Website of Joe Landsberger

The reward of one duty
is the power
to fulfill another.
George Eliot 1819 - 1880



Publications and media presentations
As guest, author and commentator


October 2014: Featured in This Old House Magazine

on the occasion of 35 years restoring and renovating my Victorian house in Saint Paul.
From an editor: "Thanks so much for your entry to This Old House’s Reader Remodel contest, and for sharing your inspiring story. …you so impressed the editors here, we’d love to feature you in an upcoming issue. I hope you’re still interested in sharing your story of hard work and perseverance with This Old House readers." See my timeline


My spiritual journey - audio .mp3 file 7.49 MB (delay in opening depends on connection)

At Twin Cities Friends Meeting (Quakers) we have a tradition of presenting and reflecting on our individual spiritual journeys. On March 16, 2014 I presented mine which ranged over my life span (!).


Steve Staruch of MPRMinnesota Public Radio's Music with Minnesotans

Steve Staruch hosts "Music with Minnesotans" on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. On January 28, 2014 he interviewed me with a playlist of my significant (classical) selections, complete with backstories. While I thought my knowledge of classical music is primitive, he valued my emotional component.

The MPR program
This link is to the MPR audio program (42 minutes)

Digested text:
The link is to a page with the narrative based upon an email exchange.


Documentary "Who Built Our Capitol?"

"Who Built Our Capitol?" Documentary

On January 15, 2014 the premier of the documentary "Who Built Our Capitol?" was shown at the C.S.P.S. Hall.

I have commentary on the Rochač family, Bohemian immigrants to my neighborhoods of West 7th Street in St. Paul. Jan Rochač was known to carve in the governor's office, and his son John Rochač Rockart became Architect Cass Gilbert's associate/partner. Rockart finished the United States Supreme Court Building upon Gilbert's death.


KARE 11, Belinda Jensen, backyard weatherKARE 11 Share Your Backyard Tour
5 and 6 p.m.

On June 24, 2011 my residential Gardens on Goodrich were featured on Channel 11 KARE News at 5 and 6 p.m. Belinda Jensen interviewed me and Steve about the gardens, as well as the local community and its history.

Back when I first bought the house in 1978 the property offered great promise, situated on a point on the bluff. Now only the giant hackberry tree stands from that time, now joined by innumerable plantings and hardscape.

Over time the gardens have taken on a life of their own. One friend said that my plants don't bother to put down their roots since they know they'll just be moved anyway. ;-{)


Minnesota (Czech) Immigrant History

  • March 4, 2008: Radio Prague interviews President Joe Landsberger
    on the occasion of Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota's 125th anniversary.
  • April 1, 2008: MPR News' William Wilcoxen interviews Joe Landsberger
    on the occasion of Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota's 125th anniversary.
  • Sunday, February 24, 2008: WCCO "Finding Minnesota" 10 p.m. news segment
    features Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota in the West End. Bill Hudson interviews President Joe Landsberger and Sokol's Senior Singers, as well as tours of the CSPS Hall for a historic perspective on the occasion of its 125th anniversary in the West 7th area.
GATway to a New World Buildiing Czech Slovak Communities in the West End

Gateway to a New World
Building Čech and Slovak
Communities in the West End

In 2003 I researched, authored and compiled this book celebrating the contributions of Czech and Slovak immigrants and families in the West End of St. Paul since the 1860s. It was published as a fund raiser for the North High Bridge Park, and includes

  • A timeline of Czech-Slovak immigration into America since 1633
  • Histories of immigrant families in St. Paul, Minnesota since 1860
  • The three churches of St. Stanislaus Kostka since 1872
  • Cyril Congregational Church since 1887
  • The SOKOL/C.S.P.S. Hall since 1887
  • 50 historic photographs
  • Profiles including the composer Antonín Dvořák and actress Blanche Yurka

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Study Guides and Strategies web site
http//www.studygs.net

Researched and authored 250+ guides of learning strategies in English for the learner-centric educational public service, from 1995 – December 2012. Highly ranked with search engines (Google 7/10), Portals (Merlot), Directories (Open Directory Project), as well as numerous citations and publications @ccess magazine, the Scout Report, and Family Fun Magazine. USAToday’s featured site August 7-13, 2001 and February 2004 as “Best Bet for Educators” Applied translations in thirty nine languages in conjunction with a consortium of volunteers, grants, and educational institutions. Traffic = 12 million visitors in 2012 in 39 languages. At the end of the Year 2012 I sold the resource out of concern for "legacy", the lack of an educational community as partnership (long story), and my inability to keep up with technological advancements.