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Politics, prairies are highlights of two new exhibits at Stevens County Historical Museum

The annual Morris Prairie Pioneer Days weekend offers the Stevens County Historical Museum an opportunity to create and share new and visual exhibits with thousands of visitors to our region.

This year the museum will provide two interesting exhibits which have the prairie in common.

"Politicians from the Prairie" will be featured in the short-term exhibit area. Staff historian, Tami Plank has identified 21 local politicians who were elected to the Minnesota Legislature since the late 1800s. In this year of celebrating the 150 year history of the State of Minnesota, and 2008 being a political year, this short-term exhibit is timely and will feature artifacts and photographs from the museum's collection.

The second annual "Horizontal Grandeur" fine art exhibition features artists and their work that depicts their own personal view of the prairie.

Forty-four pieces of art will hang in the museum gallery from July through October 31. Artists from nine states and Canadian provinces that contain prairies submitted 64 pieces for the juried show.

The grand opening for Prairie Pioneer Days will be an Artist's Reception, Friday, July 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artwork and the "Politicians from the Prairie" exhibit can also be viewed on Saturday, July 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during normal museum hours after Prairie Pioneer Days.