New Exhibit
FARMERS, MINERS & REFUGEES
Slovenian Immigration in Minnesota Since 1855

October 16 - January 14

This charming exhibit was created by members of our own Stearns County community who's ancestors came from Slovenia. They raised funds, developed content, gathered artifacts and photos to display, and created the exhibit.
Slovenia, a country in South Central Europe, was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until its dissolution at the end of World War I. It also was the republic of Yugoslavia until 1991. Several immigrants to Central Minnesota in the mid-1880s, including the settlers of St. Stephen and St. Anthony, came from areas that are now part of Slovenia.


Long Term Exhibits 

Two floors of exhibits provide visitors of every age with an entertaining learning experience.

Flowing Through Time  Investigate the natural world and explore the impact of settlement in Stearns County as it  grew to be the vibrant community of today.

On Solid Ground - Newly Renovated!  The granite industry has had great impact on the development of the area. Buildings from all over the U.S. have Stearns County granite on their facade and in their hallways.

Power on the Prairie  Many rural areas in Stearns County didn't receive electricity until the 1950s. Explore what life was like before and after electrification from the outhouse to the flush toilet.

Artifind  Enjoy a favorite children's game and book series in the Museum's version of I Spy. It's a great space to share memories with grandchildren as you explain the rotary telephone and record player.

Alice Wheelock Whitney Mrs. Whitney was an important figure in developing the culture of St. Cloud. Her story highlights the importance of giving back to a community and how it can have long term impact.

Healing Hands Healthcare is a major industry in Stearns County. This exhibit provides an overview of healthcare with the Benedictine Sisters taking the lead in developing the hospital system that is now CentraCare.


 

On Exhbit

Pan Motor Company
featuring the only 1917
Pan Model 250 in existence.






Artifind 
Love hidden object games? Then you will love Artifind. This newly renovated activity is fun for the whole family.  


Find 2 windmills, a lunch box and a turkey with legs,
A pair of green chairs, two forks and a crate of eggs.
Find a vacuum, a stool and 3 potatoes,
A potty chair, 2 cow bells, and two ripe tomatoes.
Find celery in a bag, 2 ducks and a cat,
A football, pink pig and a cowboy with a hat.

 

Now Showing in the Pantown Theater

Pan's Song: Hear the story of Sam Pandolfo and the Pan Motor Company as told from the viewpoint of Sam Pandolfo in his trial records. 15 minutes

Granite Country USA: The history of the granite industry in Stearns County. 22 minutes

Jewel of St. Cloud Munsinger and Clemens Gardens: Learn the history of St. Cloud's premier gardens along the Mississippi River. 27 minutes

Our Town . . . Our Games.  History of the St. Cloud Rox: The St. Cloud Rox was a minor league baseball team in St. Cloud from 1946 - 1971.  They were affiliated with the New York and San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins. 15 minutes

Lake George  21 minutes

Paramount Theater  35 minutes

 

 All of the artifacts in our collections on display in exhibits and preserved at our facility are donated. If you would like to donate to our collection please contact Adam Smith, Curator of Collections, by calling 320-253-8424 or emailing asmith@stearns-museum.org

        

Stearns History Museum • 235-33rd Avenue South • St. Cloud, MN  56301   

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