Holiday Hours

The Pope County Museum will be closed December 24-27 and January 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

(We are always closed on Sundays and Mondays.)

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Open House a Success

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Holiday Open House and silent auction fundraiser. We raised over $4600 for the general fund.

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Kindergarten tours

041 044 The Kindergarten classes from Minnewaska came to visit us this morning. It is such a joy to have enthusiastic little visitors!

We had a visit from the 2nd graders from Hancock yesterday. They were a new group for us and we were excited to have them come and see us.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!049

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Open House Preparations

002We are getting ready for our annual Holiday Open House and Silent Auction here at the museum.

Baskets are flooding in every day! We are still accepting donations, if you have something you would like to offer.

Bidding starts at noon on Tuesday, December 2 and ends at the Open House, Saturday, December 6th at 4:00. Admission to the museum is free all week. 003004005

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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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