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Exhibits and museums


Between Fences

Hanley Falls, through Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Minnesota's Machinery Museum; Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street exhibition "Between Fences" explore whether or not "good fences make good neighbors" and the multiple meanings behind this everyday icon.

Potato Eaters Gallery

Willmar, today-Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Potato Eaters Gallery, 330 Litchfield, Ave.; works by Amy Brown and Paula Pena

Minnesota State Fair

St. Paul, through Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fine Arts Building, State Fairgrounds; juried exhibition of 382 works include a pastel "Judson Jam" by Joanne Meierhofer and a colored pencil drawing "Untethered" by Ron Adams, both of Willmar.

Prairie Renaissance

Morris, through Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance; exhibit of a series of mandala and variation in pastel by artist Chillon Leach, a Benson native.

Ridgewater College

Willmar, through Sept. 17, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, Fine Arts building; sculptures and paintings by Eva Miller.

Potato Eaters Gallery

Willmar, Sept. 18, 8 to 10 p.m. Potato Eaters Gallery, 330 Litchfield, Ave.; "Ad Hoc Addendum," with works by John Stout, Maria Horvath, Jais Gossman, Bill Gossman, Fred Cogelow and Ron Adams; this special display will serve as an artists' reception social mixer for the community and Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! participants and as a fundraiser for "Music Matters," with music by Dempsey Schroeder and Maggie Harp, as well as other musicians who wish to join in; exhibit open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

Heritage Square

Willmar, Sept. 18-Oct. 3, Heritage Square, Willmar; collection of sculpture and paintings by Art Norby consisting of bronze sculptures, atmospheric paintings and plaster cast busts from public sculptures.

Bethel Lutheran

Willmar, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church atrium; Karen Bell of Willmar will be the featured artist during Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! She works in mixed medial, oil, pastel, watercolor, pen and ink and graphite.

WEAC exhibit

Willmar, through September, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and when building is open for events, WEAC; works by Sharon Schuetze; artist reception 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19.

Barn Theatre

Willmar, through September, weekdays and evenings during shows; oils and acrylics by Paula Janeth Pena, including her unique stylized painted chairs.

North American Financial Center

Willmar, through Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; collection of fall themed photographs by Kelly Welch of Willmar.

Museums/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.

Kandi Resorts: As Minnesota is the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and Kandiyohi County is "Where the Lakes Begin," KCHS is honoring the lake-based economy in an exhibit dedicated to early resorts and the lakes. The exhibit features bathing suits, fishing gear, resort pictures and brochures.

Something's Afoot: Photographs, shoe store fixtures and shoes from the 1870s to the 1970s.

Beautiful buildings: Photographs, history and a few leftover "pieces" tell the stories of several buildings that were razed in Willmar and missed by residents who remember them.

Velma's Hats: Hats from the collection of Velma Swanson, from the 1940s to '70s, along with a special Red Hat Society-style number made by Sharon Richmond along with photographs and accessories.

Last run of 2523: The year 2005 marked the 40th anniversary of the "last run" of Great Northern engine 2523 to the historical center. This photo exhibit shows the stages of the move

No! No! is an eclectic display of museum objects that were or are considered immoral or shocking. Confiscated liquor bottles from the Prohibition era, century-old "racy" stereopticon views, spittoons, and other tobacco items are some of the obviously "sinful" pieces in the exhibit. Other features remind viewers that currently acceptable practices such as Sunday shopping or trends like bobbed hair or jazz music were formerly considered "No, No's."

Hotels: Hotel photos and objects are featured, along with the former Lakeland Hotel telephone booth.

Collectible stamp sets: Elmond Ekblad displays his stamp collection, with stamps for each season.

Take note: Music is the theme with some distinctive and typical instruments and local photographs.

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.

Arv-Hus Museum

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

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. Sunday, or by appointment; three miles west of Maynard on County Road 17, then two miles south on County Road 5 and 2½ miles west on County Road 15. The 17-acre farmstead features a 22-room house, timber frame barn and the remains of a gristmill. The Horse Power event will be Sept. 12.

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 County Museum

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.

Monongalia Historical

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 Area Historical Museum

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, Memorial Day 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. Tuesdays and Fridays or by appointment, Main Street; 320-329-8210.

Sacred Heart Area Museum

Sacred Heart, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays or by appointment, U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart; 320-765-8868.

Sacred Heart Historical Society

Sacred Heart, July 17-19, at the museum on U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart.

Schwanke's Museum

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 is $35 at the door for adults; contact Tom Hosier 507-280-99709 for information.

Exhibit information will be printed each Thursday in this calendar up to a month in advance. The deadline is noon Monday.

Items may be submitted on the Tribune Web site at; faxed to 320-235-6769; mailed to Arts Calendar, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mailed to with "arts calendar item" in the subject line.