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Movie is topic of Oct. 21 historical meeting

Built in 1839, Marina Mills was the first sawmill on the St. Croix River. This marked the beginning of the lumber era which created unrivaled growth and prosperity for the region. By 1855 there were 14 mills in the St. Croix Valley producing more than 34 million feet of lumber per year. The lumber industry peaked in the 1870s and by World War I there were only a few mills left. From John Runk Photo Collection, St. Croix County Historical Society

The new Hudson history movie will be discussed at the St. Croix County Historical Society's annual dinner meeting Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Best Western Hudson House Inn. The meeting is open to public and starts with a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program. The cost is $24 per person and includes chicken kiev dinner.

St. Croix County Historical Society publicity chair Jacki Bradham will give an update on the progress of "The History of Hudson" movie project. The meeting program will include a short preview of the movie.

The Historical Society has partnered with the Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Cable Television to produce a movie. The Hudson Daybreak Rotary and Xcel Energy provided funding for this movie project.

"The movie is a new idea for the Historical Society," says Bradham. "The Historical Society has published several books but this is our first experience with a movie. We are working with the River Channel to share local history in a new media format."

Reservations and advanced payment are required. For reservations call the Octagon House at (715) 386-2654 by Thursday, Oct. 14, and then mail payment to Dorothy Wilson, 1051 Golden Oaks Drive, Hudson, WI 54016.