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The Polk County Historical Society Invites You to Visit 
 
 
The Polk County Museum
 
120 Main Street
Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810
 
MISSION STATEMENT:  Preserving the past for future generations by establishing a unique and enduring collection of Polk County history, shared with the public through educational programs and exhibits. 

                                                           http://givescv.razoo.com/story/Polk-County-Historical-Society

Remember the Polk County Historical Society, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, as a potential recipient if you wish to make a contribution to a worthy cause. Your charitiable donation can be  made through the razoo link above, or through direct contact with the Society.  Thank you.

                                                                                  

         
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                                         Open Memorial Day though Labor Day Weekend
 
The Polk County Museum is located in the heart of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin (HWY 46) and Mill Rd,
the Museum is accessible to all, equipped with an elevator on the north side addition. 
There is also an entrance on the south side of the building on Old Courthouse Rd.
 2016  Hours of Operation:     Closed for the Season, looking forward to seeing you May 2017
Contact Us: For quickest response please email  polkcountymuseum@lakeland.ws
 
THE PCHS BOARD WILL NOT BE HOLDING A MEETING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2016
 
    
Thursday, Friday, Saturday,  Sunday             Noon to 4 p.m.
 
No Admission Fees- Donations Appreciated and Sustain our Efforts

Giving to the PCHS allows the PCHS to meet daily operating costs, helps to sponsor special programs, and maintain and develop the unique exhibits and collections open to the public.

 

Handicap Accessible / Air Conditioned  
 
Call for Information and Tours:
715-485-9269.  Thank you for visiting our website.
e-mail: polkcountymuseum@lakeland.ws
 
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Built in 1899, the Polk County Museum was the County Courthouse until 1975. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an absolute treasure. You'll find three floors of galleries just bursting with items; some dating back as far as the Revolutionary War! Most of what you'll encounter is from the early 1900's.          
Visit our exhibit; Bison  Bones' Back-ground on this phenomenal exhibit; in 1934 a farmer in the St. Croix. River Valley (between Minnesota and Wisconsin) presented the University of Minnesota with several large animal bones.  The bones were discovered by accident at a marl dredging pit, east of Dresser in Nye, dated to the late Pleistocene. 
 
Immerse yourself in the history of the Polk County people during the Logging Era with a visit to the newly redesigned Logging Room.  Explore the impact  of the Logging industry in the St. Croix River Valley.

Come visit us soon and lose yourself in the rich heritage of this area.  There is an exhibit to fit almost any interest. Thanks to everyone for your continuing support, helping to contribute towards our goals!    Preview some of our Exhibits under the About tab.

SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT MADE THE  2016 MUSEUM SEASON FUN, EXCITING AND HISTORICAL!!!
 

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN!!!! SATURDAY OCTOBER 29TH, was a fun time with many great visitors, as we partnered with Unity Community Education and the local businesses to provide a fun family event complete with great treats.     

Sponsored by a generous donation from the Balsam Lake Chamber of Commerce . 

 

        

 

Star Wars Stormtrooper  from Michigan on scavenger hunt

2016 FREEDOM FEST

                   

LOGGING HEYDAYS EVENT

          

Thanks to the Wisconsin Humanities Council, for supporting the July 23, 2016 ,Logging Heydays Event at the Polk County Museum, with a grant funded from the MAHADH Fund of HRK Foundation.  The Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture and discussion to strengthen commuity life for everyone in Wisconsin.  

      

                                                                                            

    Author Chad Lewis of Wisconsin's Gangster Past 

                    

PIONEER SCHOOL    Experience school as taught 100 years ago.  Academics, games, the life of a pioneer student.

                            

 

Author Lisa Doerr     

Eureka Valley-Grandfather's Grandfather   The history of an Alabama familys journey  to the  Eureka Valley.

 

Logging Era Learn & Lunch 

The Society partnered with Deb Paulsen, Unity Community Education and Robert Downs, Naturalist, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to present an exciting program.

 

Touring Groups

                   

 

2016 LOCAL HISTORY MEETING POLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Friday, September 9, 2016 Collaboration. Cooperation.  

 

Thanks to All Our Supporters and Sponsors,

Your Funding  Helps us Grow and Provide Quality Services 

For our Community and Visitors            

           

HUGH J. ANDERSEN FOUNDATION

Hardenbergh Foundation 

Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation

               Xcel Energy

                BERNICK'S

               Polk-Burnett Charities, Inc.

            ST. CROIX CASINO TURTLE LAKE, EDC

AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                            

                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

                                                       

                  
Balsam Lake is 4 miles north off HWY 8.
 


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Polk County Museum / Historical Society Balsam Lake, WI Phone: 715-485-9269
  Email: polkcountymuseum@lakeland.ws