Sunday, May 22, 2016 | 2–7 pm

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center
163 W Main St., Spring Grove, MN

Celebrating the farm boy, soldier, teacher, troubadour,
father and writer of international acclaim

Sunday, May 22, 2016

All Day | Norwegian Ridge Birding & Nature Trail self-guided one or two-mile loops; check out the four-mile extended option; Trailhead located behind Red’s IGA; Look for the newly dedicated “Joseph Langland Literary Trail”; Information available at Giants of the Earth Heritage Center (next to the Spring Grove Cinema)

1:00-6:00 pm | Joseph Langland Station – Post office offering special postmark cancellation for first-class postage and postcards (available for purchase the day of the event) at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center

2:00 pm | Joseph Langland Retrospective – Event will feature film clips, recordings of the poet reading his works, musical performances of songs Langland wrote and live poetry readings; At the Spring Grove Cinema Event is FREE

3:00 pm | Ribbon cutting and debut of “Joseph Langland Retrospective” exhibit at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center (next to Cinema); three rooms of displays featuring his poetry, films, arti- facts Event is FREE

5:00 pm | Joe-Style Picnic with music by cellist Craig Hultgren followed by Impromptu Readings of Joe’s poetry by the public; on the deck at the Heritage Center.



Opening program at the Cinema

By Craig Moorhead
Reprinted from Spring Grove Herald

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center will host
a retrospective on the life and works of Langland. The opening program will occur at the Spring Grove Cinema and will feature film clips, recordings of the poet reading his works, musical performances of songs Langland wrote, and live poetry readings.

The event will continue at the Heritage Center, located at 163 W. Main St., where films and objects relating to Langland will be on display in three rooms on the second


The first room focuses on Langland’s early years in southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa, while the second will feature his works. The third room shines a light on the recognition, which Langland earned from his peers.

Giants of the Earth board member Karen Gray noted, “Langland wrote poetry throughout his lifetime, beginning in a cave on the farm at age 9 with scraps of paper, a pencil and stubs of candles for light. The early poems are included in the exhibit along with photos.”

Displays will also include a “binder of memories” compiled from persons who knew the poet. That project is ongoing, Gray reported. The goal is to gather 100 memories from former students, friends, literary colleagues and relatives.

“Wherever Joseph Langland and his family lived, he organized picnics,” she stated. “So we have organized a picnic for the Heritage Center Enger Garden and decks on May 22. We are using Joe’s favorite recipes. Farmer-cellist Craig Hultgren will pro- vide music during the picnic. After the picnic, all are invited to gather in Immigrant Hall to listen to audience members read favorite poems written by Langland.”