Douglas County Historical Society
1219 Nokomis St
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-0382

Contest For Douglas County 5th Graders!

The Douglas County Cemetery Association recently announced their 3rd annual Essay Contest for all Douglas County 5th graders with an October 14, 2015 deadline for submissions. Cash Prizes of $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded for the top 3 essays from each school, including a home-school category. Bonus for essays on Veterans: Veterans groups will select…

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Researchers from Brand, Austria

On Friday, May 29, 2015, the Douglas County Historical Society hosted researchers from Brand, Austria for the day. DCHS member Delette Zimmel Huffman (on right) arranged for their research visit. Delette has made the connection from her ancestors in Douglas County, back to her Austrian roots. The family names of interest to the Austrian researcher…

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The Roof of This Historic Home Needs Repair

The Douglas County Historical Society is located at 1219 Nokomis Street in Alexandria, Minnesota. It is the former residence of Knute Nelson and on the National Register of Historic Places. The house needs to be maintained to preserve its historical integrity, which includes outside finishes.  Minnesota’s weather extremes take their toll on authentic/historic  building materials.…

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DCHS Newsletter, Winter 2014/2015, and Event Calendar

We have some fun activities coming up in 2015. Check out our Winter Newsletter and Event Calendar at the link below. Winter Newsletter 2014:2015 Some highlights: Calendar of upcoming events Bean Soup luncheon at Nelson Gables, Feb. 17, 2015 Bringing back the “Bootlegger Bash” April 25, 2015 Volunteer opportunity: Oral history interviews Photos from our…

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Holly Jolly Kids’ Christmas!

Come enjoy a Holly Jolly Kids’ Christmas at the Douglas County Historical Society!  (1219 Nokomis Street, Alexandria, Minnesota) Saturday December 13, 2014, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Share a fun holiday activity with those special kids in your life!  $10 per child includes several holiday activities, treats and cider.  Reservations: 320-762-0382.

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Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, Annual Ethnic Bake Sale and Open House

Welcome to our annual DCHS Bake Sale and Open House, Friday, December 5th, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come and enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations at the historic Knute  and Nicolina Nelson House, 1219 Nokomis St., Alexandria, MN 56308. Watch live demonstrations of lefse and krumkake, shop for ethnic delicacies such as Bohemian kolaches, rosettes, spritz, Scandinavian almond…

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Give to the Max Day, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

The Douglas County Historical Society is a non-profit organization which relies on your donations to support  programs, preservation, research and the Knute Nelson House and Spruce Hill Church.  For a quick and easy way to make a donation and support our programs, click on the GiveMN.org link below:

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Fall Calendar Updates

The Calendar of Events for this fall is found in the Fall 2014 Newsletter. We have one change: The Nov. 18, 2014 “Minnesota’s Lost Towns” presentation from 1 – 3 pm has been cancelled.  Take a look at the other upcoming events and call 320-762-0382 for more information: Oct. 28, 2014: Stories of Douglas County…

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Fall 2014 Newsletter – Douglas County Historical Society

Enjoy the wealth of information in Our Fall 2014 Newsletter, with news, events and an activities schedule. Fall 2014 Newsletter The newsletter includes a huge THANK YOU! to all of those who played a part in the beautiful painting and restoration of the Knute Nelson house exterior this summer.  The reconstructed back porch looks wonderful!  “Back door…

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