Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman!

If you have been to any of Doug Ohman’s programs (we have hosted him at least 3 times and have all of his books) you will remember what an incredible photographer, historian, and storyteller he is.  His programs are always wildly popular and incredibly enjoyable.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this kayak adventure down the Mississippi River right from the comfort of your own armchair!  You can access all 3 parts of his virtual journey below.

Part 1:  Doug will take you from the river’s headwaters at Lake Itasca to the central Minnesota town of Little Falls. Along the way you will experience wilderness, large lakes and interesting towns in this 400 mile journey. Doug will share Minnesota history and stories that relate to this upper section of river.

Part 2:  Continue Kayaking with Doug through the heart of Minnesota from Little Falls to St. Paul.  This 130 mile stretch of the river is sure to entertain and educate as he travels through some larger urban centers such as St. Cloud and Minneapolis.  You will experience going through three river locks and Doug shares more historical information about two very important explorers of the Mississippi River.

Part 3:  Doug paddles from the river city of St. Paul all the way down to the Iowa border, completing his trip down the entire Mississippi River within Minnesota.  This final stretch of nearly 200 miles of river takes you into some of the most picturesque scenery on the trip so far.  You will also experience some of the most charming river towns in the state, such as Red Wing and Wabasha.  When Doug finally reaches the Iowa border, he will have traveled approximately 720 miles of this incredible American river.

This virtual program is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.  We would be very grateful for your opinions of this program.  Please leave a comment or send an email to  Your comments will be extremely helpful as we fill out a required final report detailing the success of this program.  Thank you!

All of the virtual programs we have posted so far will be available at least until August 31, 2020.

Please fill out the survey below before July 27th. Because this is a Legacy funded program, we need to submit a final report. And we need your comments in order to fill out this report! Thank you!

Doug Ohman’s MN Byways – March 7th

We celebrate our Carnegie Library’s 102nd anniversary by bringing you freelance photographer and public speaker Doug Ohman.  He will be at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00pm. Doug’s work has been widely published in magazines, calendars and books, and in the popular book series, Minnesota Byways. This talk will feature photos and stories from the series.

From each book, Doug will take you to his favorite locations. He will share the best photographs and stories from around the great state of Minnesota. Doug will also tell his own story about how he took his passion for history and love of photography and combined them into a successful career.

Doug will have copies of his books for sale at the event.

Refreshments will be provided by members of the Library Board, the Friends of the Library, and staff.

Doug has degrees in both Geography and History from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming a full-time photographer, he was the Operations Manager at the Mall of America. He currently lives in New Hope, MN with his wife of over 30 years, Krin.

His work can be viewed on his website,

This program is free and open to the public.  Please join us!

Vanishing Landmarks Program

Vanishing Landmarks

With Doug Ohman

 February 23rd at 7:00pm

in the American Legion Room, Chatfield Center for the Arts

 Travel back roads and small towns with photographer Doug Ohman as he explores the stories and history of Minnesota through historic buildings that are quickly disappearing.  Doug will share his experiences, photos, and information about a variety of sites from Minnesota’s oldest Courthouse to the last Civil War recruiting station. 

 Doug Ohman is a freelance photographer and popular public speaker, who has traveled throughout the upper Midwest photographing historic architecture.  His work has been widely published in magazines, calendars and books.  Over the past seven years he has been working with the Minnesota Historical Society on the popular book series, “Minnesota Byways.”  Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program.


This program is brought to you by the Chatfield Public Library, along with the Friends of the Library & the Chatfield Center for the Arts Committee.  It is free and all are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.  Doug’s programs are always so enjoyable!  Please join us!

Click HERE for a great article that just came out about this very program!

All of Doug’s books are available for check out at the library. 

Presentation and Book Signing Event

Did you know that our library is included in the new book LIBRARIES OF MINNESOTA?

 Presentation and Book Signing Event 

featuring photographer, Doug Ohman

 Thursday, April 28th at 7pm

At the Chatfield Public Library

Come … sit and relax at a pretty table set for tea and enjoy Mr. Ohman’s fascinating visual and verbal presentation while indulging in sweet teatime treats!  (For those who don’t care for tea, there’ll be coffee and sparkling cider as well.)

Libraries of Minnesota will be available for purchase at the event.

Doug Ohman, well known photographer for the Minnesota Byways series,  turns his camera to this most beloved institution in his new book Libraries of Minnesota. From cozy structures near small-town parks to impressive buildings in metropolitan downtowns, public libraries stand at the center of community and learning in Minnesota’s landscape. This book celebrates these architectural icons and the joy of reading they have inspired in Minnesotans, present and past. Along with the photographs are library stories by seven of Minnesota’s best known writers of books for children and young adults that testify to the special significance of libraries in their lives.

Photographer Doug Ohman’s work is featured in the Minnesota Byways series, which includes Barns of Minnesota, Churches of Minnesota, Courthouses of Minnesota and Schoolhouses of Minnesota … all available here at the library.  Libraries of Minnesota will be here soon!  Come check them out!

Libraries of Minnesota.  Photographs by Doug Ohman, text by Will Weaver, Pete Hautman, John Coy, Nancy Carlson, Marsha Wilson Chall, David LaRochelle, and Kao Kalia Yang; Cloth book, 128 pages, 8 x 9, 120 color photos, index; Publisher: MHS Press (May 2011)

Our thanks to MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) for funding Mr. Ohman’s visit to our library!