A blue-tinted segment of a historic plat map, cropped closely around lake Darling, a lake in Douglas County with a main lobe and smaller north lobe

HOURS

 

  • Office Hours:
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am – 4pm

 

  • Tours:
  • Please call ahead to schedule tours, thank you!

 

  • Research Library:
  • M-F,  10:00 – 2:00pm
  • Please call to set up an appointment in advance, thank you!

 

 

Podcasts available!

The Douglas County Historical Society has something fun and new available – podcasts on local history subjects!

You can follow the links below to listen to the first three episodes below, or visit dchsmn.org/podcasts

 

 

A Little Bit About Big Ole

a cover image showing a vintage image of a folk-art style tall viking statue, next to a viking ship on wheels, ca. 1965 at the world's fair in New York City

Today we’re going to talk a little bit about Big Ole. From the World’s Fair to Alexandria, MN, this viking statue has been featured in thousands of family photos – but just how did he come to be? And what’s all this about a burning Santa Suit?

Your hosts today are Brittany Johnson from the Douglas County Historical Society, MN and Amanda Seim from the Runestone Museum Foundation, discussing the life and times of Alexandria’s resident viking statue.

Direct Link to Big Ole Episode on YouTube

Direct Link to Big Ole Episode on Soundcloud

Direct Link/Download of Big Ole Episode from Google Drive

 

Stories From Broadway

Cropped cover photo of a circa 1915 Broadway Street historic photograph, showing antique cars lined up next to brick buildings and a federal post office building with decorative columns

Join us for a brief exploration of the development and history of Broadway Street in Alexandria, MN.

Your host today is Brittany Johnson from the Douglas County Historical Society, MN.

Direct Link to Broadway Episode on YouTube

Direct Link to Broadway Episode on Soundcloud

Direct Link/Download of Broadway Episode from Google Drive

 

 

Stories from Lake Darling

A blue-tinted segment of a historic plat map, cropped closely around lake Darling, a lake in Douglas County with a main lobe and smaller north lobe

Join us for an exploration of Lake Darling’s history – including stories of bear wrangling, dude ranches in Douglas County, Minnesota, and “plactorial dexterity” (whatever that is.)

Your hosts today are Brittany Johnson from the Douglas County Historical Society, MN and Kaci Johnson from the Legacy of the Lakes Museum, discussing interesting Lake Darling history!

 

Direct Link to Lake Darling Episode on YouTube

Direct Link to Lake Darling Episode on Soundcloud

Direct Link/Download of Lake Darling Episode from Google Drive