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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

                                                                                                                                               

         
                                                                           Historical Three-Story Courthouse
                                                                           
                                                        Open Memorial Day though Labor Day (including Holidays) 
 
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:     
    
 Thursday, Friday, Saturday,  Sunday             Noon to 4 p.m.
No Admission Fees- Donations Appreciated and Sustain our Efforts
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.

 

June 2nd The Polk County Historical Society

Presented an evening with local Author Lisa Doerr 

The group enjoyed Lisa's presentation of

Eureka Valley-Grandfather's Grandfather

            

Lisa spoke about the migration history of an Alabama family to the  Eureka Valley, supplemented with a power point presentation and reading,  after the program, visitors conversed and enjoyed refreshments. 

    The Society enjoyed the spring school tours.  Schools from; Amery,

Frederic, Clayton and Unity visited the Museum.

                     

 

                                                                                                        

Thanks to all who participated  May 13th, the Logging Era Learn & Lunch 

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

 

Please join us  

SATURDAY JULY 23rd   12:30 to 3:30 pm  

THE LOGGING HEYDAYS EVENT

AT THE POLK COUNTY MUSEUM

A fun event for the whole family, public welcome, no admission.  

Enjoy a visit from the MN. Raptor Center,  listen to a Naturalist from the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.  Engage with local Historicans. Tour the Museum.  

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.  

 
 
                     Lanesdale Schoolhouse Pioneer School

                           Summer school program for children ages 6-14 at Lanesdale School, Balsam Lake

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

                           2016 Pioneer School Sessions-  August  Two Sessions 9,10,11th and 16,17,18th  10am - 2 pm

                                                   email polkcountymuseum@lakeland.ws or call  715-485-9569      

                                        

 

 

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

 

 

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.  

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                            

                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

                                                       

                  
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