Lanesboro's history will come alive this month with a brass band, a mini-Wild West scene with Buffalo Bill and a traveling medicine show filling the streets.
History Alive! Pop-up Plays will present "Founding Lanesboro 1969" at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 22 and Sept. 28 and 29 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lanesboro and other small towns in Minnesota.
This is the fifth year of the annual pop-up plays, whose motto is "stories of Lanesboro on the streets of Lanesboro." The plays are written and directed by Lanesboro writer Jane Peck.
The year 1869 was pivotal time in Southeast Minnesota, a moment when many small towns were beginning. Audiences members will be introduced to immigrant families, displaced Native Americans, land investors, Civil War veterans and visiting speakers such as Frederick Douglass and early suffragists like Elizabeth Stanton.
Guest performers and musicians native include actors Larry Yazzie and Sean Sokkala, Irish fiddlers and jigger Danielle Enblom, Hardanger fiddler Drue Fergison, singers Sister Luv, banjo player David Anderson and brass band players from across the area.
In all, more than 40 performers will be involved in telling the story of Laneboro's founding and early years. The walking tours last an hour and half with the play beginning at Lanesboro Sons of Norway, 200 Parkway Ave.
The event is free, with donations suggested at the door. History Alive, a nonprofit group, is producing the event.