Museums and historic sites published Aug. 8, 2019


Kandiyohi County Historical Society

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. weekends and holidays, $3 adults, ages 12 and under and KCHS members admitted for free, located at the train engine on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island; the KCHS museum has a number of featured exhibits. Guided tours will be held on Thursdays this summer at the Sperry House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Guri Endreson site at 1 p.m. Both tours require pre-registration, call or email to sign up. $3 per person, KCHS members are free; 320-235-1881.

Kandiyohi County Fair: through Saturday, Willmar, exhibit in the log building during the fair through Saturday


World War I: Exhibit focusing on Kandiyohi County.

Favorite Things, the Collection Inventory: Rotating display each month as the collection specialists highlight their favorite things they inventoried.

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.


Church in Kandiyohi County: Artifacts and photos pertaining to the rich history of the Church in Kandiyohi County.

Civil War Veterans of Kandiyohi County: Display of information on more than 200 Civil War veterans that lived in Kandiyohi County. New photos, information or artifacts on the soldiers is always welcome. A book of biographical and military information on the veterans is available for sale.

Civil, Spanish-America and the World Wars: Military items, photos of local veterans, and lists of local GAR veterans.

Funerals & Funeral Homes: Display showing the history of funeral homes in Kandiyohi County and highlights the different traditions associated with funerals over time.

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.

Hanscom Crazy Quilt: A crazy quilt made by Amy and Marion Hanscom.

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.

Native Americans: Display highlighting the different Native American artifacts in the KCHS collection.


The New Deal in Kandiyohi County: A display highlighting the New Deal and its effects on Kandiyohi County which focuses on WPA projects, such as, Willmar War Memorial Auditorium and Sibley State Park.

Railroad: tells the story how a train works, the story of steam, passenger and freight cars, the caboose and the use of the depot and includes a model railroad.

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

Surviving through Time: The story of pioneer Guri Endreson’s struggles with life and happenings during the U.S. Dakota Conflict of 1862. It also features the story of the Endreson Cabin on Solomon Lake.

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862: A display telling the very important story of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in Kandiyohi County.

West Central Baseball Hall of Fame: Features artifacts and information about the inductees in the West Central Baseball Hall of Fame.

Willmar 8: Letters, newspapers, photos and scrapbooks tell the history of the Willmar 8 strike.

Atwater Area Historical Society

Atwater, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment, call Carol at 320-266-7626, Jon at 320-444-0337, Sue at 320-220-0970 or Jo at 320-295-1354, 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.

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, students $2, and 5 and under will be admitted free.

World War I traveling exhibit: Aug. 12 through Sept. 20, in the Village Hall, the exhibit was developed by the West Central Minnesota Historical Association, a partnership of 10 counties in west central Minnesota. The exhibit focuses on west central Minnesota and will include artifacts, photographs and stories from those who served from Chippewa County. Contact the office if you have items or photographs of World War I service members you would like displayed. During the exhibit, veterans of any military branch will be admitted free to Historic Chippewa City.

Lac qui Parle Mission: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 2. 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 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1, 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, students $2, 5 and under will be admitted free.

Danube Historical Society

The Danube Historical Society Museum is open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the former Danube Depot Building or by appointment, call 320-212-2877.

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. For more information call 320-275-3077 or email .

The Red Wheelbarrow: through Saturday, exhibit by more than 10 visual artists who have interpreted the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos William in paintings, drawings, fiber art and pottery.

Manthei Farm Dioramas: through Sept. 2, miniature scenes of farming created by Chuck Manthei, a former Dassel resident.

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; free admission, suggested donation of $10 for adults.

Friesen Historical Society

Clara City, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 25 or by appointment, call 320-894-9926, 4075 140th Ave. S.E., 1 and 1/4 mile north of Bunde on County Road 1.

GAR and Meeker County Museum

Litchfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, $3 admission; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave., 320-693-8911.

Uncle Milton’s Inheritance: Aug. 22, 7 p.m., suitcase-style Escape Room; $17, pre-register before Aug. 15 at the museum or on the museum website.

Civil War roundtable: 1:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month, educational meeting with a different speaker each month, held in the 1885 original GAR Hall.

Grove City Historical Museum

Grove City, open by appointment, call Dorothy 320-693-9140, 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, 320-598-7678.

Coming to Lac qui Parle: through Sept. 8, exhibit of the stories of community members. If you would like your family story included in the exhibit, call the museum to make arrangements. the museum has an account and members may use it on-site at no charge; non-members are asked for a nominal fee for research by staff.

Maynard History Museum

Maynard, open by appointment, call the Maynard city office at 320-367-2140.

Minnesota Machinery Museum

Hanley Falls, through Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, closed holidays; or by appointment, call 507-768-3522.

Norway Lake Log Church

New London, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, vespers service followed by social hour, west of New London off County Road 40 on 99th St. N.W. or by appointment, call 320-222-1613. The summer festival program will be Aug. 18 with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. It will be followed by a catered dinner at noon at First Lutheran, $10, and a 1:30 p.m. program at the log church followed by coffee and lefse.

Pope County Museum

Glenwood, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 809 South Lakeshore Drive.

Paynesville Area Historical Museum

Paynesville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, June 1 through Labor Day, 251 Ampe Drive; freewill donation.

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 is located on County Road 40, 2.8 miles east of state Highway 23 on the north side of the road. Admission is free.

Redwood County Museum

Redwood Falls, noon to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday or by appointment; adults $5, students $2, age 5 and under admitted free.

Renville County Historical Society

Morton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment; adults $5, ages 6-17 $3, children 5 and under free. For more information or to register call 507-697-6147, or email

Renville County Fair: through Friday, Bird Island, exhibit “Where do our boys go … after the war;” party from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Organ recital: Aug. 18, 2 p.m., Myron Lindeman and Char Daniels will present an organ recital in St. John’s Church on the museum grounds; freewill donation and a non-perishable item for the food shelf.

Renville City Museum

Renville, open by appointment, Main Street; 320-329-8210.

Sacred Heart Area Museum

Sacred Heart, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, or by appointment, U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart; 320-765-8868; email .

Opdal Farewell exhibit: focusing on 128 years of Opdal Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart

American Legion exhibit: 100 years of Service telling the story of the American Legion with emphasis on Joseph Viken Post 229.

Schwanke’s Museum

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, through Oct. 31, 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.

Stevens County Historical Museum

Morris, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or by appointment, 116 6th St. W.; free admission; 320-589-1719.

Horizontal Grandeur: through Oct. 25, 12th annual juried art exhibition showcasing the prairie, not only the abundance of flora and fauna but the expansiveness of the land and the joy and the sorrow as well.

Cabinets of Curiosity: through Dec. 14, based on cabinets from the Renaissance by wealthy collectors, our cabinets borrow and combine several ideas, everyone will find something to satisfy their curiosity.

Swift County Historical Society

Benson, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment, 2135 Minnesota Ave.; 320-843-4467.

Yellow Medicine County Museum

Granite Falls, through Sept. 1,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, junction of Minnesota highways 23 and 67 on the Minnesota River. For more information call 320-564-4479.

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