2016 Hours of Operation:Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.No Admission Fees- Donations Appreciated and Sustain our EffortsHandicap Accessible / Air ConditionedNotice; 8/14/16 Elevator is currently out of service, please call for updates
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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 GREAT PEOPLE THAT MADE FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2016 SUCH A SUCCESSFUL EVENT!!!
JULY 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.
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.
Visitors to Museum were excited to see the Pioneer school students during thier visit to Museum, a part of thier curriculum.
June Author Lisa Doerr
Eureka Valley-Grandfather's Grandfather The history of an Alabama familys journey to the Eureka Valley.
May 13th, the 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.
2016 Spring and Summer the Society enjoyed the many tour groups who visited. Schools from; Amery, Frederic, Clayton and Unity.
Endeavors, Balsam Lake. Riverbend Assisted Living from Amery, Storytime from the Balsam Lake Library.
2016 LOCAL HISTORY MEETING POLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Friday, September 9, 2016
Collaboration. Cooperation. Join in the local history discussion.
MEETING AGENDA 9:00— 9:30 Registration, Welcome and Introductions 9:30—10:00 Wisconsin Historical Society Affiliate Program:, Past, Present and Future Janet Seymour, Field Services Representative, Wisconsin Historical Society Break 10:30—11:30 Local History Roundtable — Discussion of issues, ideas, and strategies for success in local history organizations 11:30—12:30 Lunch—soup and salad 12:30— 1:30 Participants may choose: Touring the Polk County Museum or Bus Trip to Endeavors Green House in Milltown.
1:30— 2:30 Polk County Museum open for tours
Send registration and $15 registration fee to: Polk County Historical Society PO Box 41 Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Registration Form Local History Meeting, Friday, September 9 $15 Polk County Historical Society Checks should be made out to: Polk County Historical Society
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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
Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
Polk-Burnett Charities, Inc.
ST. CROIX CASINO TURTLE LAKE, EDC
AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS
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