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, her published leather embossed books, copies of the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail signs and the original richly illustrated 1850's Ladies Godey’s Books, a version of early McCalls Magazine, which were donated to the EP Historical Society by Victoria Joy Price, Director of Writers Rising Up. All will be included in the presentations.

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 on our online contact form here:  http://www.writersrisingup.com/contact-writers-rising-up/writers-rising-up/contact-writers-rising-up

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 2017 after reconstruction of HWY 61 is completed.

EFEIT trail information can be found at this link:  http://www.writersrisingup.com/elizabeth-fries-ellet-interpretive-trail/elizabeth-fries-ellet-interpretive-trail/the-making-of-the-elizabeth-fries-ellet-interpretive-trail