointed to the book’s endorsements by prominent railroad historian John C. Luecke, who observes, “…it is a must for any student of Minnesota railroad history,” and Dave Hartjie, executive director of the Minnesota Transportation Museum, who notes, “I would recommend this book to both the serious railfan and curious history buff. It is informative and enjoyable to read.” Former Governor Wendell R. Anderson, who also praised the volume, wrote its foreword.

 The oversize (9 ½” x 11”) coffee table-styled book covers in detail 168 of Minnesota’s existing railroad depots and features the 53 now on the National Register of Historic Places. Entertaining and fact filled, with hundreds of photographs, maps and other images, the narrative provides a fresh look at Minnesota railroad history through brief studies of these aging train depots.

 This is author, photographer and former educator Bill Schrankler’s first venture into this genre.

He served as school principal in the St. Paul Public Schools from 1963 through 1994, having worked earlier as a classroom teacher and as a pioneering Twin Cities Public Television science teacher. Schrankler worked with noted Minnesota historian and author Frederick L. Johnson, who added historical interpretation and text.

 Shadows of Time…Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots

Bill Schrankler with Frederick L. Johnson

Foreword by Governor Wendell R. Anderson

256 pages, full color, 9 1/2” x 11”

More than 500 photographs, maps and images

Annotated endnotes

Published by Woodbury Heritage Society, Woodbury, MN (www.woodburyheritage.org)

Schrankler is available for interviews and appearances. For booking, availability to media, and book events. contact bschrankler@comcast.net or www.woodburyheritage.org.

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Annual Meeting April 19th – Join Us for “Show and Tell”

The Woodbury Heritage Society Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at Salem Lutheran Church, 7825 Bailey Road, Woodbury MN 55129, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Come to hear about what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and what we are planning for the future–and how you can help! After the short meeting to present the annual reports and elections we will have a program where we invite all attendees to bring one (yes, just one!) item that they consider precious. We’re looking for the kind of things that mean something to you, not necessarily with much monetary value. The things that recall people and places, that remind us of being loved, that affirm what we believe in. The possessions that make connections between past and future. We will invite all participants to talk briefly (about a minute, or an elevator conversation) about their item. If your item is too big or bulky to bring in, you can bring a picture, or just describe it (but the description will come out of your minute!) The more the merrier, and the better conversations we will have afterwards about what is truly “valuable.” Invite a friend to join in what should be a sentimental journey of discovery into the stories of our early possessions.  We hope to see you there! 

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Model Milking Cow to Debut in Garden

The Woodbury Heritage Society invites you to round out your summer activities with a visit to the Woodbury Heritage House and Garden at any of our last three Open Houses on August 28, September 11 and 25 from 1-4 p.m.  Kids can meet the newest addition in the garden, a model milking cow.  You can enter the contest to choose a name for the pretty bovine and try your hand at “milking” her (it’s harder than it looks, but you won’t get kicked as often).   This latest addition to our exhibit helps to highlight the importance dairy farming played in Woodbury’s past.  New members and volunteers are always welcome.

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Candy Jar Winner

Congratulations to Tom Gemza for having the closest guess in our Candy Jar contest at the Woodbury Community Expo.  Tom guessed 175, just three away from the correct number, 178.  The guesses ranged from a low of 30 to a high of 1,234.  Thanks to all who visited our booth, we hope to see you at one of our Open Houses this summer!

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WHS Annual Meeting April 14th

The Woodbury Heritage Society Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14th, 2011, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 7825 Bailey Road, Woodbury, MN 55129. Sarah Jane Minehart will lead a discussion about the Woodbury Community Club. Bring your favorite stories, mementos and photos to share!

We will also be electing new representatives to the Board of Directors and updating members of the Woodbury Heritage Society’s activities during the past year and our plans for the future. We hope to see you all there. As always, the refreshments alone are worth the trip.

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WHS to Participate in Citizen’s Academy

On Thursday, March 4, The Woodbury Heritage Society will present a lecture on Woodbury’s History as part of the Woodbury Citizen’s Academy sponsored by the Woodbury Community Foundation.  To register for the series, go to www.woodburycommunityfoundation.org.

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Welcome to the WHS website

Welcome to the Woodbury Heritage Society website.  This website was developed by Carly, a volunteer, who is a student at Northwestern University.  We are working to add as much content as we can and make the website as friendly as possible. Check back for updates.

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