Upcoming Events

Way Back When Wednesdays


Join us at the Museum every Wednesday at 10:00 am for a conversation about the way it was in Dickinson County Way Back When.  The conversation is lively and fun, and many laughs are shared.  All are welcome!  Coffee included!


Our popular History LIVES! Speaker series features engaging speakers sharing stories, information, and photos about Dickinson County’s colorful past.  In addition to experiencing the live programs, all programs are live-streamed on our FaceBook page and uploaded to our YouTube channel. No need to register, donations appreciated.

Upcoming History LIVES! Programs include:

Thursday, February 22 7:00 pm - "Sunshine, S'Mores, and More:  Camps and Camping at Okoboji"

Local historian and author, Jonathan Reed, will be reviewing the history of camping areas—who came, and why—and our many campgrounds that drew thousands of children and families over the years….and still do!

Tuesday, March 19 7:00 pm at Pomerantz Hall in the Pearson Lakes Art Center - "The Howe Letters - A Local Treasure Discovered"

Museum volunteer, Kathy McNeil, unearthed letters between Orlando Howe and his wife, Maria, in the Annals of Iowa from the 1930's.  These letters tell of the earliest days in Spirit Lake, including the Spirit Lake Massacre.  McNeil has created a production using these letters that bring them to life with local actors.

Sunday, April 14 2:00 pm - "The Railroads and the Awful Winter of 1936,"

Railroad historian and author Don Hofsommer returns to share stories and photos of the winter of 1936.  

Thursday, May 16 7:00 pm - "A Summer's Walk following the Dragoon Trail through Iowa"

Dr. Kevin Mason, professor of history at Dordt College, returns to share stories and photos of his experiences walking the Dragoon Trail through Iowa.






Past Events