PRESENTATION: "Our Motto Was 'Service!': Minnesotans, Welfare Work and the Great War"
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

PRESENTATION: "Our Motto Was 'Service!': Minnesotans, Welfare Work and the Great War"

Join the Wright County Historical Society as we welcome speaker Johannes Allert on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30pm at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN). His topic, "Our Motto Was 'Service!': Minnesotans, Welfare Work and the Great War", will include some local components gleaned from WCHS's current WWI exhibit as well as WCHS archival material. 

This presentation is free and open to the public; free will offerings are gratefully accepted. No RSVP required. For more information please call 763-682-7323, email info@wrighthistory.org, or check WCHS's Facebook page for updates.

About the presenter:  Johannes Allert, adjunct instructor at Rogers State University (OK), received an MA in military history (Norwich University) and a member of the Minnesota World War I Centennial Committee.

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WCHS Members Pie Social
Oct
16
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 16th, 2018 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 12th, 2018.

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WCHS Annual Meeting
Oct
16
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 2018, and offers attendees a 'sneak peak' at WCHS' upcoming exhibits, programs and presentations.  The meeting will conclude with voting of the WCHS' 2019 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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ACTIVITY: “SWITCH WITCH BOOK READ EVENT”
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

ACTIVITY: “SWITCH WITCH BOOK READ EVENT”

This engaging book, ready by one of WCHS's volunteers, is built on the premise that witches need candy for fuel (energy, heat, broom fuel).  This fun story event is for families and meant to be an enjoyable--participation does not require children to give up their candy or not trick or treat, it's simply a fun, Halloween opportunity.

Each participating child receives their own book, Switch Witch doll and carrying bag. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes!

Free for WCHS members; a $5/non-member participant free-will offering suggested to cover programs costs.  RSVP required online HERE; space limited to the first 40 children.

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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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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-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 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 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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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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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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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 #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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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 #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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PAINT EVENT - 'Sunflower Swirl' with Art Around
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

PAINT EVENT - 'Sunflower Swirl' with Art Around

Looking for a great art activity before the school year begins? Join WCHS and Art Around Paint Party on Tuesday, August 21 at 6:00pm for a fun evening painting your very own masterpiece! You'll be guided step by step, in creating a beautiful 11x14” canvas painting at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo). 

This event is suitable for ALL AGES, from 8-108+! Reserve your spot for $20 - includes your paint, canvas, all instruction, light refreshments, and leaves all the mess and clean-up to us. 

Online registrations required through nonrefundable pre-payment of $20 online at http://www.wrighthistory.org/giftshop/flower-power-painting-at-wchs

For more information please call 763-682-7323.

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History Camp #4: Games Unplugged!
Aug
21
1:30 PM13:30

History Camp #4: Games Unplugged!

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 last History Camp on Tuesday, August 21st 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 a small parting gift, no electricity required, as well as game skills guaranteed to wow and amaze friends and family. RSVP's please to 763-682-7323--it's okay, you can use your phone to make the call :)

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AUTHOR TALK: 'The Waverly Years' with Sue & Ed Claessen
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

AUTHOR TALK: 'The Waverly Years' with Sue & Ed Claessen

Join WCHS at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN ) as local residents and authors Sue & Ed Claessen share their newest work—an early history of Waverly, MN—and details of how they found facts, photos, and stories to complete their book. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP’s appreciated but not required to 763-682-7323 or online HERE.

Download the poster HERE.

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AUTHOR TALK: 'Albright's: A Park of History' by Karen Erickson
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

AUTHOR TALK: 'Albright's: A Park of History' by Karen Erickson

Karen Erickson’s book, ‘Albright’s: A Park of History’ has been published and will soon be available for purchase. The Wright County Historical Society has invited Karen to speak about her literary adventure on Friday, April 20th, 10:00am, at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN).  In addition to answering any questions participants may have, the author will also share what prompted her to start the book, the research required, stories she gathered and the pitfalls that often come with such a huge endeavour! Karen will have books available for purchase and personalized autographing. 

RSVP’s are appreciated but not required to 763-682-7323 or by clicking HERE. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.wrighthistory.org or call 763-682-7323.

Download the poster HERE.

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FIELD TRIP: 'Krause Dairy' with Charles Krause & family
Apr
19
10:30 AM10:30

FIELD TRIP: 'Krause Dairy' with Charles Krause & family

NOTE LOCATION:  Krause Holsteins (135 Cty Rd 8 NW, Buffalo, MN)

Meet WCHS at the Krause family’s holstein operation just west of Buffalo for an informative, educational 1.5 hour tour. This cutting-edge dairy farm and their livestock have won many awards, including the 2013 Minnesota Dairy Farmer of the Year, and is passionate about sharing dairy facts with the public. Our tour guides, Charles and his family, are 4th and 5th generation dairy farmers. 

Attendance is free but limited to 30 participants; RSVP’s required to 763-682-7323 or HEREWe regret that drive-up participants cannot be accommodated unless pre-registered. Remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the farm and the weather conditions! For more information please call 763-682-7323 or visit www.wrighthistory.org.

Download the poster HERE.

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WORKSHOP: DANISH GENEALOGY
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

WORKSHOP: DANISH GENEALOGY

Interested in learning more about researching your Danish heritage? Join Heather Mullen on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30pm for great information, tips and tricks, and all the insights you need to get started. This presentation will be held in the Activity Room at the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN).

Attendance is free but limited to 20 participants; RSVP’s required to 763-682-7323 or online HERE. We regret that walk-in participants cannot be accommodated due to size of the room.

Download the poster HERE.

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ACTIVITY: SPRING CANVAS PAINTING ($20 FEE)
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

ACTIVITY: SPRING CANVAS PAINTING ($20 FEE)

Looking for a great art activity? Join WCHS and Molly McEachern as she guides participants, step by step, in creating this 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 required through nonrefundable pre-payment of $20 HERE only. 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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CASE-IH: IT'S A ROAD TRIP (TOUR 2)
Mar
29
2:00 PM14:00

CASE-IH: IT'S A ROAD TRIP (TOUR 2)

Join the Wright County Historical Society’s business manager, Sally Stevens, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 for this off-site tour to CASE's Fargo, ND operation (CASE Farm Manufacturing Operations, 3401-1st Ave, Fargo, ND).

Free of charge, tour participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Fargo, ND. The 1.5 hours long tour can accommodate up to 30 participants maximum. While the facility is wheelchair accessible; no golf carts are available for this tour. Individuals must be 14 years of age to tour the facility. Long pants and closed-toe, low-heeled shoes are required. 

RSVP’s are REQUIRED to 763-682-7323 or online HERE by March 26, 2018.

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WORKSHOP: French-Canadian Genealogy
Mar
29
1:30 PM13:30

WORKSHOP: French-Canadian Genealogy

Ready to start your French-Canadian research but don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by researching when everything is written in French? Join WCHS archivist Betty Dircks on Thursday, March 29th at 1:30pm for a fact-filled workshop on French-Canadian Genealogy. This session will be held in the Wright County Heritage Center's Activity Room (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo, MN) where Betty, through a series of digital images and documents, will share tips and guidelines to effectively navigate French-Canadian 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 limited to 20 attendees and participation is by RSVP only HERE or at 763-682-7323; WCHS regrets it is not possible to accommodate walk-in’s without a reservation. 

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CASE-IH: IT'S A ROAD TRIP! (TOUR 1)
Mar
29
12:30 PM12:30

CASE-IH: IT'S A ROAD TRIP! (TOUR 1)

Join the Wright County Historical Society’s business manager, Sally Stevens, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 for this off-site tour to CASE's Fargo, ND operation (CASE Farm Manufacturing Operations, 3401-1st Ave, Fargo, ND).

Free of charge, tour participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Fargo, ND. The 1.5 hours long tour can accommodate up to 30 participants maximum. While the facility is wheelchair accessible; no golf carts are available for this tour. Individuals must be 14 years of age to tour the facility. Long pants and closed-toe, low-heeled shoes are required. 

RSVP’s are REQUIRED to 763-682-7323 or online HERE by March 26, 2018.

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COMMUNITY BOOK READ: WEEK 1
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

COMMUNITY BOOK READ: WEEK 1

WCHS has partnered with the Bounce Back Project to be a host-site for this community-wide book read event. In this ground-breaking book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor and thought leader on courage and connection, shares 10 Guideposts on the Power of Wholehearted Living – a way of caring for ourselves and engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

The WCHS book club site will be moderated by Sally Stevens, business manager., and meets every second Tuesday starting March 27th for a total of four sessions (March 27, April 10, April 24, May 15). Books are available at a discounted price at Buffalo Books. Everyone is welcome to attend—come ready to share your own stories and improve your happiness and relationships!  For more info or to sign up call Sally at 763-682-7323.

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HISTORY OF TRACTORS: CASE-IH
Mar
20
1:30 PM13:30

HISTORY OF TRACTORS: CASE-IH

The best part of the tractor talks? Talking afterwards and having coffee!” We’ve heard this comment for years and, with increasing difficulty finding speakers, WCHS staff are giving our attendees what they’ve asked for!

This year’s event takes place at the Wright County Historical Society on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. This is a drop-in event, not a formal presentation, so come at whatever time works best for you between 1:30-6:30pm. Cake, cookies, coffee and lemonade will be served in the Activity Room, which will be set up with round tables perfect for fellowship and story-telling. Cross the small hallway to the Hands On History Gallery and view some small CASE filmstrips donated by Glenn Dixon, as well as the personal CASE-IH collections of anyone interested in sharing their items. Interested in bringing items to share? Call us at 763-682-7323 so we can reserve a spot for you.

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ART EXHIBIT: Phoenix Learning Center Mural
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

ART EXHIBIT: Phoenix Learning Center Mural

Join renowned artist Shane Anderson and Phoenix Learning Center students & staff as they unveil their mural to the public. The finished piece will remain at WCHS for a brief exhibit before being permanently installed at Phoenix Learning Center. A video journey of this project will be shared by participants. Light refreshments will follow.

This event is free of charge and everyone is invited to attend. RSVP's appreciated by calling 763-682-7323 or clicking HERE. For more information contact Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323.

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WORKSHOP: Genealogy for Beginners
Feb
22
1:30 PM13:30

WORKSHOP: Genealogy for Beginners

Are you brand new to family genealogy and don't know where to begin? The Wright County Historical Society (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo) can help! Join us on Thursday, February 22 at 1:30pm and let the WCHS's reference librarian, Kay Nordberg, start 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: This class is for beginners; specific question regarding participant's current research issues will not be addressed. Attendance is free but limited to 20 participants; RSVP’s required to 763-682-7323 or online HERE.

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Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

WORKSHOP - Genealogy for Beginners

Are you brand new to family genealogy and don't know where to begin? The Wright County Historical Society (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo) can help! Join us on Thursday, February 22 at 1:30pm and let the WCHS's reference librarian, Kay Nordberg, start 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:  This class is for beginners; specific question regarding participant's current research issues will not be addressed. Attendance is free but limited to 20 participants; RSVP’s required to 763-682-7323 or online HERE.  For more questions please contact info@wrighthistory.org or calling 763-682-7323. 

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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 3rd from 5-7:30pm

Sunday, December 10th from 5-7:30pm

Sunday, December 17th from 5-7:30pm

Sunday, December 24th from 5-7:30pm

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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