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Preserving Our County History

We had another fabulous year but we’re now closed for the season. We have always had an open-door policy during the offseason of welcoming visitors whenever there was a car in the parking lot. Because of COVID-19, we are completely closed to the public until further notice. Please stay safe and come to visit us when the crisis is over.

Merry Christmas from NCHS

Thanks to our many volunteers and visitors who made our 2019 Festival of Trees a success!

While you might think we would take time to rest after a very busy couple of months preparing for the Festival of Trees, our volunteers are back having fun doing such things as cataloging hats, unpacking and packing boxes, labeling, scanning and designing new displays for our formal opening in May. If you have some time to share with others, come out to the Log Museum or call 218-556-0122, tell us the type of things you like to do, and we will find a project to fit your interests!

Norman County Barn Quilt Trail

Whether you’re a resident of Norman County or a visitor, we encourage you to take a tour of the many businesses and residents in Norman County who display Barn Quilts on their property. A Trail Address Guide is available to locate these unique and very special Barn Quilts. More information and some of the quilts can be seen under the “Barn Quilts” tab at the top of the page.

Exhibits New In 2020

Back to the ’70s

As a part of the summer of 2020 activities which includes Class Reunions, the Museum will display artifacts from the classes who graduated during the ’70s. The museum will also welcome alumni and classes to use the museum as a place to relax, visit with old friends, look through annuals, photos, and displays of memorabilia. Also- the coffee pot is always on!

Country Schools of Norman County

This exhibit is in year 2 of a 2-year cycle of displays. Norman County at one time had over 100 country schools. This year country schools are featured, along with a display of what the typical school looked like in the early 1900s. See actual photos of many of the old-time schools and interesting artifacts are available to view.

World War II

The World War I exhibit has been retired and we are designing a new exhibit for World War II which started 75 years ago. Please stop in to see this exhibit that honors the men and women of Norman County who served and supported our country during those trying times.

The 1940s

Come view the additions to the 1940s living and dining room. View colorful glassware, and other objects familiar to those who grew up during the 40s or who remember the items from their grandparent’s homes. This exhibit is a permanent feature of the museum but we change and update items regularly

Hats from Bygone Days

The Boys and their Toys exhibit is being replaced by a fabulous display of hats. This winter our volunteer project was to examine, photograph, catalog and repack the hundreds of old hats in our collection. When the hats were unpacked we were amazed at the number of gorgeous hats and of course, we decided we had to display a number of the most interesting ones.

Fur Trade

While fur trading didn’t play a big part in the settling of Norman County, it did impact the very early years of this area. The Norman County Historical Society is pleased to be a part of a traveling exhibit featuring fur trading in northwest Minnesota. This traveling exhibit changes every three months and features a new aspect of the fur trade era with each change.