The Polk County Historical Society
Invites you to visit the
Polk County Museum- Old Courthouse
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
12 Noon - 4p.m.
No Admission Fees- Donations Appreciated and Sustain our Efforts
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715-485-9269. Thank you for visiting our website.
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.
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.
The Museum is excited to be hosting The Traveling Exhibit;‘The Nostalgia Awakens: A Vintage Star Wars Toys Display’On loan for the 2017 Museum Season(June through August).Thursday evening, June 8th,Opening Night,Curator and owner, Jarrod Roll, discusses the cultural significance of the Star Wars universe and its vast impact on childhoods, storytelling, and popular culture. Mr. Jarrod Roll will discuss his collection and explain how it evolved. Follow our webpage and facebook for dates and more information.
The following businesses have donated generously to help Sponsor,
The Nostalgia Awakens: A Vintage Star Wars Toys Display’, supporting the Society in providing the community with educational entertainment that spans many generations, cultivating and sparking interest in learning.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
Novitzke, Gust, Semf, Whitley & Bergmanis, Attorneys at Law
Bremer Bank, N.A., Amery
Preview to 2017 Museum Season
The 2017 Spring Art Tour is all set! May 5,6,7 10am -5pm 2017
The Polk County Museum is a schduled Art stop destination.
Thursday, June 1, 7pm Author James Sudmeier will present,his book,
"The General and the Giant German Railway Gun: Patton's Brush with Death from 33 miles."
This will describe a search by my wife Jilly and I last year in Nancy, France
for Patton's lost headquarters where he lived for 9 weeks in late
1944. Nobody, including the current occupants of the building,had any idea that they were in Patton's former residence.
July 1 and July 2, Join us at the Polk County Museum to celebrate Balsam Lake Freedom Fest July 4th weekend, enjoy a rootbeer float while relaxing on the spacious lawn, watch the parade and car show.
PIONEER SCHOOLING AT LANESDALE SCHOOL IN BALSAM Lake
The Polk County Historical Society is excited to be offering two, three day sessions of Pioneer Schooling to be held at the restored, Polk County Lanesdale Rural School in Balsam Lake. First session, August 8,9,10. The second session, August 15, 16, 17. Time; 10 am to 2 pm. The fee for each three day session is $ 35.00 per child.
To make this unique program successful, we are suggesting the children, ages 6-14. Students are asked to dress as children did in the 1900’s; costume’s available at school.
Questions can be directed to Vera 715-485-9269 or email@example.com
The Polk County Historical Society Appreciates our Sponsors
FRED C. AND KATHERINE B. ANDERSEN FOUNDATION
HUGH J. ANDERSEN FOUNDATION
St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake
Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative- Operation Round-Up