Harkin Store

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  • $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS and NCHS members

Open

    • May 4, 2018 - October 21, 2018

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  • On Co. Hwy. 21, nine miles NW of New Ulm. GPS: 44.3866,-94.5993

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  • Open Friday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. 39th Annual West Newton Day

    39th Annual West Newton Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Celebrate the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton, which existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901, at this annual event. Visitors can view historical photographs and learn about the history of Alexander Harkin and his family, the founders of the 1870s Harkin Store. Descendants of West Newton's earliest residents are invited to share their stories and any old photographs. Historic site staff will copy information and photos.

  2. Afternoon of Leisure

    Afternoon of Leisure

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    German immigrants to the Minnesota River Valley contributed a new cultural concept on the frontier: taking Sunday afternoon for quieter work and socializing. Women would come together to knit, tat, crochet and do other handiwork. Men would gather to work with wood or play music. Take a break, bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as you learn about these frontier hobbies and what a Sunday afternoon was like in the 1870s. Refreshments will be served.

  3. Bees & Honey

    Bees & Honey

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    In the 1870s, people would search for and harvest honey on the prairie to use instead of sugar. Visitors can view a display on bees and honey created by Crystal Bock and hear her speak about the ins and outs of beekeeping. Bock's honey will also be for sale.

  4. Carver Creek Bluegrass

    Carver Creek Bluegrass

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Join Carver Creek Bluegrass, a family band of five siblings from Carver, Minnesota, for an afternoon of music. The group plays bluegrass, old-time, gospel and Irish folk music on the banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle and some unusual pieces, like the bodhran (an Irish frame drum) and the musical saw.

  5. Christmas in July

    Christmas in July

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Celebrate a Scottish "Christmas in July" in honor of Alexander Harkin's native country. Visitors can sample Scottish goodies and admire the decorations, including a trimmed tree set up in the gift shop. Visit the general store, play checkers and relax on the front porch.

  6. Dairy Day

    Dairy Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    The Harkin Store will honor the dairy industry with delicious dairy products to sample all afternoon. Enjoy a treat while relaxing on the 1870s porch and watching the river.

  7. Fashion Review - 1870s and Onward

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Enjoy a review of 1870s and 1880s clothing made by the daughter of Alexander Harkin, Elizabeth Harkin Russell. Lorna Runck, Harkin’s great-granddaughter, will be on hand to discuss the items on display, including the purple wool crepe wedding dress Elizabeth wore on December 19, 1888.

  8. Father's Day

    Father's Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Celebrate Father's Day with a trip to the Harkin Store. Visit with artist Dan Cochran, who will discuss and display his leather work. Then relax under the shade of the 1870s porch while learning about the general store and the former bustling riverboat stop of West Newton.

  9. Flag Day

    Flag Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Learn about the U.S. flag, how it evolved, what its design means and what the flag looked like in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. Visitors can also view a display of different American flags, and the gift shop will have flag-related items for sale along with books, toys and handcrafts.

  10. Grandparents' Day

    Grandparents' Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Grandparents and grandkids alike can enjoy playing games that were popular 150 years ago. Games include dominoes, tic-tac-toe, pick up sticks, graces, checkers, rolling hoops as well as craft projects.

  11. Horses, Horseshoes, Leather, and Ropes

    Horses, Horseshoes, Leather, and Ropes

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Learn about different types of transportation and necessary supplies in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. In addition to the store, the town of West Newton had two blacksmiths, a wagon shop, a molasses press, hotel, private school, saw mill, flour mill and boarding house. Hear about the town's history and join leatherworker Dan Cochran who will have a display of his wares. Also, ropemaker Thane French will demonstrate his craft and lead a ropemaking activity.

  12. Independence Day

    Independence Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Celebrate Independence Day at the Harkin Store, where a piece of 19th century history remains preserved. The New Ulm Battery will fire their 1862 cannon every half hour, and visitors can explore the general store, enjoy cold treats, and relax on the front porch.

  13. Labor Day - The West Arrives in West Newton

    Labor Day - The West Arrives in West Newton

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    The "west" arrives to the town of West Newton as musician Lonesome Ron, the King of the Valley Yodelers, shares Western music like cowboy ballads, yodels and stories through song.

  14. Lonesome Ron's Round-Up

    Lonesome Ron's Round-Up

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    The Harkin Store and musician Lonesome Ron bid farewell and "happy trails" to the season with folk, country and bluegrass music. Stop in the historic site's store for the end of season sale.

  15. Music by Bill Cagley

    Music by Bill Cagley

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Enjoy an afternoon with musician Bill Cagley as he plays "music for all ages" on the guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. He will also be doing Appalachian clogging and be joined in singing by his daughter, Sarah.

  16. Old Games Day

    Old Games Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Enjoy an afternoon of historic games, such as pick-up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces, and rolling hoops. Many of the games can be purchased at the gift shop, along with toys, books, 10-cent candy, and handcrafted items.

  17. Old Schools Day

    Old Schools Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Explore the history of old schoolhouses in Nicollet County, including the Robinson school in West Newton, with historic photos and textbooks. Anyone with pictures of Nicollet County schools are welcome to bring them to share.

    Admission to the program is included with your site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, college students, and veterans & active military, $4 children ages 5-17 and Free for children age 4 and under and Nicollet County and Minnesota Historical Society members.

    Questions? Contact the Harkin Store at 507-354-8666 or visit nchsmn.org

  18. Preparing for Winter

    Preparing for Winter

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    In 1800s Minnesota, people spent many months preparing for winter, including canning, drying, candle-making, soap-making, putting up their gardens, cutting enough firewood, and getting food stocked for themselves and the animals. Learn more about the domestic side of this process by viewing historic equipment and pictures of farm life.

  19. Sheep, Wool, and Quilts

    Sheep, Wool, and Quilts

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Alexander Harkin first came to West Newton to raise sheep and produce wool, and visitors can spend an afternoon learning about the wool industry. The store will have displays of wool, a spinning wheel, carders, wool items and quilts, both old and new. Plus, meet with Donna Dose who will show her sock machine and woolen items made from the fur of her angora rabbits.

  20. Shopping with Laura Ingalls

    Shopping with Laura Ingalls

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    On your way back from Walnut Grove, stop at the Harkin Store to see what Laura and her family would have purchased at Oleson Mercantile. The Harkin Store, which was open in the 1870s when Laura lived in Walnut Grove, has 40 percent of the original merchandise still on the shelves. Explore the store and meet costumed interpreters who will share a unique bit of history. Old-fashioned egg coffee, lemonade and samples of "store goods" will be available.

  21. Snakes of the Minnesota River

    Snakes of the Minnesota River

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Snake expert Tom Jessen will bring a variety of fascinating reptiles for visitors to see, handle and learn about.

  22. West Newton Post Office

    West Newton Post Office

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    When the village of West Newton was a thriving riverboat town in the 1870s, the Harkin Store was home to the local post office. Visitors can learn about the historic post office, how the postal service worked in the 19th century and more.

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