Take a walk through time in just a few easy steps. A new permanent exhibit at the Stevens County Historical Society will give you a glimpse into the history of the county on a short pathway through time.
The exhibit will start out with a timeline wall outlining the last 150 years of major events in Stevens County. From there the topics are outlined in themes such as Wadsworth Trail, Immigration and Settlers, Agriculture, Schools, Churches, Businesses, Social Activities, Hospitals, news media and wind up with modern immigration.
Many of these smaller themes will contain a panel backdrop featuring photos from the Stevens County Historical Society archives. These photos were selected and then submitted to Backstreet Media in Benson where the panels were created. Some sections such as the Agriculture display will have a wooden barn backdrop and an old plow in front.
Another unique creation is in the Wadsworth Trail display. This contains a wooden three-dimensional map of the trail and the stations along the way. The map was created by Amanda Beyer at Backstreet Media and is a beautiful asset to the exhibit. Stevens County Historical Society Director Cam Ericksen stated that they have been working with Backstreet Media for several months and are pleased with the items created for the exhibit.
You can work your way through the path and enjoy the exhibits but also stop at kiosks that contain even more information and digital pictures from the past. At the very end there will be a way to share your story. There will be cards that people can write on and then hang up for even more stories to be shared.
The Story of Stevens County will be a permanent exhibit at the museum. There will also be a smaller exhibit about the history of the historical society which is celebrating its 100th year this year. That exhibit will remain until early November.
The premiere for the exhibit will take place in three consecutive days. It will run from 1 to 8 p.m. on February 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. on February 26 and from 1 to 4 p.m. on February 27. However, if you can’t make it on those days, you can stop in during regular museum hours to check it out. The premiere on Feb. 25-27 is free and refreshments will be served. The museum is located at 116 W. 6th Street in Morris.