Kanabec History Center Exhibits







General Information

The Kanabec History Center Exhibit Hall is divided into several exhibit areas. Some areas house long term exhibits while other areas rotate more often, so there is often something new to see at the History Center. All of our exhibits are about Kanabec County History featuring items from the Kanabec History Center archives.


Current Exhibits

Exhibits in the main exhibit hall are available for viewing year round Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission adults $3.00 Students K-12 $1.00, Members Free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Ojibwe Winter Camp, The Advent of the European Trader: This exhibit features a half-size wig wam built mainly of materials found on site along the Snake River. The exhibit includes items that the Ojibwe would have gotten through trade with the early European traders. Also included in the this exhibit is dried plants collected along the Kanabec History Center hiking trails that would have been used by the Native Americans. (This is a long term exhibit)
  • Logging in Kanabec County:  Logging was the first industry of the Kanabec County and it is what first brought people to this region to log the white pine forests. A maps marks the locations of the many logging camps in our county. Also includes many artifacts from the Camp Creek logging camp. Pick up brochures on camp cooking, camp tools and the route of the O' neal brothers logging rail road.
  • 1906's Kitchen: This exhibit is set up to show what a 1906 farm kitchen would have looked with wood stove cook stove. There are many kitchen "gadgets" of the day on display. You can check out pages of the Sears catalog to see how many of the items featured could have been ordered from the "wish book."
  • From Forests to Fields: The logging industry clear cut much of the virgin pine forests in Kanabec County leaving vast acres of stumpage. The farmers that came after the loggers had to clear the land of stumps before they could begin planting. The first cash crop in the county after logging was the potato. See in photos and text how agriculture built the early communities in our county. This exhibit also contains many artifacts from our collection.
  • NEW COLLECTIBLE CORNER: We have set aside an area to be used to show case collections from area residents. What's your passion, what do you collect, would like to share your collection? The exhibit rotates every three months. Currently on display is  "Cats Galore."  This collection includes cat -  teapots, figurines, vases, lamps, wall hangings and even a cat jig saw puzzle is on display through the end of  July. Up next is a collection of coffee cans, coffee grinders etc. August through October. Then November through January is Christmas Bears. If you would like to show your collection contact the History Center to get on the schedule.
  • Kanabec County Schools: Photos and information about the many rural school that once dotted the Kanabec County countryside. Some where in operation into the 1970's.
  • Butch Cassidy Outlaw to Legend: This small exhibit was built around a recent donation of an actual Butch Cassidy (Robert Leroy Parker) 1901 wanted poster. 
  • All of the above exhibits are open year round Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM     No admission charge during the winter months. May through October admission $3 adults $1 children K-12th grades. Members always free. (Donations always appreciated)


Out Door Exhibits On Display During the Summer Months

The Kanabec History Center has some historic buildings, a farm exhibit building and other out door exhibits that are open during the spring and summer from May to October each year.

  • Potato Farming in Kanabec County: Features equipment that was used in planting, harvesting etc. for the potato farming industry in our county.
  • Seven Foot Dala Horse a gift from the American Swedish Institute.
  • The Webster School Building Dist. 14: Built in 1889 the 16 x 20 foot structure was the first Comfort Township Webster School. This log building was later replaced with a brick school building and the log building served as the home for the teacher. The building was donated to the Kanabec History Center by Marvin Dresler and moved here in 1981.
  • Whittier School Dist. 41 formerly Dist. 21: The school district was established in 1904. The school closed in 1963. The building was moved to the Kanabec History Center grounds in 1987. It is currently used for Old Tyme School classes each summer. See the "Education page" for more information and how to register for these classes. 
  • 1904 Fire Hall Building: New this year, the 1904 fire hall replica building will open to the public with a dedication ceremony on June 30th. It is an exact replica of the first Mora Fire Hall. Inside you will find the original hose cart from the original fire hall. Also newspaper clippings and photos of some of the fires the first volunteer firemen were called out to fight. 
  • Machinery Exhibit, 1960 Fire Truck and Black Smith Shop
  • Picnic tables. hiking trails and labrynth are open for public use free of charge.                                                                  
  • The above buildings are open for viewing May through October Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

updated June 2013