ART EXHIBIT: “Where We Come From: Our Stories As Art”
Oct
24
to Nov 22

ART EXHIBIT: “Where We Come From: Our Stories As Art”

In early August 2017, artist Jennifer Schultz ran two workshops at the Wright County Heritage Center, guiding participants in the artist creation of their stories in book form. Their work will be on exhibit at WCHS, along with pieces created by the artist.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 24 at 5:00pm as WCHS and Jennifer Schultz open the exhibit. It will run until Thanksgiving, and then move to the Susan Hensel Gallery (3441 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN) in March/April 2018!

This activity is free of charge; RSVP’s to 763-682-7323 or online HERE are greatly appreciated.

 

 Jennifer A. Schultz is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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WCHS Members Pie Social
Oct
24
6:15pm 6:15pm

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 24th 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 Friday, October 20th, 2017.

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WCHS Annual Meeting
Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

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 2017, and offers attendees a 'sneak peak' at WCHS' upcoming exhibits, programs and presentations.  The meeting will conclude with voting of the WCHS' 2018 Board of Directors and special recognition awards.  

The Annual Meeting is free and open to the general public, however only current WCHS members 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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Festival of Trees-Opening with Santa!
Nov
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

Festival of Trees-Opening with Santa!

For the 11th 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).  

The Festival of Trees open with a lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 28th 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 29th, 2017-January 5, 2018, 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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11th Annual Festival of Trees
Nov
29
to Jan 5

11th Annual Festival of Trees

For the 11th 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 29th, 2017-January 5, 2018, 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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COFFEE CHAT: "Halloween History & Traditions"
Oct
10
1:30pm 1:30pm

COFFEE CHAT: "Halloween History & Traditions"

This informal sharing session is an opportunity for the public to learn about the history of Halloween, how Halloween is observed in different countries, and to share their own personal Halloween traditions with participants. Light refreshments and candy, of course, will be served.

This activity is free and open to the public; RSVP's appreciated but not required to 763-682-7323 or by clicking HERE.

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ACTIVITY: Flower Power Painting! ($20 fee)
Aug
28
1:30pm 1:30pm

ACTIVITY: Flower Power Painting! ($20 fee)

Looking for a great art activity? Join WCHS and Molly McEachern as she guides participants, step by step, in creating a beautiful 11x14" canvas painting. This event is suitable for children of all ages, from 8-108! The cost of $20 includes your paint, canvas, all instruction, light refreshments, and leaves all the mess and clean-up to us.

Online registrations only by clicking HERE; class is limited to 20 participants. Nonrefundable pre-payment of $20 is required. A minimum of 8 participants are required; if cancelled, full refunds will be immediately processed.

Questions? Call Sally at 763-682-7323.

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ACTIVITY: “WWI Poppies: A history story & craft”
Aug
22
1:30pm 1:30pm

ACTIVITY: “WWI Poppies: A history story & craft”

WCHS Interns Beth Macnab and Mary Oehlke continue with another trunk theme, “World War I and Wright County”. Specifically, Beth & Mary will share the story of the poppy and how it has come to symbolize WWI, along with a fun craft to create a plastic poppy out of a 2L pop bottle! Bring an empty bottle, please, if you have one.

This activity is free of charge; RSVP’s to 763-682-7323 or online by clicking HERE are greatly appreciated.

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ACTIVITY: “COMING TO AMERICA”
Aug
15
1:30pm 1:30pm

ACTIVITY: “COMING TO AMERICA”

WCHS Interns Beth Macnab and Mary Oehlke are busy creating new educational trunks for distribution in the 2017-18 academic year.  Come try some of the games they are including in the, “Coming To America” trunk. This theme centers on immigrant experiences, including information on Ellis Island and other ports of entry into the US. 

This activity is free of charge; RSVP’s to 763-682-7323 or online by clicking HERE are greatly appreciated.

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WORKSHOP #2: Where We Come From: Our Stories as Art
Aug
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

WORKSHOP #2: Where We Come From: Our Stories as Art

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323. We regret that no registrations can be taken through Facebook or online for this workshop.

Wright County Historical Society of Buffalo MN will host a workshop series and exhibition of artist books. The workshops will be taught by Jennifer A. Schultz, fiber and fabric artist of Minneapolis MN (visit Jennifer's website at http://jenniferaschultz.com/gallery-book-artspaper.html). The exhibit will include Schultz’ own artwork as well as artist books made by workshop participants.

Participants in the “Where We Come From” workshops will explore the meaning of place and landscape in their lives. They will learn cloth and paper book construction techniques, and explore a variety of fun media and artistic tools to tell their own stories about where they come from. This is a family-friendly activity open to learners of all ages, no experience necessary. A free-will offering will be accepted from those who wish to support this activity, in lieu of a registration fee. 

Jennifer A. Schultz is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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WORKSHOP #1: Where We Come From: Our Stories as Art
Aug
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

WORKSHOP #1: Where We Come From: Our Stories as Art

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323. We regret that no registrations can be taken through Facebook or online for this workshop.

Wright County Historical Society of Buffalo MN will host a workshop series and exhibition of artist books. The workshops will be taught by Jennifer A. Schultz, fiber and fabric artist of Minneapolis MN (visit Jennifer's website at http://jenniferaschultz.com/gallery-book-artspaper.html). The exhibit will include Schultz’ own artwork as well as artist books made by workshop participants.

Participants in the “Where We Come From” workshops will explore the meaning of place and landscape in their lives. They will learn cloth and paper book construction techniques, and explore a variety of fun media and artistic tools to tell their own stories about where they come from. This is a family-friendly activity open to learners of all ages, no experience necessary. A free-will offering will be accepted from those who wish to support this activity, in lieu of a registration fee. 

Jennifer A. Schultz is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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WCHS at the Wright County Fair
Jul
26
to Jul 30

WCHS at the Wright County Fair

Join us and our many dedicated volunteers at the Wright County Fair! WCHS has three buildings at the fairgrounds--the Welker Schoolhouse, the Bonk-Ailsleiger vertical log cabin, and the Collingwood cabin--with something enjoyable to view in each. 

Come cool down with us and take a trip back in time!

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OPEN HOUSE: Library Renovation Event
Jul
18
5:00pm 5:00pm

OPEN HOUSE: Library Renovation Event

Join the Wright County Historical Society board of directors and staff for their research/reference library renovation Open House on Tuesday, July 18th from 5-7pm. Thanks to a very generous donation by the Ellison Family Trust, WCHS’s research library underwent a major transformation, including the addition of in-floor internet connection and a new staff work area. Andy Larson of Larson Building (Buffalo) served as contractor for the project which took nearly eight weeks to complete, including moving the entire library twice! Come see the transformation, talk with WCHS board members, staff and members of the Ellison family, and stay for cake and lemonade. RSVP's appreciated but not required--click HERE to let us know you're coming.

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

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WORKSHOP: Swedish Genealogy
May
18
1:30pm 1:30pm

WORKSHOP: Swedish Genealogy

Ready to start your Swedish research but don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by researching when everything is written in Swedish?  Join the Wright County Historical Society's Reference Librarian Kay Nordberg for a fact-filled workshop on starting your Swedish Genealogy on Thursday, January 26th from 1:30-3:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN).

This session will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room where Kay  will, through a series of digital images and documents, take you step by step through the sometimes perplexing world of Swedish genealogy research. Topics will include the online ArkivDigital online resource. 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 but space is limited; RSVP's are required by calling 763-682-7323 or through WCHS’s online RSVP by clicking HERE.

Any participants who have never been WCHS members will also have a one-time opportunity to purchase a discounted annual WCHS membership. 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 visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323, or visit the WCHS Facebook page.

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WORKSHOP: Norwegian Genealogy Workshop
Apr
13
1:30pm 1:30pm

WORKSHOP: Norwegian Genealogy Workshop

Ready to start your Norwegian research but don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by researching when everything is written in Norwegian?  Join the Wright County Historical Society's Reference Librarian Kay Norberg and Archivist Betty Dircks for a fact-filled workshop on starting your Norwegian Genealogy on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 from 1:30-3:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN).

This session will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room where Kay and Betty will, through a series of digital images and documents, take you step by step through the ins and outs of Norwegian 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 but space is limited; RSVP's are required by calling 763-682-7323 or through WCHS’s online RSVP by clicking HERE.

Any participants who have never been WCHS members will also have a one-time opportunity to purchase a discounted annual WCHS membership. 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 visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323, or visit the WCHS Facebook page.

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EXHIBIT OPENING: Wright County & WWI, 1917-1918
Apr
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

EXHIBIT OPENING: Wright County & WWI, 1917-1918

When the U.S. entered WWI in April 1917, Wright County quickly joined in and showed patriotism both at home and abroad. Join the Wright County Historical Society on April 11th, 2017 at 6:30pm for the opening of "The Great War: Wright County & WWI, 1917-1918’”, as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of our country and county involvement in ‘the war to end all wars’. This exhibit, which is housed in the Foyer Gallery, will be on display for the foreseeable future during regular working hours (M, W-F 8:00-4:30pm, Tu 8-8pm). Programs and presentations highlighting the exhibit are also planned throughout the upcoming months. At 7:00pm, following the exhibit opening, WCHS curator Lori Nohner give a short presentation highlighting the process of putting the exhibit together, including research, interviews, and choosing collection items to best highlight Wright County’s story.

The exhibit opening is free and all are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP’s gratefully received but not required to 763-682-7323 or online at www.wrighthistory.org. For more information contact Sally Stevens, business manager, at 763-682-8945.

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WORKSHOP: Czech Genealogy Workshop
Mar
23
1:30pm 1:30pm

WORKSHOP: Czech Genealogy Workshop

Ready to start your Czech research but don't know where to start, or even how to spell Czechoslovakia? Overwhelmed by researching and constantly changing country borders?   Join the Wright County Historical Society's Archivist Betty Dircks for a fact-filled workshop on starting your Czech Genealogy on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 from 1:30-3:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN).

This session will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room where Betty will, through a series of digital images and documents, take you step by step through the ins and outs of Czech 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 but space is limited; RSVP's are required by calling 763-682-7323 or through WCHS’s online RSVP by clicking HERE.

Any participants who have never been WCHS members will also have a one-time opportunity to purchase a discounted annual WCHS membership. 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 visit www.wrighthistory.org, call 763-682-7323, or visit the WCHS Facebook page.

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