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These events are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation and an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

2017 SUMMER MUSIC PERFOMANCES AT
B’NAI ABRAHAM MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER
All programs at 7 p.m.

All the programs are free of charge to the public except for the Northern Lights Music Festival and funded in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation and an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Tickets will be sold only for the Northern Lights Music Festival program on July 15. The $10 tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.northernlightsmusic.org.

 

Alan Phillips with Jim and Joan Hagblom
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 7 P.M.

Join us for our first event of the year! TIMELESS, featuring Jim and Joanie Hagblom and Alan Phillips. In their former band, "Crystal Vision," The Hagbloms and Alan Phillips toured northern Minnesota in the late 70's entertaining audiences with a variety of classic rock performances featuring the music of popular artists of the day.

Now, back in Virginia for the first time as TIMELESS, the trio has put together a show with the spotlight on the music of some of history's greatest performers.
Neil Diamond, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles' vocal and instrumental likenesses are superbly captured and presented in an eclectic mix of their hits by this dynamic trio! Their harmonies are authentic and their musical vibe makes for an enchanting experience that will leave you feeling nostalgic. Enjoy a blast from the past with Timeless!

 

The Wilcox Family Fiddlers
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7 P. M.

The Wilcox Family Fiddlers, Sheila, Aaron and Andrew, will be sharing their fiddle music with some classical surprises thrown in. Sheila, the Orchestra Director at Virginia High School, has a Masters degree in music education, and has been a member of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra and many other musical groups. She considers herself a classical stiff who likes to fiddle around.


Her sons, Aaron and Andrew attended Virginia High School and participated in a variety of sports including football, swimming as well as Community Theater. Both young men have studied music and orchestra and received superior ratings for their performances. Sheila, Aaron and Andrew each won Fiddle championships in their age division at last summer’s MN State Old Time Fiddle Contest. They will be playing from hoedowns and reels to rags and waltzes.

 

Northern Lights Music Festival
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7 P.M.

The Northern Lights Music Festival is a three-week classical music performance program and music school, which is held each summer on the Minnesota Iron Range. Founded thirteen years ago by concert pianist and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic, Northern Lights brings together award winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that includes daily lessons, chamber music coaching, master classes and numerous performance opportunities.

Northern Lights is fortunate to have access to an array of historic performance venues for its concerts and operas. By performing in these unique venues, Northern Lights is not only able to bring the highest level of classical music to Iron Range communities but to celebrate and showcase the architectural gems found in Northeastern Minnesota.
Tickets will be sold for the Northern Lights Music Festival program on July 15. The $10 tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.northernlightsmusic.org.

 

Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 7 P.M.

On Saturday, August 12, 2017 B'nai Abraham welcomes jazz guitarist Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club to Virginia, Minnesota. The Clearwater Hot Club is dedicated to preserving the repertoire and instrumentation of the Jazz Manouche style pioneered by Manouche Roma jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. 

This performance will highlight the sounds of Klezmer, Serbo-Croatian Tamburitza and traditional Roma music from the Balkans. Although hailing from the woods of Northern Minnesota, guitarist Sam Miltich has toured internationally since his teens, performing on stages from the Iron Range of Minnesota to Tokyo, Japan to New York's Lincoln Center. For this performance, clarinetist Tony Balluff, violinist Gary Schulte, bassist Matthew Miltich and drummer Jay Epstein join him.

The Singing Slovenes
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7 P.M.

Under the direction of Frank Bucar and assistant director Mary Spehar White, “The Singing Slovenes” were formed in the multi-ethnic community of Gary-New Duluth in 1980.  The mission of the Minnesota group is to preserve Slovenian music and cultural heritage.  Though the name of the troupe is indicative of the Slovenian heritage, the group boasts a wide and varied number of nationalities.  The “Singing Slovenes” represent countries far and wide; Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Poland, France, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.

Sharing the joy of their musical heritage helps promote good fellowship and love of their neighbors through the use of their time and talents.    Instrumental accompaniment for the troupe is provided with accordions, guitars, and drums.  “The Singing Slovenes” promote fellowship through music and cultural education, sharing the Slovenian heritage and preserving it for current and future generations.

   

Past Events

2016

Programs at BA 2016 – all programs will take place at

B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center

328 5th Street South, Virginia, Minnesota 55792

Friday, May 6, 2016  -  7:00 pm

Program:  Mesabi Chamber Ensemble

This 13 piece mostly string group is an offshoot of the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra and is directed by Sheila Wilcox. The Mesabi Chamber Ensemble will perform works composed by Telemann, Bach, Respighi, Vaughan Williams, Albeniz, and Leroy Anderson.

Sunday, June 26, 2016  -  7:00 pm

Program:  An evening with Alan Phillips featuring Brent Saari

Both musicians were born and raised on the Mesabi Iron Range.  Alan is a guitarist and his repertoire is vast and spans over five decades.  He plays Golden Oldies, Beatles, and contemporary music.  His versatility empowers him to perform and delight audiences of all ages.    Brent Saari is known as the “Piano Man” by many and can be found tinkling the ivories around the Iron Range.

        

Saturday, July 16, 2016  -   7:00 pm 

Program:  Northern Lights Music Festival under the direction of Veda Zuponic, founder of the program

  Veda Zuponic, Music Director

Northern Lights combines award winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that has performed at B’nai Abraham for the past five years to enthusiastic audiences.    Northern Lights brings the highest level of classical music to Iron Range communities as well as choosing their venues to showcase the architectural gems found in Northeastern Minnesota.  

        

 

Saturday, July 30, 2016  -  7:00 pm 

Program:  Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club featuring Charmin Michelle

  

Sam Militich is a gypsy jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota.    There will be five band members:  Sam Miitich - guitar, Evan Price - violin, Charmin Michelle -vocals, Matthew Militich - upright bass, Jay Epstein -drums.  Charmin Michelle will be featuring the music from Adelainde Hall, a jazz singer from the 1930s and 1040s.   Her conversational style recalls the late Billie Holiday and other legendary ladies of jazz. 

          

Saturday, August 20, 2016  -   3:00 pm 

Program:  Our Finnish Festival

Kanteleen Soittajat  &  Jarvenpaa Singers

 

Kanteleen Soittajat is a group of 18 enthusiastic Finnish Americans from Duluth and surrounding area who perform on the kantele, an ancient instrument that originated two thousand years ago and is now Finland’s national musical instrument. 

The Javenpaa Singers is a group also from Duluth who sing in the Finnish language and who dedicate their music to uphold and promote the Finnish culture whenever they can. 

        

Saturday, September 10, 2016  -  7:00 pm

Program:  Full Range Quartet -

SADLY CANCELED FOR MEDICAL REASONS

 

 

Saturday, September 3, 2016  -   1:00 to 3:00 pm 

Program:  Antique Appraisal Program

On Saturday, September 3, Dan Sershon of Duluth’s Northland Estates Services and Denny Mager of Grands Rapids will be appraising antiques and collectibles at the Bnai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center located at 328 5th Street South. In addition to the appraisal of customary items, original political cartoons and scrapbooks, furs, jewelry, used watches and vintage tools will also be appraised. The program will begin in the lower level of the cultural center at 1 PM and collectors are asked to register by 2:30 PM. Objects too large to be transported can be appraised from photographs and trademarks. Visitors without items to appraise may attend and observe the proceedings. If you have questions you may call 218-741-6613.

Photo of appraisers courtesy of St Louis County Historical Society

 

 

 

These events are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation and an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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THE 2013 SEASONS FANTASTIC PERFORMANCES, LECTURES & EXHIBITS
We also encourage you
to visit Virginia to experience being in the restored historic
B'nai Abraham Synagogue building, now a Museum and Cultural Center
and to enjoy the amazing and beautiful Iron Range and surrounding areas.

* The starred events below are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation and an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.’’

While there is no charge for most performances & lectures, we will happily and gratefully accept contributions.
Performers and lectureres are invited
to bring their CD’s & Books for sales & autographs.

June 5 to mid September:
EXHIBIT: Early Jewish Settlers in Virginia, Minnesota - where they lived, worked and worshipped – Many of the Jewish settlers that arrived in the late 1800s and early 1900s established homes and businesses in Virginia and on the Iron Range. It is likely that you know descendants of these immigrant families. The exhibit features historic photographs incorporated into posters that also discuss specific family histories. Also on display are numerous preserved Virginia Synagogue ritual objects and home artifacts.
This is part of a double exhibit (see next EXHIBIT).

 

June 5 to mid September5:
EXHIBIT: Children of the Finnish Homestead: The Virginia Area Historical Society is bringing a traveling exhibit from the St. Louis County Historical Society.  Finnish immigrants were attracted by the 1862 Homestead Act and the area’s forests and mining jobs. The exhibit features, “Growing up in Northeastern Minnesota during the years 1900 to 1945”. The exhibit contains photos and narratives of second generation Finns born and raised in the area and documents daily family and farm life including hardships, pastimes and transportation.
This is part of a double exhibit (see above EXHIBIT).

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March 26 - May 3
EXHIBIT: THE WAY WE WORKED, one of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Mainstreet exhibits. The exhibit traced changes affecting the workforce and work environments in the last 150 years while showing the diversity of the American workforce. It shows how we work as individuals, and visitors can heard workers tell their own stories or view films of various industries. To add local color, the Virginia Area Historical Society supplied exhibits on range industries, musical groups rendering work-related music and speakers re-lived work experiences.

April 18 - Casey Aro performed campfire songs and sing- alongs at 1:00 PM at B'nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center in Virginia with free admission.

April 20- Virginia High School students presented a music program at 1:00 PM at B'nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center in Virginia with free admission.

*April 28 - Mary La Plant, the three time Minnesota State champion fiddle player, and family will present a program of folk music at B'nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center in Virginia.
* Admission is free and everyone is welcome.Mary-LaPlant

 


 





Friday, June 7 at 6:00 PM:
White Covered Trees
, a folk acoustic duo originating in Minneapolis, MN. The group is made up of harmonies from Sam Blustin and David Milavetz, who both have a passion and love for creating music with meaning. Their performance will precede David Wellstone's lecture. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Friday, June 7 at 7:00 PM:
David Paul Wellstone  will speak about his life growing up in Northfield, his remembrances, his devastating losses, his affinity for the Iron Range, and his current book and work. Paul D. “Dave” Wellstone Jr.,  son of Senator Paul Wellstone, is the founding partner of Family Place Home Builders, a business dedicated to building affordable housing. He resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife Leah.
WellstoneA graduate of Hamline University, Dave is a founder, with his brother Mark, of Wellstone Action, and founder of a new non-profit devoted to mental-health parity issues. He is a co-founder of the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, located amid the spectacular beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, which seeks to promote an atmosphere of tranquility and calm and to bolster the talents and capabilities of people through workshops, seminars, and residencies. Most recently, Dave wrote his memoir, Becoming Wellstone: Healing from Tragedy and Carrying on My Father's Legacy
 He is a founder of the  Wellstone Barlow Mental health Initiative.  More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/WellstoneBarlowMentalHealthInitiative, and most recently has been involved with working to end human trafficking. He will be available to sell and sign his book after the presentation.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

* Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 PM
Maria Jette, a lyric soprano, and Dan Chouinard, two stars of the Twin Cities musical scene, will perform popular, jazz, and operatic and show tunes. Maria sings, Dan plays the piano, and together they have appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor, and on nearly every stage in the Twin Cities.
Maria has sung all over the world and in most every language. She is witty, beautiful, and an accomplished vegetarian cook. She has staged a mini opera based on Dr. Seuss‘s “Green Eggs and Ham”. And she is a big fan of PG Wodehouse…..did you know he did many of the lyrics for Jerome Kern’s & Cole Porter’s music? You will love hearing her!
 MariaAndDanDan is a pianist, an accordionist, storyteller, and has worked with Meryl Streep on the movie “A Prairie Home Companion”.  Dan can often been heard on Minnesota Public Radio, having done several shows on it. You may have heard his popular “Café Europa”, where he   traces his relatives’ paths across France and Italy in WW2, including music from that era.  He frequently accompanies Maria – and the two of them always get standing ovations! Both of them will be the visiting artists on Garrison Keillor’s Mediterranean annual cruise this summer.  You will not want to miss Maria and Dan.
*Tickets for this performace will go on sale May 20, 2013, and will cost $10.00 each. They can be bought at the door or in advace through the Virginia Area Historical Society at (218) 741-1136, and from Louise Grams at (218) 749-2037.

* Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM:
It would not be summer without a much anticipated 5th appearance by the Northern Lights Music Festival instructors and students, under the direction of their remarkable Festival founder, Veda Zuponcic.
The Northern Lights International Music Festival is an intensive 20 day classical music performance program that will take solo and chamber music before large and enthusiastic audiences in seven northern Minnesota cities this summer including in Aurora, Virginia, Gilbert, Hoyt Lakes, Duluth, Minneapolis and the resort city Duluth, Minneapolis and the resort city of Ely, Minneapolis and the resort city of Ely .
* Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

* Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM:
We again welcome a local musician, Pat Surface, a member of the famed LaPlant family and his wife Donna, will perform an evening of nostalgic music which he titles:” REMEMBER WHEN….the songs of the 60’s and the 70’s that underscored our lives.”  Pat sings and plays his hand-built La Plant guitar, and is the founder of the award-winner band: the Boundary Water Boys. He is also the owner of the record label, Spiritwood Music of the Boundary Waters.
Joining along with Pat and Donna will be John Ely on pedal steel, and by the way, he is a two-time Grammy award winner! Jeff Menten will also be part of the group, playing fiddle – and he is MN Instrumentalist of The Year.
Donna Surface is a performance artist in sign language (ASL); she is compelling and moving to watch, and will be a   remarkable experience for us all. Be prepared to wear your bell bottoms, and sing along to the music of John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Fogelberg, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and more.
* Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

THERE'S EVEN MORE THIS YEAR:
March 27, 2013: J. Pearson discussses, "Plaintiff Blues".
April 10, 2013: LeAnn Littleolf presents Famly Research & Nevada. She speaks on her personal & leadership path.
April 24, 2013: Betty Birnstihl of VAHS presents Shirt Factory Research and Arrow Exhibit.
That's not all during 2013 : Visiting youth and adult groups create and participate in programs at B'nai Abraham.

Spring &
Summer
2013

 

THE 2013 SEASONS FANTASTIC PERFORMANCES, LECTURES & EXHIBITS
We also encourage you
to visit Virginia to experience being in the restored historic
B'nai Abraham Synagogue building, now a Museum and Cultural Center
and to enjoy the amazing and beautiful Iron Range and surrounding areas.

* The starred events below are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation and an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.’’

While there is no charge for most performances & lectures, we will happily and gratefully accept contributions.
Performers and lectureres are invited
to bring their CD’s & Books for sales & autographs.

June 5 to mid September:
EXHIBIT: Early Jewish Settlers in Virginia, Minnesota - where they lived, worked and worshipped – Many of the Jewish settlers that arrived in the late 1800s and early 1900s established homes and businesses in Virginia and on the Iron Range. It is likely that you know descendants of these immigrant families. The exhibit features historic photographs incorporated into posters that also discuss specific family histories. Also on display are numerous preserved Virginia Synagogue ritual objects and home artifacts.
This is part of a double exhibit (see next EXHIBIT).

 

June 5 to mid September5:
EXHIBIT: Children of the Finnish Homestead: The Virginia Area Historical Society is bringing a traveling exhibit from the St. Louis County Historical Society.  Finnish immigrants were attracted by the 1862 Homestead Act and the area’s forests and mining jobs. The exhibit features, “Growing up in Northeastern Minnesota during the years 1900 to 1945”. The exhibit contains photos and narratives of second generation Finns born and raised in the area and documents daily family and farm life including hardships, pastimes and transportation.
This is part of a double exhibit (see above EXHIBIT).

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March 26 - May 3
EXHIBIT: THE WAY WE WORKED, one of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Mainstreet exhibits. The exhibit traced changes affecting the workforce and work environments in the last 150 years while showing the diversity of the American workforce. It shows how we work as individuals, and visitors can heard workers tell their own stories or view films of various industries. To add local color, the Virginia Area Historical Society supplied exhibits on range industries, musical groups rendering work-related music and speakers re-lived work experiences.

April 18 - Casey Aro performed campfire songs and sing- alongs at 1:00 PM at B'nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center in Virginia with free admission.

April 20- Virginia High School students presented a music program at 1:00 PM at B'nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center in Virginia with free admission.

*April 28 - Mary La Plant, the three time Minnesota State champion fiddle player, and family will present a program of folk music at B'nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center in Virginia.
* Admission is free and everyone is welcome.Mary-LaPlant

 


 





Friday, June 7 at 6:00 PM:
White Covered Trees
, a folk acoustic duo originating in Minneapolis, MN. The group is made up of harmonies from Sam Blustin and David Milavetz, who both have a passion and love for creating music with meaning. Their performance will precede David Wellstone's lecture. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Friday, June 7 at 7:00 PM:
David Paul Wellstone  will speak about his life growing up in Northfield, his remembrances, his devastating losses, his affinity for the Iron Range, and his current book and work. Paul D. “Dave” Wellstone Jr.,  son of Senator Paul Wellstone, is the founding partner of Family Place Home Builders, a business dedicated to building affordable housing. He resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife Leah.
WellstoneA graduate of Hamline University, Dave is a founder, with his brother Mark, of Wellstone Action, and founder of a new non-profit devoted to mental-health parity issues. He is a co-founder of the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, located amid the spectacular beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, which seeks to promote an atmosphere of tranquility and calm and to bolster the talents and capabilities of people through workshops, seminars, and residencies. Most recently, Dave wrote his memoir, Becoming Wellstone: Healing from Tragedy and Carrying on My Father's Legacy
 He is a founder of the  Wellstone Barlow Mental health Initiative.  More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/WellstoneBarlowMentalHealthInitiative, and most recently has been involved with working to end human trafficking. He will be available to sell and sign his book after the presentation.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

* Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 PM
Maria Jette, a lyric soprano, and Dan Chouinard, two stars of the Twin Cities musical scene, will perform popular, jazz, and operatic and show tunes. Maria sings, Dan plays the piano, and together they have appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor, and on nearly every stage in the Twin Cities.
Maria has sung all over the world and in most every language. She is witty, beautiful, and an accomplished vegetarian cook. She has staged a mini opera based on Dr. Seuss‘s “Green Eggs and Ham”. And she is a big fan of PG Wodehouse…..did you know he did many of the lyrics for Jerome Kern’s & Cole Porter’s music? You will love hearing her!
 MariaAndDanDan is a pianist, an accordionist, storyteller, and has worked with Meryl Streep on the movie “A Prairie Home Companion”.  Dan can often been heard on Minnesota Public Radio, having done several shows on it. You may have heard his popular “Café Europa”, where he   traces his relatives’ paths across France and Italy in WW2, including music from that era.  He frequently accompanies Maria – and the two of them always get standing ovations! Both of them will be the visiting artists on Garrison Keillor’s Mediterranean annual cruise this summer.  You will not want to miss Maria and Dan.
*Tickets for this performace will go on sale May 20, 2013, and will cost $10.00 each. They can be bought at the door or in advace through the Virginia Area Historical Society at (218) 741-1136, and from Louise Grams at (218) 749-2037.

* Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM:
It would not be summer without a much anticipated 5th appearance by the Northern Lights Music Festival instructors and students, under the direction of their remarkable Festival founder, Veda Zuponcic.
The Northern Lights International Music Festival is an intensive 20 day classical music performance program that will take solo and chamber music before large and enthusiastic audiences in seven northern Minnesota cities this summer including in Aurora, Virginia, Gilbert, Hoyt Lakes, Duluth, Minneapolis and the resort city Duluth, Minneapolis and the resort city of Ely, Minneapolis and the resort city of Ely .
* Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

* Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM:
We again welcome a local musician, Pat Surface, a member of the famed LaPlant family and his wife Donna, will perform an evening of nostalgic music which he titles:” REMEMBER WHEN….the songs of the 60’s and the 70’s that underscored our lives.”  Pat sings and plays his hand-built La Plant guitar, and is the founder of the award-winner band: the Boundary Water Boys. He is also the owner of the record label, Spiritwood Music of the Boundary Waters.
Joining along with Pat and Donna will be John Ely on pedal steel, and by the way, he is a two-time Grammy award winner! Jeff Menten will also be part of the group, playing fiddle – and he is MN Instrumentalist of The Year.
Donna Surface is a performance artist in sign language (ASL); she is compelling and moving to watch, and will be a   remarkable experience for us all. Be prepared to wear your bell bottoms, and sing along to the music of John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Fogelberg, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and more.
* Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

THERE'S EVEN MORE THIS YEAR:
March 27, 2013: J. Pearson discussses, "Plaintiff Blues".
April 10, 2013: LeAnn Littleolf presents Famly Research & Nevada. She speaks on her personal & leadership path.
April 24, 2013: Betty Birnstihl of VAHS presents Shirt Factory Research and Arrow Exhibit.
That's not all during 2013 : Visiting youth and adult groups create and participate in programs at B'nai Abraham.

 

 

 

Spring &
Summer
2012


On Friday August 17th, Rabbi Steinberg of Temple Israel
in Duluth lead a Shabbat service open to all.

 

 

Spring &
Summer
2011

August 1-6, 2010

prior workshop was on
June 13-18, 2010

TEACHERS WORKSHOP
The Minnesota Humanities Center has once again received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring seventy teachers from all over the nation to the Iron Range to expose them to the significance of Minnesota’s Iron Range in America. The workshop is available at no cost to educators.

August 2 , 2010 - 7 pm

prior performance was on
June 14, 2010

        FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
  
           AS PART OF THE TEACHERS WORKSHOP
The three time Minnesota State champion fiddle player, Mary La Plant, performance at B’nai Abraham.was co-sponsored by The Friends of B’nai Abraham and the Virginia Area Historical Society with funding provided by the Minnesota Humanities Center.

July 9, 10, & 11 2010

 The official celebration of B'nai Abrahams' 100th anniversary
July  9, 2009 The Virginia Community Foundation hosted a get together for their Board at B'nai Abraham.
July 5, 2009 One of the Northern Lights Music Festival concerts will be in B'nai Abraham. http://www.northernlightsmusic.org/

May 28, 2009

he Virginia Area Historical Society VAHSlogo hosted the

St. Louis County Historical Society SLClogo Board of Governors meeting at B'nai Abraham.
The St. Louis County Board of Governors includes representatives from the Affiliated Historical Societies in St. Louis County. They are:
Ely-Winton Historical Society
Hibbing Historical Society & Museum
Minnesota Museum of Mining (in Chisholm)
Sisu Heritage Inc.   (in Embarrass)
Tower-Soudan Historical Society

April 26, 2009 Co-produced by the Minnesota Humanities Center HMClogo and the Minneapolis & St. Paul Public Television station tptlogo a new documentary was broadcast, "Iron Range: Minnesota Building America", which includes a significant section about B'nai Abraham.
For more information go to the Minnesota Humanities Center Programs web page.
To find your local stations, download tpt MN Statewide Coverage info.

March, 2009

The LYRIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS Virginia, MInnesota LC held a display of WPA posters entitled, "Everything Old is New Again", and a musial program.

July , 2008

OPEN HOUSE: The Virginia Community Foundation organized a terrific, activity-filled, All Class All Community Reunion during the first week of July. Virginia was filled with dozens of classes, neighborhood picnic sand friends meeting and re-meeting. B’nai Abraham was one of the stars of the open houses. More than 350 people from all over the country, as well as locals, visited the building and were astonished and impressed with the beauty of the sanctuary/assembly hall. The display cabinets we refilled with artifacts and religious objects, and attractive and informative posters told the story of B’nai Abraham, then and now.

June, 2008

On June 25 and again on July 30th, about forty teachers from all over the nation gathered at B’nai Abraham Synagogue to participate in the “Building America: Minnesota’s Iron Range, U.S. Industrialization, and the Creation of a World Power” workshop. The Minnesota Humanities Center  sponsored the program with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Marilyn Chiat, a board member, was invited to present a lecture “Jewish Life on the Iron Range and a History of B’nai Abraham Synagogue.” Most were absolutely amazed that the Iron Range had such a vibrant Jewish community that was so well integrated into the larger community and had made so many important contributions to life on the Range. They were impressed by the synagogue and effort being made to restore and reuse it and took time to look at the displays and posters.

June, 2008

OPEN HOUSE: The restored B’nai Abraham sanctuary looked wonderful for our open house. Invited guests included representatives of the many organizations and agencies that have provided grants for the restoration, friends and neighbors, members of the press and many Friends’ board members and representatives of our partner agency,
the Virginia Area Historical Society. VAHSlogo

A string ensemble from the Virginia Junior High School,blue_devil2  led by Sheila Wilcox, provided lovely background music. There was a great deal of interest in our displays, educational materials, and names of former members of B’nai Abraham on the memorial plaques.

October, 2007

B’nai Abraham poster presented at the annual meeting, which was held in St. Paul, Minnesota this year, of the
National Trust for Historic Preservation. .

August, 2007

The St. Louis County Historical Society featured B'nai Abraham and Jewish culture at their Culture and Cuisine Program at the Duluth Depot. There were photo displays at the Depot showing some of the flourishing Jewish businesses from the first half of the 20th Century in Virginia and the B'nai Abraham restoration underway.

July, 2007

OPEN HOUSE: During the Virginia All School/All City Reunion, B'nai Abraham held an open house and tours.

May, 2007

The St. Paul Talmud Torah visits B'nai Abraham                Play Video 

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