2019 Fall Author Series


Chad Lewis - Fall 2019 Author Series


Minnesota's Most Haunted Places


Popular author Chad Lewis returns to OPL for a program about "Minnesota's Most Haunted Places." Lewis is a researcher, author, and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. He holds a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Psychology. For the past 20+ years he has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history.


Author Susan Bartlett Foote


Susan Foote will discuss her award-winning book, The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Institutions, 1946-1954. The book recounts Minnesota's reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state's asylums, and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system.

Susan Bartlett Foote - Fall 2019 Author Series

Kristal Leebrick - Fall 2019 Author Series

Author Kristal Leebrick


Throughout the twentieth century, department stores ruled the retail landscapes of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. More than just shopping centers, stores like Dayton's, Powers, Donaldson's, Young-Quinlan, the Emporium, and the Golden Rule were centers of social life. From the legendary Dayton's Christmas displays to celebrating a special occasion at Schuneman's River Room, the department store was a destination for generations of Minnesotans within the Twin Cities and beyond.

Thank You for Shopping author Kristal Leebrick presents the history and stories behind Minnesota's great department stores, offering a lively trip back to the glory days. Abundantly illustrated with vintage photos, postcards, advertisements, and artwork, the book explores the experience of shoppers and employees alike. Readers will revel in the fun, the fashion, and the thrill of discovery these stores provided.