Wondering what to do these long, summer days?
Well, why not visit the Emmet County Historical Society Museum at the corner of 18th Street and Third Avenue South in Estherville.
Open 2-5 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum Complex consists of the H. G. Albee Memorial Museum flanked by the Bolstad School, the former Palestine Lutheran Church building, a rural farm windmill site, an outhouse, a blacksmith shop and the Farm Heritage building. Special tours can be arranged.0
The Memorial Museum contains displays that relate to many aspects of Emmet County's history including home furnishings, commercial establishments, educational lore, theatre curtain painted by Estherville native Jesse Cox, military history and sports lore. The building was constructed in 1991. The restored Bolstad School, last used in 1953, is an example of a typical Iowa one-room rural school and has been moved to the complex. The Palestine Lutheran Church, built in 1904 between Huntington and Dolliver, was restored in 1988 after it and its furnishings had been transported to the complex area. An annual service continues to be held in the church and there is even an occasional wedding.
A 32-foot Woodmanse windmill, built by a company in Des Moines in the early 1900s, was placed in the park in 1987. The outhouse, which had been on a farm, was placed in the park in 1991 and has been restored. A typical blacksmith shop building was constructed in 1991 and has been furnished with artifacts from the Nels P. Peterson shop formerly on a farm near High Lake from 1900-1949. Artifacts from other area blacksmiths complement the Peterson collection.
In the Farm Heritage building visitors will find exhibits of antique farm machinery, tools, a buggy, and other typical farm memorabilia.
The Emmet County Museum is a wonderful collection of our area heritage, a collection that deserves to be admired and appreciated.
So the next time you have visitors, take them to the museum. You just don't know what old family stories you might share.