Programs and Events


Minnesota Voices
Thursday, September 26 – 12:00 Noon

Archaeology in Wadena County

603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena

For decades, Wadena County has been studied by archaeologists because of its important fur trade era sites. At this program you will hear the stories that have been written about these excavations and learn why they are important to our knowledge of the past. Special guest, John Crandall, will talk about his latest efforts to renew the signage for the Red River Trail, or Woods Trail, the first traveled route through the county.

Minnesota Voices is a series of free programs from the Wadena County Historical Society featuring Minnesota writers, artists and scientists, usually held the third Thursday of the month at the Wadena County Museum unless otherwise noted. For more information please call 218 631-9079 or email

Colin MustfulFall Legacy
Friday, September 27 – 7:00 p.m.

Colin Mustful, Historian and Author
“Resisting Removal: The Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850″

411 SW Brown Street, Verndale

Colin Mustful’s latest book is an historically detailed account of the 1850 removal efforts that resulted in the relatively unknown Sandy Lake Tragedy. Relying on real correspondence from the time period, the novel, through fictional scene and dialogue, exposes the corruption and negligence of the Indian System. It also brings to life important and sometimes controversial historical figures like Benjamin Armstrong, Chief Buffalo, and Leonard Wheeler. This is a free program for fall 2019 from the Wadena County Historical Society.

There will be a Broasted Chicken dinner preceding the program at 1:00 p.m. offered by the Verndale Historical Society. Tickets for the dinner are $12.00 and may be reserved by calling 218 639-1820.

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.