Private John Wold

006One of the most rewarding parts of my job is assisting people in Europe who have adopted the grave of a Pope County solider buried overseas.

Lately, I have been working with Philippe Vanderdonckt in Belgiuim who has adopted the grave of John Wold. Wold was killed in World War I by a shell fragment in the trenches near Nederename Belgium and is buried in Flanders Field.

Philippe Vanderdonckt has adopted the grave and not only places flowers there on Veterans Day, but has done extensive research into Wold’s life and family history, including contacting Norwegian relatives.

You can see the website about John Wold here.

It is truly heartwarming to know that there are people caring for the graves, and carrying on the stories of the local soldiers who gave their lives overseas.

 

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Minnewaska 6th Grade Tour

We had a visit from one of our favorite groups last week. As part of their Minnesota History curriculum, the Minnewaska Area Schools 6th grade studies Pope County History and makes a visit to the museum. While we enjoy all our school tour groups, it is especially enjoyable to give a tour to students who have been studying Pope County specifically. They come armed with knowledge about our early history and townships and we get to supplement their knowledge by letting them see and touch artifacts from their own past.

The students also fill out a biography sheet that is added to their personal history file for future generations to read and enjoy.

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Annual Meeting Saturday

The annual meeting of the Pope County Historical Society will be held Saturday, October 11 at 1:00.

BookPCHS and the Glenwood Public Library are pleased to collaborate on our annual meeting program again this year . The Viking Library System and the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund are sponsoring the event.
Minnesota Historical Society staff will present a 60-minute program called “Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes”
The presentation is based on Larry Millett’s upcoming book. It explores the history and architecture of 22 lovingly preserved homes in Duluth, Bemidji, Worthington, Red Wing and the Twin Cities. This special presentation, developed by author Larry Millett, shares captivating stories as you get a glimpse inside these state treasures.
This program is funded in part by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, and is co-sponsored by the Viking Library System, Glenwood Public Library, and the Pope County Historical Society.

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Interactive Maps and Photos

Want to see aerial photos of Pope County from the 1930’s, 50’s or 60’s?

mapserv60Visit the DNR’s Landview page. You can zoom in on Pope County. If you check the box next to “Historic Air Photos,” you will see a series of dots appear. Each dot on the map represents an aerial photo.

To help you find a photo of your area, either check the box next to “2010 Color Aerial Photos” in “Background” or “Lakes and Rivers” in “Overlay.” This will give you other images to use as a reference point. I checked all three options in the photo shown below.

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Clicking the dots will bring you a historic aerial photo of the area.

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Here is a shot of Glenwood from 1939. Full versions are available on the DNR Website. Or, come in and see originals here are the museum! We have a full set of the 1939 aerial photos and at least partial sets from other years.

Pope County has its own interactive map with recent aerial photos, and current landownership information. It is worth a look as well.

 

 

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Church Service this weekend!

You are cordially invited to attend church services at the museum this week. The Episcopal service will be held at 10:00 am Sunday, August 24 in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the museum grounds.   The service will be Holy Communion (Mass).  Included in the service will be a Confirmation celebrated by Bishop Brian Prior.  The congregation of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria meets here once every summer to consecrate the church once used here in Glenwood.

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Picturesque sites around Pope County

As we prepare to host the first ever Glacial Lakes Plein Air festival, we have been brainstorming some of our favorite sites around the county to share with the visiting artists. Here are some of our suggestions…what are yours?

Glenwood From Mt. Lookout

Glenwood From Mt. Lookout

We have quaint downtown areas in communities throughout the county.

There are beautiful churches, open prairies, lovely flowers.

You can’t forget Historic Terrace or the buildings here at our own museum.

The Lake offers endless possibilities – from scenic overlooks, to shoreline views.

Indherred Church

Indherred Church

Terrace Mill

Terrace Mill

Glenwood from the Indian Mound

Glenwood from the Indian Mound

Pope County Courthouse

Pope County Courthouse

The Bickle House

The Bickle House

Native plants on our many prairies.

Native plants on our many prairies.

Flowers everywhere

Flowers everywhere

Rustic buildings like this one at the Pope County Museum

Rustic buildings like this one at the Pope County Museum

Pretty farms

Pretty farms

Sweeping prairie vistas

Sweeping prairie vistas

Beautiful Lake views and sunsets

Beautiful Lake views and sunsets

Downtown Starbuck

Downtown Starbuck

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Used Art Sale. Local Artists

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