Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County This local history museum’s Hjemkomst Viking Ship and Hopperstad Stave Church make a premier destination for Scandinavian and Northern Plains heritage.
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) directs a local history museum and hosts traveling exhibitions in 7,000 sq. feet of space at the Hjemkomst Center. HCSCC is a community resource for over 200,000 people in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area and serves an average of 30,000 visitors a year from all over the world.
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Pangea — Cultivate Our CulturesSaturday, November 16, 2019Hjemkomst Center10AM - 4PMFree Admission
11/08/2019

Pangea — Cultivate Our Cultures
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Hjemkomst Center
10AM - 4PM
Free Admission

11/05/2019
Hopperstad Stave Church

Our friends at Prairie Public recently released this wonderful profile of Moorhead's Hopperstad Stave Church.

Did you know we give free tours of the church on Tuesday nights? Come check it out!

The Hopperstad Stave Church is an impressive structure combining centuries old wooden church architecture from Norway with modern building techniques. Design...

We've been digging into local legends here at the Hjemkomst Center. Take a look at what we've found the next time you ge...
11/04/2019
What you need to know about the legend of the Vergas Hairy Man | INFORUM

We've been digging into local legends here at the Hjemkomst Center. Take a look at what we've found the next time you get to the museum. "Weird FM" is downstairs, right next to "America's Monsters, Superheroes, & Villains: Our Culture at Play."

For roughly the past 50 years, a series of wooded trails and minimum maintenance roads between Maplewood State Park and Vergas, Minn., have produced some of the region’s eeriest sightings, ranging from robe-clad cults to shifting paths and whispering trees.

It's World Series time!This S.P. Wange photo shows a Hawley ballgame from the 1920s and the sizeable crowd that's formed...
10/28/2019

It's World Series time!

This S.P. Wange photo shows a Hawley ballgame from the 1920s and the sizeable crowd that's formed around it. Baseball had been in the area for more than 50 years by this time, having migrated here from St. Paul and cities further east. The Civil War played an influential role on this front, as many early settlers were introduced to the game during their years with the Union. An 1872 issue of the Red River Gazette points to an early Clay County game: an October match between Glyndon and Moorhead. The winners, Glyndon, took home bragging rights, a blue ribbon, and the bat and ball.

Wanna learn more about our big monster and superhero exhibition before The Hjemkomst Monster Ball? Check out this profil...
10/22/2019
Toys are serious fun in Hjemkomst exhibit | INFORUM

Wanna learn more about our big monster and superhero exhibition before The Hjemkomst Monster Ball? Check out this profile from our friends at InForum!

MOORHEAD — Most people grow out of playing with toys, but David Barnhill takes pleasure in telling people he missed out on the whole growing up thing.

Our friends at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau put together this wonderful schedule of Halloween events ...
10/17/2019
Halloween festivities in Fargo-Moorhead | Visit Fargo-Moorhead

Our friends at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau put together this wonderful schedule of Halloween events in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Get in the spirit...and join us Tuesday, October 29, for The Hjemkomst Monster Ball!

Halloween events in Fargo, ND, including live music, pub crawls, haunted houses, and costume contests.

This snow hasn't put a damper on all the HALLOWEEN spirit we're feeling at the museum! We're looking forward to two even...
10/11/2019

This snow hasn't put a damper on all the HALLOWEEN spirit we're feeling at the museum! We're looking forward to two events at the Hjemkomst Center this October, Of Light & Darkness: German Expressionism & American Pop Culture and The Hjemkomst Monster Ball, and that has us thinking about Halloweens past.

So how have the fine folks of Fargo-Moorhead, Cass and Clay, celebrated Halloween? From "Midnight Spook Parties" at the Fargo Theater to Halloween Carnivals at Barnesville High School and Harry Smith and the Red Jackets at the Crystal Ballroom, costumes at DeLendrecie's to hypnotists at the Opera House, rowdy pranksters to extra police officers to (gasp!) a Halloween cancellation.... Have a look for yourself!

On Tuesday, October 1, we open a wonderful exhibition called "America's Monsters, Superheroes, & Villains: Our Culture a...
09/19/2019

On Tuesday, October 1, we open a wonderful exhibition called "America's Monsters, Superheroes, & Villains: Our Culture at Play." It showcases 60 years of supernatural pop culture, drawing from one of the largest private collections in the United States.

We're having some fun with the subject matter and using the opportunity to highlight some of our own local creepy crawlies in a small exhibition we're calling "Weird FM." As you can see, the Vergas Hairy Man made the cut!

Get in on the fun, grab a costume, and join us October 1 for America's Monsters, Superheroes, & Villains: Opening Reception!

09/17/2019

Did you know that Tuesday night admission is free at the Hjemkomst Center? That means TONIGHT you can stop in to explore our current exhibitions and then check out a local history from HCSCC senior archivist Mark Peihl.

Mark's talk begins at 6:00PM.

In two weeks we open a wonderful exhibition from the Minneapolis minds of SuperMonster市City! See it at the Hjemkomst C...
09/17/2019
Two Twin Cities collectors are still playing with toys

In two weeks we open a wonderful exhibition from the Minneapolis minds of SuperMonster市City! See it at the Hjemkomst Center through January — and get in on the fun when host America's Monsters, Superheroes, & Villains: Opening Reception on Tuesday, October 1.

P.S. Wear a costume!

Two longtime friends and collectors have turned their passion for ugly toys into a museum exhibit.

Many of you know this, but many of you do not: "Hjemkomst" means "Homecoming." Our histories show that people migrate, f...
09/12/2019
PHOTO: U.S. naturalization ceremony at MSUM | INFORUM

Many of you know this, but many of you do not: "Hjemkomst" means "Homecoming." Our histories show that people migrate, from Beringia to Ellis Island, and our museum shows that these migrations build wonderful communities. What a fantastic ceremony at MSUM today.

Please consider welcoming our newest neighbors to the area by taking part in Welcoming FM events over the next few weeks. The big kick-off is tonight, when our friends at Fargo-Moorhead International Potluck, Cultural Diversity Resources, and Plains Art Museum assemble for Community Table.

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Here's a fun profile of one of the bands performing at Saturday's German Kulturfest 2019! Many thanks to our friends at ...
09/10/2019
Splitting hares with Fargo-Moorhead polka-rock band The Meat Rabbits | INFORUM

Here's a fun profile of one of the bands performing at Saturday's German Kulturfest 2019! Many thanks to our friends at The Arts Partnership and InForum for highlighting the Meat Rabbits' work in folk music and heritage!

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Join us this Sunday at A Suffrage Centennial & Pie Social to celebrate battles fought and won, and to learn more about l...
09/04/2019

Join us this Sunday at A Suffrage Centennial & Pie Social to celebrate battles fought and won, and to learn more about local suffragists like Minnesota Woman’s Suffrage Association chair Anna Gates.

Gates [pictured here] was a Norwegian immigrant who spent much of her energy as a suffragist working with North Dakota's active groups. In 1912 she was one of the women in charge of bringing nationally-known women’s rights icon Jane Addams to Fargo. Shortly after the 19th Amendment passed, Gates became Moorhead’s first female police officer. As “Police Matron,” Officer Gates was both cop and social worker, handling women and children offenders and also heading charity drives to feed and clothe the city’s poor through the Great Depression.

Have you seen our new exhibition, "Narrative Geometry: The Art of Warli"? It's wonderful, it's local, and it's here at t...
08/28/2019
Narrative Geometry: The Art of Warli

Have you seen our new exhibition, "Narrative Geometry: The Art of Warli"? It's wonderful, it's local, and it's here at the Hjemkomst Center through September 23!

Narrative Geometry: The Art of Warli Heritage Hall, August 16 through September 23 Warli is a folk painting style native to India that frequently portrays traditional daily life and special...

It's that time of year when kids are asked to wave goodbye to summer. Here are a few kids from the 1930s enjoying Hawley...
08/27/2019

It's that time of year when kids are asked to wave goodbye to summer. Here are a few kids from the 1930s enjoying Hawley Lake. The excavators in the back were hard at work digging the swimming hole.

-Photograph from S.P. Wange, circa 1934-35 (HCSCC).

08/21/2019

We're local historians and we know that you (yes, YOU) have some wonderful stories. Join us this Saturday at our History Harvest and tell us your story! How did you get here? How did your family get here? Do you have an item that helps to tell that story? Your contributions will shape the histories we preserve of Fargo-Moorhead, Clay County, and the Red River Valley.

Check out our Events page for details on all of our upcoming programs!
08/07/2019
Events

Check out our Events page for details on all of our upcoming programs!

Events at HCSCC

Our friends at Probstfield Farm are again hosting a wonderful fall tradition, Probstfield Farm Sunday Supper, on Sunday,...
08/02/2019
Probstfield Organic Community Garden

Our friends at Probstfield Farm are again hosting a wonderful fall tradition, Probstfield Farm Sunday Supper, on Sunday, September 8. Your Sunday Supper ticket raises funds for Probstfield Farm's ongoing preservation efforts and gives you a fantastic meal prepared by local chefs and featuring local foods. The produce this year comes from Nurtured Plains Farm.

Support local history, local chefs, and local, sustainable foods.

Probstfield Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving, interpreting, and sharing the heritage and legacy of the Randolph M. Probstfield family farm.

We're loving this photo from our new exhibition, "Truth in Focus: A Retrospective from Colburn Hvidston III." A morning ...
07/12/2019

We're loving this photo from our new exhibition, "Truth in Focus: A Retrospective from Colburn Hvidston III." A morning rollerskater crosses Fargo-Moorhead's Main Avenue Bridge in July, 1979. For some context: at this same time Bloomington, Minnesota's Scott and Brennan Olson would have been tinkering with the rollerskate design they'd later patent as the Rollerblade; and the summer soundtrack this year was dominated by the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Kenny Rogers, and Supertramp.

Join us Tuesday night for Opening Reception: Truth in Focus and get a fun look at Colburn's career documenting life in the Red River Valley.

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County's cover photo
07/01/2019

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County's cover photo

Tomorrow we meet for mead and fiddles and lefse and Viking battles and everything between. Join us this weekend for Scan...
06/20/2019

Tomorrow we meet for mead and fiddles and lefse and Viking battles and everything between. Join us this weekend for Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival, and, of course......SKÅL!

Tomorrow we host the Red River Watercolor Society's Opening Reception: National Juried Watermedia Exhibition. Check out ...
06/17/2019
Waterworks: Annual exhibition celebrates the art of water-based painting | INFORUM

Tomorrow we host the Red River Watercolor Society's Opening Reception: National Juried Watermedia Exhibition. Check out this lovely preview from InForum and The Arts Partnership, and then join us for one of our favorite nights of the year!

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06/13/2019

Join us for the 42nd Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival!

Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival
06/12/2019

Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival

We are honored and thankful to receive the support we do from The Arts Partnership. Our friends there are wonderful advo...
06/12/2019
Arts Partnership says it's time to 'celebrate the arts' | INFORUM

We are honored and thankful to receive the support we do from The Arts Partnership. Our friends there are wonderful advocates for arts in our area -- and that includes the histories we share here at the Hjemkomst Center. We're especially grateful after receiving a Merit Award at this year's State of the Arts from TAP and Sanford Health. We share that honor with the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and the Gooseberry Park Players.

Fargo-Moorhead is a wonderful place to be, folks.

#SupportLocalArt #SupportLocalHistory

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Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion to retake western Europe from Nazi forces, and w...
06/06/2019

Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion to retake western Europe from Nazi forces, and we honor the sacrifices that were made in those efforts.

The first photo below shows the view of Omaha Beach from Lloyd Sunde’s landing craft, taken exactly 75 years ago. Born in Flowing Township, Sunde was the son of Felton farmers and a graduate of Concordia College, where he studied History and Economics. He enlisted in the Navy after graduation, and at 24 years old he piloted a landing craft that delivered soldiers to D-Day’s bloodiest landing site. On his first trip, his craft was sprayed with machine gun fire. Of the 96 men in the craft, only one made it to shore. Sunde’s crew pulled seven wounded men from the water. He made two trips that day.

After the war, Lloyd Sunde returned to Clay County and married Mavis Pritchard. He served as a teacher in Dilworth, Glyndon, and Moorhead. Later he returned to farming our Clay County soil. Lloyd served on the board of directors for our historical society.

06/04/2019

WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT

Friends, we're moving tonight's Suffrage Social to the Hjemkomst Center. The general details will remain the same -- 5pm social, 6pm program, free ice cream & drinks -- however, we're trading lawn games for free museum admission and tours.

See you then!

Did you catch today's preview to A Suffrage Social in the Forum? Join us tomorrow night at the Hjemkomst Center for tour...
06/03/2019
Celebrating that hard-fought yes: Local festivities begin for 100th anniversary of women's suffrage | INFORUM

Did you catch today's preview to A Suffrage Social in the Forum? Join us tomorrow night at the Hjemkomst Center for tours, ice cream, drinks, and a few wise words from local leaders on a century of the 19th Amendment.

Many thanks to Chelsey Ewen, InForum, and The Arts Partnership for doing such wonderful work and continuing to shine a light on the work we do here at HCSCC.

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Many thanks to Patrick Springer at InForum for this Memorial Day piece on Glyndon Gold Star soldier Eugene Studlien and ...
05/27/2019
When Johnny didn’t come marching home: A fallen WWI soldier’s long journey back to Clay County | INFORUM

Many thanks to Patrick Springer at InForum for this Memorial Day piece on Glyndon Gold Star soldier Eugene Studlien and our recent WWI research. An unfortunate reality of war and public memory is the long, bittersweet process of disinterment. Many of Clay County's boys are still buried overseas.

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A fisherman tries his luck in the Red River. The view is to the north, where the Main Avenue Bridge can be seen in the d...
05/13/2019

A fisherman tries his luck in the Red River. The view is to the north, where the Main Avenue Bridge can be seen in the distance.

Fishing in the river at this time (1905-1910) was good, but by the 1920s untreated raw sewage from both Fargo and Moorhead had created a dead zone downstream. Fishing all but disappeared. Since the late 1930s the Red River has been cleaned up and fishing has resumed.

(Photo: Flaten-Wange Collection, HCSCC).

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County's cover photo
05/06/2019

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County's cover photo

Local nurses were the unsung heroes during Clay County's darkest days. They joined our military in the European theater ...
05/06/2019

Local nurses were the unsung heroes during Clay County's darkest days. They joined our military in the European theater of World War I as part of the Army Nurse Corps, and those who remained sacrificed on the local front fighting the Spanish Influenza pandemic.

Here three nurses from Moorhead's St. Ansgar's Hospital pose for friend Cora Ahlberg's camera, circa 1917 (HCSCC, The Cora Ahlberg Collection).

We have several openings for volunteers, interns, and work-study participants at the Hjemkomst Center. Please reach out ...
04/29/2019
Volunteer/Intern Opportunities

We have several openings for volunteers, interns, and work-study participants at the Hjemkomst Center. Please reach out if you or your friends and family are interested!

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County would not be able to function without the generosity of our many volunteers. Our volunteers help staff our admissions desk, run our gift shop, and...

04/29/2019
Cliff Hitterdal & the Meuse-Argonne

Clay County veteran Cliff Hitterdal served in France with the 35th Division during World War I's Meuse-Argonne Offensive — a fall 1918 campaign that stands as the deadliest in American military history. Cliff came back to his farm in Goose Prairie Township and late in life recorded his memories of the Meuse-Argonne. They can be heard here.

Join us at the Hjemkomst Center to explore your local WWI history in "War, Flu, & Fear: World War I and Clay County."

The deadliest battle in U.S. history, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, was launched 100 years ago, on September 26, 1918. Clay County, MN, resident Clifford Hitt...

As is the case throughout the United States, landmarks in Clay County and throughout Minnesota have a long history that ...
04/26/2019

As is the case throughout the United States, landmarks in Clay County and throughout Minnesota have a long history that crosses time, language, and nation. This fact reflects the procession of people, language, and tradition in these places -- all of which play an equally prominent role in our reconstructions of a past that stretches back billions of years.

"Minnesota" itself comes from the Dakota phrase "Mni Sota Makoce," or "Land Where the Water Reflects the Clouds." The Red River of the North, like Red Lake, is derived from the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Chippewa) words for the red reflection of dusk on water, or "Miskwaagamiiwi - zaaga'igan." The Buffalo River derives its name from the Anishinaabe word for "buffalo," or "bizhiki," a misreading of the Anishinaabe name for the spaces around Buffalo Lake where bison would winter. The linguistic diversity in the 1843 map that French-American geographer Joseph Nicollet produced for the American Fur Company hints at only a sliver of these histories -- including Nicollet's "Pijihi" spelling of the Buffalo River.

Please remember to join us on Tuesday, May 21, for A History of the Dakota POW Letters from Dakota Studies Professor and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate elder Dr. Clifford Canku. The event is free and seats may be reserved today.

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Image: details of Joseph Nicollet's famous 1843 Minnesota map, published as "Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi River From Astronomical and Barometrical Observations Surveys and Information."

Tomorrow is the deadline to RSVP for our annual meeting! If you'd like to take part in HCSCC's future or learn about ear...
04/24/2019
HCSCC Annual Meeting, 2019

Tomorrow is the deadline to RSVP for our annual meeting! If you'd like to take part in HCSCC's future or learn about early Moorhead celebrity pilot Florence Klingensmith over a delicious spread from Concordia Catering, reserve your seats here. You can also contact us by phone or email.

HCSCC Annual Meeting, 2019 by Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County - Thursday, May 2, 2019 06:00 PM at Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Buy tickets and find information on Universe.

Address

202 1st Ave N
Moorhead, MN
56560

The city MAT bus makes stops at the Museum upon request. You may call from the gift shop to make arrangements.

General information

Museum admission: HCSCC members Free Adults $10 Seniors + College Students $9 Youth (5-17) $8 Children (4 & under) Free Admission is free from 5 - 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(218) 299-5511

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