After the initial Music in the Park event got rained out on July 19, the second scheduled concert event will take place in the La Porte City City Park on Thursday, August 16 from 6-8 PM.

The concert portion of the program features La Porte City’s Dennis Weideman, a member of the DM2 trio that includes Mike Elliott and Michael Cutsforth. The three began performing together about a year ago after working together in another band that Weideman has run the sound board for. The community is invited to bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of harmonizing vocals singing familiar songs recorded by America, the Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel and others.

Music in the Park will also feature an ice cream social, where a free-will offering will be accepted for the library’s ongoing local history project that will eventually make the complete archives of The Progress Review available online. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted in the park for this event.
In addition to music and ice cream, a number of local authors and their books will be featured. Hawkins Memorial Library has a growing collection of books written by area authors, including Dennis Weidemann, who will be on-hand to sell and sign copies of their books. Weidemann is the author of Cut From Plain Cloth: The 2011 Wis­con­sin Worker­s Protests HARMONY – and This Water Goes North. Other local authors anticiipated to make an appearance include Ruth Ann Schneck, Janice Abel, Gary Martinson, Dolores Bader, Ken Heiar and Clarice Burkgren

The library’s local history project includes converting back issues of The Progress Review, housed in the library on microfilm that date back to the 1870s, to digital content that can be searched online by anyone with an internet connection.

The process of converting nearly 150 years of newspapers to digital format is a costly one. Each reel of microfilm, approximately 18 months of La Porte City history, costs $125 to digitize. Total cost of the project, which includes the creation of a searchable website to house all of The Progress Review’s archives and an up-to-date microfilm collection at the library, is estimated to cost around $10,000. For additional information about the project, or to make a donation, contact Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel at 342-3025.