Welcome to Wadena County History Online

The Wadena County Museum and Bookstore may be temporarily closed but these artists and writers, scheduled for the 2020 season, want to share their stories with you. Enjoy this ongoing series of small presentations created especially for Wadena County History Online. To subscribe to our YouTube channel, go to Wadena County Historical Society and click the Subscribe button to be notified of new videos.

Programs and Events

BookEnds Online Edition

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Margi Preus

May 9, 2020 11:30 a.m. ZOOM - Link coming soon
Margi Preus is a children’s writer. Her book, “Village of Scoundrels”, is based on the true story of the French villagers in WWII who saved thousands of Jews. Forging documents, smuggling people over the border, carrying messages for the French Resistance– the teenagers of Les Lauzes find ways of helping the refugees in their midst.
Books Available from Travelin’ Storyseller

village of scoundrels
Margi Preus Presentation May 9, 2020 - Link coming soon

fwac-logoThis activity is 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.

Spring Legacy Online


Elisa Korenne

The Wadena County Historical Society’s Spring Legacy programs are transitioning to online. Singer-Songwriter, Elisa Korenne, was scheduled to perform one of her song and story shows in Wadena on April 24. Since that’s not possible, we are providing a link to a program created earlier by Prairie Public called “Minnesota’s Unsung History Stories”. The hour-long program features original songs by Elisa Korenne that are focused on little-known, but historically relevant events and people throughout Minnesota. Songs include: Rootbeer Lady, When Feathers Flew (about Herman Fink of Wadena), Mail Order Bride, Moonshine, Sandy Lake Tragedy, We Can Take It, Who Was I?, Chaska, Courthouse Synagogue, Next Big Thing, Steamboats on the Red, Sister Lumberjack. Watch them all at once or enjoy one a day.

Minnesota’s Unsung History Stories by Elisa Korenne

Spring Legacy Online

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Todd Green

Online program coming soon: Multi-instrumentalist Todd Green. A one-man band of original music performed on more than 30 acoustic string, flute and percussion instruments from around the world.

Listen to Todd Green’s Music

BookEnds Online Edition

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Allan Woodrow: Youth Author and Humorist

BookEnds Online Edition launched April with youth author and humorist, Allan Woodrow. Here he talks about his recent book, “The Curse of the Werepenguin”. This was recorded at the Wadena Museum and Bookstore on March 14, 2020.
Allan Woodrow Presentation March 14, 2020

Hear more about Allan Woodrow and his writing life.
Allan Woodrow on Writing March 14, 2020

fwac-logoThis activity is 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.

BookEnds Online Edition


Minnesota Voices Online

The work of 47 regional poets was selected for Minnesota Voices celebration of National Poetry Month. A booklet containing the poems will made available by mail and online. A link will be posted on this website.


More about BookEnds

Now beginning its fourth season, BookEnds is a monthly literary event connecting readers and writers. BookEnds Online Edition will be launched on the second Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m if possible. Hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society, Travelin’ Storyseller in collaboration with the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Upcoming authors include: Anne Dunn, Margi Preus, Ann Lewis, Alex Messenger, J. Ryan Stradal (pending), Gretchen Anthony, Freya Manfred, Lorna Landvik, and Barton Ross.

Just a Note: All programs launched from the website will be available until further notice. If you miss the launch, you can still watch the program. Thank you for your support and your patience as we continue to preserve, protect and present the history of Wadena county and to make our programs available for all.



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.