The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is located on the North edge of Willmar, Minnesota and across from Willmar Lake and Robbins Island.

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c)3 dedicated to "discovering, preserving, and sharing the story of Kandiyohi County and its people.

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Call (320) 235-1881 or email kandhist@msn.com for more information!!

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm-4pm
(Memorial Day –Labor Day) 
Admission: Free, suggested donation $2.00
Location: MAP 610 NE Hwy 71
Willmar, MN  56201

 

Current News

May 14, 2015

Orphan Train Presentation by Renee Wendinger
7pm– Free Admission

Author Renée Wendinger is from southern Minnesota, and her mother was one of the children of the orphan trains taking part in a phenomenal journey from New York City to the Midwest. Renée an avid historian has researched the epoch of the largest mass migration of children to occur in American history for many years. Renée is a speaker on the subject of the orphan trains and immigration experience offering a historical PowerPoint symposium. She is an honorary president of the Orphan Train Riders of New York organization. more information

2015 Year of the Train

The Great Northern Railway Engine #2523 was permanently put on display at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society in October 1965. That was four years before the Kandiyohi County Historical Society opened its doors in May 1969. So to honor the 50 years this awesome machine has been a landmark in Willmar and Kandiyohi County, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society is announcing 2015 as the Year of the Train. We are going to celebrate throughout the entire year of 2015. Read more in the March Newsletter.


Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association Now an Affiliate of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society would like to announce their new affiliate, the Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association of New London, MN.  The Kandiyohi County Historical Society and the Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association have a common goal: to nurture a knowledge of and appreciation for the history of Kandiyohi County.  The Affiliation program is meant to coordinate the efforts of both parties in the discovery, collection, preservation and interpretation of Kandiyohi County history.  Both Societies will remain their own independent entity.  The Kandiyohi County Historical Society welcomes affiliations with other Kandiyohi County historical associations.   The Kandiyohi County Historical Society looks forward to building and fostering this relationship with the Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association. 


The West Central Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame announces the Inaugural Class Inductees more


Great Northern Railway Facebook PageThe Great Northern Railway Engine #2523 has it's own Facebook Page!!

Newsletter

The War Memorial Auditorium in Willmar was featured on Postcards this week. Watch it here.