New Traveling Displays

Did you know that there are FOUR traveling displays throughout McLeod County? Small exhibits in Brownton, Glencoe and Hutchinson that showcase different themes or events in McLeod County’s Historic. All four have been recently changed out for new exhibits, so why not take a drive and get a close-up view of historical artifacts and their history?

The displays are located at: The Brownton Public Library, Culvers in Hutchinson, the McLeod County Courthouse, and the Glencoe Public Library.

Take a look, and be sure if to tag us on social media if you happen to take a selfie with the artifacts! We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

2018 Community Book Read: Community Book Discussion

Community Book Discussion

Join us at the McLeod County Historical Society on Sunday, March 11 at 2pm for the second installment of the 2018 Community Book Read: One Book, One Community. Come and meet with fellow readers and share in an open discussion on “The Song Poet: Memoirs from my Father” by Kao Kalia Yang.

This free event is made possible with a collaboration between the Hutchinson Public Library, Heart of Hutch, the Hutchinson Leader and the McLeod County Historical Society.

HIRING: McLeod County Historical Society StEPS Consultant

The McLeod County Historical Society is seeking Requests for Proposals for a Consultant to walk through the StEPS Program with members of the MCHS Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers

RFP for StEPS Organizational Development Consultant

RFPs can be submitted via mail or email to MCHS Board President Mark Henke, and should be postmarked no later than February 21:

Mcleod County Historical Society

Re: Mary Henke, Board President

380 School Rd NW

Hutchinson, MN 55350


One Book, One Community: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2pm

In collaboration with the Heart of Hutch, the Hutchinson Public Library and the Hutchinson Leader, this is the first installment of the 2018 Community Book Read: One Book, One Community series. Based around the featured book, The Song Poet: Memoirs of my Father by Kao Kalia Yang, Txong Pao Lee and Dr. Mark Pfeifer with the Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul will be in the Media Center at the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum on Saturday, February 10th at 2pm to give a talk entitled Hmong 101: The Cultural Background. 


Free Admission for Most McLeod County Communities for 2018!

Access to your History!

Starting 01/01/2018 thru 12/31/2018

The McLeod County Historical Society has partnered with many McLeod County cities to make admission to the Museum Free for their residents. Via annual funds allocated by the City Councils of Hutchinson, Brownton, Stewart, Silver Lake, Lester Prairie and Plato, the Museum can wave our admission fee for the residents of these communities.

If you are a resident of  Hutchinson, Brownton, Stewart, Silver Lake, Lester Prairie or Plato, you can now visit the Museum for a tour for free all year, as many times as you would like.  Guests with larger groups should call ahead to book a tour time, to ensure staff and volunteers are available to aid guests.  If you are not from these communities, we just have a small admission fee of $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for students under 12.
We are so excited to be able to offer McLeod County History, your history free to these supporting communities!

See ya at the Museum!

380 School Road NW

Hutchinson, MN 55350

320-579-0514 or

Goodbye Party for Lori Pickell-Stangel-Outgoing Executive Director-1/5/2018-4-7 PM

The McLeod County Historical Society and Museum Board, Volunteers and Staff would like to invite you to a Goodbye Party for Lori Pickell-Stangel, outgoing Executive Director for the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum!  Lori would love to say goodbye and Thank you, so stop by on Friday, January 5th from 4-7 pm for an open house with appetizers and refreshments.


Executive Director Position-Deadline to Submit Applications-1/20/2018-Open Until Filled

The McLeod County Historical Society is seeking a new Executive Director to lead this successful and growing Non-Profit Organization:

MCHS Executive Director Job Description002

To Apply:
Please submit your resume, at least 3 work related references and examples of public
relations, grant writing, fundraising and program planning no later than January 20th to:
Mary Henke ( for questions about the position, please call:   320-587-4498
This position will be open until filled.



Christmas Silent Auction Fundraiser & Potluck Dinner with Live Auction-12/11-12/17/2017

Christmas Silent Auction Fundraiser

Silent Auction: Bidding from December 11th-17th @ the Museum

Potluck Dinner: Sunday, December 17th at Noon @ the Museum

Christmas Music by the Cogley Sisters @ 1PM\ Live Auction following

The Museum will have some great gifts for you to bid on under our tree this year from our very generous donor businesses below.  You can stop by anytime during the Museum’s open hours to bid, with all bids closing on Sunday, December 17th at our Christmas Potluck Dinner.  The Live Auction will begin after dinner and music.  Each year guests bring a wrapped white elephant gift or a really great gift to auction off.  We will auction off three at time, then open them up to see what is inside!  It’s a fun way to spread some Good Cheer for a terrific Cause!

Thank You to all our Local Business Sponsors who have donated items for our Silent Auction:

Ace Hardware

Dominoes Pizza

Genesis-Enso Spa

Village Shop

Crow River Floral

Hager Jewelry

Benny’s Meat Market


Amazing Grace


Dundee Floral

Hutch Café

Crow River Winery

Clay Coyote

Elena’s Bakery


KDUZ Radio Station

and more!



Mary Krugerud -Author Program-1/14/2018

Mary Krugerud-Author Program-

“Interrupted Lives”-The History of Tuberculosis in Minnesota and Glen Lake Sanatorium

Sunday, January 14th-2PM –Museum Educational Media Center

This is the history both of Tuberculosis in Minnesota and of the Glen Lake Sanatorium, where, in the first half of the twentieth century,so many TB patients were housed as they fought their illness.  Treatment methods changed over time, success with recovery varied, and Krugerud examines all of it, offering the often stark reality of this terrible disease, and the heart-warming stories of people suffering from it and those who sought to cure them. Please join us for our author program, refreshments and  book signing on January 14th at the Museum.  This program was made possible by funds from the Hutchinson Public Library via a Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.


Artifact of the Month

Donor: Unknown

Accession #: 1988-1218-004

History:  World War I bronze medal badge on red, white & blue ribbon attached to a bar pin.  Front side of disk has “World’s War April 6,1917” with picture of soldier & sailor; back side “For Patriotism and Loyalty -Presented by the Citizens of McLeod County, Minn. at Hutchinson, August 19, 1919.”  Unknown owner.