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Doug Ohman will bring Minnesota cemeteries to life at HL Library
Oct. 4, 2019

Ivan Raconteur

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Old cemeteries may seem scary as Halloween approaches, but a program in Howard Lake may take some of the mystery out of these forgotten places.

Minnesota photographer Doug Ohman will present “Hidden in Plain View – Cemeteries of Minnesota” in the community room above the Howard Lake Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

In this presentation, Ohman will share his photos of Minnesota cemeteries and uncover the stories of forgotten people.

Attendees will learn where the only Revolutionary War soldier to die in Minnesota is buried. They will also learn the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard, and much more.

“Some of the cemeteries are small, and some are large, but they all tell a story,” Ohman noted. “Many of these stories are in plain view, but hidden in history.” His goal is to bring these stories to life.

This Legacy event is geared toward teens and adults.

About Doug Ohman

Ohman is a freelance photographer and popular public speaker. He has traveled throughout the upper Midwest photographing historic architecture.

His work has been widely published in magazines, calendars, and books.

Over the past 12 years, he has been working with the Minnesota Historical Society on the popular book series, “Minnesota Byways.” He has also completed a book on state parks of Minnesota, and a guidebook for the upper Mississippi River.

Ohman’s published work includes:

• “Minnesota Treasures”

• “Barns of Minnesota” – nominated for a Minnesota Book award (2006)

• “Churches of Minnesota”

• “Courthouses of Minnesota”

• “Schoolhouses of Minnesota”

• “Historic Homes of Minnesota”

• “Cabins of Minnesota”

• “Stone and Glass” – The Meaning of the Cathedral of Saint Paul”

• “Legacies of Faith – Historic Catholic Churches of Stearns Co., MN”

• “Prairie, Lake, Forest - State Parks of Minnesota” – Nominated Minnesota Book award (2010)

• “Libraries of Minnesota”

• “Journey down our river (Mississippi).”

Ohman recently completed a PBS film, “Landmarks – Keeping History Alive,” for Pioneer Public Television in western and southwestern Minnesota.

Ohman welcomes readers to travel the State of Minnesota with him as he explores many historic sites and structures that are quickly being lost to history. He will share stores and interesting historical information about some of Minnesota’s most treasured buildings.

Many of the buildings and sites Ohman will share have been featured in his book series “Minnesota Byways.”

Ohman will also tell his own story of how he took his passion for history and love of photography and combined them into a successful career.

Ohman’s work is available in art prints, matted and framed. His work can be found throughout the Midwest at fine shops and boutiques. He also is involved in many community art and craft fairs. His photography can be viewed at www.pioneerphotography .com

Ohman has degrees in both geography and history from the University of Minnesota. His interest in these subjects has translated well to his work as a photographer. His photography talent is self-taught.

Before becoming a full-time photographer, Ohman was the operations manager at the Mall of America. He currently lives in New Hope with his wife, Krin, of more than 30 years.

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