fall legacy

A series of free programs for Fall 2017 from the Wadena County Historical Society

Sunday, September 17  4:00 p.m.

Colin MustfulColin Mustful  -  U.S. Dakota War of 1862

The author of several historical novels, Colin has compiled his research into one comprehensive resource titled: Confronting Minnesota’s Past: A Resource to Test Your Understanding on the U.S.Dakota War. Lion’s Community Building – Verndale

Verndale Historical Society Fundraising Dinner to Follow


Friday, October 6   7:00 p.m

Pippa White Pippa White -  Voices from Ellis Island

Pippa White’s one-woman show tells the true stories of American immigrants in the early part of the 20th century.  From 1892 to 1930, Ellis Island was the first experience of life in America for millions of immigrants.  Their stories are amusing, frightening, inspiring and true.  “Voices from Ellis Island” will also be available for an in-school presentation.

The Robertson Theatre, Wadena


Friday, October 20   7:00 p.m.

Mary MeyerMary Meyer  –  Ten Plants That Changed Minnesota

150 years ago vast forests of white pine covered northern Minnesota.  At the end of the 19th century, the prairies attracted pioneer farmers to this area where they could grow bumper crops of wheat and alfalfa.  These and others like the apple, American elm, corn, lawn or turfgrass, purple loosestrife, soybeans and wild rice have had an impact, both positive and negative, in the development and future of our state.

The Robertson Theatre, Wadena


Friday, November 3  7:00 p.m.

Kip PeltoniemiKip and Eric Peltoniemi Eric Peltoniemi


The Finnish culture is significant in Wadena County and Kip and Eric are part of it. They were both born and raised in Wadena and each pursued a career in music and entertainment. They will return to Wadena to present a program of songs and stories from the absurd to the sublime and in the process share a wealth of knowledge about Finnish culture.

The Robertson Theatre, Wadena

Community Sponsors Wadena Hide and Fur Wadena Pioneer Journal                          Wadena State Bank Mason Brothers Company                                     Lyle’s Shoe Store

Five Wings Arts Council LogoThese activities 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.



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.