Sigurd Olson Literary Landmark: Your Full Weekend Itinerary

litlandmark.jpgOn Friday, June 5, the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) and community partners in Ely, Minn., will dedicate the state’s sixth and newest Literary Landmark™ in honor of renowned conservationist and author Sigurd F. Olson.

Vermillion Community College in Ely, Olson’s academic home, will house the Literary Landmark plaque, and will play host to a keynote dedication event during a weekend filled with tributes to the literary luminary and treats for area visitors. The ceremony will commence at 4 p.m. in Vermillion Community College's Fine Arts Center.

Chuck Wick, a close personal friend of Olson's and a founding member of the Listening Point Foundation that preserves his legacy, will share favorite memories of the author before the plaque unveiling. Attendees will also hear from Doug Wood, president of the Listening Point Foundation; Shawn Bina, VCC provost; Gail Sheddy, president of the Friends of the Ely Library, and MALF’s own president Mary Ann Bernat.

Attendees can plan on making a weekend of it. The Ely-Winton Historical Society invites all to a free exhibit on the life and career of Sigurd Olson, conveniently located on the VCC campus and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The local Friends will also host a tour of the new Ely Public Library facility before the dedication ceremony, at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, June 6, Literary Landmark guests are invited to attend Author! Author!, a local literary showcase put on by Ely Greenstone Public Art. Additionally, Listening Point Foundation will host two guided tours of "Listening Point," Olson's lakeside retreat on Burntside Lake (10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.). Call 218-365-8889 to make reservations.