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Agriculture Highlight – Breaking Plow

In 1876, Swedish immigrants John and Sarah Anderson purchased a sod busting plow when they moved to land they bought in Barsness Township, Pope County. They used the thick sod to build their first home on the prairie. and to … Continue reading

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Agriculture Highlight – Ox Yoke

This ox yoke was used by Albert Nelson on his homestead in Barsness Township in the 1860s. When Albert first arrived in Pope County, St. Cloud was the closest market to sell his produce and purchase supplies. He walked or … Continue reading

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Creepy Dolls

Our friends at the History Center of Olmstad County are asking the public to vote on the creepiest doll in their collection.¬† That inspired me to bring out a few of our creepy dolls. But first, a little story about … Continue reading

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Getting ready for a new exhibit

We were busy beavers on Tuesday morning, moving artifacts to make room for a traveling exhibit. (More on that in the next post.) Phyllis and I took down the pioneer portraits and tucked them away in the Art Storage Room. … Continue reading

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Signalness Fern

Anyone who has visited the Pope County Museum and spent anytime in the “Pioneer Room” at a meeting or looking through files has undoubtedly noticed the large ferns. We have 2 pots containing HUGE Boston Ferns. They both pieces of … Continue reading

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Immigrant Trunks

I have new favorite artifacts! (OK – I have many favorite artifacts, but this is a great story, so please indulge me as I share this with you.) Like most local historical societies, we have MANY immigrant trunks in our … Continue reading

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Collection Available On-Line

We are thrilled to announce that¬† you can now access our collection on-line. There are over 13 THOUSAND items from the Pope County Historical Society available at MNCollections.org Over 90% of the three dimensional objects can now be researched from … Continue reading

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“Found in Collection”

“Found in Collection” (FIC) is a common museum term. It is exactly what it sounds like – an item found in the collection with no proper documentation. Museums large and small deal with FIC objects. As of today, the Pope … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Paring Down the Collection

Musings by Ann Grandy – Collection Manager I am feeling somewhat philosophical these days. I recently had a visitor ask me if I was in charge of the museum. My first answer was that Merlin is the executive director, but … Continue reading

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Vintage loom

Since our floor loom is getting warped (re-strung) this week, I thought I would do a bit of research on it. Donated by Jerrold Ness and Mrs. Francis Fielder, the loom was used by Mrs. P.M. Danielson of Cyrus, MN. … Continue reading

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