Anoka County Historical Society

Anoka County Historical Society A place for people interested in Anoka County's history and the work of the Anoka County Historical Society to share their passion and connect.
Founded in 1934, the Anoka County Historical Society offers year-round exhibitions at the Anoka County History Center and Library, tours, and other public programs.
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Spring evenings make us happy!
05/16/2019

Spring evenings make us happy!

Tuesday Trivia: The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) served veterans from the Civil War. Anoka had five cottages wher...
05/07/2019

Tuesday Trivia: The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) served veterans from the Civil War. Anoka had five cottages where veterans of the Civil War and their blood relatives were eligible to live. They were torn down the summer of 1962...Where were they? City of Anoka, Minnesota Discover Anoka Haven for Heroes MN #anokacountyhistory 2069.1.2

And now....a cow. Happy #MyrtleMonday !!! The Downs family had a farm in #Ramseycity and a house in City of Anoka, Minne...
05/06/2019

And now....a cow. Happy #MyrtleMonday !!!
The Downs family had a farm in #Ramseycity and a house in City of Anoka, Minnesota #localhistory #anokacountyhistory P2075.19.29 Discover Anoka

05/04/2019
Best of the Blessed Ep.5 Jell-O

Jiggle jiggle jiggle with the next episode of Best of the Blessed - Jell-O edition. :)
https://buff.ly/2vzAd8a Get some tips and ideas for the Jell-O Cookoff May 11

This is "Best of the Blessed Ep.5 Jell-O" by Anoka County Historical Society on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Have your molds ready for the Jello Cookoff??? It’s just a week away on May 11. How cute are these mini-molds. Get you...
05/03/2019

Have your molds ready for the Jello Cookoff??? It’s just a week away on May 11. How cute are these mini-molds. Get your tickets now 😀😀😀anokacountyhistory.org

Sending best wishes to another Anoka County service member and their family during their deployment! We would love your ...
05/03/2019

Sending best wishes to another Anoka County service member and their family during their deployment! We would love your story #veteransvoice

Greetings to Staff Sgt. Natalie Melcher an air defense battle management system operator for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Currently serving a nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Task Force Spartan, Melcher is joined by more than 600 Red Bull Soldiers from the Mid-West.
Melcher hails from Blaine, Minnesota but now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When she isn't serving the great state of Minnesota she serves her local community as a registered nurse at Saint Joseph's Hospital in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Don't let go!! Whose bike lessons included Grandpa and his pipe? George Liebheit teaching his grandaughters Diana and Ra...
05/02/2019

Don't let go!! Whose bike lessons included Grandpa and his pipe? George Liebheit teaching his grandaughters Diana and Randi how to ride a bicycle, July 1963 #anokacountyhistory 2017.0372.010 #bikeride #notrainingswheels

Little sisters explained in one photograph.  Margaret Gillis with her sister Frances E. Gillis in 1914 on the porch of 5...
05/01/2019

Little sisters explained in one photograph. Margaret Gillis with her sister Frances E. Gillis in 1914 on the porch of 508 Park Street, City of Anoka, Minnesota #anokacountyhistory 2016.1758.005

Presentation is everything with the Cherry Waldorf Salad Jell-O edition. Show off your own jiggle at our Jell-O Cookoff ...
04/30/2019

Presentation is everything with the Cherry Waldorf Salad Jell-O edition. Show off your own jiggle at our Jell-O Cookoff May 11 sign up now at https://buff.ly/2KF8ahW 😀 😀

Now that baseball season is upon us (weather permitting) a look back at Bethel's baseball team in 1910.Back row: (L-R) L...
04/29/2019

Now that baseball season is upon us (weather permitting) a look back at Bethel's baseball team in 1910.

Back row: (L-R) Lonnie Crace, Boone Crace, Manager Tom Howard, George Ackerson, Frank Ackerson.
Middle Row: (L-R) Joe Chouinard, Will Fowler, Horace Barcelon.
Front Row: (L-R) Sylvester Baker, Frank Chandler, Rufus Strong.
Mascot/bat boy - Morris Fowler.
Object Id: 558.1.01

#bethel #1910 #anokacountyhistory @bethelminnestoa #baseball

04/29/2019

Lookin' good and feelin' good on #MyrtleMonday after a good brush - it's almost like its an entirely different horse. 😋
The Downs family had a farm in City of Ramsey and a house in City of Anoka, Minnesota #localhistory #anokacountyhistory 2005.1361.059 Discover Anoka

04/27/2019
Best of the Blessed Ep.4 Hotdish

Hot dish or Casserole? There is no debate in the next episode of Best of the Blessed- Hot Dish edition :) https://vimeo.com/332528288

This is "Best of the Blessed Ep.4 Hotdish" by Anoka County Historical Society on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Finding folks from a favorite house museum Ames-Florida-Stork House Museum Thanks for coming to #malhm2019 !
04/25/2019

Finding folks from a favorite house museum Ames-Florida-Stork House Museum Thanks for coming to #malhm2019 !

Roll call from Andover, Minnesota , meet another #anokacounty resident serving overseas. Can’t wait to hear your story...
04/24/2019

Roll call from Andover, Minnesota , meet another #anokacounty resident serving overseas. Can’t wait to hear your story! #veteransVoice

Meet Spc. Noah Stokes, a radar repairer for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He is trained to perform initial, in-process, on-site technical and quality control inspections. Stokes is currently serving on a 10-month deployment with the Red Bulls in support of U.S. Central Command's Task Force Spartan.
A native of Andover, Minnesota, he now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When he isn't busy serving in the Minnesota National Guard, Stokes is attending Minnesota Community and Technical College for a degree in theater.

Are you looking kinda shaggy after a winter of ignoring your hair? Myrtle still loves you! And we love you #MyrtleMonday...
04/22/2019

Are you looking kinda shaggy after a winter of ignoring your hair? Myrtle still loves you! And we love you #MyrtleMonday

The Downs family had a farm in City of Ramsey and a house in City of Anoka, Minnesota #anokacountyhistory #localhistory #anokacountyhistory P2075.19.27 Discover Anoka

Who's hunting for Easter eggs today? The Linwood Booster Club had multiple bunnies show up for their hunt in 1978. #find...
04/21/2019

Who's hunting for Easter eggs today? The Linwood Booster Club had multiple bunnies show up for their hunt in 1978. #findthemall #HappyEaster #linwoodmn #easter #anokacountyhistory 2008.0829.0156-c Linwood, Minnesota

#SundayHonorRoll with Walt Barnes outside Camp St. Barbara, April 1956. During the Korean war the camp was located 12 mi...
04/21/2019

#SundayHonorRoll with Walt Barnes outside Camp St. Barbara, April 1956. During the Korean war the camp was located 12 miles north of the 38th parallel. #anokacountyhistory 2069.4.35

04/20/2019
Best of the Blessed Ep. 3 Meat

Best of the Blessed returns with Episode 3! Check out these "new" recipes from Christ Lutheran Church and Saint Timothy's Parish in City of Blaine, Minnesota, Government in the ACHS Collections #anokacountyhistory Christ Lutheran Church Blaine Church of St. Timothy

This is "Best of the Blessed Ep. 3 Meat" by Anoka County Historical Society on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Brush up on your Botany with Marie DeGraff's hand drawn class workbook from 1896 before the Fridley Home and Garden Tour...
04/19/2019

Brush up on your Botany with Marie DeGraff's hand drawn class workbook from 1896 before the Fridley Home and Garden Tour July 21. No prior skill or knowledge required for the tour - only appreciation of beauty 😍 🌻 City of Fridley #fridleyhomeandgardentour #rootsandripples

#jelloprotip when using jello creation as a birthday cake, place any candles in gumdrops to the side. #avoidthemelting T...
04/19/2019

#jelloprotip when using jello creation as a birthday cake, place any candles in gumdrops to the side. #avoidthemelting Thinking of adding a candle to your creation? No worries! The Jell-O Cookoff May 11 is at the SBM Fire Station No. 3 Get your tickets now https://buff.ly/2KF8ahW Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Mounds View Fire Dept. #jellocookoff #anokacountyhistory

The telephone pole just came out of nowhere! Thank goodness Columbia Heights Fire Dept is on scene. 41st Ave & Monroe St...
04/18/2019

The telephone pole just came out of nowhere! Thank goodness Columbia Heights Fire Dept is on scene. 41st Ave & Monroe St. 11/10/1967, 1 pm. #anokacountyhistory Nelson0501 Columbia Heights Fire Department City of Columbia Heights, MN

Did you ration your Girl Scout Cookies? Or are you already regretting not getting that one last box. Christine Prokopowi...
04/17/2019

Did you ration your Girl Scout Cookies? Or are you already regretting not getting that one last box. Christine Prokopowicz Rodriguez from troop 701 maybe could have helped you out in 1972. We just added her uniform to the collection #anokacountyhistory 2019.1822 #girlscouts City of Fridley

UPDATE: The secret is revealed - Ring-Around-The-TUNA!!!!Guess the secret ingredient! This classic jell-o mold is called...
04/16/2019

UPDATE: The secret is revealed - Ring-Around-The-TUNA!!!!

Guess the secret ingredient! This classic jell-o mold is called "Ring around the _____" and is "a beautiful jewel-like entree salad for your luncheon or buffet table." Start with lime or lemon gelatin, add vinegar, onion, diced cucumber, celery, pimiento, stuffed olives AND ?????
Who wants to tackle this one for the Jello Cookoff May 11? https://buff.ly/2Kmw69E

Tax deadline day! Before you raise a glass to celebrate the end of tax season, you should probably know. You pay a perso...
04/15/2019

Tax deadline day! Before you raise a glass to celebrate the end of tax season, you should probably know. You pay a personal income tax because in 1913 our Government needed an alternative to its dependence on the alcohol tax which allowed for PROHIBITION without the bottom line being affected. Numbers matter.

Puppies AND babies? Myrtle wins again. Happy #myrtlemonday !!The Downs family had a farm in City of Ramsey and a house i...
04/15/2019

Puppies AND babies? Myrtle wins again. Happy #myrtlemonday !!

The Downs family had a farm in City of Ramsey and a house in City of Anoka, Minnesota
#anokacountyhistory #localhistory #morecats #historycats #anokacountyhistory P2075.19.24 Discover Anoka

#SundayHonorRoll Larry Czyscon taking a moment to rest by the sandbags in Vietnam ca 1969. #anokacountyhistory P2069.S7
04/14/2019

#SundayHonorRoll Larry Czyscon taking a moment to rest by the sandbags in Vietnam ca 1969. #anokacountyhistory P2069.S7

Soup's on!!! With another episode of Best of the Blessed. Allison and Melanie explore soup recipes from Anoka County Chu...
04/13/2019

Soup's on!!! With another episode of Best of the Blessed. Allison and Melanie explore soup recipes from Anoka County Church cookbooks in the ACHS collection.

Have you ever wondered how to un-Jello a Jello mold? Wonder no longer with our next #JelloProTip !! The trick? Warm wate...
04/12/2019

Have you ever wondered how to un-Jello a Jello mold? Wonder no longer with our next #JelloProTip !! The trick? Warm water....but not too warm! Show off your skills or ooo and ahhh at the Jello Cookoff creations May 11 https://buff.ly/2Kmw69E #jellocookoff #joysofjellocookbook

Heads up! We’ve got a friend overseas serving from #blaine #circlePines that could use some hometown hellos #veteransV...
04/12/2019

Heads up! We’ve got a friend overseas serving from #blaine #circlePines that could use some hometown hellos #veteransVoice

Say hello to Pfc. Deven Thompson from Blaine, Minnesota. Thompson is serving on a nine-month deployment with the Red Bulls in the mail room. His military occupational specialty is an armor crewman when not on deployment. Back home, he lives in Circle Pines, Minnesota and works at Altron Inc. out of Anoka, Minnesota.
Thompson is serving in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility in support of Task Force Spartan along with more than 600 Red Bulls.

Start thinking gardens, flowers, and beautiful things! The Fridley Home and Garden tour returns July 21 https://buff.ly/...
04/11/2019

Start thinking gardens, flowers, and beautiful things! The Fridley Home and Garden tour returns July 21 https://buff.ly/2YXtIcJ We promise it will be in living color, unlike Anoka County's exhibit at the State Fair 1920.

#anokacountyhistory 2062.2.1 City of Fridley Fridley Patch Anoka County Library Minnesota State Fair

A part of Anoka County's story, Margaret Langfeld was the first woman on the Blaine city council, one of the first women...
04/11/2019
Long-time activist and leader Margaret Langfeld dies at 76

A part of Anoka County's story, Margaret Langfeld was the first woman on the Blaine city council, one of the first women who served on the Anoka County Board and the first woman to chair that Board. Thank you Margaret for carving your own path in life, the way you served others and for being an amazing human. You will be missed and remembered.

Margaret Langfeld, long-time elected official and community activist, passed away Saturday, April 6, surrounded by her husband and family after a bout with melanoma.

The ghost of Rangers past. This Dodge carryall has been known to haunt the trails - beware those who do not tread lightl...
04/10/2019

The ghost of Rangers past. This Dodge carryall has been known to haunt the trails - beware those who do not tread lightly at Bunker Hills. Last confirmed sighting ca. 1978 Anoka County Sheriff's Office Anoka County Parks #anokacountyhistory 2079.2.34

Lunch Time! Let's talk school lunches. Best...worst? The lunch ladies at Blaine Elementary School 1969-1970 served up th...
04/09/2019

Lunch Time! Let's talk school lunches. Best...worst? The lunch ladies at Blaine Elementary School 1969-1970 served up the best: Mrs. Dahlin, Mrs. Lantz, and Mrs. Anderson. 1969-1970

#AnokaCountyHistory P2078.2.11 Anoka-Hennepin School District City of Blaine, Minnesota, Government

#JelloProTip Don't let anyone tell you it can't be put in Jell-O! For example the Vegetable Trio can give you the best o...
04/09/2019

#JelloProTip Don't let anyone tell you it can't be put in Jell-O! For example the Vegetable Trio can give you the best of the jiggly dessert plus carrots, cabbage, and spinach. Who's brave enough? Enter the Jello Cookoff May 11. https://buff.ly/2Kmw69E

A word from Myrtle: dogs are people too. Happy #myrtlemonday !!! #notjustcats
04/08/2019

A word from Myrtle: dogs are people too. Happy #myrtlemonday !!! #notjustcats

Hanging out with our neighbors to enjoy what other nonprofits have to offer! Evita was amazing Lyric Arts
04/07/2019

Hanging out with our neighbors to enjoy what other nonprofits have to offer! Evita was amazing Lyric Arts

04/06/2019
Best of the Blessed Ep. 1 Bread

Who has church cookbooks? We do! and we are bringing you the very Best of the Blessed in a new video series. Check out episode 1 - bread. DELICIOUS v

Join Melissa and Allison as they explore, and make, recipes from cookbooks in the Anoka County Historical Society's collection.

Wait! We have the hats and the trike...but where's the cat! Always pose with a cat - wise advice from Myrtle Downs. #myr...
04/01/2019

Wait! We have the hats and the trike...but where's the cat! Always pose with a cat - wise advice from Myrtle Downs. #myrtlemonday #anokacountyhistory 2005.1361.053

The Downs family had a farm in City of Ramsey and a house in City of Anoka, Minnesota
#localhistory #morecats #historycats #anokacountyhistory Discover Anoka

#SundayHonorRoll - Brothers Loren & Robert Gregerson enlisted together on Jan 29, 1943 #WWII This photo hung in the old ...
03/31/2019

#SundayHonorRoll - Brothers Loren & Robert Gregerson enlisted together on Jan 29, 1943 #WWII This photo hung in the old Cedar town hall as part of a collage of #veterans from the area. #anokacountyhistory 2003.1051.045 #thankyouforyourservice

Dance with your heart, soul and a minimum of 5 friends wearing the same outfit #SaturdaySquadGoals  #anokacountyhistory ...
03/30/2019

Dance with your heart, soul and a minimum of 5 friends wearing the same outfit #SaturdaySquadGoals
#anokacountyhistory 2078.3.98 A "Spanish Dance" presented at St. Anne's Convent in 1918. #anokacountydance

Us at the beginning of road construction season. When will it end?!?! #anokacountyhistory 2456.I Charles Weaver Construc...
03/29/2019

Us at the beginning of road construction season. When will it end?!?! #anokacountyhistory 2456.I Charles Weaver Construction Co. getting work done circa 1920

Back when no smoking signs didn't exist (also it doesn't count as a kitty poster if it's a fierce lion.) Life at the Ano...
03/28/2019

Back when no smoking signs didn't exist (also it doesn't count as a kitty poster if it's a fierce lion.) Life at the Anoka Water and Light Department in 1973. #anokacountyhistory 2001.0268.303 City of Anoka, Minnesota Discover Anoka

HAPPY DANCE! Huge News and a big thank you to the Shavlik Family Foundation😍 We received a $10,000 grant to add an in...
03/27/2019

HAPPY DANCE! Huge News and a big thank you to the Shavlik Family Foundation😍 We received a $10,000 grant to add an interactive table to the exhibit hall this year. Students at Hennepin Technical College will help create games and content using the ACHS Collections. While we wait for ours to arrive...check out a demo here. https://buff.ly/2yHv6Hv Being patient and waiting is HARD! No worries, we'll keep you posted. 📸 Cleartouch

#mnwhatever day at the @amswedinstitute !! History learning, friend making and whatever goes 😀😀
03/25/2019

#mnwhatever day at the @amswedinstitute !! History learning, friend making and whatever goes 😀😀

We are less than surprised. #MyrtleMonday decoration tips from Myrtle Downs - it's all about the CATS. "Tom Dick and Har...
03/25/2019

We are less than surprised. #MyrtleMonday decoration tips from Myrtle Downs - it's all about the CATS. "Tom Dick and Harry vowed never to marry in the good old summertime..."
The Downs family had a farm in City of Ramsey and a house in City of Anoka, Minnesota
#anokacountyhistory #localhistory #morecats #historycats #anokacountyhistory 2005.1361.165 Discover Anoka

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2135-3rd Avenue, North
Anoka, MN
55303

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Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(763) 421-0600

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