WINTER'S CHILDREN virtual event with Wadena County Historical Society and Ryan Rodgers

Ryan Rodgers will join the Wadena County Historical Society for a reading and discussion of his book WINTER'S CHILDREN on Saturday, December 10 as part of their BookEnds Online Edition series.
  • WINTER'S CHILDREN virtual event with Wadena County Historical Society and Ryan Rodgers
  • 2022-12-10T10:30:00-06:00
  • 2022-12-10T12:30:00-06:00
  • Ryan Rodgers will join the Wadena County Historical Society for a reading and discussion of his book WINTER'S CHILDREN on Saturday, December 10 as part of their BookEnds Online Edition series.
When Dec 10, 2022
from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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The story of Nordic skiing in the Midwest—its origins and history, its star athletes and races, and its place in the region’s social fabric and the nation’s winter recreation

Ryan Rodgers will join the Wadena County Historical Society for a reading and discussion of his book Winter's Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing on Saturday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the WCHS's BookEnds Online Edition series.

Join the Zoom meeting with Meeting ID 867 0338 5655.

Winter’s Children traces Nordic skiing in the Midwest from its introduction in the late 1800s to its uncertain future in today’s changing climate. Generously illustrated, this is an engaging look at the earliest ski teams and touring clubs; the evolution of cross-country skis, gear, and fashion; and the ambitious effort to maintain a vast trail network across Minnesota’s state park system.

"Ryan Rodgers captures the essence of cross-country skiing in the Midwest, from its earliest days of making wooden skis to the snowmaking loops and large races of today. Learning the rich history of the sport I love so much brings an even greater appreciation to skiing and all the amazing individuals who have collectively changed the sport over the years. The detail and character of the photos woven into Rodgers's storytelling bring this amazing history to life."—Jessie Diggins, Olympic gold medalist and author of Brave Enough

"If you want to take a trip down Nordic skiing's memory lane in the Midwest, I hail Ryan Rodgers's new book, Winter's Children. Having lived many of the experiences he writes about, I found it both a ski journalism achievement and a pleasure to read. His research is meticulous, and the photographs captivate. The pages come alive with stories about the growth of the cross-country ski sport, the brilliance of people like Telemark's late Tony Wise, and the sport’s most beloved and innovative personalities. I couldn't put it down. I'm so pleased Rodgers shares the extraordinary legacy of the people who helped the sport grow and prosper."—Peter Graves, ABC Sports Olympic commentator, cross-country skiing, Lake Placid Olympic Games

"Rodgers takes the epic tales of American skiing, and allows its practitioners to work together with his prose to form a journey with all the ebbs, flows, wanderings, and epiphanies of a long ski in the woods. In doing so, he lifts the stories of this sport, done at the edges of frozen existence, out of the ether and into something material." —FasterSkier