RWCS Opens Keynote Session on the Little Brown Jug Book to Public

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Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society is inviting the general public to hear its Annual Convention keynote speaker Ken Magee, co-author of The Little Brown Jug: The Michigan-Minnesota Football Rivalry The keynote is slated for Thursday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Red Wing High School.Kenneth-Magee.JPG

During his writing of the book, Magee contacted RWCS Executive Director Stacy Wegner for information on the Little Brown Jug. Wegner provided Magee with all the information the RWCS had previously published and connected him with collectors as well.

“From Ken’s first contact, I knew he would be a great speaker for our Convention. With the Minnesota Gophers recently winning the jug back from Michigan, it’s perfect timing!” said Wegner.

After the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers’ win last fall, Wegner asked the RWCS Board of Directors to open the keynote session up to the public. This unique invitation has only been done a few times in the past for speakers like Kathy Wurzer, author of Tales of the Road; the Highway 61 story, and Eva Zeisel, designer of Red Wing’s Town and Country dinnerware line.

The RWCS Board of Directors recognized that the excitement of the recent Little Brown Jug win by Minnesota and approved opening the keynote slated for Thursday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Red Wing High School.

“We are very excited to have Ken Magee bring the story of one of the most famous jugs to ever come out of Red Wing, the ‘traveling trophy’ brown jug of the Minnesota – Michigan football rivalry,” said RWCS President Larry Birks. “So many folks from Red Wing are familiar with this jug and because of the rivalry between these two teams, so we’re opening Ken’s keynote address to anyone who would like to hear about the famous jug that is treasured by the winning team each year at the annual football match-up.”

Magee’s book contains more than 200 images that have been donated from the private collections of local sports enthusiasts, photographers and libraries. Many of the myths and stories that surround the famous Little Brown Jug trophy are examined and corrected, and various other tales are revealed for the first time.

Magee will bring a limited number of his book along with some event-only souvenirs for attendees to purchase after his presentation. The book costs $20.00 and a portion of the profits from sales are being donated to the Ken Magee Foundation for Cops, which benefits police officers permanently injured in the line of duty, and their families, to attend Michigan Football games, all expenses paid.

Currently, Wegner is in negotiations with the University of Minnesota to have the original Little Brown Jug on display for the 2015 Convention. They hope to secure the jug for display during Magee’s presentation.

Mark your calendar now to come and learn more about the facts and stories about the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, July 9 at 1:30 a.m. at Red Wing High School at 2451 Eagle Ridge Drive, Red Wing, MN. Admission for Magee’s presentation is free and open to the public.