Township Row 22 individual displays 3,000 piece salt & pepper shaker collection 294 personality dolls in enclosed display cases Mounted big game, wildlife, flora & fauna exhibit Military display of all wars from the Civil War to Desert Storm “A Century of Education” schools display Strong genealogical holdings; index of newspaper obituaries; microfilm library of all LQP County newspapers plus some original newpaper archives
OUTSIDE EXHIBITSa furnished 1870′s log cabin Rural schoolhouse built in ca. 1887, equipped for that period through the early 1900′s Agricultural machinery, tools and early transportation exhibit 1933 Gas Station The Robert Bly Study where Madison’s native son, Minnesota’s First Poet Laureate, did much of his early writing
“Back to the 50’s”
We are currently working on a new display that will tell the story of what it was like to grow up in the era of the 50’s.
Recently we received a Jungers Oil Heater from the family of Vincent and Madonna Michels that will be displayed in this room. Vincent farmed in Cerro Gordo Township until 1969. The heater was brought in by his son Roger.
Roger remembers crawling out of bed when it was so cold upstairs you could see your breath after you woke up and then running down stairs to get dressed in front of the heater. Do any of you have memories like that? If you do we would love to have you share them with us
We also have a Shellane Gas Range from that era that was donated by Paul Holzemer. This range was used by his mother. A Dexter Twin Tub washing machine was donated by Lorraine Connor.
We are still looking for a few more items to add to the 50’s room. If you have a small phonograph that plays 45s, an old hanging tin kitchen cabinet or a black rotary phone that you are willing to donate – please let us know.