Gossip, Historian or both..

Who was this woman? A female who seemingly excelled at mischevious gossip and entangled relations with the opposite sex (Edgar Allan Poe and Rufus Grisowold), Elizabeth Fries Ellet anecdotally named the city of Eden Prairie on her visit here in 1852. Unlike most of her fellow writers at the New York literary soirees of the 19th century, Ellet was a prolific writer and broke with tradition by writing for dime novels, lady’s magazines and newspapers (penny press) in what many writers of the time referred to as yellow journalism.

In a series of our own version of a literary soiree, coming soon, at an Eden Prairie location, Ellet’s dalliances, intrigues,  penchant for love triangles and certainly most admirably her scholarly achievements will be revealed. Visuals of original published stories, images of letters in her own hand writing, images from her published leather embossed books, copies of the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail signs and the original richly illustrated 1850’s Godey’s Lady’s Books, a version of early McCalls Magazine, which were donated to the EP Historical Society by Victoria Joy Price, will be  part of the presentation. The 1850’s Godey’s Lady’s Books can be viewed in the Eden Prairie Museum at the Eden Prairie City Center.

The two Godey’s Lady’s Books, donated to The Eden Prairie Historical Society by the Director of Writers Rising Up, can be seen at the Eden Prairie City Center Museum. The books are leather bound and embossed with illustrations including hand-colored fashion plates, mezzotints, engravings, woodcuts, black and white steel and copper engravings and chromolithographs.

Join us and snack on foods Ellet would have eaten- Pasties, Fruit Pie, Coffee & Tea

Dress 19th Century or a facsimile of…

Times and Dates to be announced soon…

Please RSVP your interest in attending by contacting us here.

The Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail was installed at the Richard. T. Anderson Conservation Area in 2007.  Wilderness in the City trail excursions will begin again in fall 2019 after reconstruction of HWY 61 is completed.

EFEIT trail information can be found here.