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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Horizontal Grandeur Opening Date Set

The 6th annual Horizontal Grandeur opening night has been set for Thursday, June 11th at 6:30pm.  There are 51 artists and 69 pieces in this year’s show.  It promises to be our biggest and best ever.  Be sure to sign up on the museum website here or like the Horizontal Grandeur FB page here.  We will be adding more information as we get closer to the opening.  You can visit the exhibit from July 11th through October 28th.

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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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Stevens County Cemetery Records

For the past 35 years volunteers of the Stevens County Historical Society and the Stevens County Genealogical Society have been indexing all the cemteries in Stevens County.  In December of 2012, SCHS volunteers finished the data entry and uploaded the database to the Stevens County Historical Society website.  The database can be searched by fourteen several different fields including:  Last Name, First Name, Cemetery, Place or Date of Death and Maiden Name.  To search the database, you can click here or on the screenshot of the database search form below.

In addition to this on-line resource, the museum archive also contains cemetery maps, photographs, a newspaper index and thousands of other records related to the history of Stevens County, Minnesota.  The museum is open Monday-Friday, 9-5 or several Saturdays each year for West Central Family History Association workshops or museum special events.

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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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