Spring Legacy

Friday, June 15  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.    Wadena County Museum

The 4th annual Historic Carnival, will be held this year on Friday, June 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Wadena County Museum during Wadena’s June Jubilee. This free event features fun for all ages with Horse and Carriage Rides, a Stiltwalker, Historic Impersonators like Marie the cook on the Ox Cart trail, delicious Frybread, and live music by The Tubador. In addition, traveling troubadours, Sundae and Mr. Goessl, will perform from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in a free preview performance of their concert of historic jazz to be held later that night in New York Mills. The Historic Carnival is sponsored by the friends and members of the Wadena County Historical Society and by a donation from Arvig.

Sunday, June 17  2:00 p.m.  Robertson Theatre

The Wadena Library and the Wadena County Historical Society present…

Ben Welter, Author

“Minnesota Moxie: True Tales of Courage,Muscle and Grit in the Land of 10,000 Lakes”

This legacy program is funded in part or in whole with money from the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage.

Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24

125th annual Wadena County Fair

An exhibit featuring 125 years of the Wadena County Fair will be on display in the Log Cabin Interpretive Center, located in the Historic Buildings Area of the Fairgrounds.  The exhibit features stories and artifacts that represent that diverse activities that have been part of the Wadena County Fair over the past century and a quarter.   The annual event has always been an opportunity to celebrate the agricultural heritage of Wadena County with everything from 4-H exhibits to horse racing to the popular entertainment of the day.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Picturing the Good Life – Wadena

An exciting new collection of pictures by both professional and amateur photographers will be on display during the Fair.  Picturing the Good Life – Wadena is a photo contest that has been make possible by a grant from Region 5 Branding Project funded by the National Joint Powers Alliance and organized by the Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wadena County Historical Society.   Stop by the booth in the Commercial Building to vote for your favorites.


Thank you for supporting the programs of the Wadena County Historical Society!!!


Welcome to The Wadena County Historical Society

The Wadena County Historical Society collects and preserves the history of the county and maintains a research library and genealogy center with records about the people, places and events of the area. Its archives includes an index of over 25,000 names and more than 4000 photographs. Museum displays feature Native American, Railroad, Military and other artifacts that uniquely represent the history of Wadena County.

The Museum and Research Library are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 4 or by appointment.

Please call 218 631-9079 or email 603wchs@arvig.net for more information.