Museums and Historic Sites Published July 20, 2022 – West Central Tribune
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 12 and under and Kandiyohi County Historical Society members admitted free, 320- 235-1881, located at Locomotive Train on North Commercial Highway 71 across from Robbins Island. The museum has a number of featured exhibits. Besides the museum, there is a one-room schoolhouse, a lumber shed and a Great Northern locomotive. Maps of historic sites in the county are available at the museum. http://www.kandiyohicountyhistory.com/
125th Anniversary Celebration: August 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Pioneer Hut on the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. Red Wing’s 2nd Minnesota Battery Light Artillery will set up camp to learn about Minnesota soldiers and their lives during the Civil War, with various stations for the public to view, including cannon, small arms and a women-only area – which will feature the Soldiers’ Aid Society, quilt display and apothecary. The Gun Drill will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Second Minnesota Battery Re-enactors is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting Civil War history by living it.
There will also be children’s carnival games, root beer floats, food, music, a silent pie auction and friendly competition between towns in Kandiyohi County. Each city will have a pot and whoever ends up with the most money at the end of the day will be featured in an exhibit in 2023 at the Kandiyohi County Fair and Museum.
For the silent pie auction, everyone is invited to donate pies. Pies must be dropped off at the museum on Friday August 19 or at the fairgrounds on August 20. There will be multiple rounds of the silent auction, so you can get a pie any time of the day. The winnings from each pie will also be donated to the town competition. For more information regarding the pie auction, contact Karen Hernandez at 952-540-3470.
Sperry House: The Sperry House will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through September 3. The cost is $3 per person, members are free. Open by appointment on weekdays.
Guri Endreson website: The Guri Endreson site, located off County Road 5, the country road gate is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Guided tours available by appointment.
Atwater Region 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 open several sites this summer. Admission prices vary. For more information or to make an appointment, call 320-269-7636, email [email protected], or visit the website www.chippewacohistory.org.
City of Chippewa: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day; junction of State Highway 7 and US Highway 59 in Montevideo; reconstruction of a city from the beginning of the century with 23 buildings and two very old canoes. The Chippewa River Canoe, carbon dated between 1436 and 1522, is in the Gateway Building and the Minnesota River Canoe, carbon dated between 1626 and 1679, is in the Gippe Cabin. Admission adults $5, 6-17 years old $2 and 5 and under will be admitted free.
Talking Lake Mission: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until September 4. Visitors can ring the church bell, echoing the sound of the original, traditionally known as Minnesota’s first church bell; six miles north of Montevideo on US Highway 59 and 2.2 miles west on County Road 13; FREE ENTRANCE. The Talking Lake 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, September 3 to 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 farm includes a 22-room house, a timber frame barn and the remains of a flour mill. Admission adults $5, 6-17 years old $2, 5 and under will be admitted free.
Danube Historical Society
The Danube Historical Society Museum is open from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in the old Danube Depot building or by appointment, call 320-826-2236.
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 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 Hwy 23; adults $10, 10-17 $5, family $20, active military $5, 9 and under admitted free, annual memberships available. Home to an immaculate collection of fully operational and active WWII aircraft and vehicles, as well as artwork, bronze sculptures, interactive media displays and a library. It is designed as a self-guided experience.
Meeker County GAR and Museum
Litchfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, admission $3, 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.
Talking Lake County Museum
Madison, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; South Highway 75; gift of free will.
The Talking Lake County Historical Society and Madison Mercantile present:
Poetry on the prairie: July 30-31, featuring the work of Robert and Carol Bly of Madison.
July 30 at the Madison Mercantile, free poetry writing class at 2 p.m. given by Athena Kildegaard and Brendan Stermer. Open-mic poetry readings at 6 p.m. will give students in the class the opportunity to read what they’ve written, and others will be encouraged to read their favorite Bly poem or something they’ve written. For more information, visit Madison Mercantile’s Facebook page or call 320-361-0006.
July 31 at the County Museum of Lac qui Parle, at 1:30 p.m., premiere of “Robert and Carol Bly, Literary Legends of the Prairie”, a video documentary by Rachel Croatt and Joyce Meyer on the life of Robert Bly in the county of Lac qui Parle, surrounded by the beautiful prairie, his marriage to Carol McLean in 1955, their life on the farm and their involvement in the community of Madison. It includes untold photos and stories of the Blys and their children. Two of the Bly children will also be present at the event to share more information about growing up in the prairies of Lac qui Parle. A barbecue dinner will be served after the program; voluntary donations will be used to help preserve the Robert Bly Study. For more information, visit the Talking Lake County Historical Society Facebook page or call the Museum office at 320-598-7678.
Maynard, open by appointment, call the City of Maynard office at 320-367-2140.
New London, 7:15 p.m. Saturdays, July 9-August 13, Vespers service followed by social hour, West New London near County Road 40 on 99th St. NW or by appointment, call 320-905-1539. The summer festival program will be at 1:30 p.m. on August 21.
Paynesville Area Historical Museum
Paynesville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through September 3, 251 Ampe Drive; gift of free will.
New London, open by appointment, call 320-354-8820, 12050 Co. Rd. 40 NE The Larry and Barb Levin Museum of Natural History is located on County Road 40, 2.8 miles to east of National Road 23, on the north side of the road. Free entry.
Renville County Historical Society
Morton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, Research Library by appointment only; adults $5, 6-12 years old $3, children 5 and under free. For more information or to make an appointment at the library, call 507-697-6147, or email [email protected], website www.renvillecountyhistory.com.
Wild roots: July 21, 6-8 p.m., free donation and non-perishable items for the Renville County Food Shelf, pre-registration required, call 507-697-6147; Nicole Zempel presents a two-hour interactive workshop on “Fast Forage” on the museum grounds, the basics of identification, hands-on learning with wild mushrooms, and the chance to taste everything. Learn about mushroom spore prints and create your own to keep.
Renville, open by appointment, rue Principale; 320-329-8210.
Sacred Heart, 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and by appointment, US Highway 212 at Sacred Heart; free admission, donations appreciated, call 320-765-2274, email [email protected]
Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, mid-May through October, or by appointment, 3310 Business Highway 71 S.; features historic roads and farm fields, over 300 tractors, cars, trucks and fire engines; Souvenir 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 ENTRANCE; 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 ENTRANCE; 320-589-1719. Walking tours have been developed for Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and several parts of Morris. They take about an hour to complete 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 September 3, junction of Minnesota Interstates 23 and 67 on the Minnesota River. For more information, call 320-564-4479.