Historical Storms Presentation

HISTORICAL STORMS PRESENTATION AT THE FAIR The Murray County Historical Society and the Murray County Agricultural Society will host writer, reporter, and editor, Scott Thoma for a presentation at the Murray County Fairgrounds on Friday, August 18 at 2 PM under the tent. Thoma is the author of Out of the Blue, the true story […]

Upcoming Exhibit

Upcoming Exhibit: Out of the Clear Blue Sky: Weather in Murray County Murray County has a continental climate, with usually cold winters and hot humid summers. It is also a climate of extremes. Murray has the dubious honor of holding the state record for Minnesota’s only f-5 tornadoes. The 1968 Tracy tornado started over the […]

Cold, Hot, Windy enough for Ya?

“In 1999, the relative humidity {in Murray County} dropped to 3 %, making it as dry as the Sahara Desert for a  single day.” quote from Draining the Great Oasis, 2001. In the Upper Midwest there seems to be a Cult of the Weather. We  greet each other with a weather comment. We stay up […]

Lunch Box Lecture Series – Thursday, April 13th

Avoca Native American School History to be Explored at Next Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture On Thursday, April 13 at noon, presenters Anita Talsma Gaul and Janet Timmerman will co-present on the topic of the Avoca Native American girl’s school that operated from 1883 through 1889 under the auspices of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. […]

New in the Collection

Last spring Paul Moran, of St. Joseph, MN, made a significant donation to the  museum with his great-grandfather’s 1860’s Wesson rifle. The museum had a photo of Paul’s ancestor, John Moran, in a stylish fur coat, purported to be a  buffalo coat. The rifle was made by the Frank Wesson Company and was patented in […]

Keeping the Collections: Deaccessioning

In the last few issues we have discussed our collections policy, how we bring new items into the collection and how we try to preserve them the best way we can once they are donated. But what about items that do not belong  in the collections or items that have deteriorated to the point they […]


Textile Inventory Project

Murray County Museum receives Textile Inventory Grant In December the museum received notice that their application for a Legacy grant had been  accepted. The funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will be used to hire a part-time temporary position to catalog and re-house the clothing in the museum textile collection.  That sounds […]

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