Artifact of the Month:

Spotlight on the Collection-This year, as we remember the 100th Anniversary of World War I, we will be shining a spotlight on artifacts from the Museum’s World War I Collection.

Donor: William Froemming

Accession #: 2015-0198-014

History:  Registration card for Gerhard Froemming, Hutchinson, MN, Precinct Acoma. Dated June 30, 1917. Signed by Gustav Popp, Registrar. Done in accordance with the proclamation of the President of the United States and in compliance with law during the period of World War I.


One Book, One Community Book Discussion-2/12/2017

Community Book Discussion

Sunday, February 12th-2 pm

Museum Educational Media Center

Please join us for the first, in a three part program series, that focuses on the book, “Under A Flaming Sky” by Daniel James Brown.  Each year the One Book, One Community Read Committee picks a great read to use as a way to connect the local community, and spread the joy of reading!  Our February 12th program will begin with a short video on the unique weather that played a role in the firestorm that occurred in Hinckley, MN in 1894 and move into a book club style discussion of this tragic and captivating story.  Refreshments will be served and  the Museum’s Historical gallery will be open for tours.  Haven’t read the book yet?  Pick up a copy at the McLeod County Historical Museum’s Gift Shop.



Americans with Disabilities Act Museum Construction Grant begins 1/23/2017

We are pleased to announce that the Museum has received and will begin work on our ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Construction Grant starting Monday, January 23rd.  The Museum’s gallery spaces will remain open as well as our Research Library, so feel free to book a tour, do some research or stop by to see the new World War I one exhibits.

This Grant, via a MN Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant, will enable the Museum to update our bathroom facilities and entrance and exit doors to meet Federal ADA requirements, fulfilling our mission to share McLeod County History with everyone!

When planning a visit, please use the North Parking Lot Entrance and if you have questions, call 320-587-2109 or email us @


Artifacts of the Month

As we say goodbye to our 2016 Theme:  Fighting Fire, please be sure to pick up a booklet at the Museum and share your stories about this historical topic on the Home page under the slide show!

Donor: Kathryn A. Olsen Becht

Accession #: 2005-0062-166, 2005-0062-169,

2005-0062-171, 2005-0062-174

History:  Sepia toned photograph taken March 26, 1947 of the smoking shell of the burned Glencoe

Mills building.














Christmas Silent Auction Fundraiser & Potluck Dinner-12/11-12/18/2016


Christmas Silent Auction Fundraiser & Potluck Dinner

Silent Auction:  On Display for bidding-December 11th-18th
Potluck Dinner:  Sunday, December 18th from 5:30-7:30PM
Music by the Cogley Sisters @ 6PM

It’s gift giving season and the Museum has a way to help you find that perfect gift and help preserve our History!  Just stop by the Museum to bid on some of the terrific gift items that have been donated to our Silent Auction Fundraiser.  All items will be on display and open to bidding throughout the week of the 11th, with bidding ending on December 18th at our Potluck Dinner and live auction event at the Museum.

Our Christmas Potluck Dinner is filled with fun and great food!  Cost of admission is a potluck dish to pass and a wrapped gift for the live auction.  Gifts can be gag or white elephant, or a re-gift of something that you do not need?!?  It’s loads of fun to auction off  these wrapped gifts and watch as guests open them up to find out if the one they picked is a gag or a really great gift!  What will you get for Christmas this year on the auction?  We invite you to join us and find out!  All proceeds from the Live and Silent Auctions go to support the operations of the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum.  We want to thank the many local businesses who have donated items this year.  Please support the businesses that support McLeod County History!

Donor Business Gifts on Silent Auction:  

Ace Hardware, Dominoes Pizza, Genesis-Enso Spa, Village Shop, Crow River Floral, Hager Jewelry, Benny’s Meat Market, Hutch Liquor, Lillian’s, Amazing Grace, Purse-A-Nalities, Dundee Floral, Hutch Café, Crow River Winery, Clay Coyote, Elena’s Bakery, Running’s and more…

Big Thanks to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for Supplemental Funds for our Christmas Event!


GIVE TO THE MAX DAY! 11/17/2016 Donate Today!

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Mark your calendars, Thursday, November 17th is Give to the Max Day!  This year we need your help to raise $6,000 to cover our annual heating costs, so we can stay open this winter season.  We are so lucky to have a big beautiful building filled with our history, but heating costs continue to rise and we expect our bills to total at least $6,000, that’s just to heat the facility!  Help the Museum to keep the tours and research going all winter long, and Give to the Max this November 17th!



Artifact of the Month

Donor: Ronald Black

Accession #:  2014-0208-002

History:   Scanned black and white photograph of the April 24, 1951 fire at 3M in Hutchinson, MN.  Firemen are directing water at two areas of a brick building.  A water pumping generator is hooked behind a truck in the foreground.  Several firemen are pulling another hose toward the area burning on the left which has destroyed the upper portion of the building. 

From Album 2014-0208-001


Culver’s Chili Dinner Fundraiser-11/20/2016

picture1Chili Dinner Fundraiser

Sunday, November 20th


Serving sit down or carry out 11:30 am to 4:30 pm Museum Educational Media Center
Help the Museum “Keep History Hot!”, this 2016-2017 winter season and reach our $6,000 heating bill goal!
Free will offering for all meals, with all proceeds going the McLeod County Historical

Society and Museum’s Operating Funds.  The Museum’s gallery spaces will be open for free tours all day and a sneak peek at our new Log Cabin Home Displays with our rustic and fully operational Rug Loom!  So let us warm you this fall with some Culver’s Chili and you can make a donation to help Keep History “HOT” this winter!

Meal includes:

Cup of Culver’s Chili, slice of French bread, shredded cheese, coffee or milk & Culver’s famous frozen custard!


-Creepy Collections-10/30/2016

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A Museum Halloween Special Program & Display

Sunday, October 30th-1-2 PM

Admission: $3 Adults & $1 Kids

MCHS Educational Media Center

The Museum has just about everything and anything in its collections of historic artifacts.  Some of these items fall into the down right Creepy Category!  One collection is the Victorian “Hair Art” collection.  This small, but unique set of Art pieces will be brought out from storage just in time for Halloween.  Items range from wearable art, like jewelry to decorative wall hangings to adorn your front parlor.  Museum Executive Director Lori Pickell-Stangel will give a historical program on the how and why? of Hair Art, and explain how some hair was even collected from loved ones who had passed away before they were put to rest.  So join us for our program, refreshments and some Creepy fun!


Artifact of the Month

Donor: Silver Lake Fire Department

Accession #:  2012-0230-001

History:   Chemox Oxygen Breathing Apparatus and storage trunk.  Used by the Silver Lake Fire Department.  Instructions for use and maintenance with photos are inside the trunk cover.  Red metal trunk has three compartments for the chemical canisters that were used.  The three-quarter hour self-contained oxygen-generating apparatus has a chest harness and face mask.  Made by the Mine Safety Appliances Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Serial number 42165.  Trunk label: M.S.A. Chemox Oxygen Breathing Apparatus…Bureau of Mines Approval 1307.  Includes a repair parts list