Programs and Events


Colin MustfulSaturday, November 9

Doug Hoverson, Author
“The Brew that Made Wisconsin Famous”

101 Jefferson Street South, Wadena

His recently published book, “The Drink that Made Wisconsin Famous”, is a complete illustrated history of brewing and breweries in a state made famous for beer. From the global breweries that developed in Milwaukee in the 1870s to the “wildcat” breweries of Prohibition and the upstart craft brewers of today, Doug Hoverson tells the stories of Wisconsin’s rich brewing history. In addition to the giants like Miller, Schlitz, and Pabst that loom large in the state’s brewing renown, Hoverson delves into the stories of the hundreds of small breweries started by immigrants and entrepreneurs that delivered Wisconsin’s beer from grain to glass.

His earlier book, “Land of Amber Waters”, told the story of brewing in Minnesota and featured small-town breweries like the one in nearby Perham where he spoke a number of years ago. The brewery in Perham, owned by Pete Schroeder, was called the Northern Pacific Brewery. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s it was a major supplier of beer and barrels from Perham were carried by the railroad all the way to the west coast.

Doug Hoverson’s presentation November 9th will take place in a small brewery, the new Drastic Measures in Wadena. In his talk he will highlight the local scene as well as compare the history of brewing in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Coming Up

Thursday, December 19 – Noon to 1:00 p.m.
“Holiday Voices”

Stories and music of the holiday season.
WADENA COUNTY MUSEUM 603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena



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.