Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time returns on Sunday, March 9. Don’t forget to “spring ahead”.
Brief history of DST
Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but modern DST was not proposed until 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift to the Wellington Philosophical Society.
The conception of DST was mainly credited to an English builder, William Willett in 1905, when he presented the idea to advance the clock during the summer months. His proposal was published two years later and introduced to the House of Commons in February 1908. The first Daylight Saving Bill was examined by a select committee but was never made into a law. It was not until World War I, in 1916, that DST was adopted and implemented by several countries in Europe who initially rejected the idea. There is more information at this website and at WebExhibits.
Daylight Saving Time – often referred to as “Summer Time”, “DST” or “Daylight Savings Time” – is a way of making better use of the daylight in the evenings by setting the clocks forward one hour during the longer days of summer, and back again in the fall.
Members have been working on filing and sorting many of the societies newspaper clippings and photographs
From Lake to Home
The public is invited to view the displays at a special open house Thursday,
February 20 , from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeville Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave. Parking is available both in front and in back of the building, which is handicapped accessible.
Ice Harvest Display Open House
Original event date was cancelled due to bad weather – Reschedule date is Thursday, March 6.
WWII Re-enactment Weekend
May 17th Hours 10am – 6pm
May 18th Hours 10am – 3pm
The European Theater of WWII will be highlighted during this living history weekend. A tank division of the Historical Reenactment Society will be present. This event features period equipment, costumed participants, and activities. Village buildings may be staffed by costumed hosts.
LAHS will be located in the Harris House during this event. Map to Harris House
We are planning on sponsoring a Railroad Program sometime next spring (maybe around March). This is still in the planning stages, but there is a lot of interest locally. Many years ago LAHS sponsored another Railroad Program, and it had a large turnout. John C. Luecke (Railroad author and Minnesota railroads historian), has agreed to be the main speaker. We are also hoping that his co-author for his recent book (Paul R. Spyhalski), and Dave Fellon (president of Progressive Rail) will also be able to speak at this program. All of them have extensive knowledge of local railroading.
The Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern
From Dan Patch to Dragons
John C. Luecke and Paul R. Spyhalski, have recently published an new book about the Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway. It was incorporated in 1918 to take over the trackage of the former Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Dubuque Electric Traction Company, also known as the Dan Patch Lines. It was one of the local railroads that passed through the Lakeville area.
By John C. Luecke and Paul R. Spyhalski
$55.00* (* plus shipping and Minnesota Sales tax). Hard Cover with Dust Jacket.
For the first time, the full history of this interesting interurban-turned belt line will be available to students of Minnesota Railroad history.
The book will cover every aspect of this never-say-die short-line from the earliest plans of the “Dan Patch” to the final takeover of the MN&S by the Soo Line and beyond.
The book will include: 208 pages, with approximately 250 Photos including 16 pages of Color, 40+ Maps & Diagrams, and more information than anyone, including the authors, ever thought was possible.
John C. Luecke’s books can be obtained at: http://www.comoshops.com/