Hugo Historical Commission

Hugo Historical Commission The Hugo Historical Commission is dedicated to connecting the community to its past through historical preservation and education.

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Join us at City Hall on March 19th for Those Were the Days. CANCELED
02/24/2020

Join us at City Hall on March 19th for Those Were the Days. CANCELED

Katie Hutton, the site manager at Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia is in the process of planning a reunion for schoolho...
02/22/2020

Katie Hutton, the site manager at Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia is in the process of planning a reunion for schoolhouse alumni in Washington County. She would like to contact alumni from the Hopkins Schoolhouse or any other schoolhouse in what was once Oneka Township. She would love to get stories from alumni as part of the event. Please contact her at [email protected].

Stop by City Hall & see the Display Case, newly setup  for Christmas.The Farther Fortin collection is also on display.
11/27/2019

Stop by City Hall & see the Display Case, newly setup for Christmas.
The Farther Fortin collection is also on display.

Hugo Historical Commission's cover photo
11/27/2019

Hugo Historical Commission's cover photo

11/24/2019

Here are a couple of history related events happing in Washington county.

“Pop-Up” History in Stillwater November 29, 30 & December 1st
Stillwater, MN: The Washington County Historical Society will be holding “pop-up” history at 120 S. Main Street in Stillwater on November 29, 30 & December 1st from 10am to 6pm.
The Historical Society will have some great deals on its inventory of history books and maps from across Washington County. Some of the books include topics ranging from community histories to first person history of the old Stillwater Prison to the Civil War. There will be also “Birdseye View Maps” of Stillwater from 1870 and 1879 and other unique locally related history items that would make great Holiday gifts.
There will be a limited number of rare publications for sale, a collection of glass Christmas ornaments & other items of the area that were donated to the Historical Society specifically to be sold and the funds used to continue to preserve the history of this great community.
During this busy shopping weekend, the Historical Society will have the John Runk Films playing so people can stop in and enjoy the visions taken by Stillwater’s most influential photographer. Other unique items will be on display and can be enjoyed with some hot apple cider and cookies.
For more information contact the Washington County Historical Society at 651-439-5956 or email at: [email protected].

Holiday Open House and Book Sale at the Historic Warden’s House.
Stillwater, MN – On Saturday, December 7th, the Washington County Historical Society invites you to our Annual Holiday Open House at the Warden’s House Museum, which runs from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and is free to attend.
Come enjoy a truly unique holiday shopping experience. Meet local authors, sip warm beverages, and snack on delicious treats. The museum gift shop will be offering up to 50% off some of our most popular titles.
Patrick Shannon will be joining us with his new book, Minnesota’s Headline Murders! 1900-1919. Highlighting ten headline-making crimes, each chapter features a narrator based on a historical person who offers details of the crime, circumstances that led up to in, the investigation, and the arrests, trials, and outcomes. Washington County attorney, Pete Orput said of the book, “A must read for Minnesota history buffs and fans of who-dun-its. Patrick L. Shannon put his lifetime of police work to our benefit to bring back murder cases that covered the news headlines of the day. Shannon’s cases will keep you up late as he brings you into courtroom dramas that will stick in your mind well after you put the book down.” Shannon worked for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and then spent most of his career with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as a special agent in narcotics and death investigations. He now writes and is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

The Warden’s House Museum is located at 602 Main Street N. in Stillwater, MN.

Hugo Historical Commission's cover photo
11/20/2019

Hugo Historical Commission's cover photo

10/16/2019

The Hugo Historical Commission is doing research on the town of Weston. The Weston town site was located about two miles north of Hugo along highway 61. Please contact [email protected] with any information you can share or stop by & see us at Those Were the Days

Washington County Historical Society
06/29/2019

Washington County Historical Society

Tickets are now available! Don't miss out on your chance to tour spaces of the Warden's House not usually seen by the public. PLUS, it's all done with flashlights while hearing about ghost lore :) http://www.wchsmn.org/flashlight-tours/

05/22/2019

The Hugo Historical Commission is investigating the possibility of posting family tree data of the original Hugo families on this page. If you would like to participate please contact me by Facebook Messenger. We are looking for digital files.
Thanks,
Scott Cregan

05/17/2019
Seniors-Get your tickets now!
05/07/2019

Seniors-Get your tickets now!

History of the Railroad in Hugo
05/03/2019

History of the Railroad in Hugo

Stop down to city hall and check out the railroad display.
04/20/2019

Stop down to city hall and check out the railroad display.

The Hugo Historical Commission was recently gifted artifacts from Fr. Fortin's (St. Johns Catholic Church) time as a Cha...
04/04/2019

The Hugo Historical Commission was recently gifted artifacts from Fr. Fortin's (St. Johns Catholic Church) time as a Chaplin in the Army. The items were donated by Greg Burmeister, Commander of the Hugo Legion.

Come find out about The Boys in Company B
04/02/2019

Come find out about The Boys in Company B

03/08/2019
The Hopkins Schoolhouse is up FOR LEASE!Have you ever dreamed of opening up a small business in a historic building? Now...
02/06/2019

The Hopkins Schoolhouse is up FOR LEASE!

Have you ever dreamed of opening up a small business in a historic building? Now is your chance! Partner with the City of Hugo to help revitalize this local landmark.

If you have any questions or would link to submit a business proposal, please contact Michele Lindau at [email protected] or Olivia Schiffman at [email protected]

11/16/2018

Does anyone know about the Pioneer Club that existed in Hugo back in the 1970s and 80s? It was first Louies, then Sams, then Guiseppis, and then the Pioneer Club. It was located where the US Bank now stands. Any information would be appreciated, especially photos. Thanks.

Our mystery photo is of a group of young girls playing on the sidewalk. If you have any information pertaining to this p...
11/16/2018

Our mystery photo is of a group of young girls playing on the sidewalk. If you have any information pertaining to this photo, please comment below.

Interested in being involved with the Hopkins Schoolhouse preservation project? You're in luck! We're still looking for ...
08/20/2018

Interested in being involved with the Hopkins Schoolhouse preservation project? You're in luck! We're still looking for Hugo residents to join our committee.

If you're passionate about local history and the preservation of one of our city landmarks, we want to hear from you.

Please send a letter of interest describing why you would be a good fit for this committee to City Clerk Michele Lindau, at [email protected] or to Hugo City Hall, 14669 Fitzgerald Ave. N., Hugo, MN 55038.

As our committee to discuss the future of the Hopkins Schoolhouse gears up for its first meeting, we're exploring a vari...
08/15/2018
MCHS at 70: Excelsior School, District 12

As our committee to discuss the future of the Hopkins Schoolhouse gears up for its first meeting, we're exploring a variety of options for its use.

Check out this article about what Excelsior did with its old schoolhouse!

It’s time for another edition of MCHS at 70! This month, we’re looking at the one-room school house and its life before it became part of a museum. District No. 12 school organized in …

The City is forming a committee to consider the future of the Hopkins Schoolhouse located at 5970 170th Street.  If you ...
07/13/2018

The City is forming a committee to consider the future of the Hopkins Schoolhouse located at 5970 170th Street. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please submit a letter of interest by Friday, July 27th. Letters can be sent to City Clerk Michele Lindau at Hugo City Hall, 14669 Fitzgerald Ave. N., Hugo, MN 55038, or emailed to [email protected].

Here is a claim for a wolf bounty filed with the Town of Oneka in 1903.  Not sure what the price was.  This is one of se...
06/21/2018

Here is a claim for a wolf bounty filed with the Town of Oneka in 1903. Not sure what the price was. This is one of several documents from John Granger that were loaned to the City to scan. If you have old documents, the Historical Commission would appreciate copying them. Drop them off at City Hall, and they will be returned to you when finished!

When you're at Hugo Good Neighbor Days this weekend, be sure to check out the History Display at City Hall put on by Hug...
06/07/2018

When you're at Hugo Good Neighbor Days this weekend, be sure to check out the History Display at City Hall put on by Hugo's Historical Commission!

Louise Marier poses for a photo with her three children on their farm.
05/31/2018

Louise Marier poses for a photo with her three children on their farm.

An undated photo of Lena Perrault Granger posing for a photo.
05/10/2018

An undated photo of Lena Perrault Granger posing for a photo.

Help us fill in the blanks of this group of Hugo friends! Back: Jerry Brisson, ____, ____, Albert Ethier, Irene O’connor...
05/03/2018

Help us fill in the blanks of this group of Hugo friends!

Back: Jerry Brisson, ____, ____, Albert Ethier, Irene O’connor Ethier, ____, ____
Front: Patrick Granger, ____

Flora Peloquin (age 15) sits on the front steps of the Withrow farm with Helen Peloquin (1 yr and 8mo.) in 1919.
04/26/2018

Flora Peloquin (age 15) sits on the front steps of the Withrow farm with Helen Peloquin (1 yr and 8mo.) in 1919.

Hugo population only 6,343? Our cities population has skyrocketed within the last decade, and with it has brought many n...
04/19/2018

Hugo population only 6,343? Our cities population has skyrocketed within the last decade, and with it has brought many new opportunities and development. Even as our population continues to reach upward, it’s important to remember the history of the land and our community.

Can you identify this serviceman? Please comment below and help us compile a more complete database. — Even more recent ...
04/11/2018

Can you identify this serviceman? Please comment below and help us compile a more complete database. — Even more recent photographs count as history. If you have any photos of Hugo you’d like to share with us please message them to us via facebook, or email us at [email protected].

This is a lovely winter photo of Hugo in the Winter of 2003.  Looks very similar to the Spring of 2018!
04/05/2018

This is a lovely winter photo of Hugo in the Winter of 2003. Looks very similar to the Spring of 2018!

Pre-construction stages of Waters Edge community in 2003.  Sure looks different now!
03/28/2018

Pre-construction stages of Waters Edge community in 2003. Sure looks different now!

These kiddos stand for a photo on a back road of Hugo. Are they patiently waiting for spring to come too? Our records on...
03/22/2018

These kiddos stand for a photo on a back road of Hugo. Are they patiently waiting for spring to come too?

Our records only have the name of Mary Gallivan, the girl standing in back. The other two children are unidentified. If they look familiar or if you know their names, please help us make our database more complete and comment below.

Have you gotten a chance to fill out our brief poll and comment form about the Hopkins Schoolhouse?If you haven't we wou...
03/15/2018
A Brief History of Hugo's One Room Schoolhouse

Have you gotten a chance to fill out our brief poll and comment form about the Hopkins Schoolhouse?

If you haven't we would greatly appreciate you taking a minute or two to let us know your thoughts and opinion regarding the historic structure.

Thank you to those who have already taken the time to give us their input.

The Hopkins Schoolhouse, located off of 170th St N. and Highway 61, was constructed in 1928 and served as an “ungraded Elementary school" for children who lived on nearby farms.  Classes were taught to grades 1-8 until the mid 1940s, and grades 1-6 until the school closed in the spri...

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14669 Fitzgerald Ave N
Hugo, MN
55038

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Found this in an old book that came from the homestead in Hugo. If anyone is a realities and would want this, pm me, I'll mail it .
Love history very fascinating! Thanks for sharing I will visit sometime soon!
Hugo ,my home for 41 years, has a lot of interesting history. We want to share it with others.