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Thank you for your interest in a membership to the Murray County Historical Museum.  We invite you to explore our permanent collection and take part in upcoming, programs, events and exhibitions.  As a member, you will have an opportunity to see them first!   You can also use our new library and archives area to research […]

Dinehart Holt House Historic Structure Report

STUDY SUMMARY The Murray County Historical Society retained LHB to provide a Historic Structure Report for the Dinehart-Holt House in Slayton, Minnesota. The intent of this summary is to provide an overview of the report, which documents the historical background of the house, provides a thorough evaluation of its existing conditions, and makes recommendations for […]

Valhalla Picnic

Lunch Box Lecture to feature Valhalla Island

The Murray County Historical Society will host Museums Coordinator Janet Timmerman on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at noon in the Murray County Fairgrounds 4-H building. The cost is $3.00 or free for historical society members. Janet will be presenting “Halcyon Days on Valhalla: A hundred years of recreational history on Valhalla Island.” Valhalla was not the […]

Mnopedia Story – Murray County

Murray County Murray County was established in 1857 and formally organized in 1872. Although Currie was the original county seat, the city of Slayton won a contentious battle for that title in 1890. Agricultural production has been (and continues to be in the twenty-first century) the county’s primary industry.  Click the Download Now button to […]

Democratic National Convention 1968

January 2018 Lecture Series – “Recounting the 1968 Democratic National Convention”

The January Dinehart Lecture will feature speaker Hilary Barry of Lake Wilson presenting “Recounting the 1968 Democratic National Convention.” The lecture will be Friday, January 12th at noon in the Murray County 4-H building on the fairgrounds in Slayton. Bring your lunch and hear a great story. The cost is $3.00 and Historical Society members […]

Mnopedia Story – Sweetman Catholic Colony

Sweetman Catholic Colony In 1881, John Sweetman brought forty-three immigrant families to farms near Currie and established the Sweetman Catholic Colony. Another nineteen families joined the colony in 1882, but two unseasonably wet growing seasons made farming difficult. By the end of 1882, half of the colonists had abandoned their farms and left the colony.  Click […]

Mnopedia Story – Minnesota’s First Female Sheriff – from Murray County

Minnesota’s First Female Sheriff Anna Sheerin Lowe became Minnesota’s first female sheriff when the Murray County Commissioners appointed her to fill her husband’s unexpired term in 1923. Faced with the difficulty of enforcing Prohibition laws, Lowe fulfilled her duties as sheriff and won the respect and gratitude of the community for her three years of service.  […]

Mnopedia Story – Murray County Fair

The first Murray County Fair was held in 1880. From 1884 through 1898 there were rival fairs, one in Currie and one in Slayton. Each claimed to be the official county fair, but both were discontinued at the turn of the century. In 1912 the Murray County Fair returned and has been held annually (with two exceptions) […]

Lunchbox Series – November 9th Event

Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series Begins 4th Year – FIRST EVENT ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH.   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 […]

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