Historic Carnival

Friday, June 19 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Wadena County Museum

The second annual Historic Carnival, held during Wadena’s June Jubilee, features Historic Carriage Rides, Kids Games, a Stiltwalker, the Tubador, plus a display of Antique Carriages from the collection of Clark Anderson.  New this year, a Dakota Interpretive Exhibit and Cherokee/Ojibway Storytelling.


Dale Blanshan

Norman Rockwell and the American Veteran”

Sunday, July 12 2:00 p.m. at the Wadena Depot


Pippa White

“Women’s Work”

Sunday, August 9  2:00 p.m. at the Wadena Depot



Exhibits to Go!

Traveling exhibits from the Minnesota Historical Society are coming to Wadena

“Minnesota’s Homefront” – July 10 through August 15  – Exhibit Reception July 12

“Electrifying Minnesota” – August 24 through October 23 – Exhibit Reception  tbd

“Minnesota’s Disasters” – October 28 through December 5 – Exhibit Reception Oct 30


This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Jefferson Highway and we are looking for exciting ways to celebrate the coming of the ‘good roads’ to Wadena.    An exhibit about the Jefferson Highway will be on display at the Wadena County Fair.

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 for more information.