WORKSHOP: Norwegian Genealogy Workshop
Feb
23
1:30 pm13:30

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, February 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 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.

WORKSHOP: Czech Genealogy Workshop
Mar
23
1:30 pm13:30

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.


WORKSHOP: Swedish Genealogy
Jan
26
1:30 pm13:30

WORKSHOP: Swedish Genealogy

FULL!! WAITING LIST ONLY TO 763-682-7323.

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 Norberg and Archivist Betty Dircks 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 and Betty 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.

CLOSED - Christmas
Dec
23
Dec 26

CLOSED - Christmas

WCHS will be closed in both Friday, December 23rd & Monday, December 26th in observance of Christmas.

BEST BEDTIME EVER!--FULL
Dec
20
6:30 pm18:30

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.

BEST NAPTIME EVER!
Dec
20
1:30 pm13:30

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.

ACTIVITY: Christmas Ornaments
Dec
6
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Festival of Trees Opening
Nov
29
6:30 pm18:30

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.

EVENT: Long-Range Plan with the Community
Nov
15
6:30 pm18:30

EVENT: Long-Range Plan with the Community

WCHS invites everyone to share ideas on future topics, programs, offerings & exhibits with staff and board members in an open forum-type format. WCHS is looking to include all community members in the creation of a new long-range plan to better serve our patrons and residents for years to come.

Refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free and open to everyone, regardless of membership status.

Buffalo Rock Winery Tour
Nov
10
6:30 pm18:30

Buffalo Rock Winery Tour

WCHS will be taking a back room tour, wine tasting, and educational session with Nicole from Buffalo Rock Winery on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30pm. The tour will start at the winery at 4527 23rd Street SE Buffalo, MN 55313. This event is limited to 20 people so RSVP to reserve your spot by visiting our RSVP page (http://www.wrighthistory.org/rsvp/)  or calling 763-682-7323. 

This event is FREE to WCHS members or $10 for non-members.

Oct
25
6:00 pm18:00

Annual Membership Pie Social

The Wright County Historical Society will be holding a Fall Pie Social in conjunction with their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 25th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Wright County Heritage Center Activity Room (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN).  The Pie Social is free for current WCHS members; tickets for non-members are only $10/person. Purchase of a $20 annual individual/family membership before or on Tuesday, October 25th includes free pie social tickets for all family members residing at the membership address.  A variety of pies will be available, along with lemonade, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. The Wright County Heritage Center is open Tuesdays from 8:00am-8:00pm, doors to the Activity Room and the Pie Social will open at 6:00pm.  RSVP's are required to attend; please email info@wrighthistory.org, write WCHS at PO Box 304, Buffalo, MN, 55313, or call us at 763-682-7323.  

Following the Pie 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 2016, and offers attendees a 'sneak peak' at WCHS' upcoming exhibits, programs and presentations.  The meeting will conclude with voting of the WCHS' 2017 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 Connie Carlson 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 Dessert Social and Annual Meeting please contact Sally Stevens, Business Manager, at 763-682-8945 or visit our website at www.wrighthistory.org.

 

POSTPONED: An Old-Fashioned Spelling Bee!
Aug
23
1:30 pm13:30

POSTPONED: An Old-Fashioned Spelling Bee!

POSTPONED: Due to lack of participation, this event will be postponed until later this fall.

 

Have you ever wanted to show off your spelling prowess? Join WCHS on Tuesday, August 9th from 1:30-2:30pm for an old-fashioned spelling bee! Designed for all ages, participants will compete in both adult and youth categories with real prizes and, once we're done, we'll celebrate with lemonade and cake, just like they do at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship.

This event is free and open to the public; RSVP's are required to participate and limited to the first 15 responses by clicking HERE or by calling 763-682-7323 (in each of the adult and youth categories); no RSVP is required to observe and cheer on your favourite speller. For more information please call 763-682-7323 or visit www.wrighthistory.org.

WCHS OLYMPICS!
Aug
16
1:30 pm13:30

WCHS OLYMPICS!

Celebrate the Olympic spirit with WCHS as we host our 1st ever History Games. Games include spoon & egg, sack races, crab crawl race, and more ‘unplugged’ games. Medals will be awarded to winners; light refreshments for all. RSVP’s REQUIRED by calling 763-682-7323 or clicking HERE.

PROJECT: Police Officer Ornament Making
Aug
9
1:30 pm13:30

PROJECT: Police Officer Ornament Making

Looking for a fun activity this summer? Join WCHS volunteers as we celebrate our local law enforcement by making police officer-themed sun catchers, learn about WCHS's plans for the upcoming Festival of Tree season, and take ideas for tree themes. A special presentation is planning for the Buffalo Police Department, winners of WCHS's 2015 Festival of Trees-Law Enforcement Category!

This activity is free and open to the public; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by clicking HERE or calling 763-682-7323 (to ensure enough materials for all). Light refreshments will be provided.

Wright County Fair One-Room School Program
Jul
29
9:00 am09:00

Wright County Fair One-Room School Program

Students who have just completed Grades 1 - 6 may sign up to experience half a day in a one-room school house, complete with teacher and snacks! Held at the historic Welker Schoolhouse on the Wright County Fairgrounds in Howard Lake, MN, students will learn reading, math, spelling, and penmanship alongside classmates from five other grades. The program is based on late 19th century schoolbooks from the Wright County Historical Society's collection. 

The program will start at 9:00am on Friday, July 29th, and last until around 12:00. A schedule will be available at sign in. WCHS will provide bottled water and a small snack to all students. Students may also bring their own snack if desired. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the program form the back of the classroom. 

Registration is required. Call the museum at (763) 682-7323 to reserve your student's spot!

PRESENTATION: Bounce Back Update
Jul
19
1:30 pm13:30

PRESENTATION: Bounce Back Update

The Wright County Historical Society is hosting Bounce Back Project presenter, Dr Amanda Hoffman, at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo) on Tuesday, July 19th at 1:30pm.  The public is invited to this free presentation highlighting the Bounce Back Project’s newest endeavors and future plans, and encourages everyone to participate in increasing their own happiness! Light refreshments will be served during the presentation.

For more information please call Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323 or visit www.wrighthistory.org for complete WCHS program and presentation information.

Veggies Under Glass 2: A Guided Greenhouse Talk & Tour
May
31
6:30 pm18:30

Veggies Under Glass 2: A Guided Greenhouse Talk & Tour

NOTE: This presentation takes place at the greenhouse located at the Hwy 25 entrance to the Wright Technical Center, 1400 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN.

Join WCHS at Mana Gardens' current greenhouse site, conveniently located on the northwest side of the Wright Technical Center, for an informative talk and tour of some of the healthiest, lushest vegetables you've ever seen. Gardeners Jeff Aldrich and Mary Sue Stevens  will share their tips, tricks, and techniques for successful growing in our Minnesota weather, as well as ideas to take harvested items to your table. 

This presentation is free and open to the public; RSVP's appreciated but not required. While Mana Gardens is currently open for business and will sell to attendees, no purchase is necessary or expected in order to participate. Jeff & Mary Sue are passionate about growing great produce right here in our community and are anxious to share their knowledge and skills with you!

To RSVP please click HERE.