Calendar of Events, Dunn County Historical Society

Special Exhibits and Programming @ the Rassbach Heritage Museum

     In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've postponed our planned summer schedule of 'in person' events, and will present a new schedule of online presentations via the Zoom conferencing application. Join us online for 40-minute presentations followed by time for questions with the presenter.

Click on the Zoom link at 1:55 p.m. --- five minutes before the presentation begins, and you will be admitted to the zoom meeting.

Selected Wednesdays | Starting at 1 p.m.
Make It! Lessons
at Fulton's Workshop

Make It! Lessons are guided 30 to 45 minute STEAM activities in Fulton’s Workshop. Classes are on Wednesdays. To allow for social distancing —- groups of no more than five students and one or two adults at their own workstation —- the first class is at 1 p.m., and classes will be added on the hour if there is enough demand. Reserve your place by the Friday before by calling 715-232-8685. Cost is $9 per student. Holtby Hall safety and rental guidelines apply. At least one adult must be present per reservation group.

Sept. 23 | Wonder Turner
Make a wonder turner, also known as a thaumatrope. This toy demonstrates the notion of persistence of vision — amazingly combining two separate images just by spinning them!

September 30 | Leaf Press
Learn how to preserve the beautiful plants you can find here in Dunn County in a leaf and flower press! This scientific pastime has been popular throughout history.

October 7 | Birch Bark Canoe
Make a tiny birch bark canoe from paper. The birch bark canoe is an engineering wonder that was developed by native peoples and completely altered life in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes.

October 14 | Corn Husk Doll
Make a corn husk doll and learn about pioneer kid toys.

October 21 | Finders Keeper!
Use recycled materials to make your own waterproof carrying case that can sling over your shoulder or attach to your bike!

October 28 | Recycled Robots
Build a robot buddy from recycled parts and learn about how robots help humans.

November 4 | Make a Suffrage Sash
Learn about how the suffragettes fighting for the vote used a sash to make their message known !

November 11 | Trace A Silhouette
Shadows are a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface. You can trace that dark area to make a picture of a friend or family member. We will have all you need — you just have to bring your shadow!

November 18 | Polyhedrons!
Using only paper plates, you can create a multi-sided geometric sculpture to decorate your room, or toss around!

December 2 | Scandinavian Paper Heart
Weave a Scandinavian paper heart. These heart-shaped baskets are great for gifts and decorations!

October 16, 2020 | 7 p.m.
A Wisconsin Bestiary
Matthew Kessen

Part comedy. Part science. All monsters. To quote presenter Matt Kessen, "This project is, for me, the culmination of a lifelong obsession with monsters -- any sort of monsters, mythological, cryptozoological, cinematic, paleontological -- combined with a deep adoration for ranting like a maniac. We deal here in facts (about made-up stuff some of the time) and in comedy, with each giving ground to the other in its turn."

A Halloween fundraiser, your ticket purchase supports the Dunn County Historical Society, and enters you in a drawing for a prize.

We'll send you a link with your ticket purchase.

October 24, 2020 | 1-3 p.m.
Treats on the Trail
Lion’s Club Nature Trail, Wakanda Park

Come to show off your costumes and join us to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and gather Halloween treats along the beautiful Lion’s Club Nature Trail in Wakanda Park. For children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. $3 per child.

Rain location at Rassbach Museum.

November 8, 2020 | 2 p.m.
Collecting Oral Stories from Veterans
Luke Sprague

Join the Zoom Presentation

Luke Sprague, Oral Historian from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will share his expertise on the importance of collecting oral histories from veterans, and best practices for those who wish to record veterans' stories.

November 13, 2020 | 6:30 p.m.
Wisconsin’s Gangster Past
Chad Lewis

Put on your zoot suit and follow author Chad Lewis in the footsteps of America's most infamous gangsters as they turn Wisconsin into their personal crime vacationland. Filled with deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings, this presentation lets the audience discover the grisly locations where the gangster history will never die.

Many of these gangsters were at large during the Prohibition era and we've partnered with local breweries Zymurgy and brewery nonic to honor this connection. Your ticket purchase will enter you to win some great prizes from these local breweries!

This is a fundraiser -- we'll send you a link with your ticket purchase.

December 6, 2020 | 2 p.m.
Happy Days and Hard Times:
Christmas in the 1920s and 30s

Melissa Kneeland

Join the Zoom Presentation

Dunn County Historical Society Executive Director Melissa Kneeland will present about holiday celebrations of the 1920s and 30s here in the United States. Topics will range from traditions that began in that era, to the effects that the Great Depression and Prohibition had on the holiday season.

Is there a Dunn County historical topic you'd like to hear about,
or a speaker you can recommend for our Heritage Sunday
speaker series? Contact us at
715-232-8685 or

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Dunn County Historical Society
PO Box 437, Menomonie, WI   USA  54751