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Milaca Area Historical Society

“The purpose of the society shall be the collection, preservation and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Milaca and the surrounding area…”

By-laws of the Milaca Area Historical Society

Museum Closes for the season on Saturday, October 24, 2017.

 Local History Is Where We Live! 

Welcome to the Milaca Area Historical Society and the Milaca Museum – gathering, caring for and interpreting the objects and stories of central Mille Lacs County’s past.

Explore our website and visit our FREE museum and research room.

 Remodeling Done!

The Museum's reference room was in need of an update, and once the museum closed in November the work began.   The hung ceiling was removed, and old carpet and tile were taken out.  The work is now completed. Please come see the remodeled research room as well as the other updates to the Museum. It would be a good time to look at the complete set of Mille Lacs County Times on microfilm.

Celebrating 10 Years in the WPA Building

Approximately 55 people came Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to hear Yvonne Cory, the "Apron Lady"  present a program on vintage aprons. She brought her collection of vintage aprons and shared their histories and stories. Go to our Photo section to see ee pictures from the event. 

Come to the Museum to see local aprons displayed and read the stories of women and men who wore them. Hurry in as the Museum closes Saturday, October 28 for the season.  

On October 24 at the Museum Membership meeting we will present the local aprons and share their stories.  The meeting begins at 6:30 at the Community Room in City Hall.  Hope you can join us.  Refreshments will be served.  

Heritage Building at Mille Lacs County Fair generates plenty of interest

The Heritage Building at the 2017 Mille Lacs County Fair was a great success – for over 675 visitors who enjoyed the exhibit, as well as for the three county history organizations providing the displays.

Visitors to “1917 – The County Enters WW I” were greeted by a life-size image of local doughboy Harold Chapman. A collection of World War I military artifacts on loan from the Minnesota Military Museum anchored the exhibit, with related local artifacts and photos expanding on the US’s entry into the conflict. Food conservation, prohibition, Red Cross activities, and a display about the 1917 re-survey of parts of the county broadened the exhibit’s scope, and milking equipment once again helped young people understand how cream becomes butter.

Many thanks to our colleagues from Mille Lacs County Historical Society and Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society for their many contributions to our joint effort, and to Leslie Anfinson, Ann Johnson and Karen Schlenker for their work on behalf of Milaca Area Historical Society. Working together, we all learn more about our local history.

Put it on your calendars now! The 2018 Mille Lacs County Fair will be held August 8 – 12. The Heritage Building at the Princeton fairgrounds will again be telling the stories of Mille Lacs County’s past.

Pictures of the 2017 Heritage Building are on our Photo section.



Preserving the history of Milaca and the surrounding area

Milaca Area Historical Society

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