Preserving Our County History
We open for the season on Saturday, May 29th!.
We are following recommended COVID- 19 guidelines for museums. If you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear a mask but please maintain social distancing when possible. If you have not completed your vaccination schedule or are not vaccinated consider wearing a mask and social distancing.
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 This 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 starting June 2nd. To find out the topic for the week, click on the date on the calendar in the sidebar.
Prairie Village Exhibits
Visit the new and expanded exhibits that you weren’t able to see in the museum last year 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 last summer by a couple dozen of our talented volunteers. We also have our New Log Cabin, built and moved in by local Amish craftsmen. This new cabin will be used for education and demonstrations.
Back to the ’70s
Although the summer of 2020 activities which included Class Reunions were canceled, the Museum will still display artifacts from the classes who graduated during the ’70s. For those of you who graduated in the 70s, this display will be continued through the reunion to be held next summer.
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 (in 2020)
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 II–75 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.
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.