Used Art Sale. Local Artists

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Plein Air Festival Coming to Pope County

001The Pope County Museum will be the host site for the first ever Glacial Lakes Plein Air Festival August 13-16. Plein Air means to paint outdoors rather than from a photograph or from memory. Artist from near and far will come to Pope County to paint our landscapes and scenic buildings – outdoors on site.

We hope you can visit us on Saturday, August 16th to see the finished works of art and to meet the artists.

The full schedule and artist registration information can be found at the Glacial Lakes Plein Air website.



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Poster Collection

036Our museum has received a large collection of vintage posters to use for fundraising purposes. It is an impressive collection of original lithographs and we are seeking interested buyers.031033 There are European travel posters, French opera posters and advertizing posters.

Please contact the museum for more information.











Here is a sampling of the posters available:


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $80

“The Rapid” stone lithograph from 1920 by Raoul Dion. It has sold for $100-2,ooo in art auctions.








As of Thursday, July 24, 2014 the bid is at $75

Air France poster. Lithograph from 1935. Linen-backed on foam core.

Has sold for over $300 in other auctions.






27aDon Quiote opera poster by Gorge Rochegrosse from 1910.

It has sold for $1-2,000 at auction, but the opera posters in this collection are mounted on foam core, which reduces their monetary value, but not their beauty.






Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $215

Maurin Quina lithograph by Leonetto Capiello from 1906. This poster is over five feet tall!

It has sold for $1-3,000 at auctions.

This one is not linen backed but still very delicate paper with no creases




Here is the full collection:

New additions to the available posters! These are all loose paper. Not linen backed or mounted to anything.


This poster is SOLD.


This second copy of this poster is SOLD.


This poster is SOLD.


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $40


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $60


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $70


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $110


As of Thursday, July 24, 2014 the bid is at $80


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $50


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $50


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $65


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $50


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $50


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $50


Bid as of 5pm Friday July 25, 2014 $50

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Fine Art and Poster Sale

003Make plans to join us for a Fine Art and Poster Sale during Waterama. (Wednesday. July 23 – Saturday, July 26) Donations of original works, prints and posters are rolling in! There is sure to be something here to fit your decor!001



If you have any new or gently used artwork, prints or posters that you would like to donate, please drop it off at the museum Tuesday – Saturday 10-5, or give us a call and we can make arrangements to pick it up.

All proceeds go to benefit the Pope County Historical Society.

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Lee Paulson photo collection

With the passing of Lee Paulson, longtime Glenwood English teacher and theater director,  many people are sharing their memories in face to face conversations throughout the community and in virtual conversations on-line.

001Yesterday, his family gifted a large stack of photo albums and boxes of photos from his collection. There are production and backstage photos from High School and community plays dating back to the 1950s. It is a real treasure for the museum, and we are grateful to his family for sharing them with us.

Sorting and identifying these photos will take a long time, but we encourage his former thespians to come in and help us identify the plays and the actors/crew members depicted in the photos.

All three staff members here at the museum have been involved in theater through the years and are able to identify many of the faces in the images. We enjoyed looking through the images this morning as a stroll down memory lane.


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Z is for Zither

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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