The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum – Little Falls, MN, U.S.A.
This online firearms exhibit was created for the Morrison County Historical Society by Saint John’s University/College of Saint Benedict writing intern Ray Mulvey in fall 2020. All firearms are from MCHS’s collections.
The right to bear arms is considered by many people to be one of the cornerstones of the American Constitution. Going back many years, ownership of a firearm was an important part of being a U.S. citizen, because in the early years of west-ward expansion, owning and being able to effectively use a rifle or shotgun was needed to protect what you cared about, or to provide for your family. This concept was evident not only on the individual level, but also the governmental scale, as men left to fight in wars abroad and brought back medals, scars, and perhaps the firearms they or their enemies used. In this exhibit, we will give a few examples of some of these historical firearms that have been donated to the museum over the years, each with its own unique story seeped into the wood and tarnish.