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Two people dancing to the band playing on the stage behind them at Bay City Bohemian Hall for Ashland Folk Fest

57th Annual Ashland Folk Fest

April 12April 13

We are incredibly excited to announce the 57th Annual Ashland Folk Fest will be taking place April 12–13 at the Bay City Bohemian Hall! This event is free and open to the community. We have a kickin’ lineup this year, so get ready to boogie. The fest will be kicked…

Northland College students do radio interview in early 1960s with photographer and curator John Szarkowski

Changing the Way We See

Ashland native John Szarkowski showed America a new way to look at photographs.

When John Szarkowski began as director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1962, photography was considered a utilitarian median, a means to document what existed. He elevated the photograph as a legitimate form of art. “Szarkowski’s thinking, whether Americans know it or not,…

Collage of historical photos of the Bro Family at Northland College

The Bro Family

A Century at Northland College 

The Bro family at Northland College spans more than a century. The Bros have a rich history of adventure, lifelong friendships, love, connections, philanthropy, service, and finding one’s true calling. It is a story worthy of a book. Their Northland connection begins with Albin Carl Bro, the son of Swedish…

Red canoe on a lake

Keep Wilderness Act's Flame Burning Bright

By Mark Peterson and David Zentner Lake Superior Wilderness Conference | September 5-6 | Duluth, MN Rarely is federal legislation passed today with such unanimity as happened with the Wilderness Act 50 years ago this week. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Act 373-1. The Senate approved it 73-12….

Couple in front of a Christmas tree

Property Gift to Provide Scholarships

Alumni Carol and Don Buckman donate property for scholarship

As a freshman, Carol McLean met her future husband, Don Buckman, in the College print shop. Don worked downstairs in the copper shop. It was 1947. Don graduated in 1950; Carol in 1951. They married two years later in St. Paul. Carol worked at the University of Minnesota as an…

Graduates celebration at commencement

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