Museums and historical society programs
Museums and historic sites
Kandiyohi County Historical Society
Willmar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays; free admission, located at the train engine on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island; the KCHS museum has a number of featured exhibits and the Sperry House will also be open most days; 320-235-1881.
Immigration: To celebrate the diverse ancestry and heritage of Kandiyohi County and the state of Minnesota. The immigration exhibit features one of four original Red River Ox Carts left in the state of Minnesota along with pictures of traditional costumes of peoples who settled this region during the nineteenth century. There us a map of ethnic communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s show our county's "old" ethnic neighborhoods, with an immigrant truck and artifacts brought from the Old Countries.
Hotels: Hotel photos and objects are featured, along with the former Lakeland Hotel telephone booth.
World War II: World War II oral history with local veterans' video can be shown upon request.
Civil, Spanish-America and wars: Military items, photos of local veterans, and lists of local GAR veterans.
Buggy-riding: Judge Muller's buggy is the focal point of a new exhibit. It is flanked by photos of buggies and equipment used with horse-drawn vehicles.
Newspapers: Interpretive panels telling the history of the press in America have been added to the old printing press and Linotype exhibit.
Halvorson inventions: A generator and carburetor invented by Lars Halvorson of Willmar, who also built the first gas-powered "horseless carriage" in the area, are displayed with the museum's early automobiles.
Milan, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment by calling 320-734-4868 or 320-734-4829; photograph and historical museum celebrating its 25th anniversary; free.
Atwater Area Museum
Atwater, open by appointment, call 320-212-2702; the Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum.
Chippewa County Historical Society
The Chippewa County Historical Society has several sites that will be open for the summer. Admission prices are adults $4, ages 6-18 $2, and 5 and under will be admitted free. For more information or to make appointments call 320-269-7636.
Chippewa City: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays; junction of state Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 59 in Montevideo; re-creation of a turn-of-the-century town with 23 buildings.
Olaf Swensson Farm Museum: 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day, or by appointment; six miles east of Montevideo on state Highway 7, then five miles south on County Road 15. The 17-acre farmstead features a 22-room house, timber frame barn and the remains of a gristmill.
Lac qui Parle Mission: open daily through Labor Day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; six miles north of Montevideo on U.S. Highway 59 and 2.2 miles west on County Road 13; free admission.
GAR and Meeker
Litchfield, noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $2 admission; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave.
Grove City Historical
Grove City, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday, others times by appointment, call Dorothy 857-9422 or Irma 857-2176, South Grove Square, Grove City Area Historical Society Museum.
Mikkelson Classic Boats
Willmar, open by appointment, call 320-231-0384, 418 Benson Ave. S.E.; featuring classic speed boats, outboard motors, toy boats and motors and boating artifacts; $6 admission.
New London, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, through Labor Day, old Lebanon Church, Norwood St. N.W.; a historical museum with exhibits, vintage clothing, military display, paintings and photographs and library for genealogy research; 320-354-2990.
Natural History Museum
New London, open by appointment, call 320-354-8820, 12050 Co. Rd. 40 N.E. Larry and Barb Levin's Natural History Museum includes collections of butterflies, seashells, rocks, minerals, Indian artifacts and dinosaur bones. The museum is located on County Road 40, 2.8 miles east of state Highway 23 on the north side of the road. Admission is free.
Paynesville, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Labor Day, 251 Ampe Drive; freewill donation; allow one hour or more for guided tour.
Renville City Museum
Renville, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday or by appointment, Main Street; 320-329-8210.
Sacred Heart, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday or by appointment, U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart; 320-765-8868.
Willmar, 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 3310 Business Highway 71 S.; features roadway and farm field history, more than 300 tractors, cars, trucks and fire trucks; gift shop; adults $5, under 12 are $2; 320-231-0564.
Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association
The annual program will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Kilowatt Community Center in Granite Falls. This year's topics include Cut Nose, the Fool Soldiers, as well as Dakota Ceremonial Songs. There will be a bus tour to the Joseph Brown historic site and the Wood Lake Battlefield site. Registration at the door is $35 for adults. Contact Tom Hosier 507-280-99709 for information.