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Headwaters Center announces spring schedule

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning returns to Park Theatre for its eight week spring program series beginning Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. with Dustin Heckman presenting "Tragedy on Lake Pepin: The Sea Wing Disaster."

HCLL, a nonprofit educational organization serving Park Rapids and surrounding communities since 2001, presents all programs free of charge. HCLL relies on donations from individual supporters and contracts for service with area townships, which enable the nine member volunteer board of directors to seek out expert speakers on topics of interest and to pay speaker costs, rent, printing, and other necessary expenses. Board Chair Marty Leistikow remarked, "The Fall 2018 series broke previous attendance records and received praise for its quality and variety. HCLL's board is excited to present another series of intriguing, thought-provoking programs by first-rate presenters."

The spring lineup includes:

Feb. 26:

"Seawing Disaster on Lake Pepin." Dustin Heckman recounts details of the 1890 sinking of the steamboat Seawing at Red Wing, one of the worst maritime disasters in Mississippi River history.

March 5

"Native American Stories and Songs." Anne Dunn, acclaimed storyteller and winner of the 2017 Great American Story Contest provides an entertaining, informative window into Native American culture.

March 12

"Finding Loren." Hans Wronka, grandson of Loren Hintz, whose plane was shot down over Italy in World War II, takes the audience on his journey to discover the remains of his grandfather's plane.

March 19

"Life of a Nature Photographer." Richard Hamilton Smith shares and discusses examples of his award-winning photos, some of which appeared in National Geographic Magazine.

March 26

"Women at the Very Heart of the Great War" Award-winning novelist Ames Sheldon discusses her novel, "Eleanor's Wars," about a woman ambulance driver in World War I and the impact of that experience on her descendants.

April 2

"Preserving South Africa's Wildlife." Fanie Ernst, who recently retired to Park Rapids from his home in South Africa, shows and explains images of South African game preserves.

April 9

"Ole's Trunk." Using an immigrant trunk as a focal point and speaking in first person as his great-grandfather Ole Oleson, Roger Hellesvig shows challenges for a Norwegian immigrant to Minnesota in the mid-1800's.

April 16

"Sleep and Health: Dream Your Way to a Better Brain." Dr. Diane Pittman explores the way the science on sleep has exploded in recent years as it reveals impact on memory, immune system, weight, aging, and more.