Programs and Events

Book Ends*
Saturday, August 10 - 11:00 a.m.

Freya Manfred, Poet
“Loon in Late November Water”

224 Jefferson Street South, Wadena

Freya Manfred’s latest and 9th book of poetry, “Loon in Late November Water”, celebrates the vital lifeline of nature, our fragile mortality, and the passionate arc of long-term relationships. She will read from her three latest books of poetry and will also read pages from her two memoirs, including one about her father, Frederick Manfred, the well-known Minnesota author who died in 1994.

Minnesota Voices
Thursday, August 15 - 12:00 Noon

M E Fuller. Author
“Saving the Ghost”

603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena
In her first novel, “Saving the Ghost”, M E Fuller tackles the sensitive and terrifying subject of childhood sexual abuse and family violence. In her presentation she will talk about the writing of the book and discuss the importance of talking about this difficult yet timeless topic leaving time for questions from the audience.

Coming Up

Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m. BookEnds – Gretchen Anthony “Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners”

THE UPTOWN CAFE 224 Jefferson Street South, Wadena

Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Colin Mustful “Resisting Removal: The Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850″

Location tbd

fwac-logo*These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Traveling Exhibit

August 2019
At the Wadena Depot 100 Aldrich Avenue SW
Open Tuesday – Saturday from Noon – 5:00 p.m.

national suffrage campaignThe Minnesota League of Women Voters has created a traveling exhibit to celebrate the centennial year of the 19th Amendment. The Wadena County Historical Society and Partners for a Healthy Wadena will host this exhibit for the month of August 2019 at the Wadena Depot. The display will also include video excerpts from the Wadena County Historical Society’s recent oral history project about Women in Politics in Wadena County as well as a selection of photographs of Minnesota Governors created by local photographers, Rex McDonald and Don Hoffmann.
For more information or to volunteer as a greeter call 218-631-9079 or email



Now in its third season, BookEnds is a monthly literary event connecting readers and writers on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 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.


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. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment. Please call 218-631-9079 or email for more information.