Yellow Medicine County Museum & Historical Society







Hours of operation:(Labor Day - Nov. 1)                                      Hours of Operation:(May - Labor Day)

Sunday - Closed                                                                              Sunday - 9:30-4:30

Monday - Closed                                                                             Monday - Closed

Tuesday - Closed                                                                            Tuesday - Closed

Wednesday - 9:30-3:30                                                                  Wednesday - 9:30-4:30

Thursday - 9:30-3:30                                                                      Thursday - 9:30-4:30

Friday - 9:30-3:30                                                                           Friday - 9:30-4:30

Saturday - 9:30-3:30                                                                      Saturday - 9:30-4:30

MN Highways 23 and 67 on the Minnesota River in Granite Falls, MN



Megan Lipetzky


(320) 564-4479

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**If you would like to become a member of the Historical Society, please contact the director at the number listed above.



The Yellow Medicine County Historical Society was first organized in 1937 with officers from all parts of the county.During the 1940's war and gas rationing caused the organization to disband.In 1949, the society was reactivated in time to observe the Territorial Centennial.To participate in this event, the society gathered artifacts for a pioneer display.The interest was so great that a county museum was established.In 1952, the society became incorporated, and by 1967 a new building was built for the museum , along the Minnesota River.Museum displays tell a story of the geology and archaeology of the Minnesota Valley, Native American history, and pioneer life in the county.The museum maintains a fine historical reference and genealogical library available during museum hours and by appointment.


What's At the YMCHS and Museum for Displays:


Glacial history of the County:
Written history of the formation of the land in the county.


Bison Kill Site:
Bones of ancient bison estimated to be 8,000 years old.


Native American:
A miniature hand-made village depicting Native American life in the early days, some beaded artwork, large display of arrow heads, hammer heads, and scraping tools, a large birch canoe.


Civil War/Sioux Uprising:
Displays commemorating the Civil War and Sioux Uprising.


Founding of Yellow Medicine County:
Displays on the history of the county, its townships and communities.


Genral Store:
Assorted items found in an early store.


Black Smith Ship:
Miscellaneous hand tools and farm tools.


Pioneer Bedrooms:
Both adult and children's bedrooms with early furniture and toys.


Pioneer Kitchen & Dining Area:
Early kitchen furniture, including oven, cabinets, hutch with china, early wash machine, vacuum, butter churn, and sewing machines.


One Room School Display and Display of High Schools of Yellow Medicine County


World War I to Desert Storm:
Assortment of military uniforms, guns, and other memorabilia.


Variety of office machines, musical instruments, and household furniture


Genealogy Library:
Church and Township records, Census records, Tax records, Family histories, county histories, Family Bibles, Migration records, Obituaries, Cemetery Information, Old Newspaper articles, Numerous pictures, Biographies of early settlers.

History Lab:
Yellow Medicine County Historical Society has a Family History Lab that is open to everyone having ancestors who lived or came from Yellow Medicine County. The lab has computers with Ancestry.com which is an online site that has census records, birth, death, and marriage records, military records, and family history records. The lab also has a large collection of county history books, church history books, printed family histories, history on schools, and township histories all relating to Yellow Medicine County. The hours of the Family History Lab are during regular business hours of the museum or by appointment.