Christmas Event

On December 2nd, 2021, the MCHS will be celebrating “The Magic of Christmas”.  This is a one day only event that will feature Christmas trees decorated through the decades, a Christmas Village display, an antique nutcracker collection, live music by the Mid MN Concert Band, Victorian Carolers, and Hutchinson Singers.  In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in house for the kiddos throughout the event.  As you may have guessed, there will also be christmas snacks and beverages as our treat to you.  This event is free will donation, so please bring the family down to the museum on December 2nd, from 6:30pm-8pm and celebrate the holiday season with us!

Museum Closed 12-27

The McLeod County Historical Society will be closed on Monday 12-17.

Book Available!

The long awaited book of McLeod County History short stories, written by Brian Haines, and illustrated by David Wegscheid is now available at MCHS.  Books can be purchased on site, or can be ordered by calling 320-587-2109 and a copy will be reserved and/or sent to you (shipping rates apply).

Living History

Sometimes it’s all to easy to forget when you are living in history. Though the covid-19 pandemic is wearing on society, now is the best time to record your thoughts on this historic event as to let future generations know our thoughts and feelings today – as it is happening. Feel free to fill out the form below. If you wish to remain anonymous, type the word “anonymous” in the field asking your name. Your responses will be recorded and put into an album that will be available, for years to come, in the MCHS archive library.
Thanks, and stay healthy.

Living in History

Share your thoughts on covid-19. How has it impacted your life, and how do you think it might impact the future.
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November Breakfast Club Canceled

Due to the recent spike in Covid Cases, MCHS will be cancelling the November Breakfast Club Meeting. Currently, we plan to resume the meetings in January of 2021. Thank you for your patience.

April programming postponed

Due to the museum closure, all programming in April will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

August 27th Dakota War Roundtable Discussion

On August 27, at 10:30am, the McLeod County Historical Society will be hosting it’s monthly Breakfast Club meeting.  Each month members are invited to the museum for free coffee and donuts.  In addition, we like to offer either a speaker, or a topic for discussion.  This month, the topic will be the US-Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising.  Since many settlers in McLeod County found themselves affected by the war, there will be many stories to discuss.

*Not up to date on the conflict, no problem, stop in and listen to the discussion over a hot cup of coffee.

**Not a member, have no fear.  The membership requirement for this month’s discussion will be waived.

Historical Happenings

Our monthly radio spot will be returning on June 29th to feature MCHS’s new Executive Director, Brian Haines.  Make sure to tune in!

History Quest

The McLeod County Historical Society’s monthly television spot on HCVN will feature a new name with a new twist.  Formerly known as “Spotlight on the Collection”, History Quest goes out of the museum to literally walk in the footsteps of McLeod County’s historic figures as we travel to legendary sites in the county.  Watch us on cable access channel 7 & 10!