On July 28, 1936, a group of citizens convened at the behest of Sarah Thorp Heald, district supervisor for the Works Progress Administration, to form the Morrison County Historical Society.
The mission of the fledgling organization, which was officially incorporated on Sept. 17, 1936, was to collect the history of Morrison County events from the time of Zebulon Pike’s 1805 expedition to the present.
Seventy-five years later, the Morrison County Historical Society continues to collect, preserve and educate the public on the history of Morrison County and has expanded its mission to include the area’s history prior to 1805.
The board of directors is planning a number of activities and events throughout the summer to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the MCHS. To kick things off, MCHS is participating in Family Fun Day, an annual event June 5, sponsored primarily by the attractions in Little Falls. This year’s theme is aprons and visitors are encouraged to wear aprons of all types to the museum that day.
MCHS will host a series of coffee parties throughout the county in honor of its anniversary. Coffee parties are scheduled July 12 at Bingo Park in Randall; July 26 at the Parish Community Center in Buckman; Aug. 10 at Holy Family Church in Belle Prairie; and Aug. 24 at Granny’s Cafe in Swanville.
An open house format will follow, with guests of all ages invited to drop in between 2-4 p.m. on each of the scheduled dates. The intent of the parties is to honor county residents age 75 and older. Each coffee party will feature history from the surrounding region of the county.
A member appreciation reception is scheduled at the Weyerhaeuser Museum on Aug. 21 to honor members of the MCHS. The anniversary celebration will wrap up with an anniversary dinner Sept. 18 at the Royalton Legion. The history of the Kiewel Brewery will be the focus of the dinner.
With the exception of the anniversary dinner, the events are free and open to the public. There will be a per person cost for the anniversary dinner, which also is open to the public.
For more information, call the MCHS at (320) 632-4007.