The Museum is Hiring

Office Technology Specialist

The Office Technology Specialist position is located in the award winning Stevens County Historical Museum.  The duties of the Office Technology Specialist are in support of the Society’s mission, and are secretarial and computer related in nature.

Applications must be delivered to the Stevens County History Museum, 116 W.6th St., Morris, MN 56267 by November 29, 2013.

Application should consist of the following information:

1. Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

2. Resume, including prior education and work experiences.

3. Brief statement as to why you are applying for this job.

4. Statements about how you meet each of the 8 required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed under section “B” of the Position Description.  A pdf file of the instructions and Position Description can be accessed and downloaded by clicking here:

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Museum Summer Hours

The Stevens County Historical Society has implemented their summer hours.  The museum is open Monday – Friday, 9-4:30 through Labor Day.  There will be special weekend hours during Prairie Pioneer Days.  Special dates to put on your calendar for the museum are on the Upcoming events page which can be found by clicking here.

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Workshop at Museum

Free Family History Workshop

Saturday, May 11th 10am-12noon

The West Central Family History Association, the genealogy committee of the Stevens County Historical Society is sponsoring their final Spring workshop on Saturday, May11th, from 10am-12noon.

Virginia Hanson, the archivist at the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre will be doing a workshop on Territorial Records for Genealogical Research.

This presentation includes records from Minnesota pre-statehood circa 1700-1858 and South Dakota 1700-1880. Showing resources including; Military Post Returns, Muster rolls, Marriages, Early School Census, Land records, Newspapers, Indian Census, Depending on the time allowed, includes a case file of a young soldier killed in 1862, while stationed at Ft Sully, DakotaTerritory..

As with most SCHS workshops, it is free but the museum asks that you RSVP to 320-589-1719, email or use our website contact form by clicking here.

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Family History Workshop at Museum

The West Central Family History Association, the genealogy committee of the Stevens County Historical Museum will be hosting the second of their three FREE Spring workshops on Saturday, April 13th.  From 10am until noon, Jim Specht of Moorhead, MN will be instructing family historians on the basics of German Genealogy.  Specht has also promised to help researchers who have Russian German ancestry.  As with most workshops, attendance is free.  The museum does ask that you RSVP to 320-589-1719, research@stevenshistorymuseum, or use their website contact form by clicking here.  This is so they know how many handouts to make and how much coffee to brew.

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Family History Workshop this Saturday at Museum

The SCHS Research archiveThe Stevens County Historical Society, and its collaborative committee the West Central Family History Association, are sponsoring three local events this Spring. 

The first FREE Stevens County Museum Archive Resources Workshop will be held in the museum archive, on Saturday, March 9th, from 10-noon.  Hundreds of people over the past decade have contacted the society, in their search for family history related information in Stevens County and elsewhere. 

The collection at the historical society has expanded since Tina Didreckson’s last presentation on this topic at the Minnesota Genealogical Society Outstate Conference, held at the museum in 2006.  Tina will share an updated resource list, information about completed and ongoing transcription and indexing projects, and key Stevens County research resources.  

Researchers, who order, microfilms ahead or reserve computer space, will also have a Saturday opportunity to spend some time working in the archive.  Call 320-589-1719 or email to reserve your spot.

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From Sheep to Shawl Last Days

The From Sheep to Shawl exhibit will be coming down this week.  One of the artists has already had to remove her pieces to take to another class.

Sharon Marquardt, the scandinavian weaver left some of her antique Norwegian coverlets at the museum for an extra couple of days.  Marquardt was at the museum on Sunday, February 25th and gave a program on Weighted Warp Loom weaving.  She will be picking up these pieces on the 27th.  Be sure to get over to the museum if you haven’t seen the exhibition yet.

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Annual Meeting Rescheduled to Feb 24th

Due to weather concerns, the 91st Annual Meeting of the Stevens County Historical Society has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 24th, 2013.  The times (12-3pm), menu (Comfort food soups, bread & pies) and the program presenters will remain the same.

After the social hour and meal, there will be a brief business meeting and then Ardath Larson & Carol Day, will be discussing the Ida Hancock journal project.  Sharon Marquardt, one of the From Sheep to Shawl exhibit artists whose work is on display at the museum until February 28th is the featured program presenter.  She will have a Powerpoint show and discuss the ancient craft of weighted warp loom weaving.  She has also promised to bring antique Sami and West Coast woven coverlets as well as other antique Norwegian coverlets.  It promises to be a great program.  The cost for the meal is $10 and the museum asks that you RSVP for either the meal or program to 320-589-1719.  You can also use the museum website contact form to RSVP virtually by clicking here.


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Shinnfeller Class at Museum

Shinnfeller pieces in From Sheep to Shawl exhibit.

The Stevens County Historical Society has scheduled a Shinnfeller class with Karen Aakre for Saturday, February 23rd, from 10am-4pm.  Shinnfeller (Skinnfelder in Norwegian) involves beautifully tanned sheepskins with soft, curly locks of wool on one side and elegant patterns printed on the skin side.  Designs printed are derived from five design groups – sun, water, plants, animals and the heart – and pressed into the surface of the skin with inked printing blocks carved from birch.

The cost of the class is $25 and students will be able to take home an ear band, cuffs or baby booties.  To see and actually touch shinnfeller pieces, visit the museum during their normal hours of 9-5 Monday-Friday.  To see more examples virtually, visit the Facebook event page at webpage at, the Morris Sun Tribune, Area Voices blog exhibit page at  To sign up for the class call 320-589-1719, drop by the museum, PM the museum staff through the museum Facebook page or visit the museum website contact page here.

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Museum Annual Meeting Facebook Contest

The Stevens County Historical Museum is sponsoring another Facebook contest to increase its exposure around the globe.

Through a random drawing of you can win a copy of Karen Aakre’s book, A Goat’s Tail: Curly Gets Cold Feet.  A Goat’s Tail was written by Aakre and published by their family to tell the true story of Curly the Angora goat who escaped from a 2011 Christmas Eve service in Fergus Falls.  Curly’s adventures continued for twenty-five days and made international headlines.  Aakre is one of the artists represented in the museum’s current From Sheep to Shawl exhibit that runs through February 28th.

Visit the Stevens County Historical Museum Facebook page and click the Like button to enter.  If you already like the page, you are already entered.  You can also earn extra chances to win the book with shares, comments or by attending the society’s annual meeting program on Sunday, February 10th.  Sharon Marquardt, another artist in the current From Sheep to Shawl exhibit, will talk about the historic uses of wool.  The contest will run until the exhibit closes on February 28th, 2013 and the winner will be announced on the museum webpage,, this areavoice blog as well as on the Facebook page.

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Horizontal Grandeur Call to Artists

Walking a Stevens County field of oats before harvest. ca. 1910.

The Stevens County Historical Society is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Horizontal Grandeur fine art exhibition is to be held again this July in the beautiful City of Morris‘ Carnegie Library building.

Inspired by Minnesota poet, Bill Holm’s essay of the same name, this exhibition is held in Morris’ historic 1905 Carnegie library.  The building which was expanded in 2005 to include a community gallery area has been home to many national exhibitions.

Sculpture, ceramics, multimedia, video, watercolor, pastels, oils, photography, and all types of visual media have been and will once again be considered for entry. Any visual artist who lives in one of the nineteen of American states, or Canadian province with a prairie are eligible to enter their work for jury consideration. All work must be the artists interpretation of the intentionally broad prairie related theme. Pieces deemed not original to the artist will be removed.

2011 Horizontal Grandeur pieces.

You can download a .DOC copy of Bill Holm’s essay here, or a PDF copy here. Copies of the 2013 Call for Entries brochure to print out are also available for you to share.  Download a .DOC copy of the 2013 call forms here or a .PDF copy here.  The on-line image and jury fee submission form follows the guidelines on the website and will be available thru April 19, 2013.  

Click on this link to join the museum email list and keep updated on the 2013 and future Horizontal Grandeur exhibitions!  If you are on Facebook, once you like the Horizontal Grandeur page, you can find out more information about the call or download documents.  Be sure to share this post with your artistic friends who live in a Canadian province or state with a prairie so they can enter before April 19th.

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