Writer and musician Marilyn McGriff will present as a Swedish pioneer woman on Oct. 6 at the Grass Lake Church in Braham.


Local writer and musician Marilyn McGriff will perform in character as an early Swedish pioneer woman at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Grass Lake Church, 2650 133rd Avenue, Braham, off of County Road 43 (this is a GPS address for building next door). 

In addition to her impersonation, McGriff will demonstrate a nykelharpa, a stringed instrument dating from the Middle Ages. 

Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the event, sponsored by the Kanabec County History Center and Friends of Grass Lake Church, but freewill donations will be accepted to help maintain the church.

About Marilyn McGriff

Originally from Braham, McGriff has researched and written several books and articles on local history including “Isanti County, Minnesota – An illustrated history” with Vernon Bergstrom, two church histories, and “Isanti County – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” a commemorative book for the county’s 150th anniversary. She’s also written a fiction book called “Caught in the Lye,” which refers to the method of preparation of lutefisk. Some copies of the novel will be available for purchase at the event. 

Currently McGriff is researching and writing about Swedes who emigrated and settled in an area of St. Paul called Swede Hollow, with a book to be available shortly. 

For more information about the Oct. 6 performance contact Kanabec County History Center at 320-679-1665 or Judy Hegstrom at 612-716-8150.

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