Harmony Area Historical Society

Harmony Area Historical Society The Harmony Area Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of the Harmony Area through various displays and other projects.
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Harmony Area Historical Society
05/17/2019

Harmony Area Historical Society

Our Norwegian Heritage .... Norway's Constitution signed May 17 1814 at Eidsvoll.... Happy Syttende Mai ... Norsk Social by Greenfield Young Ladies Aid Society...(..Spiseseddel or Menu) ..Ludifisk, Kjodboller, fiskboller, Flodegrot, Ganmmel ost, Pult ost, Prim ost, Flad brod, PotetesKager, Lefse, Rug brod, Rosetti kager, ...A quartet sang " Ja vi elsker dette landet. Norway National Anthem ..and So Norges Blomsterdal.".... Anna Aaberg read a piece in the Hardanger tongue. Rev Dryer gave a short speech. All were happy and well pleased .....dated 1898

Pererson Brother Rock Quarry... Henry and Perry started with a pick and shovel @ 1928 ..Pictured here in 1961
04/11/2019

Pererson Brother Rock Quarry... Henry and Perry started with a pick and shovel @ 1928 ..Pictured here in 1961

Womenless Wedding .1948......Put on by Harmony business men, Doctors, lawyers, supt. of schools, local farmers, teachers...
03/27/2019

Womenless Wedding .1948......Put on by Harmony business men, Doctors, lawyers, supt. of schools, local farmers, teachers ,bankers, post master Tab Brokken as bride, high school boys, we have names for all participants.....can we do it again?????

The Way We Were @ 1940 family unit and friends
03/21/2019

The Way We Were @ 1940 family unit and friends

Spring Primary 1927-28   Names you can recogonize  as far back as 1850's
03/14/2019

Spring Primary 1927-28 Names you can recogonize as far back as 1850's

This building had several names and uses. It was referred to as  City Hall and Opera House
01/29/2019

This building had several names and uses. It was referred to as City Hall and Opera House

Old City Hall  still stands
01/29/2019

Old City Hall still stands

An early picture from the 1910's taken of the Harmony City Hall in Harmony, MN. Fillmore county.

LETS HAVE HARMONY    July 4th  2020     THE HARMONY CONCERT BAND IS ONE OF THE OLDEST MUSICAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE COUNT...
01/13/2019

LETS HAVE HARMONY July 4th 2020 THE HARMONY CONCERT BAND IS ONE OF THE OLDEST MUSICAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE COUNTRY Established 1883

Harmony Community Band one of the oldest musical groups in the country...we will need you for Harmony's 125th celebratio...
09/05/2018

Harmony Community Band one of the oldest musical groups in the country...we will need you for Harmony's 125th celebration..keep up the good work.....

Harmony Opera House | MNopedia
08/30/2018
Harmony Opera House | MNopedia

Harmony Opera House | MNopedia

Built in 1909, the Harmony Opera House was used for a wide range of activities. It provided a venue for dances, high school graduation ceremonies, political debates, local organization gatherings, and music and theatre performances. In 2018, it is an Old Legion Hall event-rental facility.

Ruth Johnson and her store clerks....Norma Diederichs and Ruth Elton.. it was at one time The Ben Franklin Store..but no...
08/21/2018

Ruth Johnson and her store clerks....Norma Diederichs and Ruth Elton.. it was at one time The Ben Franklin Store..but not just a dime store she had Dresses, Shoes and a great Millinery Section .

Do you own an Old Master Coffee Can? This is S. B. Johnson in  his Toggery Store @ 1914 with special demo for Coffee... ...
08/20/2018

Do you own an Old Master Coffee Can? This is S. B. Johnson in his Toggery Store @ 1914 with special demo for Coffee... We Love Our Coffee...Then and Now ....

Harmony Opera House  1909 built by Modern Woodmen of America
08/13/2018

Harmony Opera House 1909 built by Modern Woodmen of America

Names of all the guys in Harmony House picture do not show on our Time Line Sign in front of visitors center.  This is t...
08/08/2018

Names of all the guys in Harmony House picture do not show on our Time Line Sign in front of visitors center. This is the photo we submitted. It is a large format picture but was cropped by designer in lay out to fit. We are sorry all names did not show up on Time Line sign and for that we do apologize ....top Don Sikkink, Rod Daniels, Kieth Harstad, Bob Crotty, Neil Morem, Dick Elliot, Lyle Tollefson, Vince Haugerud.

Decorah Kilties come to town...most interesting is the background @ very  early 1950's or maybe late 40's.... starting  ...
08/08/2018

Decorah Kilties come to town...most interesting is the background @ very early 1950's or maybe late 40's.... starting R to L... just the corner of Johnson and Morem's Toggery, G W (Bill) Peterson Furniture Store, now Harmony House... Gambles store,(Walt Wellnitz) now Julies...Style Shop, ( Ann Maland/ Helma Tiegen),.. 1st National Bank,... Riceland / McGee building Jerry Roche Grocery...Cafe, The Silver Grill , Lloyd Kjarland.....Clover Farm Store, Stanley Watkins.....The Travel Inn, Al Reburn or Kermit Johnson...snap shot donated by Betty Wiltgen...

Johnson Fairway Grocery Clerks..1950...Iris Morem, Mrs Obert/ Marie   Knutson, Arlene Morem, Thelma Morem
08/03/2018

Johnson Fairway Grocery Clerks..1950
...Iris Morem, Mrs Obert/ Marie Knutson, Arlene Morem, Thelma Morem

Johnson Grocery 1915.   Horce Olson, Chris Severud, Harold T. Johnson owner  ( son of S B and Ida Johnson ) brother of R...
08/03/2018

Johnson Grocery 1915. Horce Olson, Chris Severud, Harold T. Johnson owner ( son of S B and Ida Johnson ) brother of Ruth Johnson/ Benson) Dale Fosberg, John Jones

1840-2017
07/25/2018

1840-2017

1840-2017

Harmony Area Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of Harmony through various display...
06/28/2018

Harmony Area Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of Harmony through various displays and other projects. Committee is in the planning stage of restoring the historic McMichel 1879 elevator.

timeline 1840 2018
06/21/2018

timeline 1840 2018

Ribbon Cutting of the 12 foot  Harmony Through The Years Historical Sign in front of Visitors Center
06/17/2018

Ribbon Cutting of the 12 foot Harmony Through The Years Historical Sign in front of Visitors Center

Sign in Selvig Park showing our 6 Schools of Harmony...photo by Wendi..πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“The "Sink Hole School" , second...
06/17/2018

Sign in Selvig Park showing our 6 Schools of Harmony...photo by Wendi..πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“
The "Sink Hole School" , second from left, was not built as a school but used because of over crowding .

HARMONY  Through The Years...Unveiling the signs ...what's behind the plastic cover up...Saturday June 16th 1pm ribbon c...
06/15/2018

HARMONY Through The Years...Unveiling the signs ...what's behind the plastic cover up...Saturday June 16th 1pm ribbon cutting at Visitors Center come join us and take the walking tour.

We have so many people to thank as our  Historical  Sign  Project comes to fruition.    Harmony Area Community  Foundati...
06/07/2018

We have so many people to thank as our Historical Sign Project comes to fruition. Harmony Area Community Foundation, SMIF Foundation, Harmony's Civic Organizations, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce , Business, and the City Guys as just a few. Saturday June 16th, 1 pm at Visitors Center ... Come join the excitement, ribbon cutting and unveiling of Harmony through the years 1850 to the present day. ..The team... Ralph, Marv ,Mary Lou, Sharen

Pleased to announce and COMING SOON... JUNE 16TH  ...THE RIBBON CUTTING and unveiling of 10 signs . Take a walking tour ...
06/07/2018

Pleased to announce and COMING SOON... JUNE 16TH ...THE RIBBON CUTTING and unveiling of 10 signs . Take a walking tour of Harmony's history that will come alive through images and stories from the past.

Pause to Remember..Veterans Cemetery Preston Mn.
05/26/2018

Pause to Remember..Veterans Cemetery Preston Mn.

05/26/2018

Honoring Our Service Men....Vererans Cemetery Preston

Minnesota became the 32 Star on the flag 1858
05/25/2018

Minnesota became the 32 Star on the flag 1858

I've Been Working on the Rail Road all the live long day.  Men in hand car ( photo damaged) Early 1880's  Harmony Hotel ...
05/22/2018

I've Been Working on the Rail Road all the live long day. Men in hand car ( photo damaged) Early 1880's Harmony Hotel on right owned by Charles Thompson.

Our Norwegian Heritage .... Norway's Constitution signed May 17 1814  at Eidsvoll....     Happy Syttende Mai ... Norsk S...
05/17/2018

Our Norwegian Heritage .... Norway's Constitution signed May 17 1814 at Eidsvoll.... Happy Syttende Mai ... Norsk Social by Greenfield Young Ladies Aid Society...(..Spiseseddel or Menu) ..Ludifisk, Kjodboller, fiskboller, Flodegrot, Ganmmel ost, Pult ost, Prim ost, Flad brod, PotetesKager, Lefse, Rug brod, Rosetti kager, ...A quartet sang " Ja vi elsker dette landet. Norway National Anthem ..and So Norges Blomsterdal.".... Anna Aaberg read a piece in the Hardanger tongue. Rev Dryer gave a short speech. All were happy and well pleased .....dated 1898

HARMONY'S VISITOR CENTER ...stop in and see our displays .....or to just say HI.....
05/16/2018

HARMONY'S VISITOR CENTER ...stop in and see our displays .....or to just say HI.....

Happy Birthday Marvin Wicks 90 Years Young...he makes the Harmony Historical Society HUM.....
05/10/2018

Happy Birthday Marvin Wicks 90 Years Young...he makes the Harmony Historical Society HUM.....

Fillmore County Poor Farm organized in 1868 for the poor and those unable to care for themselves . This house built in 1...
05/08/2018

Fillmore County Poor Farm organized in 1868 for the poor and those unable to care for themselves . This house built in 1896 after the first house burned. The farm ran successfully until 1943 when it was sold. it was located between Henrytown and Amherst.

A Car Load of Sweethearts !!!!! A telegram at the depot...."A car load of sweethearts arriving by train"....word got out...
05/01/2018

A Car Load of Sweethearts !!!!!
A telegram at the depot...."A car load of sweethearts arriving by train"....word got out about the sweethearts arrival. The town was a buzz with interest. On the big day there was a big crowd waiting....Sure enough the sweethearts had arrived....but it was a carload of sweetheart water melons.....not ladies....You see the melons lined up on the floor of T. A. Sorenson Grocery.

The 1st Shell Station.... picture @ 1946I think owner was a Lange maybe Lester or Herman...not absolute about this...any...
05/01/2018

The 1st Shell Station.... picture @ 1946
I think owner was a Lange maybe Lester or Herman...not absolute about this...anyone help out?

Shell Station in 1950's  Wilbur Peterson Owner  The gas pumps have changed...You can see the barn (body shop) in the bac...
04/28/2018

Shell Station in 1950's Wilbur Peterson Owner The gas pumps have changed...You can see the barn (body shop) in the back right,

In 1947 Elmer and Wilbur Peterson purchased the Shell Station at Hy. 52 and 4 st St. NW  This property also had a barn w...
04/28/2018

In 1947 Elmer and Wilbur Peterson purchased the Shell Station at Hy. 52 and 4 st St. NW This property also had a barn which they turned into a Body Shop. In 1955 Billie D Russell and Ernie Haugen purchased the Body Shop .
Note the Niagara Cave Information sign on ground.

04/27/2018

Shell Station at Hy. 52 North and 4th St NW
In 1947 Wilbur and Elmer Peterson bought the property here. It also had a barn that was turned into a body shop. In 1955 Billie D. Russell and Ernie Haugen purchased the body shop and other property .

Known as the J.A. Lund building in 1914 the first Pool Hall was opened by Julius Johnson and Ole Teigen
04/21/2018

Known as the J.A. Lund building in 1914 the first Pool Hall was opened by Julius Johnson and Ole Teigen

Train Wreck 2 1/2  miles east of Harmony  Little boy in front believed to be Fred Dennstedt
04/18/2018

Train Wreck 2 1/2 miles east of Harmony Little boy in front believed to be Fred Dennstedt

Greenfield under construction, new High School, 1897 School
04/14/2018

Greenfield under construction, new High School, 1897 School

Harmony High School  built in  1937 .....now 80 years later  Fillmore Central in 2017
03/27/2018

Harmony High School built in 1937 .....now 80 years later Fillmore Central in 2017

O. N. Thundale  gifted Greenfield Lutheran Church the beautiful  Gausta Altar painting for the new church in 1912
03/21/2018

O. N. Thundale gifted Greenfield Lutheran Church the beautiful Gausta Altar painting for the new church in 1912

Many have asked where the Thundale Department Store was located in Harmony. In this picture you are looking west on toda...
03/11/2018

Many have asked where the Thundale Department Store was located in Harmony. In this picture you are looking west on today's Center St. You see on the far building O. N. THU....his store was on the bank parking lot and drive up window area this area was destroyed by the big fire in 1935.

O N Thundale .. Prominent business man in Harmony. Born in Voss Norway. Owned  Thundale Department Store. He had known a...
03/08/2018

O N Thundale .. Prominent business man in Harmony. Born in Voss Norway. Owned Thundale Department Store. He had known adversity, enjoyed prosperity, and reached positions of honor. Served as president of village council, board of education, and other offices. in 1904 elected to state legislature, Two years later re-elected with highest vote ever given a rep. from this county. He was a honorable and much respected Republican.

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15 2nd Street NW
Harmony, MN
55939

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