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: 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: “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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BEST BEDTIME EVER!--FULL
Dec
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

BEST BEDTIME EVER!--FULL

FULL!!--We regret that we are unable to accommodate any more RSVP's due to space considerations. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is an EVENING presentation

Join WCHS and author Mary Sue Stevens as she reads her book, "The Magic Christmas Tree", with a brief holiday sing-a-long, fun interactive activity, and a tour of WCHS's Festival of Trees. This event, which starts at 6:30pm, is an annual event at WCHS and is for children of all ages, and little ones are encouraged to come dressed in (warm) pj'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."


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

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BEST NAPTIME EVER!
Dec
20
1:30pm 1:30pm

BEST NAPTIME EVER!

PLEASE NOTE: This is an AFTERNOON presentation.

Join WCHS and author Mary Sue Stevens as she reads her book, "The Magic Christmas Tree", with a brief holiday sing-a-long, fun interactive activity, and a tour of WCHS's Festival of Trees. This event, which starts at 1:30pm, is an annual event at WCHS and is for children of all ages, and little ones are encouraged to come dressed in (warm) pj'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 required so staff can provide adequate supplies for all. Please RSVP on our website (http://www.wrighthistory.org/rsvp/) or by calling us at 763-682-7323. The first 40 children to RSVP by phone will receive a special gift thanks to the generosity of Ryan Fouquette & family.


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

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ACTIVITY: Christmas Ornaments
Dec
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

ACTIVITY: Christmas Ornaments

Join WCHS Staff for a free ornament making activity! Bring a small favourite picture or we'll take one here--it will be used to make a lasting memory. Other ornament options will also be available.

This activity is free and open to the public. RSVP's required to ensure there are supplies for everyone. Please RSVP online HERE or by calling 763-682-7323.

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Festival of Trees Opening
Nov
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

Festival of Trees Opening

For the 10th 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, November 29th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo).  Santa will be stopping by, and volunteersl 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 30th-January 5, 2017, 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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