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 on the move.......The Way They Were Early 1880's
05/03/2020

Harmony on the move.......The Way They Were Early 1880's

Pederson Brothers Rock Quarry @ late 1950's    Opened in early 1930's  by Henry and Perry Pederson with pick and shovels...
04/19/2020

Pederson Brothers Rock Quarry @ late 1950's Opened in early 1930's by Henry and Perry Pederson with pick and shovels.....

Harmony Area Historical Society's cover photo
03/11/2020

Harmony Area Historical Society's cover photo

Coming this Spring A Vintage Clothes Sale at the Historical Society....hats, hat boxes, furs, authentic  under clothes, ...
03/11/2020

Coming this Spring A Vintage Clothes Sale at the Historical Society....hats, hat boxes, furs, authentic under clothes, wool golf kickers, classic evening ware...much more Potentially set in May at 60 mile garage sale. watch for more details...fun time

Mystery House..... No one ventured a guess....Lutheran Chapel 1901 was  taken down in 1912.. rebuilt as private residenc...
03/02/2020

Mystery House..... No one ventured a guess....Lutheran Chapel 1901 was taken down in 1912.. rebuilt as private residence on 1st Ave SW. The 1000 lbs.Bell was installed in the new church belfry lifted by horse team to the belfry at 23 cents an hour + $5.00 to man who worked the horses. The Stuckstede Bell St. Louis, Missouri was purchased for $252.00 with privilege of return if not satisfied.

Herbjørn Gausta and one of his many his altar paintings... ...."Come Onto Me" and at his easel
02/29/2020

Herbjørn Gausta and one of his many his altar paintings... ...."Come Onto Me" and at his easel

Herbjørn Gausta  Norwegian-American artists Mother and his Sister Ingeborg and dog. Wash day on their farm just outside ...
02/29/2020

Herbjørn Gausta Norwegian-American artists Mother and his Sister Ingeborg and dog. Wash day on their farm just outside Harmony

MYSTERY HOUSE...WHERE IS IT NOWLUTHERAN CHAPEL 1901........The Young Ladies Society came to an agreement  that Harmony n...
02/23/2020

MYSTERY HOUSE...WHERE IS IT NOW
LUTHERAN CHAPEL 1901........The Young Ladies Society came to an agreement that Harmony needed a school and a meeting house built for Lutheran Christian use for the inhabitants of Harmony and others. The Chapel in 1912 was taken down and reconstructed as a private home can you give a location for the new home?..... A 1000 lb. bell was purchased for $252.00 with the privilege of trial to be returned if not satisfactory..

HELLO to our neighbors just 5 miles to our east on historic and scenic highway 52....CANTON MN.
02/22/2020

HELLO to our neighbors just 5 miles to our east on historic and scenic highway 52....CANTON MN.

Mystery HouseCottage style house 445 1st Ave SW ..built by A E Barnes ..correct answer Jane Storlie
02/20/2020

Mystery House
Cottage style house 445 1st Ave SW ..built by A E Barnes ..correct answer Jane Storlie

Harmony  Mystery House ......may not look the same but still here....Looken good!!!
02/20/2020

Harmony Mystery House ......may not look the same but still here....Looken good!!!

PAT PATTERSON    Owner PATS SKELLY STATION He always wore white no matter if he changed you tires, filled your car with ...
02/13/2020

PAT PATTERSON Owner PATS SKELLY STATION He always wore white no matter if he changed you tires, filled your car with gas or changed the oil...always neat as a pin.....

Snow removal downtown Harmony by Pederson Brothers ...in front of Harmony Cafe and Pats Skelly Station
02/13/2020

Snow removal downtown Harmony by Pederson Brothers ...in front of Harmony Cafe and Pats Skelly Station

Harmony's last train 1976  in Hutton Valley and going through Prosper
02/06/2020

Harmony's last train 1976 in Hutton Valley and going through Prosper

full train moving through Hutton Valley from Preston  getting ready to go up the Harmony grade.....
02/06/2020

full train moving through Hutton Valley from Preston getting ready to go up the Harmony grade.....

Harmony Area Historical Society's cover photo
01/22/2020

Harmony Area Historical Society's cover photo

Prince Olaf became King in 1958 after his fathers death and reigned until 1991. Princess Martha died in 1954 and never b...
01/09/2020

Prince Olaf became King in 1958 after his fathers death and reigned until 1991. Princess Martha died in 1954 and never became Queen. King Haarkon his father, refused to abdicate the throne when Germany invaded Norway in 1940. Olaf and his father escaped from Oslo through the woods with bombs falling around them. Germany occupied Norway for 5 years. Olaf's son Harold is now king. He looks so much like Olaf. i was lucky enough to see him at Luther collage in 2011. There is a movie called "the Kings Choice" that tells the story of the 5 year occupation and resistance . in Norwegian with sub titles ...spine tingeing

K D Olson house on left
01/08/2020

K D Olson house on left

1939  Prince Olaf and Princess Martha  are Welcomed to Harmony.   2500 to 3,000  people line  Highway 52 to welcome them...
01/07/2020

1939 Prince Olaf and Princess Martha are Welcomed to Harmony. 2500 to 3,000 people line Highway 52 to welcome them with Norwegian flags waving. Harmony's Concert band played the Norwegian anthem (Ja Vi Elsker) "Yes, We Love With Fond Devotion" The visit was brief but the Prince stopped to shake hands with the pioneers seated on a bench. The Prince stated he had learned there were many residents here from his home country and was happy indeed to stop and meet them.

Can you identify any of these furs for us?
12/05/2019

Can you identify any of these furs for us?

The Corner Store  O. N. Thundale Co.corner store on left ....Harmony's almost devastating  fire in 1935 started in this ...
12/01/2019

The Corner Store O. N. Thundale Co.
corner store on left ....Harmony's almost devastating fire in 1935 started in this building ...Mr. Thundale was not in business at that time. First Southeast Bank is located here now.

must be Saturday
11/24/2019

must be Saturday

Can you identify this old basketball basketball-suit /date of use and who might have been on the team?
11/20/2019

Can you identify this old basketball basketball-suit /date of use and who might have been on the team?

TRIVIA QUESTION.....Name  the architect  who  designed the Harmony Welcomes You   sign on the east and north sides of to...
10/30/2019

TRIVIA QUESTION.....
Name the architect who designed the Harmony Welcomes You sign on the east and north sides of town.....

HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING OCT. 24TH -2 PM VISITOR CENTER ......All interested volunteers  welcome
10/16/2019

HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING OCT. 24TH -2 PM VISITOR CENTER ......All interested volunteers welcome

Borghild Dahl  this Norwegian American women overcame blindness and prejudice against the disabled to become a high scho...
07/24/2019

Borghild Dahl this Norwegian American women overcame blindness and prejudice against the disabled to become a high school teacher /principal and professor at Augustana collage in Sioux Falls S. Dak This remarkable women taught high school in Harmony in 1920/ 21 ...Author of 10 books and in her autobiography " I Wanted to See" she devotes 4 pages to Harmony. " I was fortunate in going next to Harmony, Minnesota to teach, for this little community certainly lived up to it's name." She received The St Olaf Metal from King Haarkon the Vll of Norway in 1950.

WE Need You !!!!! What does everyone see when they come into Harmony?  The nice new Tower paint job? The old Elevator?  ...
07/10/2019

WE Need You !!!!! What does everyone see when they come into Harmony? The nice new Tower paint job? The old Elevator? Yes both. Through a generous donation the elevator and land acqusition papers are ready to be signed.....BUT WAIT.....THERE IS MORE !!!!! NOW WE NEED TO KNOW..... Is the community of Harmony willing to support, commit to and stand behind this wothwhile project? "YES IT TAKES A VILLAGE" Would you be willing to step up and join the volenteers who have worked so hard to bring this project to fruition ? The Preston community has done a great job to save their elevator. if they can do it we can too. Please we need you .!!! Or another one bites the dust.....

Harmony native Dr. Harry R. Gregerson was Originator  and Chaplain of "The  Chapel in the Hills" and The Lutheran Vesper...
07/05/2019

Harmony native Dr. Harry R. Gregerson was Originator and Chaplain of "The Chapel in the Hills" and The Lutheran Vespers radio progrom and Hour of Hope, Black Hills, S. DAk. The Chapel is celebrating their 50th anniveresary this year. The stave church in the Black Hills is a repelica of the Borgland stavkirke Laerdal, Norway ,built @1150 . The Chapel sees up to 25,000 visitors a year and was made possible by benefactors Rev. Arndt Dahl and his wife .

Harmony's  first big Indepedence Day Celebration was in 1886
07/02/2019

Harmony's first big Indepedence Day Celebration was in 1886

Stan"s Bakery & Coffee Shop...remodeled,  new sidewalk too....."Not the Best ...But Better"    Stan's motto
06/28/2019

Stan"s Bakery & Coffee Shop...remodeled, new sidewalk too.....
"Not the Best ...But Better" Stan's motto

Walsh Radio, Stans Bakery comes to town, Red Owl Grocery ,The Blue Bird .....
06/27/2019

Walsh Radio, Stans Bakery comes to town, Red Owl Grocery ,The Blue Bird .....

Main Ave and Center St @ 1960 ..  Theater marquee reads Jem Lanes ...new street lights
06/27/2019

Main Ave and Center St @ 1960 .. Theater marquee reads Jem Lanes ...new street lights

Flag Day Today....2019
06/14/2019

Flag Day Today....2019

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

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15 2nd Street NW
Harmony, MN
55939

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I love seeing the "mystery" photos and even more so, enjoy following the comments.
Prom and banquet invitations from 1967. From a book of Jay Teslow's graduation memories.
Harmony City Hall Building Today
City Hall building today...
We love it when people share their photo albums with us so we can share them with you. Harmony 4th of July 1918. Celebrated since 1881 Yes, the 4th of July will be here before you know it.😍😎🌭🍔🍺🍦⛳️🎺🎷🥁🇺🇦🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
What a great website:
Greenfield church under construction , new brick High School. 1897 wood school
Here is a little tid bit on how it can be a small world after all- My husband -James Day, grew up in St. Paul, as well as his mother -Olive. Her father was Anthony Londroche. He grew up in Wabasha, MN. Anthony had a brother John Hilary Londroche. He had married Bessie Hendricks b-1885 D-1976. She was born in Wabaha County, MN. Their oldest daughter was named Hildred Londroche b-Lyons, Iowa 1905 and d-Harmony, MN 1954 Hildred had married William Vang b-1894 Harmony, MN D- Harmony, 1970. Their daughter is Joyce Gloria Vang , born and raised in Harmony. She had married Lyle Hanlon. So it says, It is a small world after all, when you put pieces of the puzzles together we all connect one way or another
ALL INVITED TO OUR ANNUAL MEETING THURSDAY OCT. 26th 2 pm HARMONY VISITORS CENTER
Harmony's Town Hall....Of, By, and For the People
Ignore that top handwriting. It was a caption for another picture. Isn't this a gem? My Mom Addie Michel is in the bottom row; and is the second to the L with a jacket draped over her shoulders.
Harmony trivia question: Who frequently asked "when did you get back?"