aboutSince 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.

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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.

Fantastic Fibers Call to Artists: Deadline for Entries Extended

Calling all Fiber Artists!! The deadline to submit art pieces to be juried for the upcoming Embroiders’ Guild of America exhibit has been extended to Friday, 12/05/14.

Deadline for Submission: December 5th, 2014

Notification of Acceptance or Returns: December 12th, 2014

Exhibition: January 2015-March 2015

For more detailed information, please download and read document below:

Call to Artists_2015_EGA_Registration FormFantastic Fibers

Kathe Lyndsley Program at the SCHS Holiday Open House and Annual Sale

Hand Sticched Holidays

Kathe Lyndsley, master of stitchery, will show a lovingly stitched number of pieces, Christmas themed, that she has executed over the years. Her presentation will be for 15 minutes from 10:30  – 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at the museum.

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All of the items will be for sale with a percentage going towards the costs of the upcoming Embroiderer’s Guild of America Exhibition “Through the Needles Eye.” This show will open in January of 2015 and run through March 13, 2015.

Theodore Roosevelt: An American Legend

Don’t miss out on experiencing live bluegrass music and a Theodore Roosevelt re-enactment at the SCHM on Sunday, October 26th, 2014.

Thursday Nite Jam will begin their performance at 2:00 p.m. We looking forward to seeing you at the museum on October 26th!

Gib Young Promo Flyer

2015 Call to Artists: Fantastic Fibers

2015 National Exhibit EGA

The Stevens County Historical Society & Museum in Morris, MN has placed a call to fiber artists. In conjunction with their hosting of the 20th Annual National Embroiderer’s Guild of America exhibition, in January of 2015, the Historical Society is hosting a regional juried fiber arts show entitled,

Fantastic FibersDeadline for Submission: November 14th, 2014

Notification of Acceptance or Returns: December 12th, 2014

Exhibition: January 2015-March 2015

For more detailed information, please download and read document below:

Call to Artists_2015_EGA_Registration Form

Theodore Roosevelt: An American Legend

On Sunday, October 26th, 2014 Gib Young will be re-enacting Theodore Roosevelt at the Stevens County Museum, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Along with him will be companion, Major Burr, who fought in WWI. This event will be the kick-off for the opening of the WWI documentary and exhibit that will open the week of Veteran’s Day in November.

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Gib Young has performed in hundreds of venues including The Smithsonian Museum of American History, Devil’s Tower National Monument, Mount Rushmore National Monument, and the JFK Library, to name a few. Don’t miss this special event!

Fabric Art Challenge presented by SCHS

 Instructions for participating in the 2014-2015 Fabric Art Challenge

  1.  Pick up a piece of the Challenge fabric (18″ x 22″) at Helen’s Fabrics in Morris,MN beginning 09/02/14.
  2. A recognizable amount of the challenge fabric must be used as part of the entry.
  3. Any amount of fabric or other items may also be used in the entry.
  4. Entries must be dropped off at the Stevens County Historical Society December 1st – 5th, 2014.
  5. A tag must be attached to entry with the name of exhibitor, address, title, techniques and materials used.
  6. 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.
  7. Viewers will vote on their favorite entry. A cash prize of $50.00 will be awarded.
  8. Questions? Please call Kathe Lyndsley at 320.324.7568.

2014-15 Fabric Art Challenge _COMPRESSED

The National Embroidery Guild of America Juried Show is coming to SCHS January-March 2015

2014-15 Fabric Art Challenge _COMPRESSEDTwice 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.