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Preserving Our County History

The wait is over! We will be opening to the public on July 7th. Our hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Because of COVID-19 we will be following recommended guidelines for reopening of museums. We ask visitors to wear masks and groups of 10 or more must call ahead for an appointment. We may be doing things a little differently than in the past, but we are looking forward to seeing you.

What Have We Been Doing?

While we weren’t able to open the end of May as typical, our volunteers have been working 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. 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!

Activities To Do While Social Distancing!

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

Coffee and Conversation will start on Wednesday, July 8th with two sessions- at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., we are asking for people to call 784-6904 the day prior to make a reservation as we are limiting attendance to 12 people per session. If you have never attended this popular event, give us a try. We have fun and socialize safely while learning about the history of Norman County.

Prairie Village Exhibit

Visit the new and expanded exhibits in the museum. Take a self-guided tour of the other buildings at Prairie Village.

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.