Help Identify Historic Forest Lake Photographs Saturday April 28th

The Washington County Historical Society recently received a large box of unidentified photographs from the Barnes County Historical Society in North Dakota. Of the hundreds of photographs donated, only a few were identified. The Historical Society is holding an open house on Saturday April 28th from 1-4pm at the Hardwood Creek Library in Forest Lake for the public to come and help the Historical Society identified those with no name

Among the identified photos were from the Simmons and the O.W. Johnson family. One photo of the early Forest Lake Marsh Hotel could mean there are other photos from the Marsh family.

There are more than just portraits. There are business interior, exterior and house photos. There are photos showing landscapes and gardens and some from family trips around Minnesota and the country.

People are encouraged to bring their own unknown photos and family histories that could help the Historical Society identify these lost faces of Forest Lake’s history. This event is co-sponsored by the Hardwood Creek Library in Forest Lake.

Warden’s House Spring Open House Sunday April 29th Noon to 4pm

The Washington County Historical Society will launch its 77th touring season at the Annual Warden’s House Open House on Sunday, April 29th from Noon – 4pm! This is a free event.

The open house gives patrons a “sneak peek” of what the museum has to offer for 2018. Among the many displays and exhibits, one is dedicated to the people from Washington County who served in World War I. In 1931, two hundred eighty-six veterans of World War I formed the Last Buddies Bully Beef Club. They gathered annually in Stillwater, sharing the connected experience of war and honoring their departed comrades while carrying on the tradition of the “Last Man’s Club” formed after the Civil War. Our updated exhibit invites you into their stories of fellowship and comradery. The original satin-lined wooden cask that holds the unopened bottle of cognac and rusted can of bully beef will be on display along with a selection of treasured items.

A recent donation of a wooden box created by the notorious Younger Brothers at the Stillwater prison in the 1880s will also be highlighted along with other items made by the outlaws during their stay behind the bars of the Prison. The three Youngers, Cole, Jim & Bob, were sentenced for life for their part of the Northfield Bank Robbery in September 1876, while their partners – Frank & Jesse James – escaped capture.

A preview of our Fall Trunk Show featuring clothing from 1920-1940 will be on display, as well as many portraits and photographs of Washington County pioneers.

You’ll also be invited to enjoy live music provided by students of Mary Taylor Allen, coffee from Lake Elmo Coffee, and sample delicious treats and snacks. The gift shop will feature a few new items alongside our quality titles.