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Exhibits and Historical Groups


Willmar, through July, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and when building is open for events, WEAC; "Sweet Light -- Made for Glory and Beauty" quilted liturgical wall hangings along with nature photography by Mary Jane Swenson from Paynesville.

Bremness Gallery

Glenwood, through July 31, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, on the grounds of the Ann Bickle Heritage House, 226 E. Minnesota Ave. "Like Mother, Like Daughter," works by Sandy Jean O'Brien and her daughter, Jean Marie Boll.

Prairie Renaissance

Morris, through July 30, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance; amateur photo contest in five categories: abstract, wetlands, community, future generations, the natural world and the color purple and a People's Choice.


Atwater, through July, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and by appointment; e-mail or call 320-212-2702; gallery at 104 Fourth St. N.; "Our Dresses," a multi-media exhibit of photography and fiber paper art by Joli Grostephan of Minneapolis, and "Heirloom Dresses with Needlework" by Peggy Starz.

North American Financial Center

Willmar, through December, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; photographs by Willmar photographer Kerry Hogan.

Three Sisters Furnishings

New London, through August, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Three Sisters Furnishings, 2550 State Highway 9 N.E.; in-store art gallery featuring acrylic and oil paintings by Kari Lindquist-Weber. The artist will be in-house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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 be open by request, stop or call the museum to set up a tour; 320-235-1881.

Guri Endreson site

The Guri Endreson site, located on County Road 5, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, through Labor Day weekend; call the Historical Society to arrange a tour.


100 years of Scouting: Exhibit created by Cal Miner of Willmar of the 100 years of Boy Scouting. It will run through December and includes items from the former Kandiyohi County Boy Scouts and items from Miner's personal collection.

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 19th century. A map of ethnic communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s shows 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.

Atwater Area Museum

Atwater, open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 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 vary. For more information or to make appointments call 320-269-7636.

Chippewa City: through Sept. 6; 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. Admission adults $4, students $2, and 5 and under will be admitted free.

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. Admission adults $5, students 17 and under will be admitted free.

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, open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment, call Dorothy 857-9422, 205 Third Street South, Grove City Area Historical Society Museum. The GCHS meets at 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

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,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.

Norway Lake Log Church

New London, 7:15 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 7 with a church service followed by social hour, west of New London off County Road 40 on 99th St. N.W. or by appointment, call 320-231-2519.

Pope County Museum

Glenwood, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 809 South Lakeshore Drive; free admission.

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, through Labor Day, 251 Ampe Drive; freewill donation; allow one hour or more for guided tour.

Raptor Ridge

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.

Renville City Museum

Renville, 1 to 4 p.m. 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.

Summerfest: The museum will be open during Summerfest this weekend from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be a program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday "Tribute to Sacred Heart School."

Schwanke's Museum

Willmar, 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or by appointment, 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.


Writing course

Willmar, July 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Willmar Public Library; Carol Pearce Bjorlie will teach The Four "Ss" of Attentive Writing. The day will consist of 40 percent writing and 20 percent each of reading aloud, lecture and discussion. This class is an opportunity to generate new work in response to writing assignments, class reading and discovery. Admission is free.


DEMO Inc. (Developing Exploring Maintaining Originality through the arts) will have several classes this summer for high school students and adults. The fee for each class includes all materials. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To register send your name, address, phone number and check made payable to DEMO Inc. to 728 SE Second St. Willmar, MN 56201. For more information 320-231-2696 and leave a message or e-mail

Adobe Photoshop Continued: Two-day class using Photoshop 7.0. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop is a pre-requisite; 4 to 6 p.m. July 28-29; adults $50, teens $25.

Artists Book: Make three structures for grades 4 to 8; 10 a.m. to noon, July 28-29; $35.

Artists Book Arts: Structures to be determined; noon to 4 p.m. July 26; adults $50, teens $25.

Exhibit information will be printed each Thursday in this calendar. 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.