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Lac qui Parle County History Center

Our mission is to represent visually and chronologically the priceless heritage of Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, which includes Lac qui Parle State Park, and the towns of Bellingham, Boyd, Dawson, Louisburg, Madison, Marietta and Nassau. Lac qui Parle (locals pronounce it Lak kwa Par-uhl ) is a French translation of the native Dakota name, meaning “lake which speaks” and is a reference to a lake formed by the widening of the Minnesota River along the northeastern border of the county.

April 21: History Bus Tour to Granite Falls sites, last day to register April 17

May 6: Pancake Brunch & Raffle (moved from April 15) and Spring Open House Inspiration Through the Lens


Lac qui Parle County Museum former employee Sam Olson passed away on March 22, 2018 at Johnson Memorial Care Center in Dawson. Sam came to work at the museum shortly after his retirment, as a research assistant and photographer, recently retiring from the position due to his health restrictions. We will miss his soft-spoken spirit and his sense of humor. This photo of him is one of our favorites, when he played the character of “Sam the Farmer” at a museum event.

Sam’s memorial service will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Grace Lutheran Church in Dawson. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 25 from 5-7:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. There will also be visitation for one hour before the service on Monday.

Sam’s Obituary

2018 Programs & Events Schedule
April 17 – Photography Class
Saturday April 21 – History Bus Tour
May 6 – Pancake Brunch and Raffle
May 6–Open House – Inspiration Through the Lens
July 29 – Heritage Day
September 6 – 9 – Lac qui Parle County Fair



Membership in the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society

Personal memberships: Individual $15.00, Family $25.00, Contributor $50.00, Benefactor $100.00

Business memberships: Bronze $25.00, Silver $50.00, Gold $75.00, Platinum $100

Payment Options

Credit Card or Paypal Balance: Use the Paypal button if you would like to use a credit card; safe, secure and you do not need a Paypal account. If you do have a Paypal account you have the option of paying from your existing balance.

Cash or check: Stop in at the museum, or email us a request for a membership form.

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