Watch for News and Event Updates Coming in May

Curator will report on upcoming events for the new season in May. Visit our website again for details to upcoming summer events.  I’m looking forward to another great year of fun times and memorable experiences at the museum this summer. Come out and visit us soon!

Memories of World War II

(Reference: Redwood, The Story of a County, Wayne Webb, pg. 223-224) Through the summer of 1941, war was the consuming topic of interest. Civilians got into the act in a small way in July when a civilian defense committee was organized with George A. Barnes, Redwood Falls, as chairman. First project was to collect scrap […]

Curator’s Corner – May 2012

The museum is officially open, and we’ve accomplished so much in just a few short weeks. It all starts every year, at the end of April, with Clean-Up Day. A couple board members came out on a rainy Saturday morning to help me clean and get things ready for opening day. Jerry Bohm and the […]

The Colonel of the Zouaves

By Noah Brooks A Story of the Civil War Among those who accompanied Abraham Lincoln on his journey from Illinois to the national capital, was Elmer E. Ellsworth, a young man who had been employed in the law office of Lincoln and Herndon in Springfield. He was a brave, handsome, and impetuous youth, and was […]

History of the MN Map

About 1930, Clara Painter, President of what was then called the Minneapolis College Women’s Club, exhibited a pictorial map of the Arrowhead Country being sold by the Hibbing, Minnesota Branch for their Fellowships Fund. Prudence Cutright, a member in Minneapolis and head of the curriculum department of the Minneapolis Public Schools, suggested that a map […]

American Indian Day Celebration

September 22, 1933 – Charles Eastman As part of the festivities of an American Indian Day celebration on September 22, 1933 at the Century of Progress exposition at the Chicago World’s Fair, a medal was presented by the Indian Council Fire, a national fraternal Pan-Indian organization founded in 1923, “for the most distinguished achievement by […]

Historical Treat of Redwood County

Since 1994, the Farmfest show has been held on one of Redwood County’s historical treasures, the Gilfillan Estate. Show visitors have the unique opportunity to see the Future of agriculture at Farmfest and the History of agriculture at Gilfillan. The Gilfillan family played a significant role in the history of Redwood County and the State […]

Gilfillan Gardens Provide Tapestry of Color

Written by: Ellen Sanko, a Friends of Gilfillan volunteer. The Gilfillan Estate will be open for the tour season in Early June and will be open each weekend through August. Tours of the original Gilfillan home and other outbuildings are given by the volunteer “Friends of Gilfillan” from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays […]

Curator’s Corner

Now that the museum is officially closed until next spring, we’re busy covering the artifacts in each room to help protect them from the long, harsh winter ahead. Many thanks to volunteers who help me get the buildings winterized before the cold season hits. We closed out the season with the Gilfillan Fall Festival. There […]

New Avon Township

New Avon Township is located in the central part of Redwood County and bounded on the north by Redwood Falls, on the east by Three Lakes, on the south by Willow Lake, and on the west by Vail. The surface is level and gently rolling. The Evan-Marshall branch of the Chicago & Northwestern crosses it […]