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Holly Johnson: Remembering Anita Ulwelling

In 1946 Gertrude Skinner wrote a tribute about her dear friend Lillian Belle Hormel after her passing.  The piece painted a portrait of a beloved ... Read more

2 days ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: Celebrating Twelfth Night

Since I am sure you’ve always wondered how the ladies of the YWCA in the 1930s celebrated Twelfth Night, I am sharing with you an ... Read more

1 week ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: Celebrating the New Year 100 years ago

Happy New Year!  No matter if you had a party for one or a virtual celebration online with many to ring in the new year, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: A time for reflection

If you asked 10 people to tell you what Christmas and New Year’s celebrations mean to them personally, you would likely get 10 different descriptions ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Holly Johnson.

Festive traditions of the Hormel Historic Home

For those of you waiting anxiously for my annual re-write of a traditional Christmas song, here it is. Now, I am not naïve enough to ... Read more

1 month ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: YWCA remained strong thanks to community involvement

So often I hear from people that a member of their family was involved in some capacity at the Hormel Historic Home or the YWCA.  ... Read more

1 month ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: Celebrating a famous birthday

Dec. 4, 2020, would have been George A. Hormel’s 160th birthday. In 1940, he celebrated his 80th at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family ... Read more

1 month ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: How Thanksgiving looked in the year 1909

No doubt your Thanksgiving celebration looked a little different this year.  Did you fix a turkey?  How many pies did you bake?  Were there fewer ... Read more

2 months ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: Expressing gratitude for what we got

I would love to start this column offering you wishes for a nice Thanksgiving week filled with family, friends, and fun, but the current state ... Read more

2 months ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: A glimpse of George Hormel and his time on the road

The following letter from George Hormel to his mother dated Nov. 16, 1886, gives us a glimpse into his life on the road. For seven ... Read more

2 months ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: Zoom series to discuss a growing Hormel

We started hanging lights in the Hormel Historic Home Peace Garden this week. I know it’s early but the weather said “Just Do It.”  And ... Read more

2 months ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: Halloween has a rich history in Austin

We have finally reached the one day in our calendar year where the wearing of masks is a socially acceptable practice.  We recently hosted an ... Read more

3 months ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: HHH is getting closer to the holiday season

I know it’s still October, but we are only four weeks away from the beginning of the annual Hormel Historic Home holiday open house events.  ... Read more

3 months ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: Finding a new focus

I have had a hard time deciding what to focus on for this column. We have fall and holiday events scheduled that I want to ... Read more

3 months ago by Holly Johnson.

Holly Johnson: Enriching the season at the HHH

I am interrupting my series regarding the economic philosophies of George Hormel of which he wrote about in the Los Angeles Times in 1935.  I ... Read more

3 months ago by Holly Johnson.

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