Wadena County Historical Society to Close Museum and Bookstore through March 31

Dear WCHS friend,

In response to the Minnesota Department of Health’s newest COVID-19 recommendations, the Wadena County Historical Society (WCHS) Board of Directors has decided to close the Wadena County Museum and Bookstore to the public until March 31, 2020. WCHS will regularly reassess this temporary closure.

The health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and community is our highest priority. WCHS will continue to monitor the news and federal and state health officials’ recommendations and communicate further changes as they occur.

In the meantime, staff is continuing to work on the business of preserving and protecting the history and resources of Wadena County. Please continue to request research assistance via email–603wchs@arvig.net, phone–218-631-9079 or by mail–603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena MN 56482.

Please check our website for updates at WadenaCountyHistory.org.

Thank you for your support.

Lina Belar
Executive Director

Programs and Events

Saturday, March 14, 2020 11:30 a.m.

Allan Woodrow
“The Curse of the Werepenguin”



Allan Woodrow is the author of more than thirty books for children. He came to Wadena to provide school presentations at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. Immediately after his presentations, things changed rather quickly because of the Covid-19 situation and he was not able to provide public presentation at the Robertson Theatre as planned on Saturday. Instead, we managed to gather the necessary experts together and filmed his presentation at the Wadena County Museum and Bookstore to a small, delighted audience of staff and friends. Our plan is to make this filmed presentation available to public in a variety of ways. Please continue to watch the website and Facebook for updates.

Friday, March 20, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Todd Green
“World Music with multi-instrumentalist Todd Green”

The Congregational United Church of Christ
110 Colfax Avenue SW, Wadena


In response to the recent executive order by Governor Walz to further help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are cancelling the Todd Green concert, scheduled for Friday, March 20 at the Congregational United Church of Christ. We regret the necessity for this and hope we can welcome him back another time.

Todd Green is a uniquely talented multi-instrumentalist who performs on over 30 acoustic string, flute and percussion instruments from all over the world. His original music is inspired by many different cultures in the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America. Todd’s custom-built electronic system allows him to layer instruments as he performs, which in effect turns him into a high-tech one-man-band of World Music. His artistic mission is to “help bring down the barriers that divide us by experiencing other cultures through their music” as he takes his audiences on a musical armchair tour of the world.

You can learn more about Todd Green and listen to his music on the web at: www.ToddGreen.com.


April 1 Deadline to Submit Original Poetry for Minnesota Voices

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Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:30 a.m.

Anne Dunn, Poet, Author, Storyteller

The Uptown Cafe
224 Jefferson Street South, Wadena

Anne M Dunn is an Anishinabeg-Ojibwe grandmother storyteller. She was born on the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and now lives in Cass Lake. Her books include: “Fire in the Village”, “Grandmother’s Gift” and “Winter Thunder”. Her e-books include three collections of poetry: “Uncombed Hair”, “Dragonfly Dreams” and “Bone of Yesterday”. She is also a fabric artist and shoehorn band member.


More about BookEnds

Now beginning its fourth season, BookEnds is a monthly literary event connecting readers and writers on the second Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at The Uptown, 224 Jefferson Avenue South, Wadena (unless otherwise noted). Hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society, Travelin’ Storyseller in collaboration with the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Upcoming authors include: Allan Woodrow, Anne Dunn, Margi Preus, Ann Lewis, Alex Messenger, J. Ryan Stradal (pending), Gretchen Anthony, Freya Manfred, Lorna Landvik, and Barton Ross.



Welcome to The Wadena County Historical Society

Museum and Bookstore

Themed exhibit rooms featuring Native American, Railroad, Military, School, Business, Agriculture and other artifacts that uniquely represent the history of Wadena County. Research library and genealogy center with records about the people, places and events of the area. Archives with an index of over 25,000 names and more than 4,000 photographs. Please call 218-631-9079 or email 603wchs@arvig.net for more information.