New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota, 1825-1925

This spring SCHS will host a traveling display from the St. Paul chapter of the Sons of Norway. New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota, 1825-1925 will be at SCHS April 3-May 24, 2018. Each section explores a different aspect of Norwegian immigration and settlement. To complement the display, SCHS will host our own version of show-and-tell! Stevens County residents will have the opportunity to share objects and stories relating to their own Norwegian heritage during a special weekend event.

Exhibit: April 3-May 24, 2018

Emelia Eck: Local Dressmaker mini exhibit

Emelia Eck spent her entire life in Stevens County. She was born in Pepperton Township in 1895 to Bernard and Hilda (Hegren) Eck. Emelia never attended high school. Instead, she helped to support her family through sewing, starting work as early as 14 years old. She continued sewing for the rest of her life. Most of her clients were from the Stevens County area, though her records show others from places like Graceville, Fergus Falls, and Minneapolis. She even had out-of-state clients, from the Dakotas all the way to California. She made dresses and hats, but could also do alterations. She was known for attention to detail and classic styles. Emelia died in Morris in 1973 after a long life dedicated to creating beautiful clothing and taking care of her family.


Exhibit: open during spring 2018

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Put on Your Sunday Best

100 Years of History and Fashion

Exhibit: November 11, 2017-end of 2018
Reception: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fashion cannot be removed from its historical context. Clothing is lived in, literally; it is made functional and meaningful through it production and use. How did historical events, new technologies, and shifting cultural values affect fashion? What materials were available, what was acceptable, and how were materials and information were disseminated?


  • Clothing donated or loaned by Stevens County residents
  • Dress up area for kids
  • Related programs throughout the year
  • Blog posts exploring other aspects of how history and fashion are connected

Men and Women of the Land, Hall of Honor


This is a video exhibit about people that were nominated by their friends and families. We have space for 50 nominees and have 45 of them taken. We have also completed 25 videos. These videos are about 15 minutes each and they are a short biography of each person. You do not need to know the person specifically to enjoy the videos!

To learn more about the Hall of Honor, CLICK HERE!

CLICK HERE to view the completed videos on our YouTube Channel



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