Since its beginnings in 1921 – and even back to the Old Settlers Association, founded in 1876 – the Stevens County Historical Society, located in Morris, Minnesota, has worked diligently to collect the best examples of historical artifacts of life on the prairie. Everything from books and letters to clothing, tools, utensils, photographs, and handmade articles has found its way into our collection. The Historical Museum houses captivating displays of items once used in farming, industry, spinning, cooking, education, religion, medicine, animal husbandry, housing, and works of local artisans in Stevens County.
The Old Settlers Association was formed to commemorate and honor the pioneer spirit of the early settlers of western Minnesota. This was a story of indomitable hope; the transformation of the great expanse of prairie into what has been called “one of the most prosperous and promising counties in the western part of the state.” The earliest settlers to Stevens County were awed by the immensity of the area – its beauty and strength, its endless possibilities. They respected the land and the power of the weather as they sacrificed and labored to build new lives in a new world.
Today, our 400+ members and thousands of visitors each year embody the spirit of those who came before us with their generosity, inventiveness, hard-work, and continued hope in the bright future of life West Central Minnesota. As we move further into the new 21st Century, we pledge to continue our mission to…
Collect, Preserve and Interpret the History of Stevens County, Minnesota.
You can join us or purchase memberships for your family members & friends by visiting our membership page by clicking here.
Instructions for participating in the 2014-2015 Fabric Art Challenge
- Pick up a piece of the Challenge fabric (18″ x 22″) at Helen’s Fabrics in Morris,MN beginning 09/02/14.
- A recognizable amount of the challenge fabric must be used as part of the entry.
- Any amount of fabric or other items may also be used in the entry.
- Entries must be dropped off at the Stevens County Historical Society December 1st – 5th, 2014.
- A tag must be attached to entry with the name of exhibitor, address, title, techniques and materials used.
- Entries will be on display during the Embroiderer’s Guild of America (EGA) traveling exhibit at the Stevens County Historical Society from 01/12/2015-03/13/2015. Special events will be presented during this exhibit.
- Viewers will vote on their favorite entry. A cash prize of $50.00 will be awarded.
- Questions? Please call Kathe Lyndsley at 320.324.7568.
Twice before the EGA National Show has been displayed at the Stevens County Museum. Along with the new juried National show, this year a fabric art challenge is being presented using the pictured challenge fabric.
The fabric is available at Helen’s Fabrics in Morris beginning on September 2, 2014. A recognizable amount of the challenge fabric needs to be a part of the entry. All entries will be dropped off at the Stevens County Museum the week of December 1-5, 2014.
The entries will be on display during the Embroiderer’s Guild exhibit January 12-March 13, 2015. A People’s Choice favorite will result in a cash prize of $50. Contact the Stevens County Museum with additional questions. 320.589.1719.
Congratulations to the following four people who won a free, one-year membership to the Stevens County Historical Society & Museum at the 2014 Stevens County Fair:
Madi Solvie, Dave Savela, Melissa Lemme, and Connie Solvie!
Stevens County Historical Society recently hosted another Hall of Honor, Men & Women of the Land premiere showing at the museum. The following individuals were featured at the premiere: Maurice & Rosalys Weiler, Steve “Skip” Sherstad, Pearl and Walter Hanse, and Chester and Lorraine Marty.
Children enjoyed learning how to play marbles. Each child was able to keep the marbles they won!
On the first day, participants engaged in learning about day in the life of a student attending the District 63 Schoolhouse.
SCHS and Morris Area Community Education recently held a schoolhouse experience for youth at the District 63 Schoolhouse.
A selection of the 2014 Horizontal Grandeur Art Exhibit that is now open to the public!
Visit the SCHS museum this summer and partake in the prairie perspectives showcased in this art exhibit. Art from local artists and artists from across the prairie is currently on display.