WCHS Members Pie Social
Oct
22
6:15 PM18:15

WCHS Members Pie Social

Each year the Wright County Historical Society board of directors and staff invite all members to our annual Membership Pie Social. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 22th, 2019 from 6:15-7:00pm and is free of charge to all members. It’s a great time to socialize, enjoy some pie and punch, and learn more about all the Wright County Historical Society offers through your annual membership. 

RSVP’s are required so that staff are assured of having enough pie for everyone. Please let us know you are coming by calling 763-682-7323 or responding online through our Online RSVP page by clicking HERE by Thursday, October 18, 2019.

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WCHS Annual Meeting
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

WCHS Annual Meeting

Following the Members Pie Social, the WCHS Annual Meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm in the Heritage Center Activity Room.  The meeting includes a slideshow depicting highlights the events of 2019, and offers attendees a 'sneak peak' at WCHS' upcoming exhibits, programs and presentations.  The meeting will conclude with voting of the WCHS' 2020 Board of Directors and special recognition awards.  

The Annual Meeting is free and open to the general public, however WCHS members as of September 15, 2019 will be eligible to vote.  The WCHS Board of Directors invites all members who are interested in serving on the board to contact President Ken Gregornik at 763-682-7323.  

The Wright County Historical Society is a public 501(c) non-profit organization whose purpose is the location, discovery, collection & preservation of historical artifacts and records and the dissemination of knowledge about the history of Wright County and its relationship to the State of Minnesota. For more information on becoming a board member or attending the Members Pie Social and Annual Meeting please contact Sally Stevens, Business Manager, at 763-682-8945 or at sally.stevens@wrighthistory.org.

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FULL-Coffee Chat: Wright County Ghost Stories
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

FULL-Coffee Chat: Wright County Ghost Stories

This session is FULL to non-members; members please call 763-682-7323 to RSVP.

Coffee Chats are informal events, moderated by a staff member or volunteer, which invited everyone interested in the topic to come and be a part of the discussion.

Join Theresa & Amy Pierce of Haunted Buffalo as they moderate discussion on Wright County ghost stories on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:30pm. Located at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN), this event is free and open to the public so come to share your own stories or just listen to others in attendance!

RSVP's REQUIRED here or on Facebook as space is limited. Fun for all--costumes optional :)

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FULL-Haunted Buffalo (Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30pm)
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

FULL-Haunted Buffalo (Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30pm)

This session is FULL to non-members; members please call 763-682-7323 to RSVP.

NOTE: This session is for Tuesday, October 15 (6:30pm).

If you're captivated by local history, with a little Hollywood tossed in, or just interested in sparking your imagination, Haunted Buffalo is for you! Join Theresa & Amy Pierce (Haunted Buffalo) on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN) for a intriguing, entertaining evening. This event is free and open to the public.

THIS SESSION IS FULL TO NON-MEMBERS; NO WAITING LIST.

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Haunted Buffalo (Tuesday, October 15 at 1:30pm)
Oct
15
1:30 PM13:30

Haunted Buffalo (Tuesday, October 15 at 1:30pm)

NOTE: This session is for Tuesday, October 15 (1:30pm).

If you're captivated by local history, with a little Hollywood tossed in, or just interested in sparking your imagination, Haunted Buffalo is for you! Join Theresa & Amy Pierce (Haunted Buffalo) on Tuesday, October 15 at 1:30pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN) for a intriguing, entertaining evening. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are REQUIRED here or on Facebook as space is limited to 80 participants.

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FULL-Haunted Buffalo (Thurs, October 10 at 6:30pm)
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

FULL-Haunted Buffalo (Thurs, October 10 at 6:30pm)

This session is FULL to non-members; members please call 763-682-7323 to RSVP.

NOTE: This session is for Thursday, October 10 (6:30pm).

If you're captivated by local history, with a little Hollywood tossed in, or just interested in sparking your imagination, Haunted Buffalo is for you! Join Theresa & Amy Pierce (Haunted Buffalo) on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN) for a intriguing, entertaining evening. This event is free and open to the public.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL TO NON-MEMBERS

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WORKSHOP: Tracing Your Roots: FamilySearch.org and Other Websites
Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

WORKSHOP: Tracing Your Roots: FamilySearch.org and Other Websites

Tracing Your Roots: FamilySearch.org and Other Websites

Join WCHS on Tuesday, October 1 (6-8pm) as we host speaker Stephen Barthel , a retired accredited genealogist who specializes in German research. Located in the Activity Room at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN), this presentation is open to the public; free will offerings gratefully accepted. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to 763-682-7323 or www.wrighthistory.org as space is limited to 25 participants.

This presentation will focus on how to use FamilySearch, highlighting Family Tree, FamilySearch Wiki, the Catalog, and other aspects of FamilySearch.org. Ancestry.com, which is a premium website available at no cost at family history centers, will be touched on. Also, key websites, designed for Minnesota researchers, will be included. 

About the speaker: Stephen S Barthel is a retired accredited genealogist, specializing in German research. He was employed for twenty-one years as a European Reference Consultant and Public Affairs person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is the world’s largest genealogical library and the flagship library for several thousand branches, known as family history centers.

Stephen has helped prepare genealogies that were presented to several presidents, senators, governors, national news anchors, as well as many international VIPs. He has been a guest on television and radio talk shows. He was also referred to as a “bloodhound” in the March 2002 issue of Smithsoneanmagazine in the article New Roots to Old Roots. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Steve appeared in a worldwide media distribution of a video on the Family History Library.

Privately, he has published about 27 family history books and written several news articles. He is a presenter at German and Polish genealogical conferences and historical societies throughout the United States and Canada. He is currently retired and resides in St. Cloud, Minnesota and serves on the Board for the St. Michael (Minnesota) Historical Society and also is involved with the Delano (Minnesota) Historical Society.

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History Camp #2: Letter writing, script, & card making
Jul
23
1:30 PM13:30

History Camp #2: Letter writing, script, & card making

Our business manager, Sally Stevens, loves paper, pens, writing/making/sending cards and wants to help you start making it your own obsession! Practice script, basic calligraphy, and create some basic cards to share with family and friends.

This class is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required, due to staffing & material limitations, to 763-682-7323.

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History Camp #1: Games Unplugged! (Rescheduled date)
Jul
16
1:30 PM13:30

History Camp #1: Games Unplugged! (Rescheduled date)

RESCHEDULED to July 16! Ever wonder what you'll do with your time when the electricity goes out, your device fails, or you're forced to spend quality time with others? WCHS has you covered with our first History Camp on Tuesday, July 16 at 1:30pm. Learn how a simple deck of cards or five dice can turn into fun without the pain and agony of 'texter's thumb' or neck & eye strain--really, these simple games appeal to everyone from 4-104. Trust us, we've tested them!

Every participant will receive instructions to take home for games, no electricity required, as well as game skills guaranteed to wow and amaze friends and family. RSVP's please to 763-682-7323 or HERE--it's okay, you can use your phone to make the call :)

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WORKSHOP: Caring for your Photographs (evening session)
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

WORKSHOP: Caring for your Photographs (evening session)

Have you ever wondered what to do with all your family photos, or have historic photos that are a mystery to you? Join Lori Nohner, WCHS curator, to learn about caring for, preserving, labeling, and dating photos. This presentation will be held on Tuesday, April 30, from 6:30-7:30pm in the Activity Room of the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Highway 25 N, Buffalo, MN 55313).

This presentation is free & open to the public. For more information about this or any of the Wright County Historical Society programs please visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323. RSVP’s required to 763-682-7323 or by clicking HERE.

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WORKSHOP: Caring for your Photographs (afternoon session)
Apr
23
1:30 PM13:30

WORKSHOP: Caring for your Photographs (afternoon session)

Have you ever wondered what to do with all your family photos, or have historic photos that are a mystery to you? Join Lori Nohner, curator at the Wright County Historical Society, to learn about caring for, preserving, labeling, and dating photos on Tuesday, April 23, from 1:30-2:30pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Highway 25 N, Buffalo, MN 55313).

This presentation is free & open to the public. For more information about this or any of the Wright County Historical Society programs please visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323. RSVP’s required to 763-682-7323 or by clicking HERE.

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PRESENTATION: DNA Basics for Family History Researchers
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

PRESENTATION: DNA Basics for Family History Researchers

Join the Wright County Historical Society as we welcome J.H. (Jay) Fonkert, co-managing editor of the Minnesota Genealogist, for his presentation, “DNA Basics for Family History Researchers”. This presentation will be given on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30pm in the Activity Room of the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo). DNA has become a very hot topic in genealogical research. The speaker will explain the basics of DNA tests, products currently on the market, and the practicalities and pitfalls of meshing together your results and your family tree. You may be surprised at what you learn!

This presentation is free and open to the public; RSVP’s 763-682-7323 and www.wrighthistory.org/rsvp are greatly appreciated but not required. For more information about this and other upcoming programs please visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323 or visit the Wright County Historical Society’s Facebook page.

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POSTPONED: Beginning Your Genealogy
Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

POSTPONED: Beginning Your Genealogy

This workshop has been POSTPONED; another date will be set in the near future.

Are you relatively new to family genealogy and don't know where to begin? Join the Wright County Historical Society (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo) on Tuesday, March 12th as WCHS librarian, Kay Nordberg, starts you off on the right path with tools, templates, and tricks for beginning researchers. Participants will learn about the genealogical research process, how to properly record and evaluate information, and organizational tips to help you stay on track. Please note that this class is for beginning or relatively new researchers; specific question regarding a participant's current research issues may not be addressed.

This class is open to the public and free of charge; free will offerings to cover handouts gratefully accepted on site.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to 763-682-7323 or HERE as attendance is limited to 20 participants (we regret walk-ins cannot be accommodated).

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PRESENTATION: Grow Your Own Tea
Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

PRESENTATION: Grow Your Own Tea

Join the Wright County Historical Society (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN) on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30pm for the presentation, “Grow Your Own Tea”. Sarah Lindblom, owner of Solar Fresh CSA Farm, will talk on growing your own herbs, how to create tea from your harvest, as well as answering participants questions. Hot tea will be served! Sarah has worked on organic produce farms in Georgia and North Dakota and is a board member of the Sustainable Farming Association Crow River Chapter.

This presentation will be held in Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room.. For more information about this or any of the Wright County Historical Society programs, please visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323. RSVP’s, greatly appreciated but not required to 763-682-7323 or by clicking HERE.

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WORKSHOP: Caring for your Textile Treasures
Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

WORKSHOP: Caring for your Textile Treasures

Do you have family textile treasures stored away in your attic? Maybe you have grandma's quilt, a wedding dress, christening gown or uniform tucked away in a closet? Join Lori Nohner, curator at the Wright County Historical Society, to learn easy ways to care for your precious textile treasures on Tuesday, February 19, from 6:30-7:30pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Highway 25 N, Buffalo, MN 55313).

This presentation will be held in Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room where Lori will help you identify materials and storage spaces best suited for preserving your treasures like quilts and other textiles for the next generation. For more information about this or any of the Wright County Historical Society programs, please visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323. RSVP’s, greatly appreciated but not required to 763-682-7323 or by clicking HERE.

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WORKSHOP: Beginning Your Genealogy
Jan
24
1:30 PM13:30

WORKSHOP: Beginning Your Genealogy

Are you relatively new to family genealogy and don't know where to begin? Join the Wright County Historical Society (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo) on Thursday, January 24th at 1:30pm as WCHS librarian, Kay Nordberg, starts you off on the right path with tools, templates, and tricks for beginning researchers. Participants will learn about the genealogical research process, how to properly record and evaluate information, and organizational tips to help you stay on track. Please note that this class is for beginning or relatively new researchers; specific question regarding a participant's current research issues may not be addressed.

This class is open to the public and free of charge; free will offerings to cover handouts gratefully accepted on site.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to 763-682-7323 or HERE as attendance is limited to 20 participants (we regret walk-ins cannot be accommodated).

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SPECIAL OPENING #4: Festival of Trees display to the public
Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

SPECIAL OPENING #4: Festival of Trees display to the public

The Wright County Historical Society is please to announce that the Festival of Trees will be open to the public on these extra days and times:

Sunday, December 2nd from 5-7:00pm

Sunday, December 9th from 5-7:00pm

Sunday, December 16th from 5-7:00pm

Monday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) from 5-7:00pm

These special opening have been arranged to accommodate individuals and groups who are unable to view the Festival of Trees during normal business house. Please note that the library and Main Gallery will remain closed during these times.

For more information please contact Sally Stevens, business manager, at 763-682-7323 or emailing sally.stevens@wrighthistory.org.

 

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SPECIAL OPENING #3: Festival of Trees display open to the public
Dec
16
5:00 PM17:00

SPECIAL OPENING #3: Festival of Trees display open to the public

The Wright County Historical Society is please to announce that the Festival of Trees will be open to the public on these extra days and times:

Sunday, December 2nd from 5-7:00pm

Sunday, December 9th from 5-7:00pm

Sunday, December 16th from 5-7:00pm

Monday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) from 5-7:00pm

These special opening have been arranged to accommodate individuals and groups who are unable to view the Festival of Trees during normal business house. Please note that the library and Main Gallery will remain closed during these times.

For more information please contact Sally Stevens, business manager, at 763-682-7323 or emailing sally.stevens@wrighthistory.org.

 

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SPECIAL OPENING #2: Festival of Trees display open to the public
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

SPECIAL OPENING #2: Festival of Trees display open to the public

The Wright County Historical Society is please to announce that the Festival of Trees will be open to the public on these extra days and times:

Sunday, December 2nd from 5-7:00pm

Sunday, December 9th from 5-7:00pm

Sunday, December 16th from 5-7:00pm

Monday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) from 5-7:00pm

These special opening have been arranged to accommodate individuals and groups who are unable to view the Festival of Trees during normal business house. Please note that the library and Main Gallery will remain closed during these times.

For more information please contact Sally Stevens, business manager, at 763-682-7323 or emailing sally.stevens@wrighthistory.org.

 

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7th Annual WCHS Online Auction!
Dec
4
to Dec 13

7th Annual WCHS Online Auction!

Proceeds from the 7th Annual WCHS Online Auction help bring quality programming and presentations to our community. 

If you would like to donate an item please email Sally at sally.stevens@wrighthistory.org or call 763-682-7323. Check back on December 4, 2018 for more details and a list of auction items.

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SPECIAL OPENING #1: Festival of Trees display open to the public
Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

SPECIAL OPENING #1: Festival of Trees display open to the public

The Wright County Historical Society is please to announce that the Festival of Trees will be open to the public on these extra days and times:

Sunday, December 2nd from 5-7:00pm

Sunday, December 9th from 5-7:00pm

Sunday, December 16th from 5-7:00pm

Monday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) from 5-7:00pm

These special opening have been arranged to accommodate individuals and groups who are unable to view the Festival of Trees during normal business house. Please note that the library and Main Gallery will remain closed during these times.

For more information please contact Sally Stevens, business manager, at 763-682-7323 or emailing sally.stevens@wrighthistory.org.

 

 

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12th Annual Festival of Trees
Nov
28
to Jan 4

12th Annual Festival of Trees

For the 12th 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 fifty 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, November 28th, 2018-January 4, 2019, 8am-4:30pm with Tuesday nights open until 8:00pm.  For more details please call 763-682-7323 or visit us on Facebook.

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Festival of Trees-Opening with Santa!
Nov
27
6:30 PM18:30

Festival of Trees-Opening with Santa!

For the 12th 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 sixty individual trees, along with a Santa writing station, animated characters and much more.  

The Festival of Trees open with a lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 27th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo).  Santa will be stopping by, and volunteers 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, November 28th, 2018-January 4, 2019, 8am-4:30pm with Tuesday nights open until 8:00pm.  For more details please call 763-682-7323 or visit us on Facebook.

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ACTIVITY: All Ages Canvas Painting Event at WCHS!
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

ACTIVITY: All Ages Canvas Painting Event at WCHS!

Join WCHS and Art Around on Tuesday, November 20 at 6:00pm for a fun evening of painting for the whole family - Paint a Winter Masterpiece!

$25/guest for a larger, 16x20” canvas painting!

*Pre-registration is required to reserve your spot by clicking HERE*

Participants will be guided step by step, in creating a beautiful 16x20” canvas painting at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo). 

This event is suitable for children and adults of all ages!

The cost of $25 includes your paint, canvas, artist instruction, light refreshments,and leave all the mess and clean-up to us.

~See you there!

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PRESENTATION: "WWI and the Making of Modern America" with Randal Dietrich
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

PRESENTATION: "WWI and the Making of Modern America" with Randal Dietrich

Randal Dietrich is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Military Museum (Little Falls, MN). An experienced museum professional, Dietrich spent spent ten years at the Minnesota Historical Society with responsibilities that were often military-related. He led the Society’s WWI Centennial initiative, its Civil War Sesquicentennial initiative, and its Greatest Generation Project, all of which included a major exhibition, publications and related programs. As Minnesota’s representative to the National WWI Centennial Commission, Dietrich is well-versed on veteran issues through his long-term participation on the United Veterans Legislative Council and a variety of veteran initiatives statewide.

 

 

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Festival of Trees - Community Decorating
Nov
1
to Nov 16

Festival of Trees - Community Decorating

The Wright County Historical Society's 2018 Festival of Trees runs from Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - January 4, 2019. Nearly 2000 visitors enjoyed last year's event and we're planning for an even bigger response this year!

NEW FOR 2018: We regret that NO GLITTER will be allowed inside WCHS (includes ornaments, decorations, paper, anything that contains glitter) as it has worked its' way throughout the exhibits. Any items containing glitter will be removed, bagged, and returned.

Community decorating will take place between November 1-16, 2018 ONLY to allow WCHS staff to complete set-up of remaining trees, staging and all those little extras needed for the November 27, 2018 opening. All requests for tree decorating must be submitted through the online form HERE; this form is for individuals, families, groups and organizations to request a tree for decorating during the 2018 Festival of Trees. All requests are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis by WCHS staff and will be approved or denied through email.  Due to the increased number of requests staff can no longer take requests by phone or at the Heritage Center--we want to make sure no one's request gets lost in the WCHS holiday excitement! :)

 

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