An Evening of Outdoor Films

Wednesday | April 26th | 7:00pm

Saint Mary’s Performance Center and Outdoor Leadership present an evening of Outdoor Films, featuring Mary Farrell’s John Latsch: The Man and His River and Ken Burns’ This is America from The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. A Q&A will follow the films. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit or call 507-457-1715.

John Latsch: The Man and His River
A film by Mary Farrell

John Latsch (1860-1934), a humble and hard-working man, gifted Winona with a lasting legacy. He and his father ran a successful wholesale grocery business in Winona called Latsch and Son. He said he “made his money in Winona was going to leave it here.” His solo canoe trips on the Mississippi River and his love of the outdoors resulted in the purchase of over 18,000 acres of river bottoms and high land. He donated the acreage to the City of Winona and the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin so the public could enjoy the pleasures of outdoor recreation.

John Latsch: The Man and His River, by local filmmaker and Saint Mary’s Performance Center volunteer Mary Farrell, won the People’s Choice award at the 2017 Frozen River Film Festival.

This is America
A film by Ken Burns from The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

The story of our national parks is a long and complicated one, full of competing demands between utterly American impulses – between preservation and exploitation, the sacred and the profitable; between the immediate desires of one generation and its obligation and promise to the next. This is America is a complete 45-minute film that tells the story of the national park idea through the prism of our nation’s diverse population, weaving together stories of extraordinary people from a wide variety of backgrounds who devoted their lives to the national park ideal – to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time – and helped it broaden and evolve over the course of 150 years.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C.

Major funding provided by General Motors; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Bank of America; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Park Foundation, Inc.; Public Broadcasting Service; National Park Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

About Saint Mary’s Outdoor Leadership

Saint Mary’s Outdoor Leadership program engages students in camping, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and much more. These types of activities expose students to more opportunities involving environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus. Saint Mary’s Outdoor Leadership will provide service opportunities that challenge students mentally, physically, and spiritually. Our location on the Mississippi River, immersed in the bluffs, surrounded by streams and trails, make this a perfect place to get involved in outdoor recreation.

Saint Mary’s Performance Center and Mary Farrell are members of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


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