More Articles Posted on MCHS Website

We added some new articles to our website today. If you dig Morrison County’s local history or preservation info, you might dig these as well.

Conducting Interviews for History

Hans Gosch’s Road Drag Factory

Museum Ethos

Safeguarding Your Shoes

The Little Falls Ravine


Celebrate St. Nicholas Day with MCHS on December 6

Drawing of St. Nicholas by George T. Tobin from St. Nicholas magazine, Vol. XL, No. 2, December 1912.

Drawing of St. Nicholas by George T. Tobin from St. Nicholas magazine, Vol. XL, No. 2, December 1912.

The Morrison County Historical Society invites the public to celebrate St. Nicholas Day at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

St. Nicholas Day is a traditional holiday celebrated around the world in early December. It honors the patron saint of children, who is known as Santa Claus in the United States. St. Nick is reputed to bring gifts and goodies to fill stockings and shoes for good boys and girls.

During its St. Nicholas Day event, the Weyerhaeuser Museum will be decorated for the holiday season. There will be a special display of shoes loaned by community members to augment the museum’s current exhibit, “Saunter: On the Path of the Pedestrian.” Story time will occur during the event, with selections to be read from St. Nicholas Magazine. Refreshments will also be served.

People of all ages are welcome to join MCHS for St. Nicholas Day. This event is free and open to the public and runs from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 320-632-4007.

Collections Carousel – Snow Shovelers on Broadway East in Little Falls, Circa 1930

Snow Shovelers on Broadway East in Little Falls, Minnesota. Circa 1930

Already tired of shoveling snow? The three guys in this undated photo postcard who are trying to clear large piles of snow along Broadway East in downtown Little Falls would probably think last Monday’s snowstorm was not much of a weather event, even though much of Morrison County and the rest of Central Minnesota got over a foot of snow. The unidentified men don’t even look pooped, though the younger one in the right-foreground does look a bit disgruntled. Depending on which part of the Minnesota snow season this photo was taken, these guys might have had a lot more work ahead of them before spring arrived.

The buildings in the background include several popular local businesses, such as Nelson’s Photo Studio which was located at 42 Broadway East. The three-story brick building at the far right is identified on the January 1930 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Little Falls as the Little Falls Garment Company, a fur garment factory. The low buildings to the left of the light pole in the foreground include the office and garage of the Broadway Chevrolet Company, one of sixteen automobile dealers and repairers located in Little Falls around 1930. The garage had a capacity for fifty cars.