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May 19, 2009 Event
From: Mavis A. Voigt 612.823.4934 E-mail:
Released: April 30, 2009
Denmark Program Focuses on Prehistoric Mounds in the Area
The public is invited to discover the history of Native American mounds in Washington County at a slide show presentation by historian Ken Martens Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m. at the Denmark Town Hall, 90th and Oakgreen in Denmark Township. Admission is free to the program, entitled “We Live Among the Mounds.” Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Denmark Township Historical Society.

Martens is a well-known Civil War re-enactor and historical researcher as well as vice president of the Afton Historical Society and past president of the St. Croix Valley Civil War Round Table. He is enthusiastic about the subject of mounds. “Little do we suspect that we are surrounded by evidence of a prehistoric culture of mound-builders,” he says. “People that lived on this land before us have left their earthen structures as a mystery for us to understand.”

Martens’ passion for history began at a young age when his family moved into a historic home in Lakeland, Minnesota and found out that previous owners included steamboat Captain John Oliver and a member of Minnesota’s First Regiment. Retired from the construction industry, he is involved in numerous research projects and is producing a film entitled “Forgotten Civil War Heroes of the St. Croix Valley.”
The Denmark Township Historical Society welcomes visitors and invites anyone interested in learning more about the stories and traditions of the area to join the organization. More information is available from President Jean Boyd 651-436-8031.
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