Here at the History Center we have a wide range of artifacts on display for your viewing pleasure, but what you see in the Exhibit Gallery is just a fraction of the artifacts we have on hand. Artifacts in the History Center's permanent collection are divided into our Material Culture Collection and Archival Collection. Learn more about those Collections below.
Material Culture Collection
The Material Culture Collection contains many different types of three dimensional artifacts from textiles, to art, to farm machinery. Artifacts from the Material Culture Collection are displayed in the museum gallery in exhibits. Museum exhibits are changed periodically, so an artifact that you may have seen on a previous visit might not be on display. Artifacts not on display are kept in the History Center's storage vaults.
If you are researching Olmsted County or are researching specific artifacts (military, textiles, medical, agricultural, etc.), contact the Curator of Collections directly to schedule an appointment. For research, the History Center’s Research Library has valuable information and librarians ready to assist your research needs.
The Archival Collection contains our informational artifacts and are stored in the Wicklund Archives. Archival materials can be books, family papers, photographs, electronic media, or any other format meant to exchange information. These items are readily available to researchers and can be accessed in the Willson Research Library. Indexes for some of our archival materials can be found on our Resources page.
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