Starting with a “Clean Slate”


We have a clean slate!
The central exhibit walls are all down – ready for the utility changes and the installation of the new artifact storage system. Then comes the fun part – creating new exhibits!

In the meantime…we are enjoying imagining fun things to do with the big empty space, such as inviting the Laker dance team to practice – or holding our own dance – maybe some bowling?

We will keep you posted on our progress.
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Merlin, Brent and Ann taking a moment to celebrate the “Clean Slate.”


This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New year from the Pope County Museum!
2017 will bring big changes to the museum.

We are busy beavers here, renovating exhibits and preparing for our new storage system. This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Here’s a sneak peek at what the museum looks like right now. Artifacts are packed moved to the perimeter of the building and the old exhibit walls are coming down.





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Thank you notes

One of my favorite parts of my job is giving school tours. It is great to share stories with kids and get them excited about history.

Many schools have students write thank you notes afterwards. The last batch of thank you notes was especially fun.

Here are a couple of my favorites!


I especially like the drawings because I can identify the different objects and exhibits that the students remembered.

To all the students – thank you for visiting us. You are the reason we exist. We are saving the past and present – for you… the future.

Come see us again soon!

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Christmas Open House


The baskets are scattered around the museum, ready for eager bidders. Stop in and see us this week. The bidding ends during our open house on Saturday at 3 p.m.

This week is your final opportunity to visit the exhibit space before  renovations begin next week. We will close the gallery until spring. The archives will remain open 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday.

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November Newsletter

It’s here!  The Christmas Open House fundraiser at the Pope County Museum starts TODAY!  Join us all week, 10-5, and on Saturday, 10-5 with refreshments.  Fundraiser bidding starts today and ends at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Our latest newsletter is attached with details and more news from the museum.


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Museum Closed Today (Friday, Nov. 18)

Due to an emergency board game and sledding day….I mean due to the blizzard and resulting school closure, the Pope County Museum will be closed today.
We plan to be open regular hours (10-5) tomorrow.

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As we breathe a collective sigh of relief that the 2016 election season is coming to a close, we share with you a few election artifacts from our collection.

Hubert H. Humphrey ran in the DFL primary in 1960.  John F. Kennedy won the Democratic primary and general election, and became our 35th president.

Protection and Sound Money were the slogans in the 1896 presidential bid of Republican, Wm. McKinley.  His campaign was successful making him our 25th president.

A 1900 election button featured Republican Samuel Van Sant in the foreground running for Governor of Minnesota.  Behind him are Wm. McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, the president and vice presidential candidates.  All were elected.  Van Sant was Minnesota’s 15th governor.

Magnus Johnson was an American farmer and politician. He served in both the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate before being elected to the U.S. Senate on the Farmer-Labor ticket, to fill the seat opened because of the death of Knute Nelson.

I like that he’s for “Friendly Relations with All Nations and Entangling Alliances with none.”

See more from the Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum:


McKinley-Hobart 1896


Van Sant 1900 with McKinley – Roosevelt


Hubert H. Humphrey 1960


July 1923 Special Election


Magnus Johnson Manifesto

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