Dickinson County Museum - Where History LIVES!

The Dickinson County Museum, in a 140 year old depot, provides unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories, and lives from Dickinson County.  Our purpose is to inspire people to learn from those artifacts through public programs, publications, educational activities, and special events.

Virtual Tour

If you can’t visit us in person, visit us virtually!

Virtual tour created by the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Come and visit us in person to experience many, many stories of the people, events, and communities of the early days of Dickinson County and the Iowa Great Lakes!

Help Us Bring The Depot Back to Life!

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The Dickinson County Historical Society proudly announces the launch of a comprehensive capital campaign aimed at raising $250,000 for the renovation and enhancement of the Dickinson County Museum. With a primary focus on restoring the 140-year-old depot and introducing interactive exhibits, this initiative seeks to offer visitors an enriched and educational experience, preserving the heritage of our community.

EVENTS COMING SOON!

History LIVES! Speaker Series

Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 at the Museum

"Railroads and the Awful Winter of 1936"

Don Hofsommer, Midwest railroad expert and author, will return to share stories and slides about the awful winter of 1936 in the Midwest and how it affected railroads and the residents of the area.

 

Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 at the Museum

"Walk Across Iowa Following the Dragoon Trail"

Dr. Kevin Mason returns to the Museum to share stories and historical insights about his walk across Iowa following the Dragoon Trail - which ends at Minnewaukon Park near Spirit Lake.  Mason presented a program last year on Inkpaduta at the Pearson Lakes Art Center which received rave reviews!

 

 

Events

WAY BACK WHEN WEDNESDAYS

Every Wednesday at 10:00 folks gather at the Museum for 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!

HISTORY LIVES SPEAKER SERIES

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.

 

News

New Roof

Our 140 year old depot recently received a major upgrade in the form of a new roof, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Okoboji Foundation. It will provide decades of protection for our extensive exhibits.

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