Tricounty News

June 11: Tobacco farming in Minnesota

Join us at the Stearns History Museum at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 11, for a Breakfast Club presentation on tobacco farming in Minnesota by historian and Museum Executive Director Tim Hoheisel.

When we think of tobacco farming in the United States, we imagine Virginia, Kentucky and Southern states. Definitely not Minnesota. Yet tobacco was grown statewide in Minnesota from about 1860 to 1940, and later. By the end of its time as a cash crop, the area of heaviest tobacco farming was in Stearns County. Hoheisel will talk about the history of this unique crop and show many photos from the Museum’s collection. This presentation is free to members, and $7 for non-members. The museum is located at 235 33rd Ave. S. in
St. Cloud.

About the presenter: Tim Hoheisel has a BA in history from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MA in public history from
St. Cloud State University. He has been working in museums and researching and writing about agricultural history since 1997. He has been the Executive Director of the Stearns History Museum since July 2013.