Elsie Wermerskirchen's "Warm Memories of a Long Ago Christmas"
Our 1st Rootprints newsletter of 2023 will feature Elsie Wermerskirchen's "Warm Memories of a Long Ago Christmas," with the blessing of the Virginia Area Historical Society which included this lovely story in its December "Heritage News." Elsie was a singer and a poet. The University of Minnesota Archival Collections holds many of her newspaper clippings, photographs, sheet music, and pamphlets. Much of the material relates to the history of the Virginia and Pike-Sandy regions in northeastern Minnesota, including the Pike Evangelical Lutheran Church. Included are also three artifacts (aluminum potato pancake pan, wooden spoon, and white cloth purse). Elsie passed away in 1987.