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

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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Christmas Service and Hymn Sing, Spruce Hill Church, December 17, 2017

Welcome Everyone to the annual Christmas Service at Spruce Hill Church in NE Douglas County, sponsored by the Douglas County Historical Society MN. Details: December 17, 2017, 2:00 pm, Sunday afternoon. Come enjoy this Spruce Hill, Douglas County, Minnesota tradition where everyone is welcome. Lynn Olson will play the organ, Bonnie and Emily Larson will…

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A Letter to Albin – October 30th, 1918 – Somewhere in France

One of the upstairs rooms at the Douglas County Historical Society in Alexandria is dedicated to those men and women from Douglas County who served in the Military.  One of the displays tells the story of Carl Albin Michaelson, who served in France during World War I.  On display is a copy of a letter…

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