At the Museum
2015 Schedule of Events
April 19, 2 p.m.
Anne Merriman, Maritime Museum of Minnesota.
Dugouts of Minnesota
May 17, 2 p.m.
Presented by Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Village of Pepin, Wisconsin, the birth site of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the setting of the book Little House in the Big Woods.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Program
May 25, 2 p.m.
Memorial Day Parade–Bloomington Cemetery
June 14, 12-4 p.m.
Kiddie parade and patriotism!
Flag Day at the Old Town Hall
June 21, 7 p.m.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Enjoy an evening of music and ice cream!
John Philip Sousa and Bridgeman’s Ice Cream at the Pond House
July 9, 7 p.m.
Cosponsor: National League of American Pen Women.
Open Mike Poetry Night
July 19, 2 p.m.
About Clark Griffith and the Latino ball players on the Washington Senators baseball team, from 1911-1968. The Senators later became the Minnesota Twins.
Corey Schroeder Will Present His Capstone Project
August 9, 2 p.m.
The New deal in Minnesota – Explore the back roads, state parks, urban settings with Doug Ohman as he discovers the legacy foot print that remains from the WPA, PWA, CCC and the VCC, President Roosevelt’s responses to the Great Depression.
Doug Ohman, Photographer – “Going To Work”
September 19, 2 p.m.
History tent, history stage, historic re-enactors, pumpkin painting, turf games.
Heritage Day Community Event–Parade, Entertainment, Games!
September 27, 2 p.m.
Old Timers Day–Knights of Columbus Hall.
October 8, 7 p.m.
Cosponsor: National League of American Pen Women.
Open Mic Poetry Night
October 17, 12-4 p.m.
Harvest time stories; old-fashioned games, pumpkin painting, and more!
Harvest Fest–Farmer Gordon Fredrickson
November 1, 2 p.m.
History and tales about the cemetery.
Annual Meeting–Tom Zahn and Peg Reilly, Bloomington Cemetery
December 6, 2 p.m.
Featuring JARNBLOM, a group of four instrumentalists (Nyckleharpa, Cello, Violin, Harmonium) directed by Cheryl Paschke.
Holiday Event–Norwegian Music and Dancing
Be a Part of Bloomington Forever!
Bloomington's Old Town Hall History Plaza has a place for YOU!
Sponsor an engraved History Brick on Old Town Hall History Plaza for your family, friends, business, school, sports team, special milestones in life, memorials, awards and other commemorations. Purchase a 3 line 4"X8" brick for $100 or a 6 line 8"X8" brick for $175. Write 18 characters per line, including spaces between lines.
Deadlines are September 14 or February 14 ongoing.
Visit the Old Town Hall History Center at the corner of Penn and Old Shakopee.
- Include a visit in your itinerary of summer events for visiting guests, reunions, social gatherings.
- Learn about Bloomington's ancient and recent history.
- View our cultural collections of historic artifacts, photos and memorabilia of many generations.
- Hours are Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m., closed Mondays and Fridays.
The Bloomington Historical Society is a 501©3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Questions? Call 952-881-4327.
An Interesting Artifact
Dugout canoe antiquity ~ Circa 1600s
The Bloomington Historical Society-owned dugout canoe antiquity was found by George Hopkins, farmer-historian of Bloomington, on his property between 1966-1968. The canoe was partially buried in mud in the Minnesota River Valley approximately one-third of the way uphill of the lower bluff. Mr. Hopkins sought the opinion of fellow historian Stanley Danielson who realized the significance of finding the rare archaeological treasure. Otto Christianson of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Division was contacted and Park Maintenance staff uncovered the dugout, Approximately 16 feet in length, the find was transported to the Bloomington Old Town Hall Museum, 10200 Penn Avenue South.
An evaluation was requested from the Minnesota Historical Society conservator, who advised that the dugout be soaked in an ethylene glycol product for an indefinite period so as to permeate the dugout for preservation purposes. Glycol was the recommended conservation product at that time. The canoe was on exhibit in the lower level of the the Museum until 2007 when it was removed during the restoration of the building to its 1892 appearance. At that time, to conserve and stabilize the dugout, the Bloomington Historical Society consulted Minnesota Historical Society experts and then enlisted the expertise of Terry Brown of Museum Professionals, Inc. of Loretto, Minnesota.
The dugout has been cleaned of all sand and dirt embedded deep in the recesses. An archival-approved product (b72) was applied that permeated the decayed cells of the dugout and provided strength to the ancient cottonwood. Mr. Brown will also build and install and archival artifact mount for the canoe. The padded steel mount will provide support and long-term exhibition. A maple surface platform on rollers will be used with the archival artifact mount; a graphic panel will provide historical information about the use of dugout canoes by the various indigenous peoples, and will include the processes used in the construction. Following completion of the project, the dugout canoe will be on exhibit at the restored 1892 Bloomington Old Town Hall. The time period for the dugout canoe was estimated by area historians to be circa 1600s, indicating usage by the ancient Iowa/Oneota tribes and later the Dakota peoples.
Birch bark canoes were not used in southern Minnesota at that time.
Sponsor a custom-designed exhibit case
The Bloomington Historical Society is refurbishing the Old Town Hall History Museum with custom-designed exhibit cases, pedestals and kiosks. These items are donor-sponsored. For further information or if you would like to contribute to this effort, please contact 952-881-4327.
Learn More About Bloomington
Read the short version of the town's history since 1600.
Bloomington History Timeline
A picture history that fuses our geological and cultural heritage.