German Genealogy Workshop at WCHS (repeat session)
Feb
2
1:30 pm13:30

German Genealogy Workshop at WCHS (repeat session)

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS ALSO FULL!

So many people signed up for the first session that it's already filled up! Naturally, we opened a second session, same as the first, so everyone could have a chance to participate.

Ready to start your German research but don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by researching when everything is written in German?  Join the Wright County Historical Society's (WCHS) Reference Librarian Michelle Monson for a fact-filled workshop on starting your German Genealogy on Monday, January 26th from 1:30-3:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN). This is the first of three genealogical workshops being offered by the Wright County Historical Society this winter.

This session will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room where Michelle, through a series of digital images and documents, take you step by step through the sometimes perplexing world of German genealogy research. All online examples will be projected on the Activity Room walls; attendees will not be required to use computers during the workshop. This session is free; RSVP's are mandatory for participation as space is limited to only 20 participants.  Please RSVP to 763-682-7323.

Any participants who have never been WCHS members will also have a one-time opportunity to purchase a discounted annual WCHS membership for only $8.00. WCHS membership is required to access online resources in our genealogical library, however membership is NOT REQUIRED to participate in this workshop. For more information about this or any of the Wright County Historical Society programs please call 763-682-7323, or visit the WCHS Facebook page.

3rd Annual Seed Swap, with Pollinator Presentation
Feb
17
10:00 am10:00

3rd Annual Seed Swap, with Pollinator Presentation

The Wright County Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of our popular Seed Swap Event on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015.  Held at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN), the Seed Swap will run from 10:00-11:30am.  Everyone is invited and the event is free of charge.  A representative from Pheasants Forever will be presenting on the importance of pollinators in our gardens, play a game to understand how pollinators affect all of us, and share ways to increase the pollinator population in our communities. Bring your own seeds and growing tips to trade, and seed-sample grab bags, donated by the nationally-known seed preservation organization, Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, IA), will be available for the first 75 attendees. 

For more information please contact Sally Stevens (WCHS Business Manager) at info@wrighthistory.org or by calling 763-682-7323.  Check out WCHS’ Facebook page for more details on this and all upcoming programming.

Researching Your Russian and/or Polish Ancestry
Feb
19
1:30 pm13:30

Researching Your Russian and/or Polish Ancestry

Sometimes our patrons are our experts and best resources! Join the Wright County Historical Society's board member and researcher Ken Gregornik, and WCHS patron & researcher Linda Fournier, as they share valuable information necessary to research your Russian and/or Polish genealogy. This workshop will be held on Thursday, February 19th from 1:30-3:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN). This is the second of three genealogical workshops being offered by the Wright County Historical Society this winter.

This session will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room. All online examples will be projected on the Activity Room walls; attendees will not be required to use computers during the workshop. This session is free; RSVP's are mandatory for participation as space is limited to only 20 participants.  Please RSVP to 763-682-7323.

Any participants who have never been WCHS members will also have a one-time opportunity to purchase a discounted annual WCHS membership for only $8.00. WCHS membership is required to access online resources in our genealogical library, however membership is NOT REQUIRED to participate in this workshop. For more information about this or any of the Wright County Historical Society programs please call 763-682-7323, or visit the WCHS Facebook page.

History of Tractors: FORD (1st Sitting)
Mar
17
1:30 pm13:30

History of Tractors: FORD (1st Sitting)

This year the Wright County Historical Society is proud to present their History of Tractors program focusing on Ford tractors.  The History of Tractors Series began in 1999 with a presentation on Minneapolis-Moline and was an instant success.  Due to overwhelming attendance in the past, WCHS is now hosting two identical presentations at 1:30pm and 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 17th 2015 in the Wright County Heritage Center Activity Room (2001 Hwy 25 North, Buffalo). 

In its seventeenth year, the History of Tractors series has drawn upwards of 250 attendees from around the state and beyond.  This event is free and open to the public. The speaker for this event is still to be determined.  There will be Ford tractors  on site for the event, weather permitting!  If attendees wish, they may bring bars or cookies for the light lunch following each presentation.

For more information on the History of Tractors Program or any other upcoming events at the Wright County Historical Society please contact Sally Stevens, Business Manager, at (763) 682-7323 or (800) 362-3667, ext. 7323.   You can also find us online at www.wrighthistory.org, on Facebook, or email at info@wrighthistory.org.   

History of Tractors: FORD (2nd Sitting)
Mar
17
6:30 pm18:30

History of Tractors: FORD (2nd Sitting)

This year the Wright County Historical Society is proud to present their History of Tractors program focusing on Ford tractors.  The History of Tractors Series began in 1999 with a presentation on Minneapolis-Moline and was an instant success.  Due to overwhelming attendance in the past, WCHS is now hosting two identical presentations at 1:30pm and 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 17th 2015 in the Wright County Heritage Center Activity Room (2001 Hwy 25 North, Buffalo). 

In its seventeenth year, the History of Tractors series has drawn upwards of 250 attendees from around the state and beyond.  This event is free and open to the public. The speaker for this event is still to be determined.  There will be Ford tractors  on site for the event, weather permitting!  If attendees wish, they may bring bars or cookies for the light lunch following each presentation.

For more information on the History of Tractors Program or any other upcoming events at the Wright County Historical Society please contact Sally Stevens, Business Manager, at (763) 682-7323 or (800) 362-3667, ext. 7323.   You can also find us online at www.wrighthistory.org, on Facebook, or email at info@wrighthistory.org.   

Navigating the New FamilySearch.org Website
Mar
26
1:30 pm13:30

Navigating the New FamilySearch.org Website

WCHS is very excited to host renowned genealogical researcher and FamilySearch.org expert Stephen Barthel on Thursday, March 26th from 1:30-3:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN). Stephen will be guiding participants through the newly renovated FamilySearch website, and providing information and tips to best utilize this invaluable research service. This is the last of three genealogical workshops being offered by the Wright County Historical Society this winter.

This session will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room. All online examples will be projected on the Activity Room walls; attendees will not be required to use computers during the workshop. This session is free; RSVP's are mandatory for participation as space is limited to only 20 participants.  Please RSVP to 763-682-7323.

Any participants who have never been WCHS members will also have a one-time opportunity to purchase a discounted annual WCHS membership for only $8.00. WCHS membership is required to access online resources in our genealogical library, however membership is NOT REQUIRED to participate in this workshop. For more information about this or any of the Wright County Historical Society programs please call 763-682-7323, or visit the WCHS Facebook page.

2nd Annual WCHS FREE SWAP!
Apr
22
1:30 pm13:30

2nd Annual WCHS FREE SWAP!

Reduce, reuse, recycle—the Wright County Historical Society is diligent about the 3 R's. To celebrate Earth Day, WCHS would like to invite you and all items 'too good to throw away but taking up space at your home' to our 2nd Annual WCHS FREE SWAP on Wednesday, April 22nd from 2:00-3:00pm. 

This swap is limited to gift items or household items ONLY. 

What's a FREE SWAP? It's simple--here are a few guidelines to follow (and by participating you agree to the following WCHS FREE SWAP rules):
- Only bring clean items in good condition.
- Be kind and generous to those at the swap. Don’t take stuff you will not personally use or give as gifts.
- By being at a swap you agree that you will not sell anything that you received for free at the FREE SWAP. 
- If you attend the WCHS FREE SWAP you are agreeing to abide by our posted rules. WCHS Staff have final say on inclusion of items as well as individual participation.

There is no cost to participate, but you must bring something to swap in order to participate. You can take whatever you feel you can use or need with the stipulation that nothing you get for free may be sold--you must either use it or give it away free. Any remaining items will be given to local organizations who will in turn give them away for free.  

For more information please visit WCHS’ Facebook page, email info@wrighthistory.org, or call 763-682-7323.


German Genealogy Workshop at WCHS
Jan
26
1:30 pm13:30

German Genealogy Workshop at WCHS

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS FULL

Ready to start your German research but don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by researching when everything is written in German?  Join the Wright County Historical Society's (WCHS) Reference Librarian Michelle Monson for a fact-filled workshop on starting your German Genealogy on Monday, January 26th from 1:30-3:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN). This is the first of three genealogical workshops being offered by the Wright County Historical Society this winter.

This session will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room where Michelle, through a series of digital images and documents, take you step by step through the sometimes perplexing world of German genealogy research. All online examples will be projected on the Activity Room walls; attendees will not be required to use computers during the workshop. This session is free; RSVP's are mandatory for participation as space is limited to only 20 participants.  Please RSVP to 763-682-7323.

Any participants who have never been WCHS members will also have a one-time opportunity to purchase a discounted annual WCHS membership for only $8.00. WCHS membership is required to access online resources in our genealogical library, however membership is NOT REQUIRED to participate in this workshop. For more information about this or any of the Wright County Historical Society programs please call 763-682-7323, or visit the WCHS Facebook page.

 

The History of the Crimean War, with Richard Lett, MVO
Jan
21
6:30 pm18:30

The History of the Crimean War, with Richard Lett, MVO

Join the Wright County Historical Society as we host Richard Lett, MVO, on Wednesday, January 21st from 6:30-7:30pm, located at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo). His topic, “The Crimean War”, promises to educate as well and entertain as Richard shares stories of his love of history and extremely interesting professional life.

Recently retired from the London Metropolitan Police after 30 years of service, in particular with the Royal Protection Department serving the British Royal Family, Lett was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 2012 for his service with the Royalty Protection Department. Notably, he served as Personal Protection Officer to Princes William and Harry, as co-coordinator of protection for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Protection Coordinator for many events the British Royal Family attended over the years. Richard now makes Minnesota his home and serves as a Member Advocate at the Minnesota Benefit Association, which provides benefits and services to Minnesota public employees and their families.

Admission is free: RSVP’s not required but very appreciated.  Light refreshments will be served after the hour-long presentation.  For more information on this or any of the Wright County Historical Society's programs or activities please contact Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323, or visit WCHS’s Facebook page.

Best Bedtime EVER!
Dec
23
6:30 pm18:30

Best Bedtime EVER!

Join author Mary Sue Stevens as she reads her book, "The Magic Christmas Tree" in the cozy cabin setting of WCHS's Festival of Trees. This event is for children of all ages, and little ones are encouraged to come dressed in (warm) pi's and bring a stuffed animal. Hot chocolate and cookies, perfect bedtime snacks, will follow the reading. The author will also answer questions on the book, including her motivation for writing it, and how it developed.

Here is a brief description of "The Magic Christmas Tree":

"This book's beautiful linoleum-cut, hand-painted illustrations and the enduring story of the beauty and magic of the natural world will appeal to young and old alike. The Magic Christmas Tree is the story of little girl named Hana and her search for the most beautiful Christmas tree. She and her father venture into the snowy, moonlit forest where Hana selects the tiniest tree. As Hana goes to bed, her father reminds her to give thanks for the tree because it is a gift from the forest. While Hana dreams of decorating the tree with hand-made ornaments from the forest, something magical happens to the little tree and she awakes to a wonderful surprise."

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP's are not required though appreciated so staff can provide adequate supplies for all.

For more information please contact Sally at 763-682-7323 or wrighthistory@me.com.

Festival of Trees
Dec
3
Jan 9

Festival of Trees

For the 8th year in a row, the Wright County Historical Society will create an indoor, winter wonderland with a dazzling Festival of Trees display. Free and open to the public, the Festival of Trees highlights Wright County businesses, families, and organizations through a variety of traditional and uniquely themed, lit Christmas trees. This year there are more than thirty individual trees, along with a Santa writing station, animated characters and even an electric train display (courtesy of Leander Wetter).

Each year WCHS provides this venue as a gift back to our community and invites everyone to come and enjoy! The Festival of Trees will be open daily from Wednesday, December 3-January 9, 8am-4:30pm with Tuesday nights open until 8:00pm (closed December 24-26 and January 1). For more details please call 763-682-7323 or visit us on Facebook.

I’m so grateful to be a part of a community that “gives back.” To me, this event was planned with giving in mind - to kids, parents, soldiers, etc. I so appreciate it!
Festival Of Trees Lighting
Dec
2
6:30 pm18:30

Festival Of Trees Lighting

For the 8th year in a row, the Wright County Historical Society will create an indoor, winter wonderland with a dazzling Festival of Trees display.  Free and open to the public, the Festival of Trees highlights Wright County businesses, families, and organizations through a variety of traditional and uniquely themed, lit Christmas trees.  This year there are more than thirty individual trees, along with a Santa writing station, animated characters and even an electric train display (courtesy of Leander Wetter).  

The Festival of Trees open with a lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 2nd from 6:30-8:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo).  Santa will be stopping by, and student volunteers from Buffalo High School will be on hand to take free digital photos with Santa for all attendees.  Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served in WCHS’ Activity Room.  Each year WCHS provides this venue as a gift back to our community and invites everyone to come and enjoy!  The Festival of Trees will be open daily from Wednesday, December 3-January 9, 8am-4:30pm with Tuesday nights open until 8:00pm (closed December 24-26 and January 1).  For more details please call 763-682-7323 or visit us on Facebook.

WCHS's 3rd Annual Online Auction
Dec
1
Dec 12

WCHS's 3rd Annual Online Auction

Our biggest fundraiser of the year! Join the many holiday shoppers who have discovered our fantastic Online Auction at www.wrighthistory.org. Simply follow the directions on our Online Auction page to receive your own, anonymous bidding number and, after December 1st at 9:00am, bid away! Watch for some of the most interesting and unusual items, such as a “Zombie Survival Kit” and a basket of “Sally’s Favourite Things”. More than twenty items have already been gathered with plenty of work left to do. All ‘won’ items can be paid for and picked up starting Monday, December 15th at 8:00am. Some shipping may be possible.

Festival of Trees Decorating Days!
Nov
24
Nov 26

Festival of Trees Decorating Days!

Do you love decorating Christmas trees as much as we do? WCHS Staff is calling all volunteers to please join us for a 3-day Christmas tree decorating event as we prepare for our upcoming Festival of Trees.

Whether it be for an hour or a day, your help would be much appreciated. All supplies will be provided, along with instruction and in most cases, photos from past years. As many of you know, light refreshments will be provided!

For more information please contact Sally at info@wrighthistory.org or by calling 763-682-7323.

Future of Farming: From Harness to Satellite (repeat session)
Nov
18
6:30 pm18:30

Future of Farming: From Harness to Satellite (repeat session)

This year the Wright County Historical Society is proud to present their Future of Farming program focusing on the the change of agriculture now and for the future. WCHS’s History of Tractors Series began in 1999 with a spring presentation on Minneapolis Moline tractors. Due to the program’s overwhelming success, WCHS has added a fall farming series on current practices and technology in agriculture. On Tuesday, November 18th, Carmen Fernholz from Madison (Minnesota) will give two presentations at 1:30pm and 6:30pm in the Wright County Heritage Center Activity Room (2001 Hwy 25 North, Buffalo).  

In its second year, the Future of Farming series has drawn upwards of 150 attendees from around the state and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. Carmen Fernholz, a researcher with the University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center based in Lamberton (MN)* and a farmer since childhood, will be presenting current and future trends of agriculture development. If attendees wish, they may bring bars or cookies for the light lunch following each presentation.

For more information on the History of Tractors Program or any other upcoming events at the Wright County Historical Society please contact Sally Stevens, Business Manager, at (763) 682-7323 or (800) 362-3667, ext. 7323.

*The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) stands strong in the field of agricultural research and outreach because of the faculty and staff and their work with producers, communities, and colleagues. Working with a wide spectrum of partners and supporters, the SWROC takes pride in its past and is confident this will be a thriving and productive research and outreach center for many years to come, as the Center continues to build on its strengths.

Shaping the SWROC for the Future
SWROC simultaneously and systematically focuses on enhancing rural vitality, agriculture, and environmental quality. Resources are allocated to maximize effectiveness and leveraged to acquire grants, gifts, and special funding, with the goal of advancing our research and outreach agenda. The Center diligently pursues a responsive, research-based approach to supporting farms, businesses, schools, and families in our rural communities.

Future of Farming: From Harness to Satellite
Nov
18
1:30 pm13:30

Future of Farming: From Harness to Satellite

This year the Wright County Historical Society is proud to present their Future of Farming program focusing on the the change of agriculture now and for the future. WCHS’s History of Tractors Series began in 1999 with a spring presentation on Minneapolis Moline tractors. Due to the program’s overwhelming success, WCHS has added a fall farming series on current practices and technology in agriculture. On Tuesday, November 18th, Carmen Fernholz from Madison (Minnesota) will give two presentations at 1:30pm and 6:30pm in the Wright County Heritage Center Activity Room (2001 Hwy 25 North, Buffalo).  

In its second year, the Future of Farming series has drawn upwards of 150 attendees from around the state and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. Carmen Fernholz, a researcher with the University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center based in Lamberton (MN)* and a farmer since childhood, will be presenting current and future trends of agriculture development. If attendees wish, they may bring bars or cookies for the light lunch following each presentation.

For more information on the History of Tractors Program or any other upcoming events at the Wright County Historical Society please contact Sally Stevens, Business Manager, at (763) 682-7323 or (800) 362-3667, ext. 7323.

*The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) stands strong in the field of agricultural research and outreach because of the faculty and staff and their work with producers, communities, and colleagues. Working with a wide spectrum of partners and supporters, the SWROC takes pride in its past and is confident this will be a thriving and productive research and outreach center for many years to come, as the Center continues to build on its strengths.

Shaping the SWROC for the Future

SWROC simultaneously and systematically focuses on enhancing rural vitality, agriculture, and environmental quality. Resources are allocated to maximize effectiveness and leveraged to acquire grants, gifts, and special funding, with the goal of advancing our research and outreach agenda. The Center diligently pursues a responsive, research-based approach to supporting farms, businesses, schools, and families in our rural communities.

Give To The Max Day
Nov
13
12:01 am00:01

Give To The Max Day

Give To The Max Day is coming on Thursday, November 13th and the Wright County Historical Society is depending on you!  Thanks to an anonymous donor, donations will be matched 1:1 up to a maximum of $750, which essentially doubles your gift. Donations must be made online by visiting www.giveMN.org and searching for 'Wright County Historical Society'.

The Wright County Historical Society serves to collect, preserve, and share our county's history.  We pride ourselves on offering an online, county genealogical research library second to none and galleries, programs and presentations for everyone.

WCHS is a small organization with big dreams and is committed to giving back to our community.  Any gift given during Give To The Max Day, large or small, is appreciated and fully acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt.

For more information please contact Sally Stevens, WCHS Business Manager, at 763-682-7323 or visit www.wrighthistory.org.

 

Defibrillator Training
Nov
12
1:30 pm13:30

Defibrillator Training

The Wright County Historical Society is proud to host an upcoming defibrillator training on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 1:30pm-2:45pm. The training will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo) and is free and open to the public.

This program is being offered in partnership with the Buffalo Hospital's Heartsafe Communities Program, which has placed dozens of defibrillators in the Wright County area. These devices have saved many of our citizens and are easy to use, so please plan to attend this educational, hands-on session. For more information about this event please contact Sally Stevens, Wright County Business Manager, at 763-682-7323 or visit www.wrighthistory,org for more details.

Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

WCHS Annual Meeting

Following the Dessert Social, the WCHS Annual Meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm in the Heritage Center Rural Life Gallery.  The meeting includes a slideshow depicting highlights of the year as well as upcoming events for 2015, and offers attendees a view of the new Hands On History Electricity Exhibit. 

The meeting will conclude with voting of the WCHS' 2015 Board of Directors and special recognition awards.  A silent auction with treasures, more themed baskets and other goodies will also be offered.  The Annual Meeting is free and open to the general public, however only current WCHS members will be eligible to vote.  The current WCHS Board of Directors invites all members who are interested in serving on the board to contact President Leander Wetter at 763-682-7323.

Oct
28
6:15 pm18:15

8th Annual Dessert Social Fundraiser

Our 8th Annual Dessert Social Fundraiser is being held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in the Activity Room of the Wright County Historical Society prior to our Annual Meeting.  The Dessert Social begins at 6:15pm. 

This year the dessert focus is once again on classic, tried-and-true recipes from our childhood memories and will be complete with a live auction of themed baskets everyone is talking about!  Those who attended previous years will remember the elaborate display including dozens of desserts, goodies and treats presented.  It is truly an event not to be missed! 

Tickets for the fundraiser are only $13/person or $20/two people, with children ages 7 and under free.  Tickets and cash donations are 100% tax-deductible; tickets are available at the Heritage Center front desk or by calling Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323. 

Sep
26
1:30 pm13:30

Book Club: MINNEAPOLIS MADAMS with Penny Petersen

WCHS' quarterly Book Club event continues to highlight Minnesota authors and literature! On Friday, September 26th from 1:30-3:00pm, Minnesota author Penny Petersen will speak about her book, “Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront".  The book is a real-life detective story uncovering the history of brothels in the nineteenth-century Minneapolis.  Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to everyone. 

Penny Petersen will have her book available for purchase at a discounted price, or you may bring your own copy for her to sign. If you would be so kind as to RSVP your attendance to 763-682-7323 we can ensure enough refreshments for all, however no RSVP is required to attend.

WCHS staff, along with featured speakers, authors and bibliophiles, will meet in our Activity Room quarterly on 4th Friday of the month (September, December, March & June) between 1:30-3:00pm. To learn more about the Wright County Historical Society’s programs and activities, please visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323 or visit their Facebook page.