Eric Bergeson will share his book, "A Treasury of Old Souls," for the next Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presentation.
Bergeson’s program runs from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at Armory Square, Park Rapids.
His book is the story of the older folks he grew up alongside at Bergeson Nursery – employees, customers and neighbors. All of them now gone, but not forgotten.
"The story runs from my first day of kindergarten to recent adventures with my 103-year-old, great-aunt Olive, the last surviving sibling of Melvin Bergeson, the nursery’s founder," says Bergeson. "The stories, which have not appeared in print before, are humor with a point: We have a lot to learn from the old folks in our lives. Their blunt observations aren’t just funny, they contain gems of truth. Older folks’ determination to continue chores such as gardening as the years pile up isn’t quaint – rather, their example teaches us to age with grace."
Until selling the business to his brother and sister-in-law in 2014, Bergeson was the third generation owner of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, a business started by his grandfather in 1937.
He wrote a weekly column for several newspapers in northwestern Minnesota for 15 years.
He has published five books, including "Pirates on the Prairie," which the Minneapolis Tribune called "a Minnesota cultural and historical treasure."
His sixth book, "A Treasury of Old Souls," became available in September 2015.
Bergeson recently finished a five-year tenure as chairman of the Board of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
Over the years, he has been a frequent speaker and performer in northwestern Minnesota, including a previous visit to HCLL where audience members enjoyed his humorous, engaging speaking style.
The program is open to the public, free of charge, and handicapped-accessible. Refreshments are provided.