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

Summer 2018 Newsletter for DCHS MN

Click here to read the Summer Newsletter, 2018 The Summer 2018 Newsletter for the Douglas County Historical Society was in the mail to our DCHS Members this week. Take a look at the many activities and groups that have utilized the resources, employees and volunteers of DCHS this spring and early summer, as we continue…

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An Easy Way to Support Douglas County Historical Society – Thrivent and Amazon Customers

Thrivent Financial and Amazon.com customers can support the Douglas County Historical Society in Alexandria, Minnesota in an easy, cost free way. Thrivent encourages members to designate a local non-profit to receive charitable giving funds distributed by Thrivent at the member’s request.  It’s as easy as logging in to their website, or contacting your Thrivent agent. …

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Spruce Hill Church Summer Song Fest, Sunday, July 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Come and enjoy the Spruce Hill Summer Song Fest at the beautiful, historic Spruce Hill Lutheran Church in northeast Douglas County, Minnesota. Sunday, July 15, 2018, starts at 2:00 pm 2:00 pm – Lively music by Lynn Olson and friends 2:30 The Gordon Men’s Chorus will sing and then lead us in our favorite hymns.…

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Knute Nelson Organization Celebrates 70 years! (1948-2018)

After Sen. Knute and Nicolina Nelson’s daughter Ida died in 1942, the historic Knute Nelson House and surrounding property were donated to the First Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minnesota, to be used for a nursing and care home. This founding of the Knute Nelson Nursing home was finalized in 1948, when the first residents moved…

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Annual Membership Meeting – Douglas County Historical Society, Tues. Apr. 17, 5:30 pm at 1219 Nokomis, Alexandria, MN

Annual Membership Meeting of the Douglas County Historical Society (Minnesota) The annual membership meeting of the Douglas County Historical Society (Minnesota) will be held Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 pm at the Sen. Knute and Nicolina Nelson home, 1219 Nokomis, Alexandria, Minnesota, headquarters of the DCHS. This unique museum home is well-loved and inviting, a welcoming…

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Rev. Bennett A. Benson and family, First Lutheran Church in Alexandria, MN in 1915

This 1915 photo card features the Norwegian Lutheran Church building that was built in 1907. This replaced an earlier pioneer church founded in 1872 by Norwegian immigrant families in Alexandria, Minnesota.  Services were held in Norwegian.  Each immigrant group in Douglas County, MN had their own churches of varying denominations and languages, except for the…

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Alexandria Residential Historic District – The Silk Stocking Neighborhood

Like many towns in Minnesota, early Alexandria settlers who prospered had the wherewithal to build lovely homes in a variety of architectural styles. Skilled carpenters and craftsmen were found among the community, and constructing these homes provided steady employment.  The Alexandria Residential Historic District is on the National Register of Historic places, whose website describes…

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DCHS Newsletter, Winter 2017-2018

Click this link to open the Douglas County Historical Society Winter Newsletter 2017-2018 DCHS Winter Newsletter 2017-2018 Take a look and see what we’ve been up to this winter! CANCELLED Date set for Feb. 3 Hot Dish Bake Off at Fat Daddy’s in Alexandria, MN 11:00 to 1:30 Book a program/presentation for your organization – programs…

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