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The Polk County Historical Society

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Polk County Museum- Old Courthouse

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend

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.

   Handicap Accessible / Air Conditioned  

 
120 Main Street
 
 Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810
 
Call for Information and Tours:
715-485-9269.  Thank you for visiting our website.
e-mail: [email protected]

      Closed for the Season  please visit 2018

                           No Admission Fees- Donations Appreciated and Sustain our Efforts

 

Click here to see ByLaws

 

                            

                                                               

2017/18 Polk County Historical Society Membership

JOIN US/ Renewal – We Want You!

Please consider JOINING /renewing your annual membership in the Polk County Historical Society!  Your membership dues are an important part of keeping the Polk County Museum open to the public.  Some of the achievements our dedicated volunteers have accomplished in the past year include:

  1. Awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school student;
  2. Created and distributed four editions of  the Chronicle  newsletter
  3. Presented an exciting traveling exhibit, Star Wars the Nostalgia Awakens, with no admission fee to our community.
  4. Sharing the Society’s collection of unique historical documents and photos housed in the new user friendly  Reference Room
  5. Sharing the Society's resources by partnering with community organizations
  6. Continuing our mission; Preserving the past for future generations

Membership form under ABOUT Tab at top of page.

There’s much more planned for next year!

OUR Communities

VITAL PLACES TO LIVE AND WORK

History lays the groundwork for strong, resilient communities. No place

really becomes a community until it is wrapped in human memory: family

stories, tribal traditions, civic commemorations. No place is a community

until it has awareness of its history, strengthened when we share stories and experiences.

                                                                                                                                                   

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED AND SUPPORTED OUR THIRD giveBIG SCV 2017 EVENT.  YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS SUSTAIN THE PROGRAMS AND EVENTS THAT ENRICH OUR COMMUNITY.

Please visit us at; 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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Built in 1899, the Polk County Museum was the Polk 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; 9,000 year old 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. The Society was part of a team that helped bring the 'Bones' back to Polk County.
 
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.  Preview some of our Exhibits under the About tab.

2017 Museum Season

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN A FUN FAMILY COMMUNITY EVENT

      

 

The Museum was excited to have hosted The Traveling Exhibit;
 
‘The Nostalgia Awakens: A Vintage Star Wars Toys Display’
 
 
Thank you Curator and owner, Jarrod Roll,
                                                                    

SPONSORS who donated generously; Novitzke, Gust, Semf, Whitley & Bergmanis, Attorneys at Law,

Bremer Bank, N.A., Amery, Lakeland Communications, Xcel Energy

 

Students from Amery, Frederic and Unity fourth toured the Museum, treated to an 
exciting program by Chief Dan Mosay of the St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa,  
history tours, and a visit to the Lanesdale one room school house.

               

 

2017 POLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP WINNING ESSAY
                         Jack Michael Swenson, Turtle Lake High School

The Polk County Museum is important to the Polk County community because the museum allows visitors to
connect with our past and understand where we came from and how our ancestors lived.  The exhibits at the 
Polk County Museum give us a greater appreciation for those who settled
our area by allowing us to learn about the many struggles 
endured by those immigrants.  A visit to the Polk County Museum is important because it can help spark
conversations and understanding between generations of family and community members.
After a visit to the museum with my grandmother, Pricilla Fjorden, she shared stories of our family history.  
She told me the story of how our ancestors came to America on a boat from Norway, settled in Polk County, 
and become farmers who lived off the land.  Seeing the rudimentary tools in the farming exhibit
at the Polk County Museum, and discussing them with my grandmother,
gave me an appreciation for how hard my ancestors worked clearing and farming a small piece of land.  
All of the exhibits at the museum were of interest to me as they helped me see how much technology has simplified
every aspect of our lives, from school to farming.  So much has changed in a relatively short time, and I am very lucky
because my family has a great appreciation for our family history. 
We have many photos and an expansive written record of our history in Polk County. 
My great-aunt Sara DeLuca has published two books about our family history.  My visit to the Polk County Museum 
really helped bring the stories I’ve heard and read, come to life.
A visit to the Polk County Museum can help residents and tourists alike understand 
our local history.  The conversations sparked by a visit to the museum can enlighten and 
connect generations of diverse groups of people, and those communications alone make the 
Polk County Museum an invaluable asset to the Polk County community.

 

July 4th, the Polk County Museum celebrated Balsam Lake Freedom Fest. Thanks to all who helped make the Root Beer Float Fundraiser a success.

 

   PIONEER SCHOOLING AT LANESDALE SCHOOL IN BALSAM Lake

                                            

MAKING HISTORY RELEVANT FOR EVERYONE

The Polk County Historical Society  offered two, three day sessions of Pioneer Schooling held at the restored, Polk County Lanesdale Rural School in Balsam Lake. 

To make this program successful, we suggest the children, are ages 6-14. Students dress as children did in the 1900’s; costume’s available at school.  School Marms, Vera and Michelle, provide the children with a unique and fun learning adventure. Please watch for our 2018 dates for enrollment.

Questions can be directed to Vera 715-485-9269 or [email protected]

 

The Polk County Historical Society Appreciates our Sponsors

FRED C. AND KATHERINE B. ANDERSEN FOUNDATION

                       Hardenbergh Foundation

                       HUGH J. ANDERSEN FOUNDATION

 

 

 

  St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake

 

 

 

  Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative- Operation Round-Up

 

                   

Xcel Energy

 

 

 


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Polk County Museum / Historical Society Balsam Lake, WI Phone: 715-485-9269
  Email: [email protected]