Falcon Heights man to present ‘elder tales’ at Roseville Library

Seventy-six-year-old Falcon Heights resident Duke Addicks will begin a historic series of elder tales on Tuesday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave. His stories are about real people who, in their elder years, made a difference in Minnesota’s pre-statehood fur trade era.

On March 22, he will present tales of Pig’s Eye Parrant and his life in the fur trade, Grey Cloud and her Scottish-born husband, James Aird, and daughter, Margaret, and Pig’s Eye’s foray into the whiskey business.

Addicks will present tales of Marguerite Bonga on Tuesday, April 19, at the Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive. Bonga was the first settler of African ancestry in St. Paul.

Addicks will be back at the Roseville Library on Tuesday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m. to present a tale of the Great Wabashas, the father and son Dakota chiefs, who kept the Upper Mississippi in British hands during the American Revolution.

The last presentation will be held Tuesday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Maplewood Library. The talk will be on Old Betsy and the Battle at Battle Creek.

You can find out more at www.mentordukeaddicks.com.

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