As I type this, the upper Midwest is in the midst of a modest blizzard. The snow is blowing; the wind-chill is below zero; the neighbors are blowing their driveways out at six o' clock in the morning. At the moment summer seems rather impossible: but of course the snow will eventually melt, the heat indices will eventually return, and the neighbors will eventually ditch their snow-blowers in favor of lawn-mowers.
The summer of 2008 promises to be an exciting one when it comes to "preserving and interpreting the history of the Pringle and Simmons families of Hastings, Minnesota." It was fifty years ago next year that Carroll Simmons donated the LeDuc house to the Minnesota Historical Society, and the good people of Hastings have never let an auspicious anniversary go by uncelebrated. Consequently the LeDuc Historic Estate is planning a variety of programs and activities to take place this summer, all focusing on Carroll, the antique business, and the history of the house post-1930. A preliminary meeting of the planning committee is planned for January third at the Estate. I am hoping to make some kind of contribution to the effort sometime in the new year. Watch this space for more news over the next few months.
Merry Christmas and happy new year.