Earlier this spring I spoke with Kelly Herold, director of the Buffalo County Historical Society in Alma, to find out more about their collections. He very generously offered to contact the other historic sites in the county and arrange some appointments for me when I was in the area. Two weeks ago I spent a beautiful sunny day driving all over Buffalo County with Kelly. In addition to the Buffalo County Historical Society, we visited five sites: the Mondovi Area Historical Society, the Lyster Lutheran Church, the Alma Historical Society, the Buffalo City-Cochrane Area Historical Society, and the Fountain City Area Historical Society. I’ve posted a little photo tour of my trip below. Many thanks to Kelly and to all of the volunteers who took the time to share their museums and collections!
- Detail of a painted panel from the Jordet farm in Modena, 1896, now in the Buffalo County Historical Society’s collection.
The local history exhibits in the Mondovi Area Historical Society's buildings include a section dedicated to the community's Knights of Pythias chapter, complete with a very throne-like chair!
- An immigrant trunk marked with the travel route from Norway to America, from the collection of the Mondovi Area Historical Society.
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The Lyster Lutheran Church was built by Norwegian immigrants in 1867 and still supports an active local congregation.
The church's elaborate interior woodwork was carved in 1883 by local cabinetmaker Ole T. Myren (1830-1908), who came to Modena, Wisconsin from Aurdal, Norway around 1870.
The Alma Area Museum is housed in the former Buffalo County Training School, a training academy for area schoolteachers, constructed in 1902.
An exhibit at the Alma Area Museum examines the history of the logging industry and its important role in the development of the community.
The Buffalo City-Cochrane Area Historical Society is housed in the recently-restored Village Hall.
Bird figurine by an unidentified woodcarver, from the Buffalo City-Cochrane Area Historical Society.
Our last stop was the Fountain City Area Historical Society, where I photographed a quilt with redwork embroidery. One of the highlights of their collection is an impressive array of arrowheads and other early stone tools, all dug locally.