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.

World War I Author Book Presentation-11/27/2017

Books-$15 Each

“First Dassel Battlefield Casualty in World War I”

The life and Service of Paul Ferdinand Dille 1893-1918

Author Book Presentation by Sen. Steve Dille

Monday, November 27th@ 7PM

Museum Educational Media Center

Refreshments will be served during the program and Steve will be signing Books after his presentation.

Culver’s Chili Dinner Fundraiser-11/12/2017

Chili Dinner Fundraiser

Sunday, November 12th

Music by Stoney Point Band


Serving meals/Carry outs from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
$10-Adult Meals   $5-Kid Meals under 12 yrs.

Meal includes:

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


Les Kouba’s “By the General Store” Mural Unveiling-10/7/2017

Les Kouba’s

“By the General Store”

Mural Unveiling-Saturday, October 7th @ 10AM

Free Coca Cola, Popcorn  & Ice Cream

10:30AM-Program & Unveiling

Hutchinson Ace Hardware Store

105 Washington Ave East











McLeod County Historical Society & Museum 2017 Annual Meeting-10/23/2017

Monday, October 23rd-5:30-8pm

Museum Educational Media Center

Guest Speaker:  Nancy O’Brien Wagner, Author of, “Alice In France”



Tossed Salad, Seasoned Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Buttered Corn, Coffee or Milk & Cheesecake-$25.00 per person

Tickets available at the McLeod County Historical Museum

380 School Rd. NW

Hutchinson, MN 55350

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 18th, 2017