Norman County Historical Society Museum Celebrates 20 Years; New Log Cabin to Become Teaching Tool

Norman County Historical Society Museum Celebrates 20 Years; New Log Cabin to Become Teaching Tool

May 5, 2021 Kaleidoscope News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Ada, MN — The Norman County Historical and Genealogical Society Log Museum is celebrating 20 years this year and the organization will be celebrating the occasion later this month.  The museum was built after the 1997 Flood destroyed many of the artifacts in the original buildings. Solveig Kitchell, who has been a part of the Norman County Historical Society since 2005, says the museum has come a long way since being built, especially considering how much history had to be destroyed because of flood damage.

The newest addition to the Norman County Historical Society is the new log cabin in the prairie village being called “Helen’s House.” The cabin is the result of a generous donation from the Helen Docken family, who had originally intended to donate towards the restoration of the 1870s pioneer cabin. Fortunately, that project had already been funded, so Kitchell says they purchased a new cabin that would better serve their needs for larger groups.

Kitchell adds that they hope to use the new cabin a teaching tool and will be introducing a new program this summer called “Museum Mondays.”

The Norman County Historical Society Museum in Ada officially opens for the summer Memorial Day weekend, but they will also be hosting an open house on Wednesday, May 26th from 2-5pm to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the log museum.   

Inside of the new “Helen’s House” Cabin

Listen to the full interview with Solveig Kitchell from the KRJB Kaleidosocpe Program below: