Afton Historical Society

Afton Historical Society Location: The Afton Museum is located in the former Congregational church (1868) building in the Historic Village of Afton, St. Croix Trail So., Minnesota. Hours: Wednesdays 1:00-6:00 p.m. Thursdays 1:00-6:00 p.m.Phone: 651-436-3500
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We are extending our appeal to Monday, January 7th, 2019 in hopes of meeting out goal of $8000. Please help us reach our...
01/04/2019

We are extending our appeal to Monday, January 7th, 2019 in hopes of meeting out goal of $8000.

Please help us reach our goal! We have $5400 remaining to raise.

Remember, every donation counts - none too small.
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12/31/2018

Hello, Afton Historical Society is extending our Appeal to January 7, 2019 in hopes of meeting our goal of $8000. Please help us reach our goal! We have $5500 remaining to raise. Remember, every donation counts, none is too small! Thank you

A big congratulations to the Holiday in the Village 2018 museum wine basket raffle winners Renee and Steve Ziger.
12/06/2018

A big congratulations to the Holiday in the Village 2018 museum wine basket raffle winners Renee and Steve Ziger.

Dear Donors and Friends of the Afton Historical Museum,Help us open our doors on the week-end and support our work throu...
12/06/2018
The Afton Museum relies on donations for Operating Expenses | Afton Historical Museum

Dear Donors and Friends of the Afton Historical Museum,

Help us open our doors on the week-end and support our work throughout the year!

Please consider supporting the Afton Historical Museum with a year-end gift. Our goal is to open our doors one additional day per week and to raise funds to operate throughout the year.

To achieve these goals, we hope to raise $8,000 by December 31.

For a long time, the Afton Historical Museum has been open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 6 pm. We have heard from many people that they would like to visit the Museum, but find it a challenge to make it during the week. Our goal for 2019 is to add a week-end day from Memorial Day through Labor Day to better accommodate our visitors’ schedules and share our collections with many more people.

Operating support covers the Museum’s overhead expenses (utilities, supplies, etc.), pays for part-time staff on days the Museum is open, and helps us with our historical and holiday exhibits. Your contribution helps us meet these critical needs. With your support, we will also be able increase the hours that we are open to the public.

Would you donate $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 or more to help us reach our goal? A donation in any amount is welcome!

Being a place for Afton residents to treasure our shared history and to share it with visitors is the reason we exist. We hope you feel that the Afton Historical Museum is your museum. Thank you for your consideration of support!

Here’s how you can make your tax-deductible donation:
1. You can make an online donation through our PayPal account: https://aftonhistoricalmuseum.com/?q=Donate
2. You can write a check to Afton Historical Museum at PO Box 178, Afton, MN 55001.
3. You can drop off a donation in person during Museum hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.
4. You can make a donation by appointment. Call the Museum at 651-436-3500 or Laurel Ross, Treasurer, at 612-720-4052.

Again, thank you so much. Please donate today!

Sincerely,

~ The Board of Directors of the Afton Historical Museum

What will the funds be used for? Every dollar raised will keep the Afton Historical Museum open to the public, providing educational exhibits and entertainment with a historical flare. Operating expenses are not the most exciting dollars to donate, but know that they are tremendously useful to our m...

Bill Palmquist, Afton Mayor
10/28/2018
Bill Palmquist, Afton Mayor

Bill Palmquist, Afton Mayor

Local bidders, local artists both supporting the local museum. Always love to see what they come up with each year.

Get an up-close view at Afton's Art in the Park. All chairs will be on display.
09/22/2018

Get an up-close view at Afton's Art in the Park. All chairs will be on display.

Want to get an up-close look at these beautiful Adirondack chairs? Come down to Art in the Park in Afton today.
09/22/2018

Want to get an up-close look at these beautiful Adirondack chairs? Come down to Art in the Park in Afton today.

Here are the amazing chairs for the 2018 Chair-ish Silent Auction. Bidding starts soon!
09/20/2018

Here are the amazing chairs for the 2018 Chair-ish Silent Auction. Bidding starts soon!

Ski Chair by Susan Tierney. Susan likes to create things using many different mediums, from resin projects to painting, ...
09/20/2018

Ski Chair by Susan Tierney. Susan likes to create things using many different mediums, from resin projects to painting, sewing, and mosaic. She's lived in Hudson for over 25 years. Afton Alps helped inspire Susan to create this chair out of old skis her family once shredded with!

Jane Richards' Leinenkugel Chair. Jane is a native of a Hudson WI. Her inspiration for her chair was the classic Hudson'...
09/20/2018

Jane Richards' Leinenkugel Chair. Jane is a native of a Hudson WI. Her inspiration for her chair was the classic Hudson's Bay Wool Blanket, love of the Northwoods, board games and sitting on the dock enjoying a cold brew. Jane enjoys travel, art of all kinds, nature, photography, cooking and design.

Bidding starts later this afternoon. All the chairs in the silent auction can be seen in the following posts.
09/20/2018

Bidding starts later this afternoon. All the chairs in the silent auction can be seen in the following posts.

"Butterfly & Dragonfly" by Nancy Arend. Nancy has been doing various types of art all her life. Her current passion is a...
09/19/2018

"Butterfly & Dragonfly" by Nancy Arend. Nancy has been doing various types of art all her life. Her current passion is abstract and non-objective painting in oils and acrylics. She is thrilled to have discovered the thriving art community in Afton.

More amazing Adirondack chairs to come. Stay tuned.
09/19/2018

More amazing Adirondack chairs to come. Stay tuned.

“Fricken Chicken” by Gail Steindorf. Gail is a frequent fixture at The Old School Art Studio and an artist in her ow...
09/19/2018

“Fricken Chicken” by Gail Steindorf. Gail is a frequent fixture at The Old School Art Studio and an artist in her own right. This year is her first year as a participant in our Chair-ish event.

“Picasso Swine” by Kate Sullivan. Kate is the owner of Afton’s Old School Art Studio which is Afton’s center of ...
09/19/2018

“Picasso Swine” by Kate Sullivan. Kate is the owner of Afton’s Old School Art Studio which is Afton’s center of artistic talent. Kate is extraordinarily talented and imaginative which she shows off each year with her unique ideas for the Chair-ish auction.

“Life Is A Picnic” by Gloria Popowitz. Gloria is a self-taught artist and teaches painting at Afton’s Old School A...
09/19/2018

“Life Is A Picnic” by Gloria Popowitz. Gloria is a self-taught artist and teaches painting at Afton’s Old School Art Studio. I painted ‘life is a picnic’ on my chair this year because life is good and colorful and we shouldn’t take it so seriously. Or we will miss the fun!

“Tropical Midnight”  Musician, artist and western re-enactor, Derk Hansen is an Afton resident and loves painting na...
09/19/2018

“Tropical Midnight” Musician, artist and western re-enactor, Derk Hansen is an Afton resident and loves painting natural scenery and wildlife. His work can be found on display at Afton’s Old School Art Studio and at his ‘Saddle Tramp Studio’ in Afton.

"Galaxy." Created by Jessie Eckroad. Jessie works for the Carpenter Nature Center where you can find her providing demon...
09/19/2018

"Galaxy." Created by Jessie Eckroad. Jessie works for the Carpenter Nature Center where you can find her providing demonstrations of owls, hawks and other birds of prey.

"Wolf." Painted by artist Donna Clark. Donna lives in the St. Croix Valley and loves to paint, draw, sew and knit. She c...
09/19/2018

"Wolf." Painted by artist Donna Clark. Donna lives in the St. Croix Valley and loves to paint, draw, sew and knit. She chose the wolf because he is loyal and leader of the "pack."

"United We Stand." Created by Bill Baglio. Bill is an Afton resident, carpenter, and artist. You can bid on this Adirond...
09/19/2018

"United We Stand." Created by Bill Baglio. Bill is an Afton resident, carpenter, and artist. You can bid on this Adirondack Chair Silent Auction starting Thursday.

The Chair-ish Adirondack Silent Auction begins Thursday. Stay tuned for a preview of the chairs and the talented artists...
09/18/2018

The Chair-ish Adirondack Silent Auction begins Thursday. Stay tuned for a preview of the chairs and the talented artists that have created them.

We have reached $1,500 as we make way to our $5,000 goal!
08/28/2018

We have reached $1,500 as we make way to our $5,000 goal!

We are on our way to our way to reaching our Summertime Campaign goal of $5,000!
08/22/2018

We are on our way to our way to reaching our Summertime Campaign goal of $5,000!

08/14/2018

Dear Donors and Friends of the Afton Historical Museum,

This spring and summer the Afton Historical Museum has been busy with many different activities related to our community. The spring started with our involvement in the Jessie Diggins Day event in Afton honoring Jessie for her Olympic Gold Medal win in cross-country skiing. That exciting day was followed by Strawberry Festival, and then the Afton 4th of July Parade.

We were also thrilled to unveil the restored original plat map of the city of Afton and share it with the community. The map was created sometime between 1848-1855. The restoration was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society. One of the surprising facts we learned from the map is that Afton was originally called Clifton. Who knew? We have decided we like the name Afton better.

The work we do for the Afton Historical Museum is done because of our passion and mission to preserve the artifacts of our community for today and future generations. We could not do it without you, though. Therefore, we are announcing our Summertime Campaign to raise $5,000. Your support will help keep the Afton Historical Museum a wonderful place to learn about the city’s past and to share it with the community.

What will the funds be used for?
Your dollars will help pay for things that don’t sound exciting on the surface, but are essential to any nonprofit organization to function. A contribution to the Summertime Campaign will pay for staffing, utilities, and maintenance of the building. Please consider a gift that suits your ability.

We were truly humbled by the generosity of so many of you during our year-end campaign last year. Thank you so much. We hope you will consider supporting our Summertime Campaign to help us reach our $5,000 goal.

Would you be willing to make a donation of $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or more to help us reach our goal? A donation in any amount is welcome!

You may make a tax-deductible donation by:
1. Mailing or dropping off a check at the Museum: 3165 St. Croix Trail S., Afton, MN 55001.
2. Dropping off a donation in person during Museum hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.
3. Making an appointment at a time that is convenient for you. Please call the Museum at 651-436-3500 or Laurel Ross, Treasurer, at 612-720-4052.

Again, thank you. We hope you consider donating by August 31. We will post our fundraising progress on our page (search Afton Historical Society). Enjoy the rest of the summer in our beautiful town.

Sincerely,
~ The Board of Directors of the Afton Historical Museum

Afton Historical Society
06/02/2018

Afton Historical Society

The Afton Museum had its Exhibit Opening Thursday night showcasing historic maps and plats, and the story of Afton’s founding. The highlight of the night was a restored hand drawn on fabric, original plat map of Afton that was created between 1848-1855. This fascinating exhibit will be open from now until early October.

A huge thank you to all of our incredible donors, members and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

The Afton Museum had its Exhibit Opening Thursday night showcasing historic maps and plats, and the story of Afton’s f...
06/02/2018

The Afton Museum had its Exhibit Opening Thursday night showcasing historic maps and plats, and the story of Afton’s founding. The highlight of the night was a restored hand drawn on fabric, original plat map of Afton that was created between 1848-1855. This fascinating exhibit will be open from now until early October.

A huge thank you to all of our incredible donors, members and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

A little local history from the oldest ice cream parlor  in Minnesota Selmas Ice Cream Parlor!  #sweethistorylesson #aft...
05/30/2018

A little local history from the oldest ice cream parlor in Minnesota Selmas Ice Cream Parlor! #sweethistorylesson #aftonmn #selmasicecream

This is where it all started 105 years ago. In 1913 Selma married Ed. They operated their business together & set up housekeeping in the back of the store. Mr. Holberg passed away in 1936 and Selma continued to run the business alone. She passed away in 1966 at the age of 83. Thank all of you for keeping the tradition of Selma’s going! #waybackwednesday #thankyouselma #oldesticecreamparlorinmn #aftonmn

Jesse Diggins Day!!
05/12/2018

Jesse Diggins Day!!

Afton Historical Society
03/19/2018

Afton Historical Society

03/19/2018
Thank you for all your support!  The amazing response to the museum's request for end of the year funding brought us jus...
01/02/2018

Thank you for all your support! The amazing response to the museum's request for end of the year funding brought us just short of our goal but certainly closer than we'd have gotten without all of you. Let's make 2018 the best year ever together!!

12/30/2017

Amazing! Your generosity is humbling.
As if 3:00 today $6,900 has been donated to the Afton Museum - just short if our $8000.00 goal by Jan 1...
Please see previous posts to help fill the small remaining gap.

Just 1 Day To Go!Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to read on...Dear Donors and Friends of the Afton Historical...
12/30/2017

Just 1 Day To Go!
Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to read on...

Dear Donors and Friends of the Afton Historical Museum,

We need your help!

Each year the Museum staff, volunteers and board members work very hard raising money to cover the Museum’s operating expenses. The operating expenses cover building’s overhead and pays for part time staff on days the Museum is open. We come to you now asking for your support to help us raise $8,000 before December 31st.

What will the funds be used for?

Every dollar raised will keep the Afton Historical Museum open to the public, providing educational exhibits and entertainment with a historical flare. Operating expenses are not the most exciting dollars to donate, but know that they are tremendously useful to our mission. With your generous donation, we can put the dollars where they are most needed, including staffing, supplies, lights and heat. Every donation is tax deductible.

Would you be willing to make a donation of $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 or more to help us reach our goal? A donation in any amount is welcome!

The Afton Historical Museum is your museum

We truly love holding our holiday events where we see so many of you, our friends and neighbors, families and children. We love being a place where we can gather together as a community to appreciate the treasures of our shared past. We hope you feel that the Afton Historical Museum is your museum. Thank you for your consideration of support!

Here’s how you can make your tax-deductible donation:
You can make an online donation through our PayPal account: https://aftonhistoricalmuseum.com/?q=Donate
You can write a check to Afton Historical Museum at 3165 St. Croix Trail South, Afton, MN 55001.
You can drop off a donation in person during Museum hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.
You can make a donation by appointment. Call the Museum at 651-436-3500 or Laurel Ross, Treasurer, at 612-720-4052.

Again, thank you so much. We hope you consider making a donation by December 31. Please donate today! We will post our fundraising progress on our page (search Afton Historical Society).

Sincerely,

~ The Board of Directors of the Afton Historical Museum

Dear Donors and Friends of the Afton Historical Museum,We need your help!Each year the Museum staff, volunteers and boar...
12/27/2017

Dear Donors and Friends of the Afton Historical Museum,

We need your help!

Each year the Museum staff, volunteers and board members work very hard raising money to cover the Museum’s operating expenses. The operating expenses cover building’s overhead and pays for part time staff on days the Museum is open. We come to you now asking for your support to help us raise $8,000 before December 31st.

What will the funds be used for?

Every dollar raised will keep the Afton Historical Museum open to the public, providing educational exhibits and entertainment with a historical flare. Operating expenses are not the most exciting dollars to donate, but know that they are tremendously useful to our mission. With your generous donation, we can put the dollars where they are most needed, including staffing, supplies, lights and heat. Every donation is tax deductible.

Would you be willing to make a donation of $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 or more to help us reach our goal? A donation in any amount is welcome!

The Afton Historical Museum is your museum

We truly love holding our holiday events where we see so many of you, our friends and neighbors, families and children. We love being a place where we can gather together as a community to appreciate the treasures of our shared past. We hope you feel that the Afton Historical Museum is your museum. Thank you for your consideration of support!

Here’s how you can make your tax-deductible donation:
You can make an online donation through our PayPal account: https://aftonhistoricalmuseum.com/?q=Donate
You can write a check to Afton Historical Museum at 3165 St. Croix Trail South, Afton, MN 55001.
You can drop off a donation in person during Museum hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.
You can make a donation by appointment. Call the Museum at 651-436-3500 or Laurel Ross, Treasurer, at 612-720-4052.

Again, thank you so much. We hope you consider making a donation by December 31. Please donate today! We will post our fundraising progress on our page (search Afton Historical Society).

Sincerely,

~ The Board of Directors of the Afton Historical Museum

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3165 St. Croix Trail South
Afton, MN
55001

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 19:00
Sunday 09:00 - 19:00

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