Polk County Historical Society

Polk County Historical Society…Crookston, Minnesota

The purpose of the Corporation shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Polk County.  To collect and display any material that may help establish or illustrate the past or present life, conditions, events, and activities.   To disseminate historical information to interested persons and institutions and arouse interest in the history of Polk Country.

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The Polk County Historical Society has been collecting and preserving the inspiring story of the people of Polk County for  75 years.  Books, maps pamphlets, newspapers, pictures and other objects have been collected.   The museum.s authentic exhibits show how Valley pioneers lived, the tools and implements they worked with, the clothes they wore, the utensils and furnishings they used in their homes and countless other articles related to other aspects of their lives.  The museum was located at the old McKinley School for several years and in 1976 was moved to its present location, the former Glendenning building on the east side of Crookston.

The main museum, a large modern structure, contains a well furnished kitchen, living room and bedroom, a general store, doctor’s office, barber shop. Beauty shop, communications center (telephone and switchboard center), a 50 year old model electric train and musical instruments.  Here too, stands a square piano made in Boston, and a fantastic assortment of ladies hats.  Antique tools, many old records, including newspapers on microfilms, dating back to the mid 1800’s, cemetery locations and names of persons buried there.  There is also a chapel and a composite of furnishings from several churches.

Outside buildings include an extensive collection of farm machinery of all kinds, including about 20 different antique tractors in running condition, a Fairchild single-seater airplane used for crop dusting, a collection of many fire fighting trucks and other items, an  1870 log house, a two-room log house built in 1881, a one-room school house (all wholly furnished), a blacksmith shop and a church dating back to the late 1800s (also completely furnished).

We do provide genealogy research services and other historical document research for a donation of $10.00 per hour.

Location: On US Highway 2 on the east side of Crookston

Hours of operation. 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm,  Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) from the Tuesday after Memorial Day to the second weekend of September.

Tours and special appointments can be arranged.

Free-will donations are appreciated.

Museum phone number:  218-281-1038

Mailing address:   Polk County Historical Society, Box 214, Crookston, MN  56716

Contact Persons: Jerry Wentzel

Email: polkhistorical@gmail.com

Special Events: Pioneer Day celebration  in September.