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Cottonwood County Historical Society
812 Fourth Avenue Windom, MN 56101
Phone: 507-831-1134
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Opening Times:

Exhibit Hall:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Closed on holidays.

Remick Art Gallery:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Contact the museum for the yearly schedule (507) 831-1134
Closed on holidays.

Admissions:

Exhibit Hall & Remick Art Gallery:
Admission is free. Free Parking. Handicapped accessible.

Research Library:
Non-member usage: $2
 

Description:

This Cottonwood County Historical Society is located in Windom, Minnesota.

Purpose and Goals:
The purpose and goals of the Society are to collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the history of the county.

History:
Cottonwood County was established by the Territorial Legislature May 23, 1857. Because of the Minnesota Dakota Conflict of 1862, permanant settlement of the county did not begin until 1869. County government was formally organized in 1870 and county records date from that time. The Cottonwood County Historical Society, (formerly The Old Settlers Association), had its begining with the meeting of pioneer settlers in October 1901.

Major Resources:

Exhibit Hall:
Exhibits chronicle the county's development from the era of Native Americans to the early 20th century. Exhibits include the early settlers's home, the rural schoolhouse, the general store/post office, the REA kitchen, native american artifacts, Victorian Parlor, Law Enforcement artifacts, and the farm workshop.

Remick Art Gallery
The Remick Art Gallery is a changing art gallery showcasing local and regional artists along with thematic shows. The gallery changes five times a year. Contact the museum for the yearly schedule.

Research Library:
A fee of $2.00 is charged (non-members) to use the Research Library in the museum. It offers a wealth of information for those interested in local history or family histories.

Research materials include:

  • Business Histories/Documents
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census for Cottonwood County (microfilm)
  • Church Records
  • Club and Organizational Records
  • Ephemera
  • Family Histories and Documents
  • Genealogical files
  • Library Card Catalog (computer and index files in process)
  • Maps
  • Military Records
  • Naturalization Records (microfilm)
  • Area Newspapers (microfilm)
  • Obituary Files
  • Periodicals and Newsletters
  • Photograph Catalog file (computer)
  • Plat Books/Atlases and Indexes
  • School Records Files and Index (index on computer)
  • Telephone Books
  • Township Records
  • Yearbooks
  • ....and much more!

Room Rental and Group Tours:
The meeting room (max. capacity 90) with a slide screen VCR, and DVD player is available for groups to rent.

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