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Murray County Historical Society

The Murray County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of Murray County’s history.  The Murray County Historical Society is funded by support from its members, donations from museum visitors, contributions from the city of Slayton and local groups, and the support of the Murray County Board of Commissioners.


Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series Begins 4th Year

The Murray County Historical Society announces a fourth season of local and regional history topics for the Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series. There are some familiar faces in the lineup some new ones as well.

The lectures have been permanently moved to the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds. Please bring your lunch. We provide coffee, tea, and water.

Cost is $3.00 or FREE to Members of MCHS.

The third lecture for the season is Friday, January 17, 2018 with “ Recounting the 68 Democratic National Convention,” presented by Hilary Barry of Lake Wilson.

The 1968 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party was held August 26–29 at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. On the outside, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters battle police in the streets, while the Democratic Party falls apart over an internal disagreement concerning its stance on Vietnam on the inside. Barry of Lake Wilson was a delegate at this convention and will talk about his first-hand experience of this historic moment during the 50th anniversary.

Thursday, February,8, 2018: “Halcyon Days on Valhalla Island.”

  • Janet Timmerman, MCMC

Thursday, March 8: “History of the Sioux Falls Stockyards”

  • Jennifer Housing, Director of the Stockyards Ag Experience Museum, Sioux Falls, SD

Thursday, April 12: The Tracy Tornado: Fiftieth Anniversary

  • Scott Thoma, Willmar, author and edit
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