Y is for Yarn

Pope County Museum A-Z is a continuing feature of our blog. Periodically, I will highlight an item or items from our Museum collection.

We have finally come to the end of the alphabet with a Zither. 2009.3344.1w

Also called “Mandolin Guitar-Harp.” It was made by the Home Education Company in Concord North Carolina. It was patented in 1894 and has 28 double strings (14 sets of double strings) and 16 single strings. It is missing one set of double strings. The instrument is painted black with a gold handle. It is decorated with a delicate floral motif around the outer edge and the sound hole. There is also a decoration on the soundboard – it is the image of a lyre, a mandolin, 2 horns, sheet music and laurel leaves. Near the bottom of the instrument there is a chart, placed under the strings to let the player know which notes correspond to the strings. The strings are metal and attached to metal pegs along the top edge. These pegs can be tuned to tune the strings. The rest of the instrument is wood.


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Introducing Brent Gulsvig, New Staff Member

The Pope County Museum is pleased to announce the addition of Brent Gulsvig to our staff!  Brent will be our receptionist and archivist in charge of additions to our extensive family history files.  The Gulsvig family has deep roots in Pope County.  Brent and Lisa Gulsvig own and operate Gulsvig Productions in Glenwood.  Brent also originated the Glenwood Minnesota Remembered Facebook page.  Their family collection of Pope County images is extensive and community comments on this page have added to our knowledge of the area. Brent’s experience extends well beyond our borders though.  He has a broadcasting degree from Lake Superior College in Duluth and 18 years of television broadcast experience.  We rely on news reporters to document history “in the moment” and are pleased to have Brent’s experienced eye help us capture history in Pope County.

This position is funded in full by a generous gift from David M. Larson.  David graduated from Glenwood High School in 1962.  He enjoyed a four-decade career with Cargill, Inc., until retiring in 2010. He first started with the company in 1966, holding several managerial positions before being elected a division vice president in 1981. He then became president of Cargill’s feed division in 1983 and in 1995, was named president of the Animal Nutrition and Poultry Group. 

In 1999, Larson was elected executive vice president and named to Cargill’s Corporate Leadership Team, the core executive group in charge of Cargill’s overall strategy, growth and funding. He was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 2006.

David Larson received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, where he is still active. He was elected to the university’s Board of Regents in 2005 and is serving his second six-year term. He also serves on the Board of the University of Minnesota Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society’s Executive Council. An advocate of helping young people get a college education, he founded and serves as president of The David and Janis Larson Foundation. 

The Pope County Historical Society is grateful for Mr. Larson’s gift.  By adding a staff member especially in charge of indexing news, our extensive family history files are enhanced and perpetuated.  Current events will continue to be documented for future reference and research.  Brent Gulsvig’s knowledge of local families will also enhance the service we are able to provide to genealogy visitors.

Stop by to greet Brent and welcome him to the Pope County Museum family! 

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Yarn Night

Fiber 005We will be holding our second Yarn Night here at the Pope County Museum on Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Please feel free to join us for an evening of fun, fiber and friendship as we work on our individual knitting and crocheting projects.

Knitting lessons will be available to anyone who is interested in learning.

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Olympic Torch

One of my favorite Winter Olympic activities is seeing our Olympic Torch being used at the Minnewaska Elementary School’s Olympic Celebration. It is an actual torch used in the relay before the 1984 Olympics in Los Angles.

Today, Minnewaska fourth graders representing various countries were able to run their own torch relay.

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Happy Winter

003 - CopyIt is a beautiful day here in Glenwood. The fog from this morning has become a beautiful hoar frost. It has been a long, cold winter here, but days like this remind me why I love the change of seasons.



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Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day this Friday, we thought we would share a few vintage Valentine Cards with you.

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We’re Hiring!

We have a museum staff opening:

The Pope County Historical Society is accepting applications for the position of Receptionist/Research Assistant until Feb 19, 2014.  The position is up to 28 hours per week and includes some Saturdays.  Requirements include a minimum of one year of clerical experience and greeting the public, a working knowledge of Word, Excel, email and internet research.  An interest in local history preferred.  Send resume, cover letter and references to Pope County Museum, 809 South Lakeshore Drive, Glenwood, MN 56334 or email to PCHS.job@gmail.com  The Pope County Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

A full description is available upon request at the email address above.

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