Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Chippewa County Historical Society, Inc.

  • Montevideo, MN

Mission Statement

Founded in 1936 the Chippewa County Historical Society interprets the history of Chippewa County Minnesota through three museums, two which are owned by the Society. Historic Chippewa City consists of 24 buildings in a village setting and the Swensson Farm Museum, contains a 22 room brick farm home, 1880s barn, grist mill remains, family burial plot, and is on the National Registry.
The lac qui Parle Mission is managed by the Society for the Minnesota Historical Society and is home to numerous "Minnesota firsts".

 

During the past 8 years the Society has focused on the preservation of our buildings and has formulated a 10 year plan to repair, shingle, and paint each structure.  To date we have only 3 buildings left to shingle and 2 left to repair and paint at Historic Chippewa City.  At the Swensson Farm, the house was shingled in 2008 with cedar shingles and in 2003 the barn's foundation and timber framing were preserved.  We are looking at shingling the barn in the next 5 years or less.  We have also began the task of exactly duplicating the wallpaper in the family home.

 

The preservation of our local history and architecture is our primary focus.  At every opportunity available, we teach history to our visitors through our events and displays and exhibits.

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Service Areas

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Minnesota

The Chippewa County Historical Society interprets and preserves the history of Chippewa County, Minnesota including the communities of Maynard, Milan, Montevideo, Clara City, Big Bend, Gluek, Wegdahl, Watson and part of Granite Falls.

ruling year

1969

Principal Officer since 1995

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Ms. June Lynne

Keywords

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Montevideo, Maynard, Watson, Milan, Big Bend, Clara City, Wegdahl, Gluek, Granite Falls

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EIN

41-1242811

 Number

4409334892

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Making history come alive is what the Chippewa County Historical Society strives to do.  Events such as the Horse Power Event at the Swensson Farm, Heritage Week and Christmas in the Village at Historic Chippewa City, and Mission Sunday at the Lac qui Parle Mission each teach our visitors about history and its importance.

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Program 1

Our Society offers a variety of programs annually. We operate and manage three sites on a budget of less than $60,000.00 which includes all administration and preservation costs!!!

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Service Areas

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Minnesota

The Chippewa County Historical Society interprets and preserves the history of Chippewa County, Minnesota including the communities of Maynard, Milan, Montevideo, Clara City, Big Bend, Gluek, Wegdahl, Watson and part of Granite Falls.

Funding Needs

We are currently raising funds to continuing to shingle, repair, and paint all of the buildings at Historic Chippewa City.  We will also be writing grants for the shingling of the barn at the Swensson Farm Museum, where we will need to to match the grants.  We are also currently undertaking a fundraiser for our Endowment Fund.  We are hopiing to raise $100,000.00 by 2011 for our 75th anniversary.  To date we have raised a little over $40,000.00 for this fund.

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Chippewa County Historical Society, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. June Lynne

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Having been with the organization for 15 years I am proud of our many accomplishments.  Many times we were told that we were not a 'large enough organization' to handle a task, and each time we proved that we could.  We are a volunteer organization.  It is because of our volunteers that we are so successful.  When a hand is needed all one needs to do is ask.  In many ways, we have set some of the standards for volunteers and the large quanity of volunteers who are willing and able to assist us.  From repairing buildings to painting and shingling, to artifact restoration, we have volunteers who are willing and able to serve.  I am deeply honored to be a part of this amazing organization."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jeffrey Lopez

Chippewa County Commissioner

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