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Preserving Our County History

The Museum is closed for the winter. We look forward to seeing you in the spring. Remember-HISTORY MATTERS!

While we weren’t able to be open the entire summer, we rose to the challenge and opened in July with “Coffee and Conversation and COVID” (NOTE: our slight change in the title of our popular event) being reported as a “lifesaver” by some of our attendees. Our volunteers turned in droves, and many projects were completed. A big thank you to our fabulous volunteers. Read the latest newsletter for details of our short but productive year.

Because of COVID-19 we are following recommended guidelines for masks and social distance. For now, we also ask you to call ahead if you are interested in using our genealogy resources. We often have volunteers working during the winter but not on a regular schedule.

What Have We Been Doing?

While we weren’t able to open at the end of May as typical, our volunteers worked hard, behind closed doors, doing such things as cataloging hats, unpacking and packing boxes of clothing, labeling, scanning, and designing new displays for the time when we could open. In addition to our many volunteers, a number of our many supporters stepped up financially, when we needed more archival boxes to complete our historical clothing project. This project which has taken two years is in its final stages.

Activities To Look Forward to Next Summer!

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.

Coffee & Conversation

Our popular Coffee and Conversation event is held every Wednesday during the summer. These are fun events that give participants the opportunity to socialize safely with other people while learning about the history of Norman County. Put it on your calendar for the end of May.

Prairie Village Exhibits

Visit the new and expanded exhibits that you weren’t able to see in the museum this past summer. Take a self-guided tour of the other buildings at Prairie Village. Stop in at the Old Log Cabin and see the renovation that was completed this summer by a couple dozen of our talented volunteers. By spring we will also have our New Log Cabin, built and moved in by local Amish craftsmen. This new cabin will be used for education and demonstrations. Thanks to an Eagle Scout project and again, many volunteer hours, several other areas of the Village have been spruced up.

Back to the ’70s

Although the summer of 2020 activities which include Class Reunions have been canceled, the Museum will still display artifacts from the classes who graduated during the ’70s.

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.

Norman County Fair-125 Years Old

Come see the extensive display honoring the 125th birthday of the fair in Norman County. View the display of fair artifacts and take a trip down memory lane as you see some of the contributions of 4-H and FFA in making the fair a must attend event each year.

World War II75 Years Ago

The World War I exhibit has been retired and we designed 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 has been 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. The problem was-so many to chose from!

Fur Trade in Northwest Minnesota

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. Come back to see each one.