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2018 Mille Lacs County Fair
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The 2018 Mille Lacs County Fair was held August 8 through 12, 2018. The theme was the 1918 influenza pandemic and World War I.  MAHS highlighted the F. O. Johnson family, which lost seven family members, six who died between December 31, 1918 and January 6, 1919. Milaca also brought the World War I uniform and other items that belonged to Cecil Stanchfield of Foreston. The Mille Lacs County Historical Society shared the story of Harold Chapman, who survived WWI, the flu and gassing only to die of tuberculosis in 1922 at the age of 22. The Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society shared the story of their doctor, who came to Onamia in the early 1900's to practice medicine following his graduation from medical school in Chicago, Illinois. He tested positive for tuberculosis and was told not to settle in a city, so he ended up in Onamia. He was influential in building the first hospital in Onamia in 1922.
Yvonne Cory, the Apron Lady, presents
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On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 approximately 55 people came to the Milaca City Hall to hear stories aprons used from the 1800's to the present might tell.  Yvonne Cory, the Apron Lady, brought her collection of 60 aprons and shared their histories along with food products and recipes of the era.  Materials, stitches, patterns and embellishments were all representative of the history of the times no matter if it was a time of abundance or scarcity.   The presentation was in celebration of the Milaca Museum's 10th year in the 1930's WPA building that it calls home.

Along with the presentation, the Museum hosted a local exhibit of aprons from residents in and around the Milaca area.  Eighteen aprons were displayed during September and October, 2017.
2017 Mille Lacs County Fair
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Visitors to the "1917 - The County Enters WWI" 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.
Milaca Public Schools
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The first two pictures are Normal School classes from 1901 and 1915.  Milaca Normal school trained country school teachers up to 1935.  Women and men, 18-19 years old, were trained in a year long course. Local school boards hired them as needed.  After the Depression and WWII the teachers were trained at Teacher's Colleges like the one in St Cloud.
 
The next set of pictures tell the history of the Milaca Public School building from 1901 to 1955, including the 1915 fire which destroyed the school building.  Students were scattered throughout the community until a new building was built.  The 1910 Bird's Eye view of Milaca includes the Milaca Public School building.

The third set includes Milaca High School teams:
1904 and 1914 girls' basketball,
1908 Girls Glee Club, 
1907 boys football and 1910 boys' baseball teams, and the 1966 Milaca High School Marching Band.
Milaca Museum Pictures
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The front of the Milaca Museum shown in this album was built by the WPA in 1936 and completed in 1937.  The moose head's origin is unknown but it has had a presence in the building for decades. The mural depicting the forests and the logging and milling industries surrounds the auditorium on all four walls. Come and see the Museum as it celebrates 10 years in the WPA building.
2016 Mille Lacs County Fair
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Butter making with children and families on Thursday "Day Care Day"  and the 125 year time line of Mille Lacs County Fair.
Board
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Jere Day, President
Leslie Anfinson, Vice President
Thomas Sauer, Treasurer
Karen Schlenker, Curator
Ann Johnson, Secretary
Lynn Kent, Vice-Secretary
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