The Stearns History Museum has opened a new exhibit "Bucket Brigade." This exhibit features the 1929 Ahrens Fox Fire Truck seen in central Minnesota summer parades. The Ahrens Fox is part of the Stearns History Museum's collection and is shown by the St. Cloud Fire Department at local events. Get a close look at this magnificent vehicle and learn about the early methods of firefighting. You'll have an opportunity to try on boots, fire coat and hat worn by firefighters and take a selfie.
Navigating the 70s
The music, the clothes, the furniture and toys continue to inspire today's styles. Revisit the 70s in this fun look back when the Germain Mall was built, the U.S sesquicentennial was celebrated and Vietnam War came to a close.
This exhibit explores the tumultuous time through artifacts and images and draws heavily from the words of those from Stearns County residents who were there.
WWI raged from August, 1914 to November 11, 1918. The people of Stearns County, MN, although many were of Germanic heritage, made substantial contributions to the winning of the war while at the same time living with anti-German discrimination and prejudice. Stearns County residents served in all branches of the service including the Army and Navy Nurse Corps and the Female Telephone Operators Unit, or “Hello Girls”. Those at home contributed by manning factories and farms, planting victory gardens, joining the ‘clean plate club’ or knitting sweaters and socks for servicemen. Whatever their role, WWI changed them forever.
Two floors of exhibits provide visitors of every age with an entertaining learning experience.
Natural History of Stearns County Investigate the natural world before the land was developed as towns and farms
A Changing Landscape Explore the impact of development in Stearns County early residents created the communities we see today from the natural landscape pre-1855.
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.
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.
Pan Motor Company The newly renovated exhibit looks at the world Sam Pandolfo created, how he pursued his dream and what led to the company's downfall.