UMD Writing Studies Students Help Write New Book: Stories from the Past: The Rare & Remarkable

Nov 29, 2021

Several Writing Studies students were researchers and authors contributing to the new collection, “Stories from the Past: The Rare & Remarkable.” From its founding in 1895 until the present day, thousands of people have been a part of the unique history of UMD, and many of their stories are shared in this volume.

The book takes the reader back to the time when the attorney Jed Washburn held dances for students in his home, when students trained to teach in one-room schoolhouses, and when an exceptionally brilliant professor created the Olga Lakela Herbarium.

This book, a collection of stories spanning 13 decades, celebrates the University of Minnesota Duluth's 125th anniversary. Any proceeds from sales of the book will benefit student scholarships.

Creating the Book

Cheryl Reitan, the associate director for University Marketing and Public Relations (UMPR), was responsible for the inception and the execution of Stories from the Past: The Rare and Remarkable. She took the book from individual web pages spanning more than a year, to inclusion as a series in the Alumni E-newsletter, and finally to the publication of this book.

Several Writing Studies students contributed immensely to the project, beginning with Ellie Mercil, Jack Harrington, Bailey Jacobson, among a host of other students in the project. 

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