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 lecture series will meet at noon on the second Thursday of the month from November through April. 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 second lecture is Thursday, December  14th with “The Minnesota 34th in WWI,” presented by Gary Kass, MN ARNG SFC (retired).

In the fall of 1941 members of the Minnesota 34th Infantry Division of the National Guard were training at Fort Claiborne, Louisiana. They subsequently won the series of War Games termed “The Louisiana Maneuvers,” where soldiers were trained to withstand the rigors of real wartime experiences. Deemed ready for battle, the 34th was sent to Ireland to further prepare for the war. The division and its accompanying cohorts and components was the first to be sent overseas and stayed until the completion of the European war. They fought in some of the hardest terrain and environments of the conflict. Gary Kass is SFC (retired) MN ARNG and lives in Balaton. He is a past board member of the Murray County Historical Society


Thursday, January, 11,2018: “Recounting the 1968 Democratic Convention.”

  • Hilary Barry, Lake Wilson, 1968 delegate.

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
2016 Murray County Historical Society