Buffalo Wild Wings-EAT WINGS FOR HISTORY FUNDRAISER!-5/15/2017

Eat Wings for History!

Monday, May 15th-11am- 9pm

We know you love history and everyone loves a meal out, so mark your calendars for Monday, May 15th at the Hutchinson Buffalo Wild Wings!  Help us raise some much needed operating funds and EAT WINGS FOR HISTORY-And anything else on the Menu! Just cut out and bring in the tickets below, or go to our website, www.mcleodhistory.org and print out a ticket for you and your friends.  Give the ticket to your server on the fundraiser night, and 15% of your total food bill will be donated to the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum.  Its so easy and lots of fun!  We will have a table at the restaurant, but will not be able to hand out tickets to guests, so be sure to bring your tickets with you or download a copy

to your cell phone.   See ya at B-dubs! Lori 


Artifact of the Month:

Donor: Gerard Stifter

Accession #: 2016-0189-006

History:  Photograph of Eugene John Stifter dressed in a World War I uniform. Credited to Lhotka Studio, Winsted, MN. Mounted in brown folder.  Eugene John Stifter was born October 6, 1893 in Winsted Township, McLeod County, Minnesota to Paul A. Stifter, Sr. and Anna Loew.  He entered military service on July 25, 1918. He served overseas in France during World War I as a member of the American Expeditionary Force with Company L, 54th Pioneer Infantry. While serving in France, he broke his leg wrestling with another soldier in the barracks. He was honorably discharged from active duty March 28, 1919.   Eugene married Angela Christina Fasching on September 2, 1919 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Winsted, McLeod County, Minnesota. Angela was the daughter of Frank Fasching and Elizabeth Schermann. Eugene and Angela were parents to 11 children, 8 daughters and 3 sons.  Eugene was an active member of American Legion Martin Krueger Post #407, including a time as post commander.  For a number of years, he read the roll call of deceased veterans at Memorial Day celebrations in Winsted.  Eugene died December 25, 1981 at St. Mary’s Home, Winsted, McLeod County, Minnesota.

Then & Now! Historical Fashion Show-4/30/2017-Tickets just $25!

Join us: Sunday, April 30th @ 2pm at the McLeod County Historical Museum-380 School Road NW-Hutchinson, MN

Tickets: $25 each-purchase tickets at the Museum and any of the businesses listed below!

Ticket Includes: Appetizers & glass of wine or fruit punch from Zella’s Restaurant, Tour of Historic McLeod County Fashions, 2017 Fashion Show of great Summer Trends, Chance to win 1 of 6 new accessories & 1 of 4 $50 gift cards from our business sponsors!

Fashions & Food By:

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 Read-The Hinckley Fire-“Could it Happen Today?” Program-3/12/2017

“The Hinckley Fire,

Could it Happen Today?”

Sunday, March 12th-2 pm 

Hutchinson Fire Station –205 3rd Ave SE – Hutchinson, MN


Please join us for the second, 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!  Please join us at the Hutchinson Fire Station to tackle the question, “Could it happen today?”  Hutchinson Fire Chief, Mike Schumann and DNR Wildlife Prevention Specialist, Wade Mapes; will help us to answer this important question and educate us on the dangers and need for fire today.




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 @ info@mcleodhistory.org


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