Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum The Barron County Historical Society was established in 1960 with a mission to collect, preserve, and share the unique heritage of Northwest Wisconsin, in order to honor our ancestors, enrich lives, and inspire future generations.
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Pioneer Village Museum has a collection of 40-plus buildings and structures, some dating back to the 19th century, that house, display and preserve historical artifacts. Volunteers generously contribute their time and talents to operate and maintain the museum. Barron County Historical Society memberships and community participation in Museum activities help continue the preservation of our local history.

Mission: To collect, preserve, and share the unique heritage of Northwest Wisconsin, in order to honor our ancestors, enrich lives, and inspire future generations.

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04/24/2020

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A scenic view of Prairie Lake looking east from the shoreline of The Indian Head Resort. Good fishing, swimming and a nice place to relax. Photo by Emil Fremming!

Karen Heram, Bert Richard, Anne E. Gallagher, Jennifer Schieffer, Jim Rathke, Sandy Ekstrom-Schultz, Robin Fossum
04/24/2020

Karen Heram, Bert Richard, Anne E. Gallagher, Jennifer Schieffer, Jim Rathke, Sandy Ekstrom-Schultz, Robin Fossum

50 Acts of Green!

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Pioneer Village Museum is launching a 50 Acts of Green initiative, encouraging our community to participate in 50 Acts of Green over the next 50 Days to continue the dedicated hard work of Senator Gaylord Nelson in protecting and improving our environment. We've created a list of 50+ Acts of Green that help ourselves and our environment and posted them on our website. https://www.pioneervillagemuseum.org/50-acts-of-green If you can think of more ideas, please post them below, and we'll add them to the list! This is meant to be a list of things that any one person or family can do, by themselves if necessary, and not necessarily with a lot of expense (though there are some things, such as purchasing a hybrid or electric car, or installing solar panels, that require some investment). We want everyone in the community to be able to participate in some way!

We know this seems like a lot! To add extra incentive, if you are able to do at least 15 (FIFTEEN) of the items on the list in the next 50 (FIFTY) days, and tell us or post photos (we LOVE to see photos of our community members hard at work!) in this thread, we'll enter your name in a drawing for $50 in gift certificates to local community businesses, to be awarded at the end of the 50 Acts of Green Project.

We can't wait to see how green and creative our community can be!

Karen Heram, Bert Richard, Anne E. Gallagher
04/24/2020

Karen Heram, Bert Richard, Anne E. Gallagher

50 Acts of Green!

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Pioneer Village Museum is launching a 50 Acts of Green initiative, encouraging our community to participate in 50 Acts of Green over the next 50 Days to continue the dedicated hard work of Senator Gaylord Nelson in protecting and improving our environment. We've created a list of 50+ Acts of Green that help ourselves and our environment and posted them on our website. https://www.pioneervillagemuseum.org/50-acts-of-green If you can think of more ideas, please post them below, and we'll add them to the list! This is meant to be a list of things that any one person or family can do, by themselves if necessary, and not necessarily with a lot of expense (though there are some things, such as purchasing a hybrid or electric car, or installing solar panels, that require some investment). We want everyone in the community to be able to participate in some way!

We know this seems like a lot! To add extra incentive, if you are able to do at least 15 (FIFTEEN) of the items on the list in the next 50 (FIFTY) days, and tell us or post photos (we LOVE to see photos of our community members hard at work!) in this thread, we'll enter your name in a drawing for $50 in gift certificates to local community businesses, to be awarded at the end of the 50 Acts of Green Project.

We can't wait to see how green and creative our community can be!

50 Acts of Green! In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Pioneer Village Museum is launching a 50 Acts of Gr...
04/22/2020

50 Acts of Green!

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Pioneer Village Museum is launching a 50 Acts of Green initiative, encouraging our community to participate in 50 Acts of Green over the next 50 Days to continue the dedicated hard work of Senator Gaylord Nelson in protecting and improving our environment. We've created a list of 50+ Acts of Green that help ourselves and our environment and posted them on our website. https://www.pioneervillagemuseum.org/50-acts-of-green If you can think of more ideas, please post them below, and we'll add them to the list! This is meant to be a list of things that any one person or family can do, by themselves if necessary, and not necessarily with a lot of expense (though there are some things, such as purchasing a hybrid or electric car, or installing solar panels, that require some investment). We want everyone in the community to be able to participate in some way!

We know this seems like a lot! To add extra incentive, if you are able to do at least 15 (FIFTEEN) of the items on the list in the next 50 (FIFTY) days, and tell us or post photos (we LOVE to see photos of our community members hard at work!) in this thread, we'll enter your name in a drawing for $50 in gift certificates to local community businesses, to be awarded at the end of the 50 Acts of Green Project.

We can't wait to see how green and creative our community can be!

03/29/2020
Kwik Trip

Really enjoying this free concert from Chris Kroeze!

Live from the Kwik Trip virtual stage! Chris Kroeze at 7pm!

This looks like a great event!
02/04/2020
Dunn County Historical Society

This looks like a great event!

REMINDER: Our Frost Fair is Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rassbach Museum at Wakanda Park in Menomonie.

The #suffragettes in the #unitedstates had three colors representing their movement - white for #purity, gold for #life,...
01/22/2020

The #suffragettes in the #unitedstates had three colors representing their movement - white for #purity, gold for #life, and purple for #loyalty. The white dresses were chosen to help women of all demographics be able to participate in marches and sashes, accessories, even undergarments were sold in the tri-colors of white-gold-purple for solidarity with the cause. We're encouraging anyone who'd like to participate in our women's suffrage event to dress in these suffrage colors! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/30IxfwV

"Danger!" the poster read. "Women's Suffrage would double the irresponsible vote! It is a menace to the Home, Men's Empl...
01/20/2020

"Danger!" the poster read. "Women's Suffrage would double the irresponsible vote! It is a menace to the Home, Men's Employment and All Business!" Thankfully, #Wisconsin knew better and was the first state to #ratify the #19thamendment on June 10, 1919. Over a year later, on August 18, 1920, #women were finally legally allowed to #vote in the #UnitedStates #elections - something we don't want to forget. The #PioneerVillageMuseum will be hosting a #suffrage event on May 30th - stay tuned for more details, or contact us if you'd like to be involved! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2NILZGI

We received sad news of the passing of another long-time historical society member and dedicated volunteer at the Pionee...
01/20/2020

We received sad news of the passing of another long-time historical society member and dedicated volunteer at the Pioneer Village Museum. Norma has been a regular face at our events and tours and will be greatly missed by staff, volunteers, and visitors alike.

From the Barron News Shield:

Norma Ellen Jenson

Norma E. Jenson, 87, Barron, Wis., formerly of Cameron, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Barron Care and Rehabilitation.

She was born Jan. 29, 1932, to George and Esther (Lundeen) McCulloch at Cooperstown, N.D., where she was raised and attended Central School. She was a member of the Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls.

Norma graduated from Cooperstown High School as class valedictorian in 1950. She was a member of Quill & Scroll, as well as the National Honor Society, during her high school years.

Norma was a baptized and confirmed member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, later Trinity Lutheran, and a member of the L.D.R.

On June 3, 1951, she married Grant Jenson of rural New Auburn at Moorhead, Minn. They lived at Great Lakes, Ill., for a short while, and then at Newport, R.I., where Grant was stationed with the U.S. Navy. After Grant’s discharge from military service, they purchased a home in rural New Auburn, later moving to Cameron and then Barron.

Norma worked at Gorseth’s Store, Cooperstown, during her high school years, and also at Marquart Café with her grandmother, Edith McCulloch. In the Rice Lake area, she worked for Milbeco, Mastercraft Industries, and Brecka’s Floral and Gifts.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Cameron, where she was active in Sarah Circle and the quilting group. She was also a member of the Barron County Historical Society.

She is survived by a brother, Allen (Ruth) McCulloch of Minneapolis, Minn.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband on May 16, 2002.

Interment will be held at Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, rural Spooner. No services are being planned.

Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Cameron and Dallas, are handling arrangements.

Do you know this woman? Comment below and get the conversation started! Here's a hint: The #BarronCountyHistoricalSociet...
01/16/2020

Do you know this woman? Comment below and get the conversation started! Here's a hint: The #BarronCountyHistoricalSociety is 60 years old this month! Those of us working and #volunteering our time here today are grateful for all of the support the society has received these last 60 years to keep it going strong. While we unfold this one woman's story, we'll also let you know more about the #historical society! Feel free to chime in with your #memories and details! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2suhexJ

The Pioneer Village Museum is remembering the life of long-time dedicated volunteer, Edna Feidt. Edna is remembered for ...
01/16/2020

The Pioneer Village Museum is remembering the life of long-time dedicated volunteer, Edna Feidt. Edna is remembered for her bubbly, inquisitive personality that lit up the room and left an impression on everyone she met. She will be greatly missed at the Pioneer Village.

From the Barron News Shield:

Edna Feidt, 94, Almena, Wis., died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.

She was born Nov. 20, 1925, at Rice Lake to Alvin and Mabel (Bryngelson) Hegna. She was raised in Barron, where she graduated from high school. After graduating, she worked briefly in Chicago, Ill., and at various interesting jobs, including Corktown in Almena.

She was married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Almena, on Nov. 13, 1948, to George Feidt. He preceded her in death on April 25, 1999. They farmed and raised their two children in Almena.

She was also busy with church activities, like choir and altar society, as well as other community organizations, such as 4-H, Barron Hospital Auxiliary and Barron County Homemakers. She volunteered at Pioneer Village Museum, rural Cameron.

Edna was also a faithful blood donor, active with the Red Hat Society, enjoyed gardening, quilting, and playing cards with family and friends, as well as fishing with grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter Pattye (Rick) Miller; a son Tom (Lynn); grandchildren Jodi (Karl) Klare, Kelly (Candie) Miller, Mandi Miller, Aaron (Stacey) Feidt, Andy Feidt and Arik (Whitney) Feidt; great-grandchildren Jonas, Carter, Sawyer, Jorey, Gage, Eli, Alyx, Reeve, Brynn and Zane; a brother Alvin Hegna; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband, and a sister Gladys Mohn.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Almena, with Father Tom Thompson officiating and burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Visitation will be held an hour prior to Mass at the church.

Another #year is officially in the #history books. Have a safe and happy #NewYear everyone! #BarronCountyHistoricalSocie...
01/01/2020

Another #year is officially in the #history books. Have a safe and happy #NewYear everyone! #BarronCountyHistoricalSociety #PioneerVillageMuseum — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/37p5xal

#Members, #volunteers, and #friends of the #PioneerVillageMuseum, make room in your #calendar for a cozy #holiday open h...
12/08/2019

#Members, #volunteers, and #friends of the #PioneerVillageMuseum, make room in your #calendar for a cozy #holiday open house at the #museum! Join us from 2-5 PM for treats, conversation, music, and holiday spirit. We're looking forward to it! ⁠ ⁠ #BarronCountyHistoricalSociety — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/38ffvfQ

Don't forget to get your #cookies! They make great #holiday #gifts! For those who haven't pre-ordered, cookie trays will...
12/07/2019

Don't forget to get your #cookies! They make great #holiday #gifts! For those who haven't pre-ordered, cookie trays will be available at the @CedarMall in Rice Lake until sold out. A limited number are available! Other treats will also be available for purchase. We'll see you there! ⁠ ⁠ #PioneerVillageMuseum #BarronCountyHistoricalSociety — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/342ChUJ

The #PioneerVillageMuseum works hard to make sure we are doing the most we can for our #community. Enriching lives and e...
12/06/2019

The #PioneerVillageMuseum works hard to make sure we are doing the most we can for our #community. Enriching lives and educating people of all ages helps make our communities stronger and more sustainable going into the #future. When you're looking at opportunities for year-end donations, remember that by donating to the Pioneer Village Museum, you're also donating to your local community. Contact us today for donation options, or donate online at https://ift.tt/2OlxZDE — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/34XFZ3x

Our stores are inundated with images of a big-bellied #jolly old #elf by the name #Santa Claus bringing gifts to childre...
12/05/2019

Our stores are inundated with images of a big-bellied #jolly old #elf by the name #Santa Claus bringing gifts to children, but across central #Europe, #December 5th is traditionally the day #children are visited by Saint #Nicholas and the #Krampus - Saint Nicholas to reward good children, and the Krampus to punish the bad. How would your children have reacted to this #custom? ⁠ ⁠ Image from a #winter 1896 #Austrian #newspaper depicting Saint Nicholas and the Krampus visiting a #Viennese home. — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2qs5yL2

It's the #season of #giving, and we're giving a shout-out to all of those who #give their #time as #volunteers at the #P...
12/04/2019

It's the #season of #giving, and we're giving a shout-out to all of those who #give their #time as #volunteers at the #PioneerVillageMuseum. This is a rewarding opportunity that gives back to the community every year. If you're interested in #volunteering, send us a message! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/33PE2or

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum
12/03/2019

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum's cover photo
12/03/2019

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum's cover photo

It's #GivingTuesday! This is the day set aside after a weekend shopping spree for charitable donations. It's also one of...
12/03/2019

It's #GivingTuesday! This is the day set aside after a weekend shopping spree for charitable donations. It's also one of a non-profit organization's most important opportunities to meet the needs of their organization, because it's easy to forget about donating the rest of the year!

You can support the Pioneer Village Museum and Barron County Historical Society through our Donate link on Facebook, or through more conventional methods such as by mail, over the phone, or in person. (If you want to stop by, please call the office first to be sure someone will be there! Since the Pioneer Village is closed this time of year, we have a very small staff on hand during the week. 715.458.2080)

#Members, #volunteers, and #friends of the #PioneerVillageMuseum - don't forget about our #holiday open house on Sunday,...
12/01/2019

#Members, #volunteers, and #friends of the #PioneerVillageMuseum - don't forget about our #holiday open house on Sunday, December 15th! From 2-5 PM, enjoy #music, #food, and holiday spirit to celebrate a great year at the #museum. We'll see you there! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/37Undfm

Do you know #Aunt #Annie and #Uncle #Howard? The faded #pencil caption "Aunt Annie and Uncle Howard" was the only inform...
11/30/2019

Do you know #Aunt #Annie and #Uncle #Howard? The faded #pencil caption "Aunt Annie and Uncle Howard" was the only information that came to us with these #historical #family #photos. We do our best to connect the dots, but sometimes it's quite the #investigation!⁠ ⁠ #BarronCountyHistoricalSociety #BCHS #PioneerVillageMuseum — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2Y1AL3W

From humble beginnings on a #family farm and a flock of about six #turkeys, Wallace #Jerome built a company that now pro...
11/28/2019

From humble beginnings on a #family farm and a flock of about six #turkeys, Wallace #Jerome built a company that now processes 75% of turkeys raised in #Wisconsin. If your #Thanksgiving #turkey came from the #Jennie-O Turkey Store, you're enjoying a part of Jerome's legacy! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/37JjPUl

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum
11/28/2019

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum

Part of our dedication to #communityservice is creating and maintaining #youth programs and events. Your #yearend #donation will help us keep these programs going strong into #2020 and beyond. Learn more or #donate today at: https://ift.tt/2OlxZDE — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2pPFJUV

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum
11/28/2019

Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum

Part of our dedication to #communityservice is creating and maintaining #youth programs and events. Your #yearend #donation will help us keep these programs going strong into #2020 and beyond. Learn more or #donate today at: https://ift.tt/2OlxZDE — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2pPFJUV

Local #history is #family history, and the #PioneerVillageMuseum is a place to explore both. With #familyhistory becomin...
11/27/2019

Local #history is #family history, and the #PioneerVillageMuseum is a place to explore both. With #familyhistory becoming increasingly important to our #communities, we strive to make this aspect of history accessible to everyone. Your #donations make it possible to obtain and maintain historical #homes, local business buildings, and other important parts of family and community life. Learn more or donate today at https://ift.tt/2OlxZDE — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/35Fr65S

Don't forget the #cookies! Make plans to stop by our table at the @cedarmall on #December 14th, or pre-order by calling ...
11/26/2019

Don't forget the #cookies! Make plans to stop by our table at the @cedarmall on #December 14th, or pre-order by calling the office! 715.458.2080 A limited number of trays are available! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2QPRtlc

Part of our dedication to #communityservice is creating and maintaining #youth programs and events. Your #yearend #donat...
11/25/2019

Part of our dedication to #communityservice is creating and maintaining #youth programs and events. Your #yearend #donation will help us keep these programs going strong into #2020 and beyond. Learn more or #donate today at: https://ift.tt/2OlxZDE — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2pPFJUV

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1866 13 1/2-14th Ave
Cameron, WI
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“We Should Have Done This Long Ago”

The Barron County Historical Society and Pioneer Village Museum began in the summer of 1958 with a thought by Mrs. Warren Melblom of the Rice Lake Fortnightly Club: that Barron County was remiss in not having a historical society. After much work and fantastic support by the local community, the Barron County Historical Society, Inc. became an organization in its own right in March 1960. Mrs. Leonard Johnson was elected as its first president, Mrs. Robert Antenne was the vice-president, and Mrs. Bernard Rockman was the first secretary-treasurer. By 1964, plans were finalized to move the Joliet School to the Barron County Game Farm, and the museum was up and running.

Today, the Pioneer Village Museum is made up of a collection of 40-plus buildings and structures, some dating back to the 19th century, that house, display and preserve historical artifacts. With an extremely limited paid staff, it is the dedicated work of volunteers who generously contribute their time and talents to operate and maintain the museum that helps the historical society continue its mission. Barron County Historical Society memberships are available to anyone who wants to help continue the preservation of our local history, and we always welcome the participation of community members in making our museum and events a success.

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I am looking for any information or photos of the REA Coop baseball team from 1939 to 1942. My uncle played for this team.
Great location, Blue Grass music
My great grandpa Rau donated a model of a horse driven beer waggon to the museum. If possible could you please post a photo of the models.
Yes, it really works !
My grandson Cameron and I had an amazing time today!! Thank you so much to the encampment folks for showing us what it was like to live in the 1800's. They were so friendly and informative!! Also thanks to the regular museum volunteers whom were all so welcoming and informative; especially Cameron's favorite who was manning the gas station today!! Thank you all who preserve our heritage for future generations!!❤️
Is there any discounted days to visit? It was just too expensive for our family to visit, however would love to.
Here is the Entertainment schedule for 2018 Heritage Days! Sat. July 8 11:00 Lois Miller( Ole and Lena stories that will keep you laughing) 11:45 Steve Szydel 1:30 Laura Crites?Emily Dau 3:15 The Stringsmiths Sun July 9 11:00 Chris Kroeze.. 12:45 Lois Miller 1:30 Chrlie Uhlein/John Pisa 3:15 Gospel Notes