Museums and historic sites published Aug. 3, 2022
Museum hours and special events in the next month
Kandiyohi County Historical Society
Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed holidays, $3 for adults, ages 12 and under and Kandiyohi County Historical Society members admitted for free, 320-235-1881, located at the train engine on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island. The museum has a number of featured exhibits. Along with the museum there is a one-room school, a log shed and a Great Northern locomotive. Maps of county historical sites are available at the museum. http://www.kandiyohicountyhistory.com/
Sperry House: The Sperry House will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 3. Cost is $3 per person, members are free. Open by appointment during the week.
Guri Endreson site: The Guri Endreson site, located off County Road 5, the field road gate is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Guided tours available by appointment.
125th anniversary celebration: Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Pioneer Cabin on the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. The 2nd Minnesota Battery Light Artillery of Red Wing, will set up camp to learn about Minnesota soldiers and their life in the Civil War with different stations for the public to see including the cannon, small arms and a ladies area — which will feature the Soldiers' Aid Society, quilt display, and apothecary. The Gun Drill will be held at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. The Second Minnesota Battery Re-enactors are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Civil War history by living it.
There will also be kids carnival games, root beer floats, food, music, a silent pie auction and a friendly competition between the towns in Kandiyohi County. Each town will have a jar and the one who ends up with the most money in it at the end of the day will be featured in a display in 2023 at the museum and at the Kandiyohi County Fair.
For the silent pie auction, anyone is welcome to donate pies. Pies should be dropped off at the museum on Friday, Aug. 19 or at the Fairgrounds on Aug. 20. There will be many rounds of the silent auction so you can get a pie any time of the day you come. The winnings from each pie will be put towards the town competition as well. For more information regarding the pie auction, contact Karen Hernandez at 952-540-3470.
Atwater Area Historical Society
Atwater, 10 a.m to noon, Saturdays or by appointment, call Jon at 320-444-0337, Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum, 500 Pleasant Ave. W.
Chippewa County Historical Society
The Chippewa County Historical Society will have several sites open for the summer. Admission prices vary. For more information or to make appointments call 320-269-7636, email firstname.lastname@example.org or web site www.chippewacohistory.org .
Chippewa City: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day; junction of state Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 59 in Montevideo; re-creation of a turn-of-the-century town with 23 buildings and two very old dugout canoes. The Chippewa River Dugout Canoe, carbon dated to between 1436 and 1522, is in the Gateway Building and the Minnesota River dugout canoe, carbon dated to between 1626 and 1679, is in the Gippe Cabin. Admission adults $5, ages 6-17 $2, and 5 and under will be admitted free.
Lac qui Parle Mission: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 4. Visitors can ring the church bell, echoing the sound of the original, traditionally known as the first church bell in Minnesota; six miles north of Montevideo on U.S. Highway 59 and 2.2 miles west on County Road 13; free admission. The Lac qui Parle Mission is a Minnesota Historical Society historic site operated by the Chippewa County Historical Society.
Olof Swensson Farm Museum: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 3-4, or by appointment; six miles east of Montevideo on state Highway 7, then five miles south on County Road 6 to the junction with County Road 15. The 17-acre farmstead features a 22-room house, timber frame barn and the remains of a gristmill. Admission adults $5, ages 6-17 $2, 5 and under will be admitted free.
Danube Historical Society
The Danube Historical Society Museum is open from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the former Danube Depot Building or by appointment, call 320-826-2236.
Dassel History Center
Dassel, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N., free will donation, 320-275-3077, dassel.com/hs.
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
Granite Falls, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport, 3 miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23; adults $10, ages 10-17 $5, family $20, active military $5, ages 9 and under admitted free, annual memberships available. Home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II along with fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia displays, and a library. It is designed as a self-guided experience.
GAR and Meeker County Museum
Litchfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, $3 admission, ages 11 and under free; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave., 320-693-8911, meekercomuseum.org.
Grove City Historical Museum
Grove City, open by appointment, call Dorothy 320-244-1044, Ron 320-693-2922, or Gordon 320-857-2636.
Lac qui Parle County Museum
Madison, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; South Highway 75; freewill donation.
Maynard History Museum
Maynard, open by appointment, call the Maynard city office at 320-367-2140.
Norway Lake Log Church
New London, 7:15 p.m. Saturdays, July 9 through Aug. 13, vespers service followed by social hour, west of New London off County Road 40 on 99th St. N.W. or by appointment, call 320-905-1539. The summer festival program will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21.
Paynesville Area Historical Museum
Paynesville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through Sept. 3, 251 Ampe Drive; freewill donation.
Renville County Historical Society
Morton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, research library by appointment only; adults $5, ages 6-12 $3, children 5 and under free. For more information or for a library appointment call 507-697-6147, or email email@example.com , website www.renvillecountyhistory.com .
Renville City Museum
Renville, open by appointment, Main Street; 320-329-8210.
Sacred Heart Area Museum
Sacred Heart, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and by appointment, U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart; free admission, donations appreciated, call 320-765-2274, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, run mid-may through October, 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 $6, under 12 are $3, 5 and under admitted free; 320-235-4341.
Benson, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment, 2135 Minnesota Ave.; free admission; 320-843-4467.
Stevens County Historical Museum
Morris, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday by appointment, 116 6th St. W.; free admission; 320-589-1719. Walking tours have been developed for Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and several parts of Morris. They take about an hour to walk the full path; please stay on the sidewalk and do not enter private property. Check the website to see where brochures/maps are available for each tour.
Yellow Medicine County Museum
Granite Falls, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, through Sept. 3, junction of Minnesota highways 23 and 67 on the Minnesota River. For more information call 320-564-4479.